An episode of DOPEamine

By Christian Rivera
Hosted by @letsgocnote, DOPEamine helps you manage your day-to-day mental health, develop your creative message and connect with your personality.

Christian Rivera shares his stories of growth as an INTP, someone with Cyclothymia, a cyclical version of bipolar disorder, and someone developing a creative coaching business. C.Note shares lessons, stories, and ideas from mental health, video games, personality psychology, personal experiences, books, podcasts, relationship, and more.

We help make logical connections to empower you towards the future you want to create!
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Hosted by @letsgocnote, DOPEamine helps you manage your day-to-day mental health, develop your creative message and connect with your personality.

Christian Rivera shares his stories of growth as an INTP, someone with Cyclothymia, a cyclical version of bipolar disorder, and someone developing a creative coaching business. C.Note shares lessons, stories, and ideas from mental health, video games, personality psychology, personal experiences, books, podcasts, relationship, and more.

We help make logical connections to empower you towards the future you want to create!

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December 10, 2019
December 2, 2019
December 2, 2019
Living Up To Your Potential
Today on the show we're talking about living up to your potential and what that narrative can do to us if we fixate on it too much. There's a lot of opportunity to get lost in the future when today is what we need. Also, what happens when we reach our potential? Is there nothing left? Article:
December 2, 2019
Emotional Prompts
Today on the show we're talking about emotional prompts in the form of therapy, tapping, tarot, astrology and other methods of emotional prompting. I know sometimes the barrier is often a sense of belief in these ideas but belief is most definitely not required. Even something like Chakras can be a big benefit to your growth when using them as a sounding board to see emotions can be brought up with just a little sensory stimuli.
November 25, 2019
What is Normal?
There is no such thing as normal. Defining normal, or at least what we mean by it, will allow us to shine a light on the challenge of not feeling normal. In a sense, it's like defining what your goal is. Why do you want to feel normal? What does normal look like to you? Is there a non-traditional way to achieve that feeling or idea? We explore that idea on this episode of DOPEamine! Sign up for our Free Myers-Briggs Audio Tour at
November 19, 2019
Practical Tips for Inattentive and Combined ADHD
ADHD has been a challenge for me all of my life whether or not I recognized that it was there. Now that I know of its existence in my life I can back track and understand the tips and tricks I've given myself to subvert the challenges I've been facing this whole time. Often I translated it as "tricking myself" but in essence I was figuring out and applying well-known tricks for managing these aspects of who I am.  There's a great book called "10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction and Accomplish Your Goals" which helped me hone this list of practical tips. You can get it with this affiliate link here:
November 12, 2019
Confessions of a Chronic Manipulator and Embracing Our Shadow Selves
We're opening up some uncomfortable wounds on today's episode. I've spent much of my life having some challenging relationships with women, namely because of my perception of myself, what I wanted and how I felt I could get what I wanted. That resulted in a lot of manipulation of behavior, creating undo influence, and seeking out other relationships while in current relationships in order to satisfy I needed I wasn't sure about. This is a story about my connection to myself and sharing my growth in working on integrating this shadow part of me into my life going forward to be a partner and friend.
November 5, 2019
Feeling so Guilty
Molly and I have been obsessed with the show Catfish lately, and it's likely because there is a ton of social neurosis to unpack. Guilt being one of those common feeling that comes up in a variety of forms. Sometimes it's guilt for getting caught, sometimes it's not realizing the effect you had, sometimes it's not pursuing what you want for fear of the reality being different than expectations. Sometimes it's about not realizing the level of control someone has in our lives. Guilt is seemingly a part of our every day neurosis. We've accepted that feeling guilty is a normal part of life and it certainly is, but what isn't normal is continuing to feel guilty. Especially when we're feeling guilty over every day non-consequential things. There's likely something else to explore there. Are we actually guilty of something? Maybe our guilt is real but it's misplaced. Perhaps we're judging ourselves by the wrong standard. Perhaps we're simply not trusting our own ability to make the decisions we need to make. One of the challenges I wanted to talk about on this episode is how we tend to brush off this feeling of guilt as something that "just happens" or something that shouldn't be addressed in a larger scale or timeline. Guilt can be a gateway drug to being controlled. Guilt can be what is keeping us from transition. Guilt can be holding us back from going for what we want. Guilt can be an excuse to avoid conflict and actually holding others back because you refuse to be honest. As you can tell by my tone, this episode is a bit of a tough love episode. I'm here to challenge you to get out of autopilot and make the change you want to make. I'm here to encourage you but the rest is up to you. If you're interested in coaching, support, or have any questions send me a DM @letsgocnote
October 29, 2019
Reasons vs. Excuses: ADHD
Lately, I've been learning about some of the challenges in my life related to ADHD. Cyclothymia has been a beast that I've been taming and feeling confident with. My mood disorder is an every 3-month thing but now that I'm learning about ADHD, I'm realizing how much this affects my day-to-day life, my commitments, relationships, and work. I'm having to revisit quite a few moments in my past and learn which scenarios in which I'm "allowed" or capable of speaking up for myself as reasons for my challenges, not excuses for my behavior. I personally feel that as long as we're doing the best we can then our reasons remain valid.  I'm a little low energy this week, so I appreciate the patience of getting through this episode but it's a new important process that I'm very much willing and happy to share with you
October 22, 2019
Intellectualizing Emotions
What I love about doing this show is that I come across all sorts of new philosophies and topics that we may experience day to day but we not realize how common it is. Intellectualizing our emotions is very much one of those concepts. That means pushing away our feelings, shoving them down, or downplaying them for the sake of social niceties. But there are harmful side effects to suppressing how we really feel or assuming that we are expressing ourselves when we're not.  This podcast episode covers all of these topics and is heavily influenced by this article:
October 15, 2019
The Epidemic of Loneliness
We're in one of the most interconnected times in history while also facing some interesting psychological side-effects of loneliness and physical disconnection. There are greater opportunities than ever to fulfill our life's missions and work without having to interface with others so much, which brings with it the challenge of now having to seek out connection for it's own sake instead of having connection as a byproduct of utility. This means we have to acknowledge the work that we're not doing to actively connect with others and therefore we can't just blame social media and technology for our blunders of missed connection. We need to take a nice hard look at ourselves, how we connect, who we really are, and what messages we're putting out there so that we can genuinely connect in person, much like we used to. Connect with me on twitter at
October 8, 2019
Overcoming the Fear of the Blank Page
I've personally had quite the challenge of facing the fear that comes from staring at a blank canvas. What do we want from this blank page? Why is it so intimidating? Is there a problem with me? Where am I going to get the motivation to create? This episode focuses on that topic of motivation and how or why we should simply start creating and giving back to reality. 
September 30, 2019
What is Your Call to Create?
Every day new creators are born from the ashes of their difficult pasts. Some of the best songs written are expressions of triumph or expressions of love for the teachers in their lives. Creativity, to me, is the desire to give back to reality. What we're giving back is a remix of all of the lessons we've learned, the entertainment we've enjoyed, and the challenges we've had to face in our lives. At some point, we start to appreciate and see the value more and more in what reality has given us and instinctively want to give back to that reality.  Each of us has this call to create, our collection of influences and lessons that we're wanting to translate into an expression. So, what is your call to create? Sign up for my free class called Press Start on Your Brand Messaging, a class designed to help you figure out your X to Y statement that you can take with you to parties or events when you meet new people to quickly explain what you do. It's a great class that has changed a few perspectives and I hope you'll join us!
September 23, 2019
Desperation in Personal Finance, Relationships, and Selling
Desperation is a difficult to shake feeling. You need something to change and you need it to change now. But what strategy is the best for managing desperation? On this episode I talk about desperation in 3 different contexts: personal finance, relationships, and selling. Each one comes with its own challenges but by the end we land on a few common behaviors that we can watch out for when we're in that place of desperation.
September 17, 2019
How to be a Grown-Ass Man
These days, it's a challenge to be proud of being a man. If you're caught in the whirlwind of political and religious social media drama it can be easy to feel like being a man is an inferior trait. It could even feel like being a man today means to be less of a man to make room for others. I would beg the opposite of you. The world needs more grown-ass men than ever. Strength, protection, perseverance, honor, reliability, creativity, and growth are all amazing traits that men can bring to the table. What does it mean to be a grown-ass man? Well, for me, it's a few simple concepts. Join our community or Press Start on Your Brand Messaging
September 10, 2019
Becoming Empowered by Your Mental Illness
I've just come out of one of the most difficult mental health spikes I've experienced in recent memory. The depression side of things wasn't so bad, as I've learned to manage my mental energy with gratitude practices, mediation, and overall giving myself fewer expectations during those difficult times. Mania, however, is a completely different story. Hypomania, which comes along with my Cyclothymia, is a state of being in which I crave a "hit" of some sort. I need a high to keep me going and usually that comes in the form of overspending, over-drinking and an accelerated, and sometimes frightening, sex-drive. The mania sides of things hasn't been easy to manage. So much so that I spent most of my mental health spike in bed trying to stave off these horrible feelings by watching Dragon Ball Super on my phone. But the truth is, in order for me to work through it I've had to spend more time focusing on my emotional difficulties in order to get through mania.  In either case, I need to continue to look at my mental health as an opportunity to grow. What is my mental health telling me that I need to work on? Am I putting too much value on negative emotions? Am I putting too much value on positive emotions? Am I not giving myself enough of an opportunity to breath and remove expectations of myself? Or am I working on my mental and physical health enough in my every day life? This podcast episode explores those ideas of using our mental illness as an opportunity to check-in with where we are, check-in with our mortality, analyze how we feel about ourselves and face the honest difficulties in which we need to face. ------------------------ We now have a community in which you can leave comments, questions, and share your story with us over at We also have a free brand messaging course available at
September 3, 2019
The 4 Keys to Become Entertaining
It's been a challenge to become comfortable with my brand of thinking, my brand of identity and how I can bring that to the world. Recently, on an episode of Personality Hacker titled "How To Become an Influencer" I was inspired to think about how connective energy is what leads to someone becoming entertaining. Whether you're an educator or motivator, if you've got that spark of identity, with purpose, and it's can become connective, and therefore, entertaining. This episode is here to break down this concept. This episode is also inspired by "Your Mess is Your Message" by Personality Hacker -------- You can read the article version on our website: 4 Keys to Become Entertaining -------- Press Start on Your Brand Messaging
August 27, 2019
Secondary Payoffs
The mind is a tricky thing, so much so that it is very easy for us to convince ourselves that bad things are good for us or that good things can have consequences. Secondary Payoffs is a concept tied to this mental trickery. A secondary payoff is the continued feeling of getting rewards from bad behavior. Sugar tasting good, cigarettes calming stress, or alcohol taking away our worry. Conversely, secondary losses are the feeling that changing our behavior will lead to rejection, bad feelings, further stress, greater problems, or self-loathing.  This episodes covers the breadth of excuses that we make for ourselves to continue living a life of secondary payoffs. We also discuss secondary losses and how to get yourself back on the right track.
August 20, 2019
Why We Find Toxic People Interesting
From reality TV to that loud neighbor yelling at her cats, why do we find toxic people to be interesting? Could it be that we're hoping to feel better about ourselves by surrounding ourselves with difficult people? Do we not feel worth of love from healthy people? Do we not think of ourselves and healthy and feel we deserve to be surrounded by toxic people? There's a myriad of reasons why toxicity is so interesting to us and why it keeps our attention. We study toxicity, we live in it, and we can create it to make life just a little more interesting. Because sometimes we create toxic environments simply because we're bored. A lack of gratitude for the moment could be another reason.  In this episode, we break down all of the potential reasons that we're attracted to toxic behavior and how some simple mental reframes can pull us out of these toxic situations.
August 13, 2019
The Power of Stress
Stress is a feeling we are all very familiar with. We often put it on ourselves more than we need to and much of it comes from some sense of magical thinking. Magical in the sense that we're trying to predict the future or make the future come sooner. There are other kinds of stress that are healthy, mechanisms that warn us of actual danger, but if we're dealing with such intense stress in our daily lives that we can't see the difference between chronic stress and acute stress, then we might be in for some trouble.  This episode is meant to help differentiate what is acute stress and what is chronic stress that we tend to put on ourselves. I've also got some tips on how to mitigate that long-term stress and stay present. This episode was inspired by Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #525: How to Stress Proof Your Body and Brain I also recommend going to back to listen to How to say "No" episode and Personal Narratives to help manage that chronic stress. It also helps to learn about personality typology to know what brings you the most stress in your life.
August 6, 2019
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. This theory is used by many psychologists and personality typology coaching in their trainings and research to help diagnose a person's stage of needs and development. The hierarchy focuses on 5 key areas: Physiological Needs, Safety and Security, Love and Belonging, Esteem, and Self-Actualization. This model helps a person to see which needs of theirs may be going unmet in their day to day lives. And while a person can jump between levels depending on life circumstances, it typically is a fairly linear progression up the pyramid of needs. This model can be particularly powerful when supplemented with other models to assess personal status, relationship disparities, and a personal sense of forgiveness for life circumstances. Today on the show we're talking about how Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs can be used in assessing one's level and place. I share a bit of where I'm at and how this model is useful in navigating relationships, as most relationship conflict occurs because a need is going unmet. Everyone has their own challenges and this model is a great way of seeing how our desire for basic human needs can affect our behavior in day-to-day life. Sign up for the FREE Myers-Briggs course at 
July 30, 2019
How to say "no"
"No" is one of the first words we learn when we're child yet it becomes the word that is the most difficult to use when we need to as we get older. "No" is used in service of setting boundaries and calibrating ourselves to what we want. "No" is an opportunity to be authentic and connect based on our daily realities.  But somehow we struggle with "no." Perhaps its our family training after we've no so much then told not to say no. Perhaps it's an array of people pleasing that leads us to say no when we don't mean it. Or perhaps we overvalue our own experience and assume that the weight of our "no" equals that of a thousand suns.  So what can we do about that? When saying no, have something you're saying yes to. Re-frame that "no" into a yes by adding a win-win moment of value or adding something you can do for them later. We talk about that on today's episode and also share my personal trick of using "I'm good" to say no without the sting of rejection.
July 23, 2019
Personal Narratives
Storytelling is a powerful tool that allows us to connect with others, play with our imagination and tell cautionary tales. And while I'm no expert, even remotely, when it comes to storytelling, I know how powerful it is.  How often do we put ourselves in other people's shoes? The beauty of story is the opportunity to experience something we have never or may never be able to experience in our lives. And that perspective can give us insight into how we can navigate our personal future. Sharing our story with others allows us to let others in as well and gleam insights from our journeys. Without the power of perspective it can be very easy for us to create complex narratives for ourselves that continue to create because it makes sense, or lines up with what has happened to us before. But it's important to remember that the next page doesn't have to look like the one before it. We hold the pen that writes the words on each page. We have the opportunity to change where the story is going. On this episode we talk about story and how it relates to psychological growth. We also talk a bit about The Legend of Zelda and how the mute hero of time creates the opportunity for us to apply perspective into a brave new world.
July 16, 2019
Why it's Important to be Proactive
I've been dealing with some challenges with my to-do list lately, largely around the concept of it getting way too out of control for me to handle while simultaneously feeling like my value is measured on the emptiness of that to-do list. It's as if the emptiness of the to-do list means I can sit back and be done forever, when, as a freelancer that's never going and isn't supposed to happen.  So what's really going on there for me?  Truth is, I'm not being proactive, I'm being reactive and that's why it feels terrible to have a to-do list at all. My tasks are out of control now that I haven't taken the time to make those items a priority sooner. They've moved from not urgent but important to urgent AND important. The latter illicits stop-the-presses sheer panic in every fiber of my being. So my frustration isn't with everything in my to-do list, it's with things that are: Urgent and important - client deadlines and panic. Urgent but not important - my panic around money.  Not urgent and not important - wasting time. The stuff that is not urgent but important are the things that lead to proactive opportunities and are often the things that we love to do. I'm happy, the client is happy, money comes in and the cycle of reciprocity is in full swing.  How do we get there? The core concept is choice. There are typically points in our work and personal relationships in which we have choice though we claim to not have any. There was a situation 10 years ago which I could've made a choice to say no in my past relationship but for fear of losing my partner, a situation exacerbate by my complex feelings about my masculinity and nerdom, I felt I didn't have a choice and went along. Truth is, I had a choice and I made a choice. But instead of recognizing that I decided to build resentment, place blame and carried my perceived lack of choice through the relationship until its end.  In this episode I talk about Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the concept of being proactive using his 4 quadrant time management model to better prioritize our lives and save ourselves a whole lot of heartbreak in the process. I share my story of what I'm going through today with my business, my to-do list and how that affected my past relationship. I hope you'll join me as we take the ride into proactive land!
July 9, 2019
Creating a Private Victory
In the entrepreneurial and freelance world there is endless discussion about morning routines and how to get your day started off on the right foot. What are the shortcuts? What's the magic pill? What's the best bang for your buck? And frankly, I think we're approaching it all wrong. I just finished reading Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and in that book he talks about private victories. A private victory is a personal sense of accomplish before you have to face the day, face other people and take on other people's problems. A private victory consists of time for spiritual, physical and mental practice. A regular every day practice that is yours to not only appreciate who you are, but to appreciate your body and take time to feed your mind. Every practice is going to look different and be highly individual but the outcome is the same. You take time to connect with who you are, not just what you've become or who you serve. This episode talks about some of my own personal routines and the principles behind Creating a Private Victory.
July 2, 2019
How to Sell Art
Selling art is always a tricky situation. Over and over again I see very similar logic associated with trying to sell art: "The art should sell itself" or "I don't want to be sleazy" or "I don't think my work is worth the cost." These challenges hold every artist back who is already inherently a salesperson if you are already trying to sell your work. Unless you have a salesperson, you ARE the salesperson. So, in this episode, we're going to be discussing how artists can make simple reframes to let go of some of these mindset issues holding us back. - Contributing to society through capitalism. - Removing negative associations with politicians and salesmen - Understanding that good sales is seamless, so you need to look for good examples of it. Let's break it down on today's episode of DOPEamine! Subscribe to the podcast at Consider Cosmic Calibration at
June 25, 2019
Since I was a kid I've known that I don't want to work for the rest of my life, while at same time, working on projects is very natural to me. So where is that balance? I think it comes in form of mini-retirements. And we can look at mini-retirements a couple of different ways. One is by taking time to be human and managing external pressure, two is by taming our relationship with our phones, and three comes from giving ourselves room to enjoy being a human being. It's not easy to just exist and be a person, and we often associate being rich with appreciating, but I think after this episode we can at least start to think a little more clearly about the time that currently have instead of post-poning our retirement to 65. 
June 20, 2019
We're tackling a couple of different concepts on this episode, one of those is the idea of feeling unsafe socially then tying it into Graves 4 safety then connecting that to the notion of community then the idea of competition. Recently I've been picking up video games again and game have always been a competition and creative outlet for me. I enjoy the feeling of improving myself and in the process end up finding a sense of community. There are large swaths of online communities focused on improving each other. This only works is everyone is at a similar level, however, that's what keep the community together.  We relate this to Graves-4 in the search for social safety, and sometimes finding that personal sense of safety means being brave.
June 18, 2019
Feeling Stupid
The moment we're able to assess our place in the world or attempt to understand our place in society, we have moments where we feel stupid for doing, saying or thinking what we want. Feeling stupid can keep us from fully embodying who we are and what we want to be. Feeling stupid is akin to feeling shame and shame is a powerful blocker our lives that keeps us from expressing what we need to express. Today on the show we're talking about how this idea of "feeling stupid" really manifests, what it is and what we can do about it. Because we need to do something about it or it's going to take over. 
June 11, 2019
 The 51/49 rule is a very simple concept shaped around the idea of kindness and simply giving a little more than you get. It's not about expectations, it's about giving a little more than what you happen to receive. The concept applies to business, personal relationships and to yourself. If everyone were to follow 51/49 in all of their relationships we'd be a much happier species.  
May 28, 2019
Poker Strategy as Freelance Strategy
Poker has been a consistent force in my life since I was about 19-years-old. I used to join back alley games, basement games, and even games in mansions let alone the lavish casinos of Atlantic City and Las Vegas. I haven't played as much these days but when I dove in, I dove in hard. I learned all of the ins and outs of the game, which has led to an understanding of poker strategy that has since left the felt and has become an aspect of my freelance life. Poker strategy teaches you how to manage your energy, survey the scene, chip away at big goals, respect your neighbor, and take the luck factor into account. There are loads more to break down but this episode talks specifically about those 5 elements and how you can start utilize those into your freelance career starting today.
May 21, 2019
depression vs. Depression
Depression is like love in the sense that we use both words interchangeably to mean different things. Love can refer to the love your wife or the love of a hamburger. We inherently know that they're two different things, or at least assume so, but with depression we often don't realize how that can confused for something else entirely. I affectionately called these differences little "d" depression and big "D" depression. The little describes our every day neurosis that we can get into when we're not taking care of our bodies and our minds. Big D depression is often the result of avoiding that management work that needs to be done. The way chemicals work in our mind can often define how or when that manifests for us, but for the most part, that average person who isn't experiencing chemical challenges can stave off depression of both kinds with self-care and heading towards their problems instead of avoiding them. Big D depression can be much more tricky to manage and typically involves some medication or clinical support. Those differences are important for us to know so we don't take our mental health, in any state, for granted.
May 14, 2019
Throwing Out Life's Instruction Manual
We have a pretty high chance of having some sort of religious experience in our lives. I don't mean a spiritual awakening experience but I mean falling hard and fast for a framework that has a set list of rules and morals attached to it. That can be any number of ideas that feel like you're a part of a cult and fully buy in to these ideas being the only version of truth. There is some survival purpose in that, but to grow and develop we have to eventually subvert that. We have to realize that we can't dictate or speak for someone else's experience in life. We're all navigating our own details and issues that only our mind can be ready to tackle. At some point, any instruction manual that we've been given about how to navigate life has to be thrown out the window because it no longer applies.
April 30, 2019
Ever since I was a kid I've been obsessed with culture. Mostly because I didn't fit in much as a nerd and an atheist that didn't really know that other nerds and atheists existed. Everything that was popular was something I didn't really resonate with. Or at least that's how I felt but I never realized that culture as a whole naturally brings people together. Cartoons, shared growth experiences, being in a family, living in a certain town or wearing a certain type of clothing all tends to bring with it some sort of cultural connection. However, sometimes, those cultural connections create a sense of cult-ish behavior when there is protection around a certain idea. Religions have their own rules, dating has it's own rules, what is considered a form of fashion has its own rule-set, and social justice is often fighting for a change in rules while also sticking to its own set of rules (even if they haven't been fully defined yet). With those rules, often comes a sense of morality, and that morality can create conflict when brushed up against other cultures. Of course ours is better than theirs, its OURs. And that's the point of it all. We take ownership over the things we hold so dearly to our identity and therefore either join or form a cult around those ideas. But that's not the fate of humanity, often self-awareness can be a massive step in separating yourself from a hateful place of cult vs. cult and moving into a place of hold space, love, admiration and respect for other people. Cosmic Calibration: http://www.bit/ly/cosmicintp Join our Group:
April 24, 2019
How to Help Someone
As an INTP, it's not been the easiest road when it comes to learning how to have patience for emotions. My version of helping someone is usually finding a solution to their problem. That can sometimes subvert or create a shortcut for someone who isn't ready for the later stage of what they're going through. On this episode I talk about the different stages of emotional challenges, how to identify them and how you can help someone in each of those stages or even recognize when you're not able to help someone. Part of what I do on this show is help identify if someone needs therapy or if they just need better support and I think this episode really exemplifies that idea. So, I'd love it if you'd join me on the episode and give me your feedback when you're done. How do you best help someone?
April 19, 2019
Social Currency
Today on the show we're talking about using social currency as a way to get out of or avoid poverty when you don't have a job or are trying to work as a freelancer. Just this morning I came across a Reddit post asking about what someone might do if they only had $600 and might end up homeless. My answer was to use social currency as a means to build rapport with shop owners or places that you could work at immediately and develop a network of people willing to hear your story and help you out. We dive into that idea quite a bit, relate it to mental health and being a freelancer.  Join us for Cosmic Calibration for INTPs at Join our Facebook group:
April 16, 2019
Using Enneagram and Chakras for Personal Growth
Today on the show we're talking about using enneagram and chakras in my growth path as an INTP. I personally have had issues with trust and stability in my past which was brought out through my exploration with the enneagram and chakras. While some of this stuff can feel a bit too woo-woo for some people, I want to clarify that it's not about the content of dissonance that sometimes needs to occur to accept the ideas, it's about the descriptions of these types and what emotional response they prompt. It's almost as if we're looking for triggers on purpose to identify how we can learn from those triggers. If we don't know what's affecting us then how can we possibly grow from those things? That's exactly what I'm sharing and breaking down on this episode of DOPEamine! Join the Cosmic Calibration Program at Join our Facebook group at Support Our Show on Patreon at
April 12, 2019
Ego Defense and Humor Development
Hey friends! Today on the show we're talking about ego defensiveness and humor development. In Myers-Briggs, it's typically known that the tertiary function is tied to ego defensiveness, that when you're arguing with someone they tend to bring their less-sophisticated tertiary function to the fight. That can be frustrating for the personal ego to not only use that function but frustrating for others to experience a side of you that they don't normally see. So, identifying that defensive behavior can be an important first step to understanding your personality type and how to grow your sense of humor, another form of ego defense, in a healthy constructive way. I'm in the early stages of my understanding this idea but we attempt to break it all down anyway here on DOPEamine! Let's go!
April 9, 2019
Dark Thoughts and Withheld Challenges | Explicit
Today on the show we're diving into some deep dark topics to address how, as humans, we can avoid some of the most difficult feelings that come up for us. Often ones that involve death, violence and sexuality. We talk about how it is sometimes actually helpful to address these dark thoughts to figure out the origin of these days to figure out where to go next, decide if we need to speak to a therapist or if we need some support in our lives to give us space to work through an idea to come out on the other side of that idea.
April 5, 2019
3 Things to Ask to Uplift our Mood
Today on the show we're talking about managing our emotional state in the moment. What are some questions that we can ask ourselves to regulate our mood when we're dealing with high stress, triggers and other things in the moment? We take time to break down our environmental, physical and emotional needs to consider what's possible within ourselves to manage our emotional state in any given moment. I wanted to touch on this topic without simply saying "see a therapist" because that doesn't help with every day life. So, sit back and get comfy as we break down 3 way to change your mood. Let's go!
April 2, 2019
Intuitives and the Industrial World
Today on the show we're talking about my time on the Personality Hacker Podcast, mental health in relation to being an INTP, where some mental health research can go and how the industrial world could be having a major effect on how we view ourselves. I want to continue to work towards improving the connection points between Myers-Briggs and mental health to better improve humanities of ourselves and help us live more fulfilling and happy lives.
March 29, 2019
Today on the show we're talking about patience for yourself and your personal growth. Patience as a concept is a powerful message in all stages of life and applies to simple settings like the grocery store or complex endeavors or getting a date with that beautiful person. Taking a little bit of time to breath, in the big picture sense, can yield so many wonderful rewards. Let's break it down today on DOPEamine!
March 26, 2019
The Year of Fear
Today on the show we're talking about my year of fear. One whole year of intense, hermit-like personal development and post-processing of a divorce that led to so many personal breakthroughs and one overarching realization that fear was ruling my life. I was isolating myself, pretending like everything was okay, and not yet learning from my mistakes. A year is a very long time to learn some lessons but it's only the beginning of a long re-growth period of my life as I develop my understanding of relationships, my career path, setting my own boundaries and learning about developing my own emotional regulation and compassion. There's a lot here but it's important, so let's break it all down here on this episode of DOPEamine!
March 22, 2019
Why Should I Leave Town?
Today on the show we're talking about why I left Philly in 2010 to pursue a new life in San Diego. There were plenty of factors involved, including mental health concerns and simply wanting experience more of life. Traveling can open your soul quite a bit, introduce some discipline into life and challenge you in ways you would least expect. I think travel is great for personal growth and if you have the opportunity to take the risk then I think you should definitely do so. There's lot more to break down on the show so let's get on it here on DOPEamine! Let's go! Created by MBTI Show:
March 19, 2019
DIKW and INTP Growth
Today on the show we're talking about INTPs and using the DIWK model for personal growth. DIKW stands for Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom as a way to navigate how we as humans understand information. Since INTPs are so informationally driven, this model is incredibly powerful for breaking a simple way to starting thinking about your personal growth from this perspective. Join me as we break down emotions and data on this episode of DOPEamine!
March 15, 2019
Introduction to Spiral Dynamics
Today on the show we are talking all about Spiral Dynamics and The Graves Model to share this very powerful tool of personal development with you. Spiral Dynamics is a way of getting to know how societies work and evolve, as well as a way for you know where you fall within that societal framework. We take time to break down all the levels, share some of the things to consider when placing yourself in this system and how it all even works. Spiral Dynamics is an extension of Maslov's Heirarchy of Needs to determine what "self-actualization" actually means for you. This episode is definitely a must listen if you've even heard of this model. Pull up a chair and get comfy as we breakdown Spiral Dynamics on today's episode of DOPEamine! Let's Go!
March 13, 2019
Trigger Warnings
Today on the show we're talking about Trigger Warnings and their usefulness. We're also discussing how the use of the word trigger can be a bit insulting if not use accurately. PSTD, mood disorders and C-PTSD are very serious disorder that use the word trigger in different ways, especially in reference to neuro-typical life. So, let's take a stab at breaking this down today on DOPEamine! Let's go!
March 8, 2019
Uber Everywhere
Today on the show we're talking about some of the lessons I've learned recently whilst driving for Uber and Lyft. As a rideshare driver, I'm an independent contractor, that means I'm in charge of my own destiny. Uber and Lyft are the middle man but they are not responsible for my daily health management and learning the tips I need to succeed. There are many parallels between what I've been doing and the freelance world many of us live in. So, I wanted to share what some of my most important insights are that I've gained from this experience and share it with you today on DOPEamine! Learn about C-Note: Myers-Briggs Breakdown:
March 5, 2019
What is Creativity?
Today on the show we're talking all about creativity! What is it? How can you be more creative? What is stopping us from feeling creative? We break all of that down today on DOPEamine!
February 28, 2019
The Plight of the Realist
Today on the show we're using a super fancy title to talk about this concept of "The Realist," this person who identifies as just keepin' it real, looking at the facts, "not trying to be a pessimist but" types. We're looking at what that really means and the potential problems it presents. We also discuss the realist's relationships with pessimism, optimism and the overall limits of the human perspective. Support the podcast: Join the Group: The MBTI Breakdown: About C-Note:
February 22, 2019
Utilizing Your Community
Today on the show we're talking about utilizing your community in times of need. Molly and I have just reached out to some friends about getting her to the Dreamtopia Workshop after she won a free ticket and our community came out in droves to support our financial efforts to get her a plane ticket. Over time we've built a group of fans, a community of people we support and love who decided to help us when we needed it. We talk about building that community but also not expecting anything specific from that community to build healthy relationships. Let's break it down today on DOPEamine! Let's go! Courses: Support the show: Join our group: Learn about the Host:
February 19, 2019
Because of a damn burger
Today on the show we're talking about how my circadian rhythm got thrown off by eating a damn burger at the wrong time. As you know, I have cyclothymia, which is a low-grade bipolar disorder that requires emotional and mood regulation for normal functioning. Getting into a chemical rhythm is important to remain balanced, so I got thrown off and am now sitting in dysthymia. So, I thought I'd share that story with you today on DOPEamine! Subscribe: Brand Blaster:
February 15, 2019
Don't Outsource Your Significance
Today on the show we're talking about significance, more specifically about not outsource your significance. Too many times do we put ourselves below others based on what we see in social media or what we experience in others. We see someone as more famous or richer than us and equate that to our sense of significance. At it's core, it's all relative. Our significance should first be defined by us but we favor the opinion of others most often. We're talking all about that significance on today's episode of DOPEamine! Join our group: Brand Blaster: MBTI Course:
February 12, 2019
How Do We Improve Our Relationship with Time?
Today on the show we're talking about our relationship with time. How can we better take advantage of time and the relativistic nature of time? We tend to confuse time with energy and priority, so getting specific about the time we're actually using is a very important first step. I share how I've been improving my relationship with time doing Uber to be more productive and better enjoy the random increments that I have. The goal is to reduce stress and improve our relationship with time here on DOPEamine! Learn about the host: Join our group: Join the Brand Blaster Course:
February 8, 2019
Today on the show we're talking about "They" "Those People" "Them"...who are these people? Why are we talking about this vague thing with such disdain? We're here to talk about the benefits of specifying who you're speaking about not just from social, religious, and political perspective but in relation to your mental health. It takes a lot of mental energy to harbor resentment and feed the anger beast within us when there's nothing we can do about it. Let's ask some questions today on DOPEamine! Support the show: Join the Group: Learn About The Host:
February 5, 2019
Thank u, next
Today on the show we're talking about analyzing our past relationships. I spent a ton of time looking through the past to figure what I did wrong, so I can take that into my current relationship as a path for growth. But it's also about finding appreciation for the good things that happened within those relationships or the sheer fact that someone was willing to spend exclusive time with us. That's pretty incredible on it's own. So, on this episode I'm breaking my own personal past relationships to share what I loved, what worked and expressing some gratitude today on DOPEamine! Learn about the host:
February 1, 2019
An Introduction to Enneagram
Today on the show we're introducing you to the enneagram of personality. Enneagram is an ancient way of assessing the armor we put up in our every day lives based on personal past traumas or experiences that shapes who we are then finding a path to who we truly are by working through those traumas or experiences. The Enneagram is quite interesting because it's popularity seems to be fixed on having a clearer road map for people than Myers-Briggs or other type models. However, that doesn't dismiss the power of other models as combining them is really where the meat is. We break down what Enneagram is and briefly navigate some of the types to give you an idea of what it's about today on DOPEamine! The Complete Enneagram: Learn about the host:
January 29, 2019
Lessons from The Fyre Festival Documentary
Today on the show we're talking all about the Fyre Festival Documentary and its impact on me personally. We break down the Myers-Briggs type of Billy the CEO, an unhealthy ENTJ. I also share how the documentary relates to my current path and where to go from here. Lets break it down on today's episode of DOPEamine!  Learn about the host:
January 25, 2019
Accessing Bravery
A major aspect of my personal development journey has been about accessing my own personal sense of bravery. In a recent episode, I spoke about how I've been feeling internally zen more than I've ever felt but that exists within a world that I very much can control. The world doesn't typically operate that way. The typical human experience involves so many variables that we don't typically have access to in any controlled environment. So how does that zen hold up in real-world scenarios? The only way to find out is to put myself out there and test it against real-world data. That requires getting outside of my comfort zone and accessing bravery to enter new worlds with my new set of armor. Let's break it down on today's episode of DOPEamine. Let's go! Subscribe at Follow the host at Sign up for Brand Blaster at
January 18, 2019
Today on the show we're talking about reliability, a concept that has stuck with me lately in regards to my personal growth. My mental illness has led me to feel unreliable in multiple contexts and I've been on a path to reconcile with that. I realized that much of my path has been about avoiding situations in which I need to be trusted, but instead I need to find ways to move towards becoming more reliable so I can continue to nurture personal and business relationships. Reliability is incredibly important. Let's break it down today on DOPEamine! Subscribe: Learn about the host at
January 14, 2019
Embracing the Personal Development Journey with David Gilks
Today on the show we're talking with David Gilks about the journey of personal development. This episode is really a plea to do something with your personal development learning. We've taken all sorts of courses and listened to our mentors tell us over and over what we need to do but nothing happens if we do nothing. David is also a fitness coach and brings that sensibility to his I Am Project and his upcoming TedX talk. David is a great guest and deserves all of your attention! and for fitness is On facebook
January 11, 2019
Losing Millions with The Fail Coach, Miha Matlievski
Today on the show we're talking with my friend Miha Matlievski, The Fail Coach, about his life of persistent failure. He shares a story of losing millions early in life and contemplating suicide as there seemed to be no way out. He shares his thought process in those moments and how he got out of such insurmountable circumstances. If you're dealing with major debt and feel like lost, this is the episode for you. Join us today on DOPEamine! Learn about C-Note at
January 8, 2019
What Now?
Today on the show we're asking the question "what now?" well, I'm really just asking myself that question but it's an important one! With the new year upon us, what does the future look like? It's a natural time for us to think about what's coming but it's also another opportunity for us to pressure ourselves into a corner that can set up us for not feeling so great about not hitting that goal again. So, I take some time to talk about how that is manifesting for me. What's the future of the podcast? What about my financial future? What about making things? What about client work? We break that all down on today's episode of DOPEamine! Learn about the host Assemble your Brand Blaster team
January 4, 2019
Helping People
Today on the show we're talking about helping people. I mean, genuinely helping people, not just because you get something in return. When we're doing business or creating work we tend to get defensive about our needs, which creates a barrier between us and others. I strongly believe that if we're going to connect with people on a personal and business level we have to learn to let go of our need for something in return. That starts with us. Learn about the host Sign up for Brand Blaster Program!
January 1, 2019
A DOPE Year in Review
Merry Christmas! Today on the show we're talking about the past year and where to go from here. I'm sharing what I've learned from the last year, how I plan to improve for 2019, some of the projects I have in mind and my word of the year. This is the last episode of 2018, so enjoy the holiday! We'll be going back to 2 days a week starting January 1st. Tuesdays and Fridays for the foreseeable future. Give the gift of Brand Blaster for 2019: Learn about the host:
December 25, 2018
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Merry Christmas! Today on the show we're talking all about season affective disorder or more commonly known as SAD. This disorder is typically a depression based on a lack of sunlight exposure throughout the day and having to make life adjustments based on the change in weather. So, we talk all about the best ways that you can take your therapy into your own hands and how cognitive behavior therapy is the best way to get to the core of some psychological issues that come up during the holidays. I know that getting some rest as an entrepreneur is a challenge as well. So, we talk all about SAD on today's episode of DOPEamine! Brand Blaster Program: Learn About The Host: Circadian Optics Lattis Light Therapy Lamp:
December 19, 2018
Fulfillment in Your Work
Today on the show we're talking about fulfillment in your work and how I continue to assess that moving forward. I think about the internet constantly, how I'm presenting myself and how I'm selling. Every once in a while I feel like I get into a place where I'm going backwards, feeling pressure to post and fill my head with all sorts of "should" statements in relation to what others say marketing is or should be. I find that I start to become a little pushy and it feels gross when you're consumed by the notion of creating "content" versus creating for yourself. That's essentially what we're breaking down today on DOPEamine! Brand Blaster Course:
December 12, 2018
Tania Fox on Bipolar II, Marketing and Mental Illness Super Powers
Today on the show I have the wonderful unicorn rainbow lightshow on the show that is my dear friend Tania Fox, marketing expert who helps people bring their personality outward into their marketing efforts. She's talking with me today about her experiences with Bipolar II, some insight how she's adjusted her daily and marketing to suit that along with a discussion about mental illness being a super power. It's a fun show with some great insight from someone I enjoy talking to immensely! You're in for a treat on today's episode of DOPEamine!
December 5, 2018
Tori Reid on Clarity in Messaging
Today on the show we're talking to my friend Tori Reid about messaging. She's an expert in messaging and confidence through messaging. She's someone I've been wanting to speak to on this topic for quite some time, so I'm really excited about this episode. We talk about clarity of language, power dynamics and how little tweaks can make a big difference on today's episode of DOPEamine. Brand Blaster Course: Support the show:
November 28, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving! | Family Holiday Obligations
Today on the show we're talking about giving my personal thanks to our listeners and also addressing some of the difficulties that come with family dynamics around the holidays. It can be an absolute challenge to connect with our family, sometimes they ask probing questions, they don't approve of our life choices or they're just plain annoying. We talk about how you don't even have to go, you can protect your energy and it doesn't have to be a time in which you become a punching bag. Support the show: Brand Blaster Course:
November 22, 2018
Animal Energy Connection
Today on the show we're talking about the connection between humans and animals. We have our friend Victoria Stigliano-Dzuban with us to talk about her work as an Animal Spirituality Facilitator. She helps animals transitioning at the end of their lives, helps humans to better connect with their animals and shares her story of ADHD, Bipolar and OCD growth. We talk about codependency with animals and defining a bit of what love really is between animals and humans. Support the show: More about Victoria:
November 21, 2018
Today on the show we're talking about making adjustments. The adjustments I'm making to this show, my life and business in 2019 but also the little tweaks we can make every day to get a better sense of how we're using our time and energy. Are they serving a purpose? Are we stuck in a grind? Are we unhappy with certain aspects of life or business? How can we adjust to new needs? I talk about that in terms of my life today on DOPEamine! Support the show: Brand Blaster Course:
November 14, 2018
Stan Lee: The Greatest Lesson
Stan Lee was one of the greatest storytellers of our time and easily one of the greatest men who ever lived. He never held back from being himself and sharing that with the world. He brought his personality into everything and so eloquently married the real with the fantastical. We all have been affected by him and how he shaped reality in the last century. This episode is for him. Thank you, Stan, for everything. Excelsior!
November 13, 2018
Connections Through Vulnerability
Today on the show we're talking about connecting with others through your vulnerability whether that's personally or professionally. We can feel quite isolated when we're dealing with mental health challenges and don't know how to connect with people. Small talk takes too much energy and sometimes we don't want to talk about ourselves too much. Finding a way to empathize or connect with others is a beautiful way of both sharing your story and creating a new wonderful connection with someone who can support you, listen to you and respect your journey. Let's hug it out on today's episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: Brand Blaster Course:
November 13, 2018
Unlearning Perceptions
Today on the show we're talking all about unlearning perception. What does that mean? That means, that over time we've accumulate all sorts of ideas about what the ideal human should be in a given situation. If you've dealt with any mental health difficulties or disabilities then you'll be familiar with this feeling. I talk with Brian King all about unlearning these perceptions from others that we put into our minds that keep us from the making the proper adjustments we need to make in order to grow as a person and build the life we want to live. Join us on this episode of DOPEamine! Support this show: Brand Blaster Course:
November 12, 2018
Small Talk
Today on the show we're talking all about Small Talk and the power of the skill in relation to social exploration and your mental health. We all seek some sense of connection and in order to get a more meaningful connection we need to use some semblance of small talk as a means to figure people out a bit before we approve or dismiss of someone. There are skills that you can learn to improve the skill over the time, which I feel are imperative for individual growth. Support the show: Brand Blaster Pre-Order:
November 9, 2018
I'm Not Very Interesting
Today on the show I'm addressing a statement that I hear quite often from artists and designers, "I'm Not Interesting..." It is quite frustrating to see as I continue through my own development because it's something that I feel I've got a good handle on these days. I know the pain and difficulty of comparison, of being stuck in your head and not feeling like you have something to offer but we absolutely all do. We get beat down by life or compare ourselves to those who had a better starting line. At the end of the day we need to trust what we know and love about ourselves, to put it out there and gain insight from what we share but not take that feedback as something we HAVE to apply. This is our life, we can take control of it.
November 8, 2018
Abundance and Community
Today on the show we're talking all about community and abundance. Abundance being the concept of there being enough clientele to go around and to wall ourselves off from other creatives is to isolate ourselves when we need support. There are times when we need the support of other creatives to fulfill the needs of our clients while we take of ourselves and building community is the best way to do that. We talk about the concept entitlement as well and how expecting too much of yourself also leads to burnout and mistreatment of ourselves.
November 7, 2018
Mentor Boundaries and Giving Advice
Today on the show we're talking all about boundaries for asking and giving advice. Many young people are looking for mentors to help them through life and it's a challenge to find someone who has the time, cares or can even answer their questions. That can lead to desperation or eagerness on the part of the one seeking advice. It's important to have patience and realize that you've got time to figure things out. The same goes for the mentor, protecting your time is key but not so much that you can't help people with a quick response. There's no need for paywalls on helping each other whenever possible.
November 6, 2018
Health and Fame
Today on the show we're talking all about health and fame. Two separate topics that all equate to a healthy perspective on you as the most important part of your life. Being health is about you and becoming famous is not what it used to be. You have all of the possibilities in the world to show off your potential more than ever before and no longer do you need to appeal to the mass market to be famous. But to be famous to someone still yields its rewards, whether it's a listener, a client or a friend. Perception is everything. Support the show: The Boss Project Summit:
November 5, 2018
Making Space for Your Partner
Today on the show we're talking about making space for your partner, family, business partners and all others in your life. One of my goals of this show and in life is to find the most effective ways to meet people where they are instead of trying to adapt people to who I am or what I want them to be. It's a very difficult ongoing challenge, especially with the mental illness issues that I face. I know plenty of you can relate to this struggle so this could be the episode that opens you up to this idea. Join me and leave a little love if this resonates with you! Support the show: The Boss Project Summit: Learn about the host:
November 2, 2018
Getting Out of Your Head
Today on the show we're talking about getting out of your head. When we're dealing with mental illness or any stress we tend to ruminate on what's going on and frankly, we won't learn anything new that way most of the time. So, it's important for us to find ways to get out of our own head. That doesn't mean ignoring your problems but finding a friend to connect with, go see the barista down the street, ask someone how they're doing, engage in small talk, play a fun game with people or something simple that gets you to engage with something other than yourself. Chances are you can gain some new information to take with you when you re-enter your own head-space. Support the show: The Boss Project Summit:
November 1, 2018
All About Evil | The Halloween Episode!
Today on the show we're talking all about evil. What does "Evil" even mean? Is it something within us all? Are we doomed to commit evil acts or is it all a matter of perception? We talk about different religions' take on evil as well as a philosophical approach. Also, a special appearance from your friendly neighborhood Gollum today on DOPEamine! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Support this show: Learn about the host: The Boss Project Summit:
October 31, 2018
Abagail Pumphrey and Emylee Williams of Think Creative Collective on Building Community
Today on the show we have two very special guests, my latest friends Abagail Pumphrey and Emylee Williams of Think Creative Collective who are the show to talk about The Boss Project Summit, building a massive business, building an online community, building people connections, sharing vulnerable stories, and so much more! We had so much fun recording this episode that I need a nap. So I'm going to go do that while you enjoy this fun-filled episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: The Boss Project Summit: Join TCC: The Strategy Hour Podcast:
October 30, 2018
Repeated Traumas and Revisiting Complex PTSD
Today on the show we're talking all about Complex PTSD. I've been in the rebuilding phase of my last over the past year and that is all associated with C-PTSD traumas that I've been fighting on two fronts. The past associated with my parents and the more recent past associated with my marriage and emotional abuse. I remind you of what C-PTSD is and then share my story, where I am now and how understanding the details of what is occurring helps me to retain some optimism for the future. Support the show: The Boss Project Summit:
October 29, 2018
You Get What You Put Out Into the World
Today on the show we're talking about the notion of getting what you put out into the world. Not that you should do so with expectation but that if you're putting out bad vibes, surrounding yourself with toxic people or simply anyone who doesn't align with your life path then they have no reason for being there. It can be difficult to sever these attachments but it can be pivotal for our personal growth. I also talk about my personal growth this week, asking for my help, my ideology development and the challenges I face emotionally about not seeing my son. All of it is a massive challenge that I think is worth undertaking in this week's episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: The Boss Project Summit:
October 26, 2018
Asking for Help
Today on the show we're talking about asking for help. It started out as a conversation with myself about the current desperation that I'm feeling but quickly translated into a realization that I've had a terrible time with asking for help. My mental health is not in the best place so it's a bit of a somber episode. I'm having trouble knowing what to do with my current issues, so thank you for your patience and continuing to be a loyal listener of DOPEamine. Support the show: The Boss Project Summit:
October 25, 2018
One More Pushup
Today on the show we're talking about avoiding conflict, addressing my personal fears and my own personal accountability. I need to do more and I know I need to do more. This lifestyle I've been cultivating is a largely a fantasy that isn't matching up to reality and for the things that are actually working to not come crashing down, I need to man-up and own that I need to work smarter and harder to achieve what I want to achieve. It's going to take a little more work. Less excuses that I've been blocking myself from acknowledging and continuing to hold my self ACTUALLY accountability. I get real vulnerable on this episode in a way that I haven't done in quite some time. I'm hoping this episode is a turning point. I think it's important for me and important for this show so please join me on today's very special episode of DOPEamine. Support the show with a donation at Sign up for The Boss Project Summit at
October 24, 2018
Today on the show we're talking about Obsession. I've been thinking about it because I'm re-approaching mania and that, for me, is one of the symptoms that comes to light. I become obsessed with other people being accurate in their assertions that I become combative with those around me. I certainly like a good debate and I have no qualms about correcting someone but when I become obsessed it hurts, it takes me times and ultimately it's a distracted from real emotional issues that I have to deal with. So, I break a lot of that down as I also start to break down on this episode of DOPEamine. Support the show: The Boss Project Summit:
October 23, 2018
Challenging Your Ideology
Today on the show we're talking all about ideology. We very much get caught up in the big picture of what we think is happening, might happen or want to happen. It's another way of both tempering expectations but also taking stock in what you can actually control. How can you actually make those big dreams a reality instead of letting them sit in the clouds all the time? What can we do to bring them to life? Just a warning of sensitivity that this episode will be addressing religion, politics, relationships and career advice in regards to questioning our ideology. The overall tone is a bit aggressive as well. Still with me? Great! Then let's do this on today's episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: Consulting:
October 22, 2018
My Trip Across the United States
Today on the show I wanted the recount the story of my trip across the country 1 year ago. It was around this time in 2017 in which I had just left my previous marriage, left San Diego, left my job and started a new life. It was a scary journey and a risky decision to leave. I talk all about what I learned on that solo drive, the mental difficulties and whether or not I'd do it again. There are great lessons here about soaking it all in, documenting your experience, experiencing life with people you care about, meeting new people and the power of having to sit in silence. Join me on this road trip edition of DOPEamine! Support the show: The Boss Project Summit Sponsored by Dubsado:
October 19, 2018
Taking Control of Your Recovery
Today on the show we're talking with my friend Abigail McLagan about her story with recovery, building a business at a young age, having to grow up quickly and about surrounding yourself with the right people. It's an important conversation that I think everyone under 25 should absolutely listen to as you move forward through life. Support the show: Learn about the host:
October 18, 2018
Love. Logic. Dichotomies.
Today on the show we're talking about Dichotomies, the extreme black and white decisions that we all make as humans. What can we do to start living in the gray area? and how does this even show up for us? I read an article by Paul Emerich (I said his name wrong on the show, my apologies!) about Love. Logic. and False Dichotomies that breaks down a bit of this in a clearer way than I ever good. So join me in breaking down some walls on today's episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: More about the Host: The Boss Project Summit:
October 17, 2018
Managing Consistency with Mental Illness
Today on the show we're talking all about consistency in business, in relation to mental health. It's a major issue in today's world for people to put so many expectations on themselves because there are so many external representations of what "SHOULD" be that challenge our every day needs. We're going to have days where we crash, don't feel well, need self-care and have to make it all stop. Setting ourselves up with too rigid of a structure, depending on your personality type, can be detrimental to our need for self-care. We need to trust the patterns we see within ourselves, cut ourselves a break and distance ourselves from content creation FOMO. Support the Show: Media Courses: The Boss Project Summit Sponsored by Dubsado:
October 16, 2018
Losing Subscribers
Today on the show we're talking about losing subscribers. Those of us who are trying to do business online can sometimes fall into a difficult trap of associating our identity to how many people follow us. There are a few things to consider when we're looking at that drop in numbers. What is causing? Can we get more accurate data? Is it us or are they a fake account being removed? Either way, that has no bearing on your love for the process. What you do is more important than what you get out of it. It's going to keep you moving to understand why you're even doing something. So, if you're tripped up by that then slow down, take a moment and think about where to go next. You got this on this episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: Learn about the host:
October 15, 2018
Strengthening Your Resolve
Today on the show we're talking about strengthening your resolve. This means creating a sense of self that is strong, unwavering and decided through firm assertive language for yourself and to yourself. We talk about the language it takes to start thinking about yourself more confidently. We also explore the signs that we may not be as strong as we think we are, then how to improve that. Support the show: Learn about the host: Sign for The Boss Project Summit sponsor by Dubsado at
October 12, 2018
Emotional Intelligence
Today on the show we're talking about EQ vs. IQ. What is emotional intelligence? We break that down as well as the importance of it. Why do we need to care about our and others emotional state? Well, simple it's a big part of being human. It's also important to note than an emotional predisposition doesn't mean you're automatically good at it. Get out the tissues while we work through some emotions here on DOPEamine! Support the show: Media Courses: Sign for The Boss Project Summit sponsor by Dubsado at
October 11, 2018
Starting the PTSD Conversation with Linda Green
Today on the show we're talking about PTSD, the beginnings, the symptoms and using coach as well as therapy to help reclaim a stake in life. Linda Green is our guest today speaking about her experience with PTSD, how she's managed and it how she's now connecting people to a better path through personal coaching. Not everyone can coach from personal experience, so it's not only amazing to hear her story but to see what she's doing with it. We start the conversation today on DOPEamine. Support the show | Full Media Management | Sign for The Boss Project Summit sponsor by Dubsado at
October 10, 2018
Mindset, Accountability and Loneliness in Entrepreneurship
Today on the show we're talking about the unique aspect of entrepreneurship in regards to personal accountability as a main focus of the mindset shift that needs to occur. You're solely responsible for your business growth and that means taking personal responsibility for your boundaries and whatever else you need to be successful in business. Support the show: About the host: Sign for The Boss Project Summit sponsor by Dubsado at
October 9, 2018
Boundaries vs. Barriers
Today on the show we're talking about boundaries vs. barriers. What does that mean? It means defining the difference between personal development boundaries that benefit our every day well-being and the barriers we place around us to avoid new ideas, bad feelings and personal growth. We also talk about bad feelings themselves and how emotional regulation is necessary for growth. We experience a lot of external pressure but emotional regulation gives us the best opportunity to truly be ourselves. Armor up, kids, on DOPEamine! Support the show | My Media Company | Sign for The Boss Project Summit sponsor by Dubsado at
October 8, 2018
Casual Use of Psychological Terminology
Today on the show we're talking about two topics that work well together. General ignorance in modern society and the casual use of psychological terminology as a means to boost the severity of someone's feelings and simultaneously the severity of others. Much of this happens subconsciously so I understand that it's a difficult discussion to have but the point is that we should strive to have more accurate conversations with terminology that moves that conversation forward without having to navigate emotional triggers in every direction. OCD, Anxiety and depression are more severe than it's every day casual usage. Support this show at Meet the host:
October 5, 2018
Being Starstruck
Today I wanted to talk about this concept of being starstruck by other people. Particularly looking up to famous people and assuming that they're instantly better than you, you'll never be that and letting it affect your self-esteem in a major way. In reality, we are all on different paths with different goals and different starting lines. So comparison is illogical and useless. The same goes for anyone who it good. Who is doing well in life. It's not an excuse to project that you're better than anyone or to let yourself get too comfortable and forget that you still have a long life to live. So, there's a lot to break down here on today's episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: Meet the host:
October 4, 2018
L’Appel Du Vide: The Call of the Void
Today on the show we're talking about The Call of the Void. This is a concept that many us has experienced. We stand close to the of a build or a cliff, perfectly safe with no intention to jump but we get this startling realization that if we don't actively tell ourselves not to jump that we may have actually jumped. This isn't exclusive to heights, many have experienced this sensation of wanting to jump in front of a train or ram your car into the side of the road or even run someone over. This, as far as we know, isn't exclusive to mental illness. So, we ask some tough questions about humanity in this episode and the subconscious questions that we ask ourselves every day and how the call of the void may be an active moment in that process. Let's go for it on today's episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: INFJ Course:
October 3, 2018
I Was Stuck in My INTP Inferior Fe
Today on the show we're talking about what I've been going through the last week. I've been dealing with a lot of intense stress around money but have also completely given into being too preoccupied with other people's emotions. As an INTP, that is not a playing field I succeed in. If anything, it leads me down a path of absurd thinking that essentially leads to devalue emotions. Mostly because emotions just don't work well for me in the long run. So, as an INTP, I need to acknowledge that my inferior trait Fe (Extroverted Feeling) should not be running the show. So, let's instead get logical today on this episode of DOPEamine! Support the show at Meet the host at
October 2, 2018
Normalizing Mental Illness
Today we're talking about normalizing mental illness from 2 different angles. We start by talking about teenagers normalizing it as social leverage and the remainder of society using some mental illness terminology to boost their every day emotions for emphasis. We're going to talk more about the latter in an upcoming episode. For now, hold on to your seat because I get a little heated in this episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: Meet the Host:
October 1, 2018
The Edge of Destruction
Today on the show we're talking being at the edge of destruction. I feel like some of my episodes lately haven't about me and what I'm going through, so I figured today was the perfect opportunity to work through those feelings. It's not always easy for me to exhibit emotional expression, it's a challenge and it's difficult to continue to feel like I have the room to express what I need to express. So, I created this show for that reason and am going to use it for that reason. I talk a bit about suicidal ideation, troubles with my past, relationships, workplace frustrations, feeling like a burden and all of the learning I've been doing to try and better understand what I need to do. So, this episode gets pretty heavy, as a warning, but it's reality. It's where I am (a week ago when I recorded it). It's what I'm going through, it's honest and I don't think there's enough "content" out there exhibiting and showing that. So, here it goes. Thanks for being here.
September 28, 2018
Making Fun of People
Today on the show we're talking about Making Fun of People. Humans be humans and we all have a story. Some of us are caught in a vulnerable state, turned into memes or viral videos. Some of us don't want that. Some people are simply trying to live their lives to the best of their ability. I've been guilty of taking photos of some "weird" person in the past and posting it with the hopes of making myself subconsciously feel better or elitist about my position in life. It's not cool. If you've done this or enjoy this, this episode of DOPEamine might sting a little. Support the show: Meet the host:
September 27, 2018
External Validation
Today on the show we're talking about external validation. Why do we seek it? Most of us are working on ways to not give a crap about what people think but we are social creatures and sometimes need a little extra love when we've depleted our reserves for being able to provide that for ourselves. We also need to be better at asking for help as mental illness sufferers. Support the show: Meet the host:
September 26, 2018
You Know Nothing
Today on the show we're talking about the concept of knowing nothing. As we get older, past our teenage years and into our 30s we can't help this feeling of knowing nothing. We are exposed to new ideas, new people, new environments all the time and simply feel as though there is no way we could know everything or anything. It can become a little absurd. But where some people see difficulty or insignificance, I see opportunity. The chance to embrace your curiosity, ask questions and experience new things. Some of us feel a natural pull and some need a push. I'm here to give you that push here on this episode of DOPEamine! Support this show: Learn about the host:
September 25, 2018
Manifesting Success
Today on the show we're going to talk about the concept of manifesting success. What does it mean to manifest something in your life? To visualize a goal and achieve? Can there be an unhealthy version of that? We ask that questions and play with this idea of "The Progress Wheel" as a means to know if you're working towards something or simply being entitled to an affirmation you're giving yourself. I'm starting on this concept today, so bare with me on this episode of DOPEamine! Support the show: Learn about the host:
September 24, 2018
Men Seeking Romantic Relationships
Today on the show we're talking about Men Seeking Romantic Relationships. We talk about men in the single world as well as those looking for "what women want" and getting a better understanding of not only learning that information but using that same information for yourself when looking for a partner to be promote mutual respect. We look at an Elite Daily article called "10 Traits Men Have That Make Them The Whole Package" and break down into some constructive feedback. Get ready, boy, you've got a lot to learn on this episode of DOPEamine! The Elite Daily article: Support the show: Learn more about the host:
September 21, 2018
Male Body Image Issues
Today on the show we're talking about male body image issues and how that affects confidence. In relation to a lot of this week's topics, men aren't very open about their emotional state but particularly aren't open about how they feel physically. We see portrayals of men in media has having perfect faces, bodies, fighting ability, having stuff and getting all the girls. Well, that's enough. You, as a man, can take charge of the things you can control. You can improve your situation but it's about incremental growth and managing your expectations. Essentially turning your expectations into aspirations so they remain healthy and change with the variables of life. So, put down that donut cause we're getting our shit together today on DOPEamine! Support the show: Learn about the host:
September 20, 2018
Masculine Energies
Today on the show we're talking about masculine energies and essentially defining a few different ways to look at masculinity. We're going to talk a little bit about hegemonic masculinity, toxic masculinity and the 7 types of masculinity, which is based on the Graves model. We talk about kids and bullying, how toxicity in masculine stereotypes affects mental health as well as masculinity in the prison system. There's a ton to talk about in this episode so get cozy and join me on a lovely journey in masculine land here on DOPEamine! Support the show: Learn more about the host:
September 19, 2018
The Patriarchy
Today on the show we're talking about "The Patriarchy" as a mean to define the term but also share a bit of the general male perspective behind the emotions involved with making such a massive social change. Essentially I want to use this week's theme as a means to encourage those to get on board with understanding that males are imperative to the growth of humanity and it's not about uneven land grab. It's not about women wanting to take over so much as it is about equal rights. Men also have fears associated with change, insecurities with lifting up their partners socially and it all comes down to personal growth. So that's what we're here to do on this episode of DOPEamine!
September 18, 2018
Today on the show we're kicking off this week's topic, which is the Male Experience. I'm taking this as an opportunity to share my thoughts on being a male in today's world of social change, media perception, what men should take more responsibility for and that being a man is still something to be proud of and respected as long as you're being respectful of the people in your life. Specifically today we're talking alpha males and the perception of alpha males actually being a beta male experience. Beta males are typically more boastful and do so due to their insecurities. It's a vie for status in a world that doesn't require it so intensely but we partake in it anyway because of our natural primal tendencies. Frankly, being alpha takes work but not as much as you think. So suit up, let's get all up in this episode of DOPEamine! Fill out our survey to help the podcast grow:
September 17, 2018
The Racial Divide
Today on the show we're gonna talk a little bit about The Racial Divide. More specifically the divide that is happening in our country and how the conflict model we've been working through can be used to identify how progress can be made. It might get a little heated in here but not really. This isn't about being outraged or calling anyone out. This is an attempt at an objective perspective on what is going on and how we can move things forward in a positive direction. I think I addressed the issues as best as I could and I hope you can join me in this discussion with an open mind to help take all of us into the next stage of growth as a community and a country. We're tackling a lot today on this episode of DOPEamine! Fill out our survey to help the podcast grow: Support the show: Join Our Support Group: Learn about the host:
September 14, 2018
Millennial Self-deprecation
Today on the show we're talking about Millennial Self-Deprecation. I've noticed that much of Millennial culture is steeped in a self-awareness that tends to manifest as self-deprecation. There is a lot of popular media, memes, and products made by people like AdamJK that expresses a sense of internal struggle with a dash of light-hearted charm. I try to figure why that is and a bit about internal conflict on this episode of DOPEamine! Fill out our survey to help the podcast grow: Support the show: Join Our Support Group: Learn about the host:
September 13, 2018