People-pleasing, attachment styles, and making yourself a priority.

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss the topic of people-pleasing. Reid and Steve confess their own struggles with people-pleasing and what they’ve done to mitigate it. They explore the relationship between people-pleasing and attachment style, why being nice isn’t always so nice, how to set better boundaries, how self-compassion can help heal the wounds that lead to maladaptive people-pleasing, why selfishness can be a good thing, and much more.

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Can you have a good day on purpose?

Can psychedelics make you feel worse?In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss the question, “Can you have a good day on purpose?” They define what is meant by “good day”, discuss the very real challenges and obstacles that can prevent people from having a good day, explore the biological variables at play, summarize the positive psychology literature on subjective well-being, give some practical strategies for how to have a good day on purpose, and much more.

 

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Masculine and feminine polarities

In today’s episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss masculine and feminine polarities. They talk about the way these energetic types manifest in each of us, in relationship dynamics, and in therapy.

(2:21) Follow-up on attachment
(2:49) Polarities in relationships
(11:07) Balance and harmony, yin and yang
(16:46) The difference in the masculine and feminine polarities
(19:20) Relationship dyads
(22:26) Depolarization
(28:07) Therapeutic applications
(39:50) Embracing the dark and the light
(41:36) Macho-man on emotions
(43:20) What are the practical implications?

Attachment styles and using psychedelics to heal attachment wounds

In today’s episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss attachment styles and how psychedelic therapy might be used to address issues related to attachment wounding.

(2:11) Steve introduces attachment
(3:27) We are wired to connect
(9:50) Attachment patterns
(13:51) Parenting and attachment
(15:14) Corrective experiences
(22:38) Attachment in relationships
(30:02) Steve parenting story
(33:40) Legacy burdens & gifts
(38:00) The power of group therapy

What is happiness?

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison ask the question, “what is happiness?”. They try to define the term, explore ancient wisdom and modern research on happiness, and talk about why the pursuit of happiness kind of defeats the purpose. They also dip into how psychedelic experiences effect happiness, and even reveal some of the details behind their own personal struggles with happiness.

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(1:57) Steve asks Reid if he is happy
(3:26) Is happiness worthy of pursuit?
(5:41) Contentment through yoga
(9:21) Is happiness dopamine?
(14:19) Martin Seligman's PERMA theory
(17:39) Practicing the art of dying
(21:01) Relationships
(26:48) The body
(31:00) A sense of purpose
(34:09) MDMA vs ketamine for trauma work
(40:08) The pursuit of wealth
(44:56) Steve's struggles with depression
(51:11) IFS, parts, and CBT

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Perfectionism isn't what you think it is

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison talk about "perfectionism". They discuss the light and shadow sides of perfectionism, talk about the difference between obsessive compulsive disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disorder, how to address perfectionism from an internal parts or IFS perspective, the value of failure, and much much more.

3:07) SXSW psychedelic panel recap
(5:17) Rick Doblin legality panel recap
(9:01) MAPS success
(13:24) Steve intros perfectionism
(18:34) The NEO Personality Inventory Test
(20:17) Examples of perfectionism
(30:03) Enoughness
(33:17) From an IFS perspective
(45:19) Dr. Kristin Neff's Self-Compassion
(45:50) The diagnosis of OCPD

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Paradoxes, cognitive dissonance, and the smile of unbearable compassion

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison try to cope with the paradoxes of life. They give a trip report on a recent breathwork session, discuss why people struggle with paradoxes, explain how the drive to reduce cognitive dissonance can lead to dysfunction, explore how mindful acceptance of all that we are helps us cope with paradoxes, and much more.

(1:35) Breathwork trip report
(8:03) What are chakras?
(11:04) 7 Sacred Spaces breathwork
(11:15) What are paradoxes?
(12:08) What is cognitive dissonance?
(14:12) Shadow sides and shadow work
(16:05) OCD vs OCPD
(18:19) Never meet your heroes
(22:14) Wave/Particle duality of nature
(24:13) Being more of who you really are and finding your purpose
(26:38) PTF Podcast Episode: Finding your purpose in life
(29:50) Embrace the shadow aspects of yourself
(34:50) Ram Dass and the smile of unbearable compassion
(38:48) Learning to feel your emotions
(41:00) Methods for coping with paradoxes
(43:00) How psychedelics help us with paradoxes

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Crisis of faith: How to survive religious faith deconstruction

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss how to navigate a crisis of religious faith.

(2:30) Why it's hard to talk about religious belief
(5:10) The "nones" and the secularization of the West
(8:52) What's at stake with a religious faith transition
(13:57) The risk of your moral character being questioned
(17:30) How to support a loved one who is going through a faith deconstruction
(20:55) Thriving and Building Community After a Faith Crisis TEDx Talk
(22:15) Mistrust of your own instincts and intuition
(26:40) The importance of finding community
(28:30) PTF Podcast: Navigating spiritual emergencies with Hannah Cross
(30:49) Trauma and abuse within religious organizations
(34:33) Psychedelic experiences of people deconstructing their religious faith
(36:50) Beware of bitterness and how to grapple with it
(41:08) Calibrating your life to your values
(43:30) Allow uncertainty
(47:41) Faith and surrender
(49:45) Psychedelic tools for religious faith deconstruction
(54:50) Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis, by Thomas McConkie

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Grit, resilience, and learning from failure

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss grit, resilience, and learning from failure. They explore the difference between growth and fixed mindsets, how attribution style affects resiliency, tips on how to reduce your fear of failure, and much more.

(1:33) How Batman deals with failure
(3:59) How our beliefs about failure affect how we cope with it
(7:23) Explanatory/attribution styles and fixed vs growth mindsets
(10:15) Mindset, by Carol Dweck
(11:44) How to develop a growth mindset
(16:38) How to expand your comfort zone
(19:30) The dangers of comparing yourself to others
(20:10) Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell
(20:46) Peak, by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
(21:42) There is power in sharing the vulnerability that is failure
(24:20) Blame vs ownership and how leaders can model how to deal with failure
(30:15) Tips on taking responsibility in relationships
(34:26) How to manage anxiety about failing

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Who am I? Authenticity, honesty, and living your truth

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss authenticity. They talk about what it means to live one’s truth, the relationship between values and authenticity, what congruence has to do with it, why being authentic can be risky, and much more.

(1:34) Les Miserables
(4:28) What does it mean to be authentic?
(6:46) Authenticity vs transparency, prosocial lies vs antisocial lies
(9:58) Are Reid and Steve authentic on the podcast?
(13:22) The components of authenticity
(14:48) The fluidity of who you "really are"
(16:00) Ram Dass and the channels of authenticity
(22:30) Masking and being a tackless jerk
(27:23) The potential perils of authenticity
(32:56) Vulnerability is connecting and contagious
(33:24) Authenticity exercise
(39:43) Why don't we talk about religion and politics
(42:08) Integrity
(44:00) Psychedelics might help you be more flexible

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