Episode 12: Stop and Think with Michael Schaffer


This week, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie speak with the host and creator of Reasonable Risk Podcast, Michael Schaffer about how to think more critically and make better decisions. And Michael gives Dr. Angela some very good advice about poker.


Also, the Doctors discuss hidden meanings behind Halloween costumes, including why people choose to wear sexy food items?

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Upcoming Guest: Nicole Nietzel, Architectural Historian

Nicole Nietzel is an architectural historian from Massachusetts. Nicole earned her BA in Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University and her MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. The majority of her research projects focus on topics related to tourism such as twentieth-century postcards, Newport, Rhode Island and ocean liners.

Nicole fell in love with studying ocean liners at just seven years old, when a classmate told her about the history of the RMS Titanic (BEFORE the movie came out, for the record!). She continued to expand her study of ocean liners throughout her life, first as a child, then as an academic, and most recently as a professional. Nicole spent ten months scouring the Queen Mary, cataloging her architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, and other furnishings to provide preservation recommendations and an assessment of her current condition. As an ocean liner that has been converted into a hotel located in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary presents a unique and fascinating set of preservation challenges, and her features often blur the lines between architecture and furniture. Nicole met these challenges head on, creating a database of the ship’s features in the majority of the ship’s accessible spaces.

Nicole’s other notable professional experiences from the preservation field include: a research internship working on the Peabody Essex Museum and V&A’s current exhibit Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed and Style; tour guiding at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; analyzing a collection of historic postcards for her masters thesis and various other curatorial and archival related projects. In her free time Nicole enjoys knitting, going for walks, attending concerts, watching too much TV and doing even more historical research.

Episode 11: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover with Melisa Frizzi

Today, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie discuss invisible disabilities and universal healthcare. The interview today is with Melisa Frizzi, who discusses having a chronic medical condition, Marfan Syndrome. In the final segment, the doctors take on #diagnosethismovie with Gaslight. Spoiler alert: But the film is over 70 years old.




Episode 10: Talk Back, The Sequel

On today’s show, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie discuss an exercise that helps college students learn about differences in vulnerabilities for people with different SES and answer a question about Mensa and other high IQ societies. They also “throw down” about Flo” and then evaluate the merits of Taylor Swift’s new song.

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Upcoming Guest: Michael Schaffer

Michael Schaffer is the Host and Creator of Reasonable Risk Podcast, and the founder of Reason Real Estate.  Michael brings two decades of business and negotiation experience to his roles.

As the host of Reasonable Risk podcast, Michael uses his experience to educate and entertain his listeners while engaging with guests on the premise that thorough evaluation of risks and rewards is the key to better decision making.

In founding Reason Real Estate, Michael designed a company which separates itself from the industry’s traditional MO, by making a clear commitment to putting clients first, and bringing a level of professionalism and client empowerment through strategy.
Prior to entering the residential real estate arena as an investor and then as a broker, Michael was a small-time professional poker player and coach, and cut his teeth in negotiations as a literary agent with top Los Angeles talent agency International Creative Management.

Michael holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Finance from Indiana University. When he isn’t working or podcasting, you’ll probably find him out on his motorcycle, playing bass for his band O’Shag, or playing with his two pug-mix pups.  Michael and his family live in the Denver, Colorado metro area.

Episode #9: Sweet Reality with Laura Heffernan

In this episode of Chasing the Mind, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie talk to Laura Heffernan, romance novelist and author of the new book Sweet Reality. They discuss the guilty pleasure of reality television, the process of writing a novel, and the pros and cons of writing steamy love scenes. Laura shares her love of cupcakes, comedy, and pole fitness.

Also, Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie introduce some new segments to the show, including more conversations about different topics in psychology in Psych Corner and a new feature where Dr. Angela and Dr. Stephanie will diagnose a character from a movie! Listeners make your suggestions by email at info@chasingthemind.com or tweet us @chasingthemind #DiagnoseThisMovie.

And don’t forget the next episode is a Talk Balk session, so send us your questions!

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