04 Oct Being Well Podcast: Unwinding Anxiety and Addiction with Dr. Jud Brewer
In one of our favorite conversations, Dr. Jud Brewer joins Forrest and me to explore the habit of anxiety, mindfulness practices to heal addiction, and what we can learn from the brains of the world’s most advanced meditators.
Dr. Jud is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author. He’s the director of research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, where he also serves as an associate professor, as well as the executive medical director of behavioral health at Sharecare Inc.
Dr. Jud is also the author of The Craving Mind and Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind.
2:00: What got Jud from psychiatry to studying mindfulness?
5:45: Addiction and the structure of habits
10:15: Mindfulness as a treatment for addiction
14:00: Liking without wanting
19:45: Habit formation and reward-based learning
24:00: Awareness, and honoring your experience
28:10: The “habit” of anxiety
32:00: Anxiety’s habit loop
34:45: The true purpose of worrying
39:00: Generalized vs. acute anxiety
41:00: Anxiety and performance
46:20: Practices for unwinding from anxiety
54:45: Learning from the brains of experienced practitioners
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