Dan is a Lecturer in the Division of Psychology, School of Applied Sciences. He specialises in the field of mental health, and his main research focus is on the study of metacognition and self-critical rumination.
Dan’s talk will focus on learning to understand our own self critical thoughts, commonly referred to using the term ‘imposter syndrome’ and will share some tools to help manage our own self critic!
Can you start by telling our audience how you came to work in this field?
I have always had an interest in the way that the mind works and a passion for helping others. Working with clients on a range of depression and anxiety issues, I have found that self-criticism, self-esteem and the fear of being caught out as an imposter is something that is fundamental to many mood and anxiety disorders.
To some people, there might not be such an obvious link between sustainability and wellbeing. What does this mean to you?
I think wellbeing is largely about shifting the focus away from our sense of worth and on to the tasks at hand that will move us towards our goals. Sustainability is very much about creating an atmosphere that keeps us on the right track towards fulfilment and contentment. It is hard to have wellbeing without sustainability and vice versa.
What inspires you most about our students?
Our student group is one of the most diverse with which I have worked. It is great to see people coming together from different ages and backgrounds and celebrating our similarities and differences.
One of the foundations of the conference is myth-busting. Do you have a myth-buster you’d like to share in relation to your talk?
That little voice in the back of your head that tells you that you’re not good enough is not in charge of your life.
And finally, what advice would you give to our audiences to encourage them to think & act more sustainably?
There is generally a double standard between how critical we are of ourselves and how (outwardly at least) critical we are of other people. If we treated ourselves the way that we treat other people, we could stop having to define self-worth and just get on with our lives in a more sustainable way.
Dan’s talk is titled ‘You're Not What You Think: How to Manage the Internal Self-Critic’ and he’ll be delivering this on Friday 6th November on the day devoted to Wellbeing. Several of his colleagues from the School of Applied Sciences will also be covering topics related to sustainable provisions and interventions for mental health and wellbeing.
For more information and to register for this event, which will be delivered online, visit the event page.