The Love Is Viral Show Episode 88: Behaving & Doing v Thinking & Feeling with Dr. Sarah McKay

Dr. Sarah McKay believes it’s important for therapists and coaches to know how to use neuroscience wisely in their practice, based on up-to-date, contemporary ideas, allowing for us all to move forward by releasing old-fashioned and outdated ways that aren’t helping people to thrive. Sarah is a neuroscientist and science communicator who specializes in translating brain science research into simple, actionable strategies for peak performance, creativity, health and wellbeing.

In this episode, we discuss:  

The importance of taking a step back, and become the observer when it comes to our emotions

The Reptilian Brain- Fact or Fiction?

What Fight or Flight really means

Behaving & Doing v Thinking & Feeling 

And how we can use the right tools and strategies to bring a pragmatic approach to the world of mindfulness. 

Sarah grew up in New Zealand where she completed BSc(Hons) at Otago University, then headed to Oxford University for her PhD. She sums up her thesis with the words, ‘Nature, Nurture or Neuroplasticity’. After five years of postdoctoral research, Sarah hung up her lab coat to pursue a career in science communications. 

Sarah is the author of The Women’s Brain Book—The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness, and the director of The Neuroscience Academy, which offers professional development program in applied neuroscience and brain health. In 2019, Sarah hosted an episode of ABC Catalyst exploring brain health, bio-hacking and longevity. 

Sarah lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her Irish husband and together they are raising two surfer dudes.

I love Sarah’s reminder that love is what drives us, not fear, and that we all want and need human connection and love from the moment we’re born. 

You can find Sarah online at on Instagram @drsarahmckay and on Facebook @YourBrainHealth

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Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.



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