Agnes Wainman, PhD, on Expectations & Anxiety

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Feeling Anxious? Of Course You Are!

If you feel anxious, you’re not alone. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Agnes Wainman, PhD, about the dynamics that are driving so many women to the edge of overwhelm.

We are basically training women to be anxious.”
— Anges Wainman, PhD

Show Notes:

You worry about your kids. You worry about your partner. You worry that you don’t see your friends enough. You double- and triple-check everything. And when you feel bad about how you feel, you think it’s probably your fault. It’s not. In this In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Agnes Wainman, PhD, of London Psychological Services, about the expectations that we learn from our culture and our own families and how they can stand in the way of living a life that feels right.

Listen and learn:

  1. Whether anxiety is a part of your personality, a disorder — or something different

  2. Disorder vs. “Duh”: Dr. Wainman’s “A-ha!” moment in understanding women and anxiety

  3. About the subtle — and blatant — messages we get that tell us we should be worried

  4. Why therapy shouldn’t be about figuring out what’s wrong with you

  5. How culture and family dynamics shape expectations

  6. Why checking off all your To-Do’s won’t help you feel settled

  7. What you might be missing even if you had a great childhood

  8. How making sense of your childhood can make you a better parent

  9. Why disconnecting from uncomfortable feelings is not a solution

  10. How a simple shift in perspective can make a difference

  11. How humor can help

  12. How “good listeners” put themselves at risk

  13. About the empowerment that comes from knowing you’re not alone

Learn More

> London Psychological Services website

> Agnes Wainman, PhD, CPsych bio

> Dr. Jonice Webb’s website

> Progression Counseling


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