Human Beings or Human Doings?

Human Beings or Human Doings?
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast
Human Beings or Human Doings?

Aug 17 2023 | 00:28:59

Episode 120 August 17, 2023 00:28:59

Show Notes

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, Human Beings or Human Doings, our hosts Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Andrew Tresidder are joined by David Sealey from the NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board to discuss what drives human behaviour, how we could consider ourselves to have hardware bodies and software being and why, in the age of AI, it is important to consider motivation and intention.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Sarah Coope. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

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Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated


Health and Self Care - Thoughts and comments from a number of experienced medical and other professionals. It covers health as a concept, hardware body and software being, doctors as patients, self-care and physical health, aspects of psychological health and relationships, including the Drama Triangle, the Inner Smile exercise, Medical Mindfulness, and Compassion in Healthcare. There are some short sections on retuning our software being, top tips for doctors at work, and as patients, and an Emotional Health Strategy.


Hardware Body, Software Being paper - Modern medicine focuses on the hardware systems of the physical body (the hardware body) and has not accepted the concept of 'software being'. However, making this shift enables a larger view of health, illness and pathology, enabling additional approaches to help patients get better. Historical thinking actually supports this step in thinking - as long as narrow attitudes that block 'out of the box' thinking are put aside. An example of a specific therapy is given.


Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email [email protected] for support


Somerset Emotional Wellbeing – Do you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset? Whatever you are going through, the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Colleague Resilience Hub is here for you. The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing website is here to connect you with wellbeing support when you need it. Simply enter where you work, or how you are feeling on our homepage to discover and connect with local and national support options that are open to you. 

If you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset and need to talk, you can call our dedicated, confidential Colleague Telephone Line for help with a trained professional. If you need further support after your initial conversation you can be referred for a one-off rapid access counselling session with a psychologist or counsellor. No waiting list. If you need further help we will make sure you see the right person. Call us now on 0300 124 5595 (available six days a week, from 09:00 to 17:00)

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