Next meeting:

Spring 2020 Thriving in Science series

From Self-Criticism to Kindness: How to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Still be Accomplished

Dr. Amy Honigman, PhD

Counseling and Psychological Services, UC Berkeley


Wednesday, February 12th

6:00 pm in 105 Stanley Hall 

Along with being high performers many graduate students are also really hard on themselves. Self-Criticism is often the harsh voice that can leave us feeling beaten up rather than helping us. And there is research to support this idea. Many people however, fear that giving up their self-criticism will leave them unmotivated or unaccountable. There is an alternative, however, to help us break our entrenched pattern and develop a clearer more balanced way to help. In this talk, Dr. Amy Honigman, the Graduate Assembly Wellness Specialist will be addressing issues related to finding alternatives to self-criticism by generating more positive feelings to balance our reactive self-criticism and instead enhance our motivation and resilience.

After the seminar, stick around to enjoy pizza and refreshments and mingle with your fellow Thrivers. Please encourage friends and labmates to join. All are welcome!






Upcoming Speakers:

February 12th, 2019: Dr. Amy Honigman

Past Seminars and Events:

November 13th, 2019: "Mindfulness and Meditation" Dr. Amy Honigman, Sr. Clinical Psychologist at CAPS

October 23rd, 2019: "Cultivating Resilience in Stressful Environments," Dr. Julia Anable, PhD (Be Well At Work, UC Berkeley)

September 25th, 2019: "Stigma, Mental Health, Families, and Disclosure: New Frontiers," Dr. Steven Hinshaw, PhD (UC Berkeley and UCSF) Author of Another Kind of Madness

SLIDES September 4, 2019: "Thriving in Science: Why peer support can help you hit your professional goals," Diane Wiener, PhD (co-founder of Thriving in Science) 

March 27, 2019: "Fraud Alert: Identifying and Addressing Impostor Syndrome," Amy Honigman, Sr. Clinical Psychologist at CAPS

EMOTIONAL REGULATION January 30, 2019: "Resilience Inside and Outside of Science: How Regulating Emotion Can Help Us Overcome Stress", Dr. Iris Mauss

November 7, 2018: "The Art of Giving Feedback", Cal Facilitation Team (LEAD Center)

October 17, 2018: "From Self-Criticism to Kindness: How to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Still be Accomplished", Dr. Amy Honigman (CPS and Graduate Assembly Wellness Specialist)

September 12, 2018: "Navigating Difficult Conversations", Marcia Gee Riley and Amanda Dean (U.C. Berkeley Ombuds Office)

March 14, 2018: "It’s not personal: Why being happy should be one of your explicit professional goals," Dr. Troy Lionberger (Berkeley Lights)

February 7, 2018: "Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives," Prof. Terry Johnson (Department of Bioengineering, U.C. Berkeley) (see 2/25/15 listing for video). And if you're so inclined, check out his novel!

November 8, 2017: "The Way We Work Isn't Working," Sahar Yousef and Lucas Miller

October 18, 2017: "The Big Unknown," Jacquelyn Nicholson (Leadership X University)

SUGGESTED ARTICLE September 13th, 2017: "My Journey from Physics to Neurobiology as an Imposter," Dr. Marla Feller (U.C. Berkeley)  

SLIDES April 19th, 2017: "Navigating Difficult Conversations," Marcia Riley (U.C. Berkeley Ombuds Office)

March 8th, 2017: "Understanding Burnout," Prof. Christina Maslach (Department of Psychology, U.C. Berkeley) (see 12/12/2014 listing for video)

February 22, 2017: Welcome Back and Town Hall Meeting

16 Nov 2016: Molecular and Cell Biology Prof. Rebecca Heald (recipient of the 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring)

 October 12th, 2016: "Science as an entrepreneur: balancing the demands of good science with good business to build a career," Dr. Dan Widmaier (CEO and Co-founder at Bolt Threads)

VIDEO May 18th, 2016: "A Biased Random Walk: My 'Alternative' Career as a Scientist," Dr. Brad Zamft (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

VIDEO April 28th, 2016: "Recognizing and Addressing Unconscious Bias," Cat Adams (Unconscious Bias Project) and an Interview and Discussion with Professor Janet Stemwedel (Dept. of Philosophy, San Jose State University)

VIDEO February 17th, 2016: "Counseling and Psychological Services 101," Dr. Aaron Cohen (U.C. Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services)

January 27th, 2016: "The road not taken: A journey from the halls of academia to the pillars of industry," Dr. Nathan Pierce (Verily) 

December 9th, 2015: "Toxic Leadership," Dr. Dave (Doc) Matsuda

SLIDES November 18th, 2015: "Navigating Difficult Conversations," Marcia Riley and Sunny Lee (U.C. Berkeley Ombuds Office)

October 7th, 2015: "A conversation on peer support: Benefits and lessons learned from Thriving in Science peer group members," Members of Thriving in Science Peer Support Groups

June 3rd, 2015: "Rethinking Scientific Publication for Modern Times," Prof. Ron Vale (Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, U.C. San Francisco)

VIDEO April 29, 2015: "Happy Academics: Scientific Insights on Thriving in Science," Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas (Greater Good Science Center, U.C. Berkeley)

VIDEO April 8, 2015: "Courage to Explore: What Organizational Research Tells Us about Learning from Failure," Prof. Monica Worline (Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan)

VIDEO February 25, 2015: "Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives," Terry Johnson (Department of Bioengineering, U.C. Berkeley)

VIDEO January 27, 2015: "Creating a Recovery Filled Weekend," Prof. Kevin Eschleman (Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University)

VIDEO December 12th, 2014: "Understanding Burnout," Prof. Christina Maslach (Department of Psychology, U.C. Berkeley)

SLIDES October 29th, 2014: "How Positive Leadership and Positive Culture Can Affect the Success of Berkeley Scientists," Prof. Kim Cameron (Ross School of Business, University of Michigan)

VIDEO October 7th, 2014: "Love and Fear in the Lab," Prof. Uri Alon (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

VIDEO September 3rd, 2014: "Not Going It Alone," Prof. Judith Klinman (Department of Chemistry, U.C. Berkeley)