Category Archives: Self-Improvement Podcast

Self-improvement advice and self-improvement tips

How to be Likeable

Being likeable can be learned and is not very complicated. Learn the 10 simple secrets of being liked by almost everyone.

Amber Ault, clinical sociologist, author of The Five Step Exit and previous guest of Insights with Dick Goldberg,  interviews Dick, therapist, author,  lecturer and regular host of Insights, as he shares the secrets of how to be likeable taken from his published article and workshops.

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Leaving Toxic Relationships

leaving toxic relationship

Thinking about Leaving a Toxic Relationship?  In this podcast, clinical sociologist Amber Ault, author of The Five Step Exit, discusses how to leave a toxic partner.

Amber begins the discussion by describing the toxic partner:

“Partners who are toxic..are very inclined to do something we call intermittent reinforcement.  They are nice sometimes. Sometimes they are great or greater than great and other times they are more awful than awful.  If they were consistently awful, it would be much easier for people to exit quickly a cleanly.”

During this discussion, Amber clarifies the different personality disorders that are common in toxic partners such as narcissism, sociopaths and borderline personality disorders.  She then explores how these different disorders manifest in both the relationship and exit strategy for the partner.

Amber continues to tackle some of the most common questions about toxic relationships:

Why don’t people just leave?

How is emotional abuse different than physical abuse?

How do you know if you are the victim of emotional abuse?

What are some reasons people get into a relationship with a toxic person?

How does a toxic person keep their partner from leaving?

Amber concludes by outlining the 5 steps required to leave a toxic relationship and important things to consider along the way.


Clinical sociologist Amber Ault, author of Five Step Exit

Life Coaching

How effective is it in improving people’s lives and their happiness? How is it different from psychotherapy? How do you find the best life coach for you?

Dick’s guest is Darcy Luoma, a life coach and the head instructor at the only Life Coaching Certificate Program in the midwest certified by the International Coaching Federation, of which she is also a board member.


Coping with Stress Successfully

Why do some people cope better with stress than others? The right techniques can go a long way to reducing stress.

Dick’s guest, Rob Sepich has helped more than 3,000 students over the last twenty years to better manage their stress through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Counseling Center and has presented over 1,000 workshops and seminars on this topic. — downloadable MP3 audio files of brief relaxation exercises — videos on sleep strategies, public speaking, and test anxiety