Connecting With Your Best Parts | Being Well Podcast

A little while ago, we had an episode on self-awareness where I emphasized how the majority of what people have to become self-aware of is the good inside themselves. The point felt significant enough to expand into a full episode about how to connect with our best parts.

On this episode of Being Well, Dr. @Rick Hanson and I focus on how to accept, appreciate, and connect with our positive aspects, and how to deal with some of the developmental blocks that prevent us from embracing the good in ourselves. We look at how the culture we’re in affects our perspective, how to manage fears of conceit, and how to experience more intimacy and courage by releasing cynicism.

Key Topics:
0:00: Introduction
3:00: What gets in the way of us hearing the good news about ourselves?
5:30: Stories we’re told about ourselves that form our identity
10:15: Reconnecting with childhood positive qualities
17:25: Intentions, talents, efforts
23:40: Avoiding conceit and the fear of sounding conceited
31:15: Releasing ideas that human nature is fundamentally bad
34:30: Tribalism
37:20: Seeing the cultural water we swim in
41:10: Intimacy, cynicism, courage
47:20: Cherishing ourselves and others
48:55: Recap

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Who Am I: I’m Forrest, the co-author of Resilient ( and host of the Being Well Podcast ( I’m making videos focused on simplifying psychology, mental health, and personal growth.

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