Episode 29: Peeling the Layers of a Meltdown

Episode 29: Peeling the Layers of a Meltdown

In NBC’s award winning series, This is Us, Mandy Moore’s character Becca, a new mother of three, leaves the house for the first time after the childbirth to buy groceries so that she can make something special for her husband, Jack. Ordinarily, Becca plays by the book and goes with the flow but an encounter where another shopper grabs the last bag of yellow onions that Becca wanted for herself leads to a massive meltdown. One can clearly see what happens when the demands on a capable and caring person like Rebecca exceeds her capacity as woman who’s recovering from postnatal blues and warding off the unlimited pressure of raising babies. Today, my guest, Professor Jerry Hoepner, will talk about the daily tug of war where a novel context causes a seismic shift in the demands and deterioration in the performance as it exceeds capacity.

About Jerry Hoepner, Ph.D.


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Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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