Video Library

Here for both your pleasure and edification is a listing of short videos we have pulled together. The first list features videos we ourselves produced and they cover a range of topics that illustrate the practical relevance of the Primal Mind concept to one's everyday life. For your convenience, many are only 4 minutes long. List Two found below List One features 12 truly awesome and practical videos by researchers independent to us that further substantiate the key working ingredients found within our Primal Process Theory. Finally, List Three  brings you another listing of informative videos related to research on specific topics. We begin this list with a more extensive look at teens and how their brains work as compared to adults. Enjoy.


List One: Home grown.

What's Your Mindset?  (Duration: 9 mins. 41 secs.) Overview of the origins and role of mindsets in the development and use of the human mind by science writer Paul H. LeMay. Remember to take the mindset survey on this site, which you can access either on our Home page or by hitting the button above in the banner.

Introduction to the Primal Process (Duration: 4 mins. 0 secs.) Just what is the Primal Mind anyway? And what is its relationship to the Primal Game? In this installment, psychiatrist Hifzija Bajramovic introduces the basic ingredients you need to know in exploring the evolutionary origins of the human mind-brain system.

Teenage Rebellion (Duration: 4 mins. 0 secs.) Why do so many teenagers seem to go nuts? What is the basis of the so-called teenage rebellion? Drawing on Primal Process Theory, psychiatrist Hifzija Bajramovic sheds some insight into what's really going on, and suggests just how psychologically healthy this form of rebellion can ultimately be. (See List Three below for more on this topic.)

Armageddon: It's much closer than you think (Duration: 4 mins. 18 secs.) Armageddon comes in two distinct flavors reflecting two distinct processes. Societal Armageddon is the macroscopic version most culturally familiar to us, a stand-in descriptor for the ultimate showdown between good and evil. But then there is Personal Armageddon. It reflects a very different kind of process.

The Alternating Liberal-Conservative Dynamic (Duration: 3 mins. 44 secs.) Ever notice how the political pendulum seems to swing between liberal and conservative? Is this just coincidence or is it anchored in a deeper substrate process inherent to life itself? Psychiatrist Hifzija Bajramovic offers his take on this very topic as covered in our second Primal Mind, Primal Games book.

Origins of Primal Process Theory  (Duration: 3 mins. 37 secs.) Hifzija Bajramovic, MD describes the origins of how he came to develop Primal Process Theory over the course of both his life and his 40+ year practice as an outpatient psychiatrist in a university teaching hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Meet the Authors of Primal Mind, Primal Games  (Duration: 25 mins. 34 secs.) Living on Purpose producer Lynn Thompson interviews both authors on September 7th of 2014, a few days before they were to see their first printed preview copy of their first book. The interview captures some of the energy of anticipation whirling around at the time, shedding insight into the creative process.

Interview with Rupert Sheldrake  (Duration: 44 mins. 35 secs.) 2004 interview of this famed English biochemist and researcher/author who elaborates on the relationships among morphic fields, time, telepathy, yoga and love. He additionally comments on how the funding of science determines much of the direction it takes and the cultural chill impact this has on scientific thinking.

...stay tuned... more videos to come for list one in the weeks to come.


List Two: Moving beyond the unconscious limits of our own minds. 

Consider watching these in the order presented since each talk tends to build on the previous one. This same playlist can also be accessed on our YouTube channel.

  1. Developing a Growth Mindset  (Duration: 9 mins. 37 secs.) Psychologist Carol Dweck explains the basics of her own three component mindset theory as first described in her 2006 book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success which sold 1.8 million copies and is now used in schools as an approach to teaching students. This video has received 358,000 views.
  2. Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) (Duration: 9 mins. 59 secs.) In this 2013 TEDx UC Davis talk, which has received over 2 million views. Social Psychologist Alison Ledgerwood outlines some of the research and practical strategies on how to overcome "negative" mental habits.
  3. The ONE Question that Stops Negative Self Talk DEAD in it's Tracks (Duration: 3 mins. 29 secs.) A practical Integrating Self Function mindfulness technique one can use to identify and stop negative patterns of thinking as described by business coach Tony Teegarden.
  4. Change your mindset, change the game  (Duration: 18 mins. 20 secs.) In this very interesting 2014 TEDx Traverse City talk, Stanford University Assistant Psychology Professor, Alia Crum, PhD describes several research studies about how our minds literally affect our bodies' physiological responses to healing and quality of life without any actual changes in overt behavior. She talks about research in four areas that amplify the importance of this research to our own lives, showing how "mindsets matter". The four areas relate to the placebo effect, hotel maids, a milkshake experiment and positive messaging with employees she had a hand in producing at Yale University. You can find a transcript of the foregoing talk here.
  5. The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans  (Duration: 14 mins. 36 secs.)  This really interesting TEDx Orange Coast 2013 talk by psychiatrist/brain researcher Daniel Amen has received more than 3 million views. His talk goes to the heart of understanding how drug and alcohol abuse, brain tumors and head injuries can seriously compromise the functional structure of the brain and consequentially impact human behavior. Amen makes a strong pitch for modern psychiatric medicine and counselling practices to include some form of diagnostic brain scanning which can help identify what role brain damage may be having on people's behavior so that we might be more understanding and compassionate.
  6. Happy Brain: How to Overcome our Neural Predispositions to Suffering. (Duration: 18 mins. 06 secs.) In this 2015 Tedx Mayo Clinic Talk by Amit Sood, MD, he makes the case for using a few daily gratitude practices that can move us out of mindsets that can sabotage our love relationships. This talk received over 144,000 views.
  7. After watching this, your brain will not be the same.  (Duration: 14 mins. 24 secs.) In this 2015 TEDx Vancouver talk by University of British Columbia brain researcher Lara Boyd, she explains how the adult brain continues to grow and re-organize through neuroplasticity, how this relates to our ability to continue to learn new tricks, how learning in the brain really works, and why repetitive practice is so important to implant new habits. This is related to resetting mindsets. She refers to London taxi cab drivers whose brains have larger mapping areas because of their daily need to know that city's complex street system. Her talk also relates to stroke recovery and why it requires a tremendous amount of time to entrench.  This video has been seen by more than 3.5 million people.
  8. The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication and Self-Regulation.  (Duration: 41 mins. 44 secs.) In this slower-paced, thoughtful interview of long-time brain researcher Stephen Porges by Dharma Café host William Stranger, we get into some of the very intricate neuronal wiring that evolution has created over hundreds of millions of years that gave rise to the fight, flight and freeze responses and how these connect to how our minds and heart operate as a consequence. For instance, Porges explains why the heart contains its own intelligence. It relates to a period in our development as a fetus when neurons in the brain literally descend from our brain and become a part of our physical heart's structure and emotional sensitivity. A well-worth watching exploration. (Many thanks to Mandy Shewfelt, MSW for this information about Stephen Porges's work.)
  9. The science of emotions: Jaak Panksepp at TEDxRainier. (Duration 17 mins. 39 secs.) Given an inherent subjective nature, emotions have long been a nearly impenetrable topic for scientific research. The late affective neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp explains a modern approach to emotions, and how taking seriously the emotions of other animals might soon improve the lives of millions.
  10. The biology of our best and worst selves: Robert Sapolsky. (Duration 15 mins. 45 secs.) How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.
  11. Are we all mentally ill? (Duration: 13 mins. 03 secs.) Duke University psychiatrist Allen J. Frances, who served as Chair in the drafting of DSM IV -- the diagnostic manual used by psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers -- comments on the shortcomings of the DSM and its latest fifth edition, and how this has distorted our views of mental health. (This represents an abbreviated version on an original 57 minute talk he gave at the University of Toronto in May 2012, as recorded by TV Ontario as part of its Big Ideas program, which is posted on YouTube.)
  12. STOP NEGATIVE SELF-TALK NOW! (Duration: 9 mins. 14 secs.) Now relax with this soothing 2015 Guided Exercise by the "Honest Guys". It focuses on how to overcome the "cautious and careful programming" that our brains, or what the late Yale psychologist Clayton Alderfer called the Existence domain of needs, or what Hifzija Bajramovic calls our "Defeated Mindset" function. Relaxation and pay mindful attention to one's thought stream is often the best way to learn new things.


List Three: Digging Deeper 

  1. Adolescent Decision-Making (Duration: 5 mins. 43 secs.) In this 2013 summary video, Theresa Teslovich (Woo), then a graduate student at the Sackler Institute for Development Psychobiology, which is part of the Weill Cornell Medical College, was the lead author with a team of nine others who wrote a paper entitled Adolescents let sufficient evidence accumulate before making a decision when large incentives are at stakeWhat the authors found stands in marked contrast to most research which implies teenagers tend to be more impulsive than adults in making decisions. This study found that teenagers tended to be more cautious in accepting such rewards, apparently hesitant over surrendering control to an outside agency. Teslovich's team findings lends support to the Primal Process Theory view that "teen rebellion" reflects a healthy expression of this age group's assumption of an internal locus of control over the course of their own lives.
  2. Insight into the Teenage Brain (Duration: 9 mins. 42 secs.) In this 2013 TEDxYouth@Caltech talk, UCLA assistant professor of psychology Adriana Galván describes research she did with colleague Kristine M. McGlennen in relation to adolescent risk-taking behavior, reward and the brain areas activated.