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77 minutes | 11 days ago
Episode 59: Mental Health Around The World
Lilly Wang spent two years traveling the world learning about what mental health looks like in different countries and across cultures. She also spent that time developing a much deeper understanding of her own struggles with mental health. As we explore the definition of mental health and how it looks different around the world, we talk with Lilly about the lessons learned from her journey and how travel allows us to discover a more authentic version of ourselves.
77 minutes | 17 days ago
Episode 58: The Power of Our Stories
We talk with Dr. Jamie Goldstein about the power of story and the practice of narrative therapy. We discuss how stories create meaning, the importance of recognizing that stories are multi-dimensional, and how language shapes our stories and our identities. We learn about how to identify a “dominant narrative,” separate the person involved from the actual problem itself, and the healing capacity of “externalization.” Lastly, we share tools and actionable advice for exploring aspects of narrative therapy on your own.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Casual Conversations: The Art of Self-Discovery
We talk with one of our favorite men’s coaches, Mike Sagun, about physical touch, closeness, and male intimacy. We learn about his journey to self-discovery, how he has changed over the past few years along the way, tools for exploring your own identity, and whether or not people can ever truly start over. Lastly, we touch on the art of giving compliments, the vulnerability it requires to give them—and the power in learning to receive them.
65 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 57: Masculine vs. Feminine vs. HUMAN
We talk with Stefanos Sifanos about his personal journey from trauma to healing and continued self-development. We talk about masculinity and femininity, the differences between what is traditionally referred to as masculine vs. feminine energies, and how, in essence, they are simply a range of human characteristics that we all possess and should seek our own personal balance between. We learn about social ecology, men and emotions, the fear of rejection, and what determines self-worth. Stefanos also teaches us about the difference between isolation vs. solitude, its role in healing, and the importance of healing ourselves in order to build healthier relationships with others. Stefanos Sifanos is a love and relationship coach and an expert on masculine and feminine energies.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Casual Conversations: Don’t Apologize for Being Human
We talk with health & wellness influencer Jo Encarnacion (@gofitjo) about childhood, friendship, emotional support, the power of owning your feelings, the importance of authenticity, and how she doesn’t apologize for showing human expression. We hear about her experience coming into her own sexuality, struggles through marriage, and how she gave her daughters “the talk” that we all wish we had gotten.
73 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 56: The Complexity of Simplicity
“Simple” behaviors carry complex meanings. We discuss the keys to a healthy relationship with Dr. Kate Balestrieri. We learn about attachment theory and how it plays out in adult relationships, as well as the role of fear, risk, and vulnerability in relationships. We talk about the definition of trauma, healing, and how to look for relationships that will help you heal so that you can reach a deeper level of intimacy with yourself and others. Dr. Kate Balestrieri is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and the founder of Modern Intimacy.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Casual Conversations: The Paradox of Perfection
Vitale Buford teaches us about the deeper issues that perfectionism stems from. We learn about its relationship to self-worth, personal criticism, codependency, abandonment, and its role as a coping mechanism. We also discuss the danger of living a life focused on trying to please others and, particularly, the consequences of living your life without really knowing who you are.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
Food For Thought: Jealousy vs. Envy
Without realizing it, most of us don’t use these words correctly. While envy tends to seem like just a stronger version of jealousy, the psychology and meaning behind it are of important difference. We love to examine the way that subtle linguistic differences can shape the way we communicate and connect with one another If you’ve learned something from us, please take one minute to rate and review our podcast! Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page or watch this video that shows you how to leave a review on the Apple Podcast app If you would like to be more involved with BBXX and help us build a movement to transform relationships around the world, sign up here to be a part of our alpha testing for our brand new BBXX platform—the hub for all things intimacy & relationships!
10 minutes | 2 months ago
Food For Thought: Thankful vs. Grateful
Do you know the difference between giving thanks and expressing gratitude? While similar in some ways, the use cases for each are different and, as always, we love to examine the way that subtle linguistic differences can shape the way we communicate and connect with one another If you’ve learned something from us, please take one minute to rate and review our podcast! Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page or watch this video that shows you how to leave a review on the Apple Podcast app If you would like to be more involved with BBXX and help us build a movement to transform relationships around the world, sign up here to be a part of our alpha testing for our brand new BBXX platform—the hub for all things intimacy & relationships!
81 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 55: To Care for Others, Care for Yourself
We dive deeper into our discussion of anxiety and self-care as we discuss boundaries, meditation, mindfulness, and journaling with Rashawnda Williams. An expert in self-care, she shares easy, practical steps and actionable advice and tools to deepen your self-understanding and self-development. “Self-care isn’t selfish” might sound cliché but it also happens to be extremely important, healthy advice to live by!
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Casual Conversations: Anxiety, Boundaries, and Meditation
Want to learn how to meditate? Struggling with boundaries during the pandemic? Battling anxiety? We talk with our favorite anxiety coach, Amanda Huggins, about joy vs. happiness, meditation for dummies, and the importance (and complexity) of setting boundaries in your life and your relationships. If you’ve learned something from us, please take one minute to rate and review our podcast! Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page or watch this video that shows you how to leave a review on the Apple Podcast app If you would like to be more involved with BBXX and help us build a movement to transform relationships around the world, sign up here to be a part of our alpha testing for our brand new BBXX platform—the hub for all things intimacy & relationships!
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 54: Accessibility & Equity in Mental Health Care
We talk with Dr. Earl Turner about accessibility and equity in mental health. We learn about new guidelines focused on intersectionality (gender, age, sexual orientation, etc) as well as new guidelines focused on race and ethnicity. We also discuss stigma as an obstacle to treatment, how to normalize mental health care, the importance of role models, and society’s treatment of the black community. Dr. Earl Turner is a licensed psychologist and professor in Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), and he was recently elected as the 2020 President of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (APA, Division 37), making him the first African American male to be elected to this position.
59 minutes | 3 months ago
En Español: El Poder de la Mente Sobre el Cuerpo
Hablamos de la diferencia entre el sexo y la sexualidad, las dinámicas de la sexualidad, la vergüenza y la liberación, la mente como nuestra herramienta más poderosa, el rol clave de la comunicación, la importancia de conocernos a nosotros mismos, y la definición de la intimidad. Nuestra invitada, Michelle Pollmann, es una psicóloga chilena especializada en terapia de pareja con sede en Santiago de Chile.
77 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 53: Sexual Liberation & The Wisdom of Aging
Dr. Christina Pierpaoli Parker talks with us about the pros and cons of aging—from the psychological benefits to the physical complications. We discuss sexual dysfunction, sexual liberation, the evolving role of sex as we age, how to connect deeper in our relationships later in life, and the life-changing lessons we should all learn from the wisdom of aging. Dr. Christina Pierpaoli Parker is a post-doc in the Clinical Geropsychology doctoral program at the University of Alabama. Her research has been published in the Journals of Aging & Health, Sex & Marital Therapy and The Clinical Gerontologist, and her writing explores psychoeducational interventions for understanding, treating, and improving sexual dysfunction in later life.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 52: Cohabitation, Gender Roles, and The Summer of Love
We learn about the history of cohabitation and its impact on marriage vs. divorce and we talk about the evolution of societal norms, gender roles, and hookup culture. Arielle Kuperberg is a millennial generation sociologist whose research examines how social norms in romantic relationships have changed since the ‘60s, with a focus on the intersection of work, family, and gender.
57 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 51: The Lies We Tell Ourselves About The Truth
What does it mean to lie? What does it mean to tell the truth? And what about the gaping grey area in between? Our guest this week, Judi Ketteler, is a storyteller and award-winning writer who has had her work featured by publications such as The New York Times and Runner’s World, among others. She is the author of three non-fiction books, the most recent of which we will be talking about today, called, Would I Lie To You? The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies.
108 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 50: An Industry of Injustice (4/4)
This is the fourth and final episode in our series exploring culture, the media, and sexual exploitation in the U.S. We started off the series and now wrap up the series by interviewing documentary filmmaker Benjamin Nolot, who is also the Founder of Exodus, an organization fighting to end sexual exploitation and the billion-dollar industry that profits from sex trafficking.
74 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 49: This Is Actually Happening (3/4)
This is the third episode [of four] in our series exploring culture, the media, and sexual exploitation in the U.S. We learn of shocking stories behind the porn mogul PornHub, misconceptions of human trafficking in the porn industry, and what we can do to change the system. Our guest, Laila Mickelwait, has started a petition with over 1.5 million signers hoping to hold Pornhub accountable for profiting off of illegal videos on their site. She has dedicated much of her career to raising awareness of human trafficking and is the Director of Abolition for Exodus Cry, founder of the #Traffickinghub campaign, and President and Founder of New Reality International.
84 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 48: Standing By vs. Being An Ally (2/4)
This is the second episode [of four] in our series exploring culture, the media, and sexual exploitation in the U.S. “Rape is not exclusively the product of a few bent and twisted minds but a result of [cultural] belief systems.” In this week’s podcast interview, we discuss the effects of the “rape myth,” the limitations of sexuality and rape-supportive beliefs, the influence of media violence, and the implications of the acceptance of violence against women. Our guest Neil Malamuth is a professor of social studies and communication at UCLA and interdisciplinary social scientist who studies violence and conflict. This episode contains a trigger warning.
7 minutes | 4 months ago
Recommendations & Reviews: Boogie Nights
When I decided to watch Boogie Nights with a few friends, I imagined it would be a comical satire of the porn industry in the ’80s. Instead, I was surprised to find that it was a less comical yet much more profound cultural statement piece that I had expected.
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