What is a psychologist's take on the need for connection among humans? At this time of the ongoing pandemic, when the whole world yearns for physical interactions, Dr. Tracy Alloway sees emerging possibilities - for us to create more meaningful connections.
She is an award-winning psychologist, working memory expert, and author of 15 books, including the upcoming Think Like a Girl: 10 Unique Strengths of a Woman's Brain and How to Make Them Work for You.
She joins us in this episode of Let's Connect For Good to explain different psychological phenomena and hormones that factor in human connection, how positive and negative thinking impact the brains differently, and the role of the physical body in shaping our mental health. We also explore whether women have a higher craving for bonding than men, the three different types of attachment styles and what they signify, and valuable lessons from her new book.
Tune in to the episode to find out about the science, psychology, and nature of human connection!
You'll also learn:
The role of different hormones, including oxytocin, in creating feelings of bonding
Why female bodies are power centres governed by sensation
How your brain benefits when you practice emotions like gratitude
How your body keeps a score of trauma within itself
Why you need to be uniquely "you"
We'll also joined by a special guest in this episode - Adele Myers, Founder of the Miami-based dance company, Adele Myers and Dancers, who we met on Episode One. She helps us understand the importance of movement for wellness.
Meet The Guests...
Dr. Tracy Alloway is an award-winning psychologist whose research on memory and the brain was highlighted in Newsweek as a big idea. She’s also the author of 15 books and over 100 scientific articles and is the Associate Editor of the Educational and Developmental Psychologist journal. Her latest book, Think Like A Girl, teaches the power of a woman’s brain and how it teaches you to be yourself.
Adele Myers is a professor, producer, director, dancer-choreographer, artist, writer, coach, and collaborator. She’s the Founder and Artistic Director at the Miami-based Adele Myers and Dancers (AMD), a national touring contemporary dance theatre company for female athletes. Adele finds her purpose in creating communities of like-minded thinkers, helping spark new ideas and blurring existing lines.
[02:58] What is meant by working memory?
[06:04] The concept of bonding as Tracy explains in her book, Think Like a Girl: 10 Unique Strengths of a Woman's Brain and How to Make Them Work for You
[06:44] Do women really crave bonding and relationships more than men?
[07:39] The three types of attachment styles, as Tracy explains in her book: Secure attachment style, avoidant attachment style, and anxious or ambivalent attachment style.
[10:12] How Tracy advises people to navigate the physical disconnect caused due to the pandemic
[12:15] What Tracy does to connect with people for fun
[19:07] Meet Adele, professor, producer, director, dancer-choreographer, artist, writer, coach, and collaborator
[21:44] Tracy explains the psychologically grounded idea that your body keeps score of trauma, about facial feedback hypothesis, the embodiment theory, and their correlation with stress.
[23:28] Adele shares her grandmother’s role in helping her understand the power of uniqueness
[25:24] On touring, trapeze acts, and overcoming the fear of heights
[29:38] Why physical sensation is a form of knowledge