Episode 3: The Difficult But Rewarding Task of Parenting (Brian Vondruska)

Brian Vondruska is a dad, author, and founder of The Kind of Parent You Are. In this chat, we discuss the difficult but rewarding task of being a parent, the downfalls of different approaches like helicopter parenting and tiger parenting, and how “Self Determination Theory” can help us become better parents. We also get to touch on topics like TV and computers, homeschooling, and why parents shouldn’t be too hard on themselves.

Discover more about Brian Vondruska here:

The Kind of Parent You Are

Book Recommendations:
The Optimal Life Experience
Self-Determination Theory

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“Brain Drain” Exercise: How Stream-of-Consciousness Writing Can Help Over-Thinking

Do you commonly find yourself “over-thinking?”

According to a recent poll I did on Twitter, an alarming 68% of people said that they “Often” find themselves over-thinking and 26% said they at least “Sometimes” find themselves over-thinking.

Over-thinking can be a common psychological problem for many people and it is often associated with many mental conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression.

Of course our minds are designed to think to solve difficult problems and make good decisions – thinking is generally a healthy thing – but a lot of thinking can also become unnecessary, useless, and harmful.

Thankfully, there are a lot of different mental tools to help better manage your thinking, and one great tool for minimizing over-thinking is something called a “brain drain” exercise.

The “brain drain” exercise is incredibly simple to do. Just grab 2 pieces of paper and a pen, then write down whatever comes to your mind until both pages are completely filled.

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Episode 2: Brutal Honesty and Sparking Change (with David P. Robbins)

David P. Robbins is a rare breed of therapist and psychologist who believes in the power of brutal honesty and personal accountability – he labels his approach “Give ‘Em Both Barrels” (or GEBB). In this chat, we discuss the nature of why therapy works, different techniques and perspectives, and how to spark real change in people.

Discover more about David P. Robbins here:

The Mind Mechanic (YouTube)

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Episode 1: Relationships, Touch, and Sexual Bucket Lists (with Dr. Lori Beth)

Dr. Lori Beth is an Intimacy Coach and psychotherapist who focuses on relationships, love, and sex. In this interview, we discuss key differences between monogamy and polyamory, the importance of human touch, cuddling professionals, the impact of media and culture on sexual attitudes, and sexual bucket lists.

Discover more about Dr. Lori Beth here:

The Intimacy Coach
A to Z of Sex
74 Smokin’ Hot Movies That Are Not X-Rated (Ebook)

Book Recommendation:
The Ethical Slut

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Cognitive Restructuring: The Complete Guide on How to Reframe Your Beliefs

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“Cognitive restructuring” is a tool used by psychologists and therapists to help identify beliefs that are maladaptive and destructive to our lives, and then reframe them to new beliefs that are more constructive and healthy.

The basic idea is that our beliefs have a real-world impact on how we think, feel, and act. And when we hold beliefs in our heads that don’t serve our interests or values, those beliefs can spillover into our lives and hurt our ability to be happy or successful.

One thing to understand is that our beliefs are rarely based solely on facts and evidence, but rather our interpretation of the facts and evidence. Every collection of facts is framed in a certain way and looked at through a particular perspective.

When you practice reframing your beliefs, the goal isn’t to delude yourself or ignore reality. Instead, the goal is to look at the same facts through a new perspective and interpret them in a way that can keep us motivated and inspired.

There are always multiple perspectives to any situation or circumstance. By teaching yourself how to change your perspective, you can discover the best way to view a situation so that it brings out your best possible self.

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