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Dr. Caroline Leaf

The BRAIN SCIENCE of Shaping Your Identity & Staying Positive

It's time for an identity check.

Our beliefs shape our identity, but sometimes, we can forget what we believe.

This often happens when we are under some sort of pressure — whether it be the urge to people-please, a devasting trauma, or a period of confusion and anxiety. In these moments, we sometimes forget what we believe, value, and trust.

Have you experienced moments (or even years) like this? If so, you’re definitely not alone.

There have been times when I’ve looked in the mirror and haven’t recognized the face looking back. It’s a terrible feeling, but thankfully, it wasn’t the end of my story. I did an identity check, and after working through some trauma and pursuing healing, I was able to remember who I was again.

And the same can happen for you! My guest today, Dr. Caroline Leaf, is a cognitive neuroscientist, and she has the perfect tools to help you reclaim your identity.


“We’re very good at saying things that we don’t actually believe. When I’m saying things that I don’t believe, I know that’s when I need an identity check.” @DrCarolineLeaf  

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and Ph.D. in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopaedics from the University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria in South Africa, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory.

Dr. Caroline was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input. During her years in clinical practice and her work with thousands of underprivileged teachers and students in her home country of South Africa, and in the USA, she developed her theory (called the Geodesic Information Processing theory) of how we think, build memory, and learn — creating practical guides and tools that have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD), autism, dementia, and mental ill-health issues like anxiety and depression.

Dr. Leaf’s podcast, Cleaning Up The Mental Mess, YouTube videos, and TV appearances have reached millions globally. She has been featured on Elle, TED, Bustle, Medium, Huffington Post, The O Magazine, Thrive Global, Something You Should Know, Getting Curious, and many other TV, radio, podcast, and print outlets. Most recently, Dr. Caroline has been working on her app, Neurocycle, which uses a scientifically researched and revolutionary 5 Step Process to help you take back control over your thoughts and your life, with scientific research showing it reduces anxiety, depression, and toxic thoughts by up to 81%.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Caroline back on Episode #1,079 on how we can heal our minds and overcome trauma. It was such an insightful and helpful interview, that I knew I had to bring her back! Make sure to listen to Episode 1,127 for Part One of this incredible interview!

But for now, join me on Episode 1,128 to learn about the BRAIN SCIENCE of shaping your identity and staying positive with Dr. Caroline Leaf!

“Envy and jealousy cause brain damage.” @DrCarolineLeaf  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How do you rebuild confidence when doing an identity check?
  • How do our beliefs shape our identity?
  • When we celebrate someone’s success rather than feeling jealous, what does that do to our mind?
  • Why is positivity so important for our brain health?
  • What do jealousy and envy do to our brain?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to rebuild confidence when doing an identity check.
  • The 100-second pause breathing practice and how to do it.
  • How our beliefs shape our identity.
  • Why positivity is so important to your brain health.
  • How jealousy and envy can cause brain damage.
  • Plus much more…

Show Notes:

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