Bruce Liese

Central Standard
2:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Mixed Emotions: The Complex Logic Of Feelings

An emotional reaction begins with a set of reflexive messages originating in the brain. It happens faster than thought and is beyond our control. But what we do with that emotion and how long we hold onto it beyond the initial reflex? That's another story.


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Central Standard
1:15 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones

Excessive television, overindulging in junk food and soda: Can we replace bad habits with good ones?
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Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." 

But making excellence a habit is easier said than done. For most people, the word habit evokes thoughts of junk food or television, not excellence.

Psychologist Bruce Liese stopped by Central Standard to talk about the ins and outs of habit formation, and help us recognize the difference between a good habit and a bad one. He offered advice on getting to the root causes of our most deeply ingrained patterns and offered insight into the common problem of relapse. 

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Graduation Anxiety

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Spring is the season of change. Many high school seniors are preparing to leave the familiar to experience the independence that comes with university life. College seniors are expected to go out into the "real world" and take on new responsibilities. On today's Central Standard, psychologist Bruce Liese guides both students and parents through the uncertainties of this transitional period.


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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Examining The Reality Of Eating Disorders

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We eat every day and most of us enjoy it. It satiates our hunger, and provides us with nutrition and complex and pleasurable flavors and textures. But for some people eating can become the center of an obsession, an inescapable part of the date filled with anxiety. Eating disorders impact 2.7 percent of population, according the National Institute of Mental Health, but the problem extends far beyond the struggling individual.

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Central Standard
4:19 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Article Is About You

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Thousands of us make New Year's resolutions. When the clock marks the start of a new year, it's also a new opportunity for self-improvement. However, many of these resolutions will fall into the trap of being more about the "self" part rather than the "improvement" part.

On Monday's Central Standard, host Bill Anderson and psychologist Bruce Liese observe aspects of vanity and help tweak your New Year's resolutions so they are less about physical appearance and more about giving back to family, friends and community.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Finding Peace And Managing Your Time

Time management is a constant struggle in many of our lives, so how do we take time to find that inner calm within us?

Host Bill Anderson talks with Bruce Liese about learning to live in the moment even while tackling a demanding schedule.


  • Bruce Liese, Professor of Family Medicine at KU Medical Center


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Central Standard
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Narcissism is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It's often a self-diagnosed condition, or people refer to others as narcissistic when they are merely being selfish.

Today on Central Standard, Host Bill Anderson talks with Dr. Bruce Liese, Professor of Family Medicine at the KU Medical Center, about the destructive behaviors that make relationships difficult. We'll also explore  arrogance, and the ways in which you can cope with a narcissist at home or at work.

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Central Standard
5:05 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Why Are Secrets And Privacy So Important?

Do you ever get the feeling that you're being watched?
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Right now our government is mining data about your conversations--who you called, when you called them, how long you talked, and who you’ve emailed. It’s all technically approved by law, but for many it’s deeply unsettling.

On this Central Standard we take a step backward and inward from the controversy surrounding domestic surveillance and look at the psychology of secrets and privacy with psychologist Bruce Liese.

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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

How To Address Depression

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According to the CDC 1 in 10 adults report being depressed and 11% of Americans over 12 years old take some form of antidepressant medication.  Depression –is a mental disorder that is more severe than just sad feelings.  It can last long periods of time, include feelings of hopelessness and uselessness. Cause chronic pain, headaches, sleeping and eating disorders, and thoughts of suicide.  Depression makes day to day life seem pointless or impossible to handle.

Dr. Bruce Liese, a psychologist at KU Medical Center, explores the various elements of depression from diagnosis to treatment through to recovery.

Central Standard
5:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013


Climbing that ladder, but to where...

It has been quite a week for one of the biggest sports competitions of the year. And just as march madness comes to a end the Kansas City Royals, kick off their season opener in Chicago.

In honor of these events we’ll be taking a look at the psychology of competition. It permeates not just sports, but almost every aspect of our lives as we compete for money, prestige and more.  But, when is it healthy and when does it become detrimental not just to our personal, but social wellbeing?  And how do we tell the difference?

Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Extramarital Affairs

"Golden ring it's just a cold metallic thing, only love can make a golden wedding ring." - Tammy Wynette and George Jones

  When surveyed, 20 to 25 percent of people admit to having an extramarital affair.  It also is one of the most destructive forces to a  relationship.  Why is this phenomena so common? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese tackles the common misconceptions about affairs.

Central Standard
5:52 pm
Mon February 11, 2013


Today on Central Standard, we talk about conflict, and resolving it. Why is it that our workplaces, our families, even the international community have such trouble getting along? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese is here to try to help … and to give us some ideas about conflict resolution in our world and in our lives.

Central Standard
6:20 pm
Sun December 2, 2012


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The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family in cheer.  The holidays also are a time of high stress and anxiety which can lead to addictive behaviors.

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Central Standard
6:04 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Lonely In KC

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Kansas City and not know anyone?

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Central Standard
4:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Why Do We Dream?

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On Monday’s Central Standard, a look into dreams with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese.

We’ll learn about the history of dream research and analysis. Plus, we’ll explore lucid dreaming, or dreaming when you know you’re dreaming.

Dr. Bruce Liese, KU Family Medicine

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Central Standard
10:19 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Why Do We Work?

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison talks with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese about the meaning of work.

Why do we work? Are we searching for more than a job, more than a paycheck? How does one find their “calling?” Plus, we’ll discuss the role that the modern-day office job plays in the development of personal relationships.

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Central Standard
9:26 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Death & Dying

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I know it’s a beautiful summer day outside, and you’re busy thinking of a million things you have planned for the coming week, but sometimes, we have to step outside the day to day for a deeper discussion about what it means to be human, to be alive.

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Central Standard
3:32 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

The Secret Lives Of Secrets

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On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at the psychological implications of the secrets we keep. Are all secrets created equal?

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Central Standard
3:31 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

On Being Mindful

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On this Monday's Central Standard, the one thing you’ll need to get everything you want out of life: mindfulness. Learn how cutting back on multitasking, and learning how to focus your mind, can change everything.

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Mon June 4, 2012

What Your Story Says About You

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You know the phrase "that’s my story and I’m sticking to it?" Don’t! On this Monday's Central Standard, learn how changing the way you tell your story can help free you from your past.

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Central Standard
12:49 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Who Are You Really?

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Are you who you say you are? Do other people see you that way? Can you be one person at home and another person at work? Is that ideal?

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Happiness Is An Inside Job

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What’s the key to happiness? Is it money? Status? Your own lake house with jet skis?

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Central Standard
1:22 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Ego & Self-Esteem

How did you develop a clearly defined sense of yourself?
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On this Central Standard, we get to know a hungry ghost with a gigantic tummy: your ego.

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Central Standard
2:27 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Psychology Of Eating

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On this Central Standard, we explore what happens to our brains on food. Have you ever wondered what goes on when you lie in bed, thinking about that late night snack?

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Central Standard
8:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Misbehaving In The Workplace


Cliques, harassment, inappropriate jokes... It's no wonder getting up to go to work can be work.

On Monday's Central Standard: a discussion about conflict and misbehavior on the job with Dr. Bruce Liese.

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Central Standard
10:14 am
Mon December 19, 2011

The Psychology of Giving

Today on Central Standard, we ask - what's the greatest gift you've ever received? What do you like about giving gifts in the first place? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us for a look at the psychology behind giving.

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Cognitive Therapy
12:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011


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Can you ever love your child too much? Today on the show, join Dr. Bruce Liese for a look at what happens when parents are too attuned to their children, and how our culture’s obsession with happiness can lead our children towards an unhappy adulthood.

Dr. Bruce Liese, University of Kansas School of Medicine 

Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Emotional Intelligence

In the era of Facebook and Twitter – one TMI update or insensitive comment could have lasting consequences. Join Dr. Bruce Liese and guest host Bill Anderson today for a look at a kind of intelligence that has nothing to do with your IQ, but everything to do with success in your relationships and career – your emotional intelligence.

Luckily even if you aren't in tune with your emotional intelligence, you can learn to adapt. Dr. Liese says:

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Moral Behavior

Today on the show, let's take a look at morality. How did you determine your ideas of what’s right, and what’s wrong? How come you can know that something's wrong and still do it? Does it matter if someone’s watching? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us to explain how moral judgments and behaviors work.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon August 8, 2011


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Why do some people have an excessive desire to possess more than they need? Our guest Dr. Bruce Liese says that greed is its own punishment.

“As we get more,” Dr. Liese says, “it is less rewarding. It’s an interesting phenomena—greed is counterintuitive if you believe in the law of diminishing returns.”

From the beginnings of greed in childhood to Facebook friend greed, we delve into what makes us want—and when it goes wrong. Join us for a conversation about the origins and social implications of the "never enough" syndrome.

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