Lockdown is opening up and socialising is now a thing again, what better topic to discuss than introversion and extroversion? In this CHAT episode, Brain Dump collabs with Gem from First Impressions to share thoughts on this fascinating topic. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How do you know? Please give the epsiode a share and let us know!


First Impressions 

Gem’s Instagram

The Power of Introverts | Susan Cain 

How to Leverage Being an Introvert | Simon Sinek

Introverts vs Extroverts | AsapScience

Jessie has come along way in her journey with her mental health. From being overwhelmed by obsessive thinking and intrusive thoughts to now living a more mindful life. We're really lucky to have Jessie share her story with us on Brain Dump.

Please like and share this episode if you enjoyed it.


Jessies's Links:

Bigger Than My

Jessies's Recommendations:

The OCD Project

Alegra Kastens

Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts by Sally M. Winston & Martin N. Seif 



February 7, 2021

#37 Ask Me Anything 2

It's the beginning of the year - we're all probably in a bit of a hump with Covid and the miserable weather. Here is an "Ask Me Anything" episode for a bit of fun. Questions were submitted by friends and fans of the show. If your question didn't get answer, don't worry I'm sure we'll do another in the future!

I hope you find this episode entertaining and engaging. How would you answer the questions?


After meeting Gemma on the 'Let’s Talk: Disabilities in the Workplace' panel, I talked with her about her journey into disability education and blogging. In this episode, Gemma shared her personal experiences with her condition called Brittle Bone and the steps we can take to improve our understanding and inclusivity for all.

Gemma's Links:

twitter - @gem_turner
Instagram - gem_turner
Facebook - Gem Turner disabled blogger and consultant
YouTube - Gem Turner

Blogs Articles: 

The Do's and Don'ts



Disability Identity 


Gem's recommendations:

Shani Dhanda  - @shanidhanda

Nina Tame - @nina_tame 

Jessica Kellgren-Fozard - @jessciaoutofthecloset

Break the Mould by Sinead Burke

Robin is one of the few people on this planet who has completed a swim across the English Channel. After Robin's brother lost his battle with addiction and depression, Robin was motivated to complete a swim across the English Channel to raise awareness for mental health. In this episode, we dive deep into the epic journey of Robin's swim and how the loss of his brother impacted him.

Brain Dump links:



The Brain Dump Group


Thetford & Brandon Times



Channel Swimming Association


Octavia's episode

We are very lucky to have Tanisha on Brain Dump who is a wonderfully creative and compassionate person. In this episode, Tanisha shares with us her journey from being a young carer and struggling with her mental health to becoming the inspiring kindhearted person she is today. 

We also explore how racism plays a part in impacting people's mental health and the vital concepts to help educate ourselves in order to tackle racism.

Brain Dump links:



The Brain Dump Group


Tanisha's Instagram - @Blacksugarising

Off the Record Bristol


Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Natives by Akala 

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 




In this episode, we're very lucky to have the tech wizard that is Dan Bate. Dan gives us an insight into the basics of coding, life as a programmer, and the future direction of computer science in a rapidly changing industry. 


If you like the episode please like and share or even get involved in the community on the BD Facebook Group.


Brain Dump links:



The Brain Dump Group






Since lockdown, a lot of us are feeling the magnitude of our thoughts. This echo chamber can be very toxic at times and cause a whole array of mental health issues. Showing us a truly incredible transformation out of such a crisis is this episode's guest: Yaz Wolfe.

In this episode, Yaz speaks on her experience with anorexia and depression and how accepting her vulnerability allowed her to recover. Yaz has gone from strength to strength and now spends her days helping others with their own mental health. I hope you can get as much out of this interview as I did. Please like and share if you enjoyed!

Brain Dump links:


Facebook Page

The Brain Dump Group

Yaz's recommend books:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk 

The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck

In the Realm of the Hungry Ghost by Gabor Maté

The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey 

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

The Player of Games by Iain Banks

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Other references:

Esther Perel - Experts on Experts with Dax Shepard

Clint Smith: The Danger of Silence

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson 

Continuing on the academic theme, this week we are hosting Joe Matthews on the podcast. In this episode, we dive into the multifaceted field of behavior and with a particular focus on smoking cessation. Joe brings to light the issues and hurdles that people face when wanting to break bad habits, exploring commercial influences and culture.

I found this episode really interesting and I hope you do too. Get in touch and let us know what you think!

Twitter: @joe__matthews @Brain_Dump_Pod

Facebook Page

The Brain Dump Group

Joe's book recommendations:

How to Stop Smoking by Prof Robert West

Drink? by Prof David Nut

Firstly, I hope you are all well and are coping in lockdown - here is a little something to keep you entertained. Monty and I are back with this C.H.A.T episode on our wacky thoughts on what to do in a zombie outbreak. Heavily influenced by Max Brooks' book and our own experiences, we explore the dos and don'ts if the dead were to rise.

We would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on what you would do in a zombie outbreak (we know you've thought about it?!?). Post your thoughts and idea on the 'Brain Dump Facebook Group' or tweet your ideas to @Brain_Dump_Pod. You might get a mention in the next episode!

Links below:

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Bristol City Council Zombie Contingency Plan

Brian Dump Facebook Group

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