Who Am I?

  • Everyone has needs, there’s no avoiding them. In order to "be well" we need to meet those needs. But in our Western culture being "needy" is viewed as a weakness, and it can be painful to accept that we have needs.

  • Are people optimistic by nature? And how can we use that answer to influence our behavior, or the behavior of other people? Today Forrest and I are joined by Dr. Tali Sharot to explore the optimism bias, how optimism can exist alongside negativity, and how we can influence others more effectively.

  • In the second part of our conversation on our 10 most essential lessons for a great life, Forrest and I explore accepting difference, open heartedness, impermanence, and more.

  • What are the most essential lessons we've ever learned? Today Forrest and I explore the first half of our 10 most important practices, skills, techniques, and reflections for the long road of life.

  • How can we find happiness even when times are challenging? Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar joins Forrest and me to explore authentic happiness, accepting difficult emotions, and giving yourself permission to be human.

  • What can we do to achieve the ‘holy grail’ of personal growth – lasting change in our hearts, minds, and behaviors? How can we change the brain for good? That’s the focus of this episode: a full primer on the science of ‘positive neuroplasticity,’ including a lot of practical advice on how we can take control of our brain’s growth over time.

  • Sharon Salzberg, one of the most prominent teachers of mindfulness in the West, joins Forrest and me to discuss how we can create real change in our hearts, minds, and lives.

  • In the second episode related to the pitfalls of self-help, we explore how individuals and environments can manipulate others by making them feel like something is wrong with them.

  • Do self-help environments force us into inauthentic happiness? And how can we move away from the false front, and into more authentic expression? Today is the first of a series of conversations with Forrest dedicated to some of the self-help community's pitfalls.

  • Is it possible to "do no harm," and should we even try? In today’s episode, Forrest and I explore what it means to do no harm, and the resources that can allow us to do as little as possible.

  • What does it mean to "transcend the self?" With Dr. David Yaden we explore self-transcendent or “peak” experiences, which psychologist Abraham Maslow defined as “moments of highest happiness and fulfillment.” We went out into the deep water on this one!

  • What can we learn about ourselves from and through art? On this special episode of Being Well, Forrest spoke with recording artist Sleeping at Last (also known as Ryan O’Neal) about the Enneagram, the creative process, art and emotion, the power of creating a persona, and how we can become ever more true to ourselves.

  • What are the “heights of human potential,” and why should we aim for them when simply surviving the here-and-now already feels so challenging? That’s one of the many topics we explore on this episode.

  • We explore both the direct stress and trauma that people in helping roles might naturally be feeling these days, as well as compassion fatigue.

  • It’s our final episode of Being Well in 2019! On it, Forrest and I discuss our favorite episodes from the last year, what we’ve learned, and our resolutions for 2020.

  • Today it’s part two of our conversation on Loneliness! We’re moving on to the practical question of what we can do in our lives to overcome experiences of loneliness, and deepen our connection to other people.

  • On today’s episode of the podcast, Forrest and I explore how we can be surrounded by other people, and still feel alone. They cover the genetic and developmental roots of loneliness, and how loneliness can creep into even our most connected, important relationships.

  • This episode explores some tools and strategies that people with bipoloar disorder can use to help themselves or their loved ones manage symptoms.

  • On this episode we focus on a subset of the depressed mood states including bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depressive.

  • In this second part on depression and depressed mood, we turn our focus onto some of the tactics and strategies people can use, both in their own mind and out in the world, to help manage a depressed mood.

  • Today's episode explores what depression is, where it comes from, and how it differs from sadness.

  • On today’s episode, we’re continuing our series on “Who Am I” by looking at a particularly intense, but actually quite common, version of this: Borderline Personality Disorder.


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