The Psychology of your 20’s

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Episode Date
58. Can ex’s be friends ft. My Ex-Boyfriend
This week I have invite on a special guest to chat about whether exes can be friends. Our conclusion, well … you’ll have to listen. We talk through how we fell in love, why we broke up and whether we could get back together.
Nov 29, 2022
57. The psychology of toxic parents
In this episode we discuss the characteristics of toxic parents and the impact they have on our development and adulthood. We dive into narcissistic parental abuse, intergenerational trauma, overcoming a toxic upbringing and how to establish boundaries.
Nov 27, 2022
56. Why am I so unhappy?
How do we explain the feeling where we have everything we could want, but we still feel so unhappy and dissatisfied? In this episode we explore some of the reasons for unhappiness in the face of success and everything we have ever wanted to dispel some of the stigma around sadness, depressive episodes and the normalcy of feeling unhappy.
Nov 21, 2022
55. Dealing with rejection
Rejection can be such a blow to our self-esteem, whether it’s romantic, with friends, at work or during our studies. Rejection can be a painful experience, but psychology can explain many of the reasons why we look to avoid rejection and how we can overcome experiences of rejection, especially in our 20’s.
Nov 16, 2022
54. Single, happy and alone in our 20’s
This week we discuss how to be happy being alone and all the amazing benefits that come with single hood in our 20’s! How can we cultivate a life we love despite being single and why do we crave love even when we are happy being alone?
Nov 09, 2022
53. BONUS EPISODE: The power of microhabits
BONUS EPISODE. This week we discuss the power of micro habits and how we can integrate them into our everyday lives to create the lifestyle changes we are after in our 20’s.
Nov 08, 2022
52. Career anxiety, disillusionment and feeling lost
Our careers and work can be a major point of stress in our 20’s and we try to figure out what exactly we’re doing and where we want to go. In this episode we discuss career anxiety, feeling lost and when it’s time for a change. Thank you to this weeks sponsor, Athletic Greens. Please go to to redeem you offer of 1 year do free vitamin C and 5 free travel packs.
Nov 03, 2022
51. Overcoming childhood trauma
This week we discuss trauma in childhood, the way it effects our brain and chemistry, our behaviours and our relationships in adulthood.
Oct 29, 2022
50. Let’s talk about death ft. A Mortuary Technician
We are joined this week by Laura, a student mortuary technician in Australia to discuss her experiences and role and how she thinks about death and the meaning of a good life on this special guest episode.
Oct 23, 2022
49. Financial anxiety, money and relationships
This week I’m joined by Lindsay, a Financial Therapist who runs Mind Money Balance to discuss how we manage anxiety and emotions around money in our 20’s. From healing our childhood relationship with money to dealing with financial boundaries in relationships, we explore the intersection between money and our 20’s in this special, guest episode. Lindsay Bryan-Podvin (she/her) is a biracial financial wellness expert, speaker, and author of the book "The Financial Anxiety Solution." A practicing social worker since 2012, she uses a shame-free approach to help people get their minds and money in balance by focusing on the intersection of money and mental health using financial therapy. While financial literacy is important, she champions the belief that money is rooted in emotions and impacted by the systems around us. She has a degree in sociology and a Master’s in Social Work with certificates in Financial Social Work and Financial Therapy. She lives with her partner and their dog on the occupied land of the Fox, Peoria, and Potawatomi peoples, also known as Michigan.
Oct 20, 2022
48. Identity Crisis!
What does identity really mean? And how do we know when we’ve found it, can we ever truly embody our ‘true selves’? In this episode we discuss what it means to undergo massive shifts in our identity and come out of it the other side and how we might assist that journey.
Oct 14, 2022
46. Making friends in your 20’s
This week we discuss how to make new friendships in our 20’s. We all can recognise how hard it is to make friends as we enter adulthood but what does psychology actually say about this struggle and why is it so difficult as we move beyond our school years into work and the real world.
Oct 04, 2022
45. Soulmates and twin flames
Are soulmates real? And how do we know if we’ve met the one? This week we discuss the idea of twin flames and soul mates and alternative explanations for the deep connection and chemistry we feel with some people and whether we are destined to meet.
Sep 29, 2022
44. The history and psychology of hormonal birth control
How does the pill and hormonal birth control impact our psychological well-being and experiences in our 20’s? This week we discuss the history and origins of the pill and how it interacts with our body and systems. Are the benefits worth the risks and what about the dark history behind the emergence of this common form of female birth control?
Sep 23, 2022
43. Hustle culture and burnout
This week talk about the cultural phenomenon of hustle culture, the rise and grind age of work and professional success. We also discuss the role of burnout in this relationship and how we can recentre our lives to avoid this type of exhaustion and free ourselves of the stress and pressures of the need to always be hustling.
Sep 14, 2022
41. Situationships - boundaries, vulnerability and wanting more
This week we discuss the tricky topic of situationships in our 20’s - the grey space between casual and committed. How do we establish good boundaries in these relationships or avoid them to begin with? And when do we know it’s over?
Aug 29, 2022
40. When you feel directionless
What can we do when we feel lost and directionless in our 20’s? It’s a common feeling and one shared by many but when you’re in a rut it can be hard to get our. In this episode we discuss actions we can take to recentre ourselves and our vision or mission in life and make big changes to push us forward.
Aug 23, 2022
39. Alcohol and hangxiety
On this episode we talk about the interactions between alcohol and the brain. Alcohol can be a huge part of our lives in our 20’s, as can anxious feelings the morning after drinking so it’s important to understand why our body (and our brain) reacts this way to alcohol and how we can remedy those feelings of stress the next day.
Aug 07, 2022
38. Healing unhealthy attachment styles
We discuss the four attachment styles and their implications for the relationships we have in our 20’s. Where did the idea of attachment come from, how relevant are they and can we heal disordered patterns of attachment? Listen in for the answers to those important questions
Jul 31, 2022
37. How to develop emotional intelligence in your 20’s
This week we discuss the secrets and successes of emotional intelligence and how to cultivate and grow your EQ in your 20’s. Why is it so important? What are the benefits? And how can we be the most emotionally intelligent versions of ourselves?
Jul 18, 2022
36. The Psychology of Grief
What do we do when we’ve lost someone we’ve loved? In this weeks episode we talk about the confusion and anger, the safeness, following the loss of a loved one. How do we move on and continue to hold the memory of them close?
Jul 03, 2022
34. Antidepressants
Why I went on antidepressants, my experience and the stigma around medication and mental illness.
Jun 17, 2022
33. Social attraction, being ‘cool’ and in-groups
What does it mean to be ‘cool’ and why does it matter? In this weeks episode we discuss the importance of social acceptance and why being authentic is actually the key to being socially attractive.
Jun 07, 2022
31. The Anxious Mind
On this episode we discuss anxiety in our 20’s. We talk about the body on anxiety, different anxiety disorders and the unique triggers in our 20’s.
May 29, 2022
30. Heartbreak - hurting, healing and thriving ❤️‍🩹
We discuss the biology behind those awful breakup feelings, how to truly let someone go, the stages of grief and whether it’s possible to be friends with you ex.
May 08, 2022
29. Loneliness
Why you’ve been feeling lonely recently because I have been too! We talk about how to embrace loneliness, why your best relationships are just around the corner and the power of gratitude.
Apr 08, 2022
28. Are love languages real?
We discuss love languages, what are they, are they real and where did the idea come from? We also talk about recent research done by Hinge on the most common love languages and the modified quiz which now includes two additional love languages.
Apr 06, 2022
27. Is social media corrupting your brain?
This week we discuss the psychology of social media: how it controls our behaviours, social comparison and the what makes tiktok so addictive.
Mar 30, 2022
26. People pleasing - how to say NO!
This week we discuss people pleasing: what it is, where it comes from and some interesting links to trauma and gender. We also discuss some strategies for learning how to say no and putting yourself first!
Mar 23, 2022
25. Conquering failure in your 20’s
What does psychology have to say about our fear of failure and how can we change our mindset to one that embraces the mistakes we are inevitably going to make? This week we discuss failure of many sorts in our 20’s: relationships, academic, in the workplace. Tune in!
Mar 10, 2022
24. The Psychology of Toxic Relationships pt.2
In the second half of this episode we discuss the psychology behind why we stay in toxic and abusive relationships particularly attachment styles, reinforcement and sunk costs. We also talk about how to heal and what helped us move on. This is part two of a two part series.
Mar 01, 2022
23. Toxic Relationships pt.1 - Our Experiences
In this episode we discuss our experiences in toxic relationships in our 20’s. This is part one of a two part episode.
Feb 26, 2022
22. What are we fighting for - The Psychology of Conflict
Why do we fight and how can we resolve conflict in a healthy manner? We’re talking about interpersonal conflict today and answering some of the big questions around fighting with those we love.
Feb 13, 2022
21. Catastrophic thinking - When the worst case scenario happens
What happens when the worst case scenario happens? Whilst that rarely happens, today we break down catastrophic thinking and why we always expect the worst case scenario.
Feb 05, 2022
20. The Psychology of Lasting Friendships
We bring on the longest and nearest friend to talk about how our friendship has lasted for almost a decade, the lessons we’ve learned in 2021, home buying and so much more.
Jan 02, 2022
19. The Psychology of Forgiveness
We start our new year off RIGHT with a view into what psychology has to say about forgiveness and why it is the life changing philosophy we need in our 20’s. We discuss skills, strategies, set backs and benefits in our last episode of 2021 as we start the new year with a clean slate and fresh hearts
Dec 31, 2021
18. The Psychology of Big Life Changes
The psychology of the big life changes that we all experience in our 20’s: moving cities, graduations and job changes, it’s that time of the year. But where does the anxiety of big life changes come from? How do we deal with the fear of loneliness and adjustment disorder? Listen to find out.
Dec 14, 2021
17. The Psychology of Cheating
Why do people cheat? Is the phrase once a cheater, always a cheater correct? Where do conceptions of monogamy come from? Learn in this episode.
Dec 03, 2021
15. The Psychology of Attraction
Why do we feel a “spark” for some people and not others? What creates attraction and what is our ‘love map’? Listen in to find out why we are attracted to some people over others and how we can transform passionate love into something stable and long term.
Nov 10, 2021
14. The Psychology of Narcissism
This week, we talk about narcissism and how to identify narcissists in our own lives. We talk about how their behaviours may make relationships particularly hard, the origins of this personality disorder and whether a cure is possible!
Oct 17, 2021
13. The Psychology of Dating Apps with Martin and Robin
This week we’re discussing the psychology behind dating apps: our favourite platforms, choice psychology, app design and profile red flags.
Oct 03, 2021
11. The Psychology of Friendship Breakups - the fizzle, toxic people and forgiveness
In this episode we are discussing the psychology behind friendship breakups - why we need to move on from people, the types of toxic friends to look out for, the best way to breakup with a friend and more! Tune in for some juicy psychology and lessons for our 20’s.
Sep 16, 2021
9. The Psychology of Lockdown - a quick check-in and tips and tricks ✨
Howdy! This week we have a little lockdown snapshot where I delve into the psychology behind why lockdowns can be such a killer for our mental health. Indulge in some of my tips abs tricks for staying sane and as always, get vaccinated and stay COVID safe.
Aug 29, 2021
8. The Psychology of Unrequited Love - why we love those who don’t love us back.
This weeks episode is a deep and highly personal one. Hold onto your horses. We discuss unrequited love - why we feel it, how to fix it and whether it is truly what we can call love ❤️😢
Aug 21, 2021
6. The Psychology of Jealousy - why we feel so insecure, lessons from polyamory and more
This week we discuss jealousy - the green monster - and break down where jealousy originated from, it’s emotional core and how we can address these feelings.
Aug 07, 2021
4. The Psychology of FoMO
This episode we discuss the fear of missing out - where FoMO comes, why it feels so shit and potential solutions to stop worrying about what you’re missing out on.
Jul 24, 2021
3. The Psychology of the 9-5
This week we talk about the transition to full time work in our 20’s and why the 9-5 is not conducive to a well rounded lifestyle. Special guest Erin also joins us to give her expert opinion.
Jul 10, 2021
1. The Psychology of Imposter Syndrome - why do you feel like such a fraud??
On this weeks episode we discuss imposter syndrome; where it comes from, why we feel it and why society wants to convince women it’s a gendered problem.
Jun 26, 2021