11 Sep Being Well Podcast: Intimacy and Autonomy
Dr. Hanson and Forrest begin a new strength, Intimacy, with a discussion focused on how to balance two seemingly conflicting goals: intimacy and autonomy.
During this episode, we cover:
- How intimacy and autonomy work together to improve our important relationships.
- How people who struggle with autonomy can work to build healthy boundaries with others.
- Why there’s both a biological and social basis for person-to-person variation in desires for intimacy and autonomy.
- The role of internalized oppressors in our interpersonal styles.
- The critical role of freedom and choice in our relationships.
1:40: How does intimacy support autonomy?
3:50: What does appropriate autonomy look like?
5:30: How does autonomy support intimacy?
8:50: The importance of choice.
10:25: Is there a biological basis for preferences for intimacy or autonomy?
12:35: The ways we inhibit ourselves.
16:10: Where do our inhibitions come from?
19:15: How issues with autonomy can disguise themselves as problems with intimacy.
21:55: The oppression of the internalized audience.
24:45: Focusing on your own experience.
26:20: How to build healthy emotional boundaries.
29:00: Remembering when things went well.
30:30: Asserting your autonomy inside your own mind.
34:15: The importance of balance.
Dr. Rick Hanson offers 57 brief practices that strengthen the neural networks of deep well-being and resilience.
This program gives you just one thing to focus on each day to gradually change your brain for the better so you can handle the stresses and challenges of everyday life with greater ease, inner strength, and confidence.
Each practice is grounded in modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom, and Rick’s background in the very real world of business and raising a family.
Practices include a 1-2 minute video explaining the importance of the practice and how to do it, a recap, reflection, and suggestion for integrating it into your daily life, weekly emails with inspiration, support, and encouragement, an audio download, transcription, and printable handout.
They’re quick and easy to do, and each repetition strengthens key neural circuits – just like building a muscle in the gym. It’s the law of little things: a small thing repeated each day adds up to big results. Just one thing… that could change your life.
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