How to Hit and Think at the Same Time

September 23, 2013
Hosted by Dr. David Brendel

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Yogi Berra claimed that you can’t hit a baseball and think at the same time; the choreographer George Balanchine would tell his dancers, “don’t think; just do,” and the psychologist Sian Beilock has conducted experiments which support, as she sees it, the phenomenon of “paralysis by analysis,” or as she puts it in her popular book Choke, “heightened attention to detail can actually mess you up.” But does thinking really interfere with expert performance? Does attention to detail tend to mess you up? Going against a long tradition of thinkers who have advocated the view that thinking interferes with doing, the philosopher and former professional ballet dancer, Barbara Gail Montero, discusses her forthcoming book in which she explains why, when you are really good at something, you really can hit and think at the same time. (Read a preview of the book in the New York Times,

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Leading Minds with Dr. David Brendel explores how innovative approaches in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and coaching are empowering individuals in the 21st century to realize their full human potential. The show will feature experts in these areas discussing how people can develop individualized goals and solutions to their greatest challenges, rather than relying on standardized psychiatric treatments and potentially toxic medication. Drawing on new research findings in areas like positive psychology, Leading Minds will educate you about the benefits of “solutions-based” approaches rather than “problems-based” approaches. Expert discussions with renowned psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, and coaches will converge on a central theme. This unifying vision is that self-reflection, positive thinking, and personal responsibility will empower you to achieve practical wisdom, develop clear action plans, and achieve lasting success in all areas of their lives.

Dr. David Brendel

Dr. David Brendel is a leading executive coach and psychiatrist based in Boston. His company, Leading Minds Executive and Personal Coaching, provides a wide array of coaching and consulting services to individuals, organizations, and corporations. He is a Master Certified Coach Trainer in the Center for Executive Coaching, where he trains mental health professionals to become coaches. He also chairs a CEO peer group with Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization.

He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Chicago. He served as a Faculty Fellow in the Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions. He is the author of Healing Psychiatry: Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide, published by MIT Press. In his private practice, he provides consultation and treatment for adults with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, and psychosis.

Dr. Brendel is an experienced media consultant on psychiatric treatments, medical ethics, and use of Internet technologies in clinical practice. In addition to serving as a consultant for PBS and ABC News, he has given dozens of interviews to major media outlets and has been a guest on top radio programs. He currently is Chief Medical Officer for LinkedWellness, a start-up company providing digital health solutions for conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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