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How to free yourself from anxiety, with Paul McKenna


Do you struggle with anxiety? For this episode of The Liz Earle Wellbeing Show, Liz chats to hypnotherapist and behavioural scientist Paul McKenna about how we can free ourselves from anxious feelings.

Paul guides Liz through different techniques, such as havening and freeze frame, to help us when we are feeling stressed out.

The episode also covers neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and whether manifestation can help us hit our goals. Plus, Paul reveals how he first became fascinated with hypnotherapy and the science behind it.


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Airing Pain 134 – Warwick Study Of Mental Defeat In Chronic Pain


What is mental defeat and does it have an impact on the experiences of those living with pain?

In this edition of Airing Pain, Paul Evans interviews the team at the Warwick Study of Mental Defeat in Chronic Pain (WITHIN Project) and research participants, as well as taking part in the study as a participant himself.

The study, which runs until May 2023, is investigating how mental defeat can influence pain sensation, sleep patterns, social activity, physical activity and the general health of individuals who have chronic pain.

Mental defeat is defined as the perceived loss of autonomy in the face of uncontrollable, traumatic events. In the context of chronic pain this can be explained as a loss of identity and self in relation to repeated episodes of pain.

Paul talks to the team about their experimental, lab-based study and the sleep-tracking survey, then undergoes the lab experiment himself. Afterwards, he discusses how he found it and the possible outcomes of the research. He also interviews other participants on their experience.

Research into mental defeat is in its early stages. It is hoped that the WITHIN Project will generate important information to help us further understand the influence that mental defeat has on distress and disability in chronic pain patients. This is essential listening for anyone wanting to know more about the research process, or wanting to participate.

Issues covered in this programme include:

Mental defeat, pain research, insomnia, psychological effects of pain, chronic pain, patient perspective, acceptance and commitment therapy, research participation, pain thresholds.

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If you prefer to read the transcript please click on link to download PDF

Mental Defeat In Chronic Pain



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Chronic Pain Podcasts


Sometimes it can be extremely tiring and stressful reading detailed information about chronic pain, and the many ways to reduce the impact chronic pain has on the quality of life.

Many people prefer to listen to content rather than read. You can relax, close your eyes, and take in the spoken word via podcasts.

With that in mind, below are links put together by Annette Leonard, who lives with chronic pain herself.

This is not what I ordered

This is not what I ordered is a podcast by San Francisco psychotherapist and podcast host, Lauren Selfridge. The host conducts honest, humorous, and inspiring conversations with people to understand what it’s like to live with long term pain.

Chronically Chilled

We hope these podcasts can be a valuable tool for those experiencing chronic pain. Is there one you enjoy that we have missed? Let us know on our community Facebook group – you could be the one to introduce someone to their next favourite podcast! The link is here if you would like to join. Our community provides a place for people living with chronic pain to get support, tips, advice and support. We are better, together.

Trigeminal Neuralgia with Kelsey Darragh

Tune in as Kelsey shares…that she developed trigeminal neuralgia (TN) after two botched jaw surgeries.  That her surgeon gaslit her from the get-go after her surgeries, telling her it was all in her head and part of the healing process that she should be in such pain

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