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Podcast interview of Dr. Tom Brunner: What factors critically affect child, elite athlete, and parents, for High Performance – in Sports and Life


Background prelude to the audio clip written by interviewer and podcast host Pearle Nerenberg, of “Eat this for Performance”

Dr. Tom Brunner has served as a sports psychologist in Tucson Arizona for over 20 years. 

We’re kicking off the 2nd episode ever of the Do This for Performance podcast with a really insightful interview. Dr. Thomas Brunner is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in advanced assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.  For over a decade Dr. Brunner has been committed to delivering the most cost-effective care, with the most sustainable results, in the most compassionate manner. Dr. Brunner’s belief is that through the usage of more advanced behavioral science tools, not only can a person’s problem(s) be more accurately identified and solved, but their potential can be unleashed leading to sustainable improvement. Brunner hails from Tucson where he resides with his wife, 2 children, 2 dogs and 4 cats. 

His blogs will leave you inspired and updated on the psychology of human potential.

In this interview we explore how trauma can accelerate learning, a new (old) way to parent, and the importance of finding the optimal level of anxiety to support performance.

In a delightful bonus, Dr. Brunner shares 2 must-read books, one being:

The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

Audio clip:

Optimal Anxiety For Performance with Psychologist Dr. Thomas Brunner

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Dr. Thomas (Tom) Brunner is a Tucson based psychologist and published expert who has a 20 year track record of clinical excellence, scientific research, teaching, publications, awards and podcast interviews.  He is the senior author of a psychological measure adapted into 14 languages worldwide, and has written over 250 blogs, many of them have gone viral.  He is revolutionizing the field of career guidance with his fresh and trademarked approach that is spreading like wildfire. Sign up here to be notified of soon to be published book, Find Your Real Me: Career Guidance Making You Truly Free.