024 – Organic Learning, Therapy is for Everyone, Art for Self Reflection: Interview with Steven Franssen

A guest I’ve been really looking forward to interviewing, Steven Franssen and I talk about his first steps into self-knowledge, art as a tool for self reflection, dream analysis as a central tool for growth, structure vs. freedom in learning, why therapy is for everyone and how you can know it is for you, and an overview of Steve’s past and upcoming work.

Find Steven’s work at nurturingtruth.com

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019 – The Core Principles of Relationships Part 4: Relationships Are a Trade

The most actionable and empowering principle of relationships is that relationships are a trade. In this episode I talk about why this is the case, how to earn better relationships, building virtues and skills and the powerful role of coaches/mentors/therapists in this process.

 

This episode is part of The Core Principles of Relationships series:

Part 1: http://www.valiantgrowth.com/e16

Part 2: http://www.valiantgrowth.com/e17

Part 3: http://www.valiantgrowth.com/e18

 

Resources:

The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

Stefan Molyneux’s Intro to Philosophy

 

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013 – Lifecoaching, The Value of Therapy, Building Communication Skills: Interview with Antony Sammeroff

An interview with lifecoach and Youtube content producer Antony Sammeroff. We talk about the impact of lifecoaching, how it is different (and not) from therapy, how to evaluate whether you are getting proper support, the value of therapy and who it is appropriate for, why and how to build communication skills, and Antony’s new course!

Surviving to Thriving – A Personal Transformation in Six Lessons Course

 

Ultimate Communication and Power CD

Enrich Your Life (YouTube channel)

The Progressive Parent (YouTube channel)

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber (book)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (book)

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg (book)

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010 – Careers are a Scam

In this podcast I discuss the false promises of self-development and growth inherent in traditional careers, touted by HR departments and society at large.

Ideas discussed:

  • Technical skills don’t necessarily equate to growth, and rarely translate to personal life skills
  • Most time in most jobs is not spent in “stretching”, growth-inducing situations, rather already built skills are mined
  • The lifelong impact of an early building of self-knowledge and psychological health
  • You might not want to build “people skills” – learning to adapt to difficult people vs. learning to find/earn better people
  • The traps of a high income, when preceding frugality and self-healing skills
  • The often overlooked risks of being an employee, especially a highly specialized one
  • A traditional career might still be the right choice

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008 – I Should Know This Already! Dealing with the Shame of Learning

Do you ever tell yourself: “I should already know this!”, or “How can I be so stupid?”, or “What is wrong with me?” ?

In this podcast I talk about understanding and respecting the feeling of shame that learning can trigger, without becoming overwhelmed by it.

Ideas discussed in this episode:

  • The concept of healthy shame
  • Can you be vulnerable around your social circle?
  • Everything is a skill
  • “Therapy magic” – The incredible power of self-acceptance
  • Is it grandiosity to think that we should know “basic” things?

 

Steven Franssen’s YouTube Channel

Healing the Shame That Binds You by John Bradshaw

The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

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