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Dr Stephen Sideroff: Follow your calling for a calm and happy life

Unfiltered met with the esteemed psychological resilience and stress management expert at his home in California to discover why finding and following your sense of purpose is one of the smartest steps you can take to manage stress and build deep wells of resilience
Dr Stephen Sideroff
Dr Stephen Sideroff

Dr Stephen Sideroff is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine, and Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics. He is an an internationally-recognised expert in resilience, optimal performance, addiction, neuro-feedback and alternative approaches to stress and mental health. He lives in Topanga Valley, California. Follow him on X and Instagram. Visit drstephensideroff.com.

Find your purpose to build resilience

If you want to live a calmer, happier and stress-free life then finding a sense of purpose can give you an almost limitless reserve of resilience.

That’s the advice of Dr Stephen Sideroff, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine.

In an Unfiltered exclusive interview with editor-in-chief Joe Warner at his home in Topanga Valley, California, the esteemed psychological resilience and stress management expert reveals the highlights of his lifetime’s work in actionable and impactful advice to help you withstand more of life’s inevitable challenges.

One of his key insights is that having a calling or a profound sense of purpose is not just beneficial but necessary for cultivating an unshakable sense of resilience.

Why? Dr Sideroff believes that understanding your purpose in life provides a compass during turbulent times. It acts as an anchor, offering direction when obstacles seem insurmountable and fostering a sense of control amid the chaos. This sense of purpose can provide energy and motivation to help you navigate tough times with a clearer perspective and a stronger will to overcome adversity.

He also touches on practical strategies for discovering one’s purpose, emphasising the importance of self-reflection, mindfulness and community, and suggests that engaging in activities that align with your values and passions can significantly enhance life satisfaction and resilience.

Watch our main interview with Dr Stephen Sideroff on what everyone gets wrong about resilience.


Listen to the Unfiltered Extra podcast with Dr Stephen Sideroff on Spotify

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