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DOPEamine | Personal Empowerment

DOPEamine | Personal Empowerment

By Christian Rivera
DOPEamine is a platform dedicated to the mental health empowerment, creative expression, and personal development of humans around the world!

We create podcasts, articles, youtube channels, and programs to encourage deeper learning, self-discovery, and awaken your innate superpowers!

DOPEamine serves as a guide to the unveiling of your best-fit personality type to improve your relationships, find your career focus, and reclaim your center with accurate self-care.

We use Carl Jung's Personality Archetypes, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Enneagram, and other psyche-analytical models.
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The Social Dilemma | Accepting Our Shadow
Join the mailing list for a free book all about INTPs at   I've recently watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and wanted to share some of my thoughts on social media and how that has affected our ability to do personal shadow work. We used to be able to do this important deep inner work almost by accident but now we're able to distract it away with "doom-scrolling" and keeping ourselves busy with the next hit of dopamine.  Go to to get a personality profiling session, listen to podcast episodes, articles, self-learning opportunities and more!   Please like, subscribe and share with a friend!   DOPEamine is a platform dedicated to the personal empowerment and creative expression for all kinds of humans around the world!   We create podcasts, articles, youtube channels, memberships, and self-learning opportunities to encourage deeper learning, self-discovery, and awaken your innate superpowers to unlock your potential!    DOPEamine serves as a guide to the unveiling of your best-fit personality type to improve your relationships, find your career focus, and reclaim your center with accurate self-care.  We use Carl Jung's Personality Archetypes, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Enneagram, and other psyche-analytical models to support your exploration to unlock your sense of self, your sense of normal, to navigate the world on your terms.   C.Note puts emphasis on the INTP Personality, since he is also an INTP who shares his own experiences and challenges in careers, relationships, health, spirituality, and more!    Self-learning opportunities:   One-on-one Coaching:   Support on Patreon:   Leave a tip:$letsgocnote   Music Intro:   Music Outro via SoundStripe. Sign up with promo code DOPEAMINE to get 10% off!   Get a free Audio Book with Audible:   Ready to make money by selling your own products? Try Sellfy for 14 days free:
September 21, 2020
Combining Typology Systems for INTP Personal Growth
Join the mailing list for a free book all about INTPs at As INTPs, we tend to learn best when we're looking for patterns between disparate ideas. That's why we're talking about combining systems for personal growth. The real a-ha moments tend to come when we have a few points of reference. In this case we're talking about Myers-Briggs, The Enneagram, Spiral Dynamics, Chakras, and Objective Personality. How can we begin to look at the common threads between these systems to grow as INTPs? Go to to get a personality profiling session, listen to podcast episodes, articles, self-learning opportunities and more! Please like, subscribe and share with a friend! DOPEamine is a platform dedicated to the personal empowerment and creative expression for all kinds of humans around the world! We create podcasts, articles, youtube channels, memberships, and self-learning opportunities to encourage deeper learning, self-discovery, and awaken your innate superpowers to unlock your potential! DOPEamine serves as a guide to the unveiling of your best-fit personality type to improve your relationships, find your career focus, and reclaim your center with accurate self-care. We use Carl Jung's Personality Archetypes, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Enneagram, and other psyche-analytical models to support your exploration to unlock your sense of self, your sense of normal, to navigate the world on your terms. C.Note puts emphasis on the INTP Personality, since he is also an INTP who shares his own experiences and challenges in careers, relationships, health, spirituality, and more! Self-learning opportunities: One-on-one Coaching: Support on Patreon: Leave a tip:$letsgocnote Music Intro: Music Outro via SoundStripe. Sign up with promo code DOPEAMINE to get 10% off! Get a free Audio Book with Audible: Ready to make money by selling your own products? Try Sellfy for 14 days free:
September 17, 2020
One Year on YouTube: What now? | Philosophies for Personal Empowerment
Join the mailing list for a free book all about INTPs at   This episode is a year-in-review for this channel along with some philosophies, rules, guidelines, and ideas for how this channel is going to move forward. I've learned a lot in the past year about being an INTP, how to serve INTPs, and what it takes to be a personal empowerment YouTube channel.   Go to to get a personality profiling session, listen to podcast episodes, articles, self-learning opportunities and more!   Please like, subscribe and share with a friend!   DOPEamine is a platform dedicated to the personal empowerment and creative expression for all kinds of humans around the world!   We create podcasts, articles, youtube channels, memberships, and self-learning opportunities to encourage deeper learning, self-discovery, and awaken your innate superpowers to unlock your potential!    DOPEamine serves as a guide to the unveiling of your best-fit personality type to improve your relationships, find your career focus, and reclaim your center with accurate self-care.  We use Carl Jung's Personality Archetypes, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Enneagram, and other psyche-analytical models to support your exploration to unlock your sense of self, your sense of normal, to navigate the world on your terms.  C.Note puts emphasis on the INTP Personality, since he is also an INTP who shares his own experiences and challenges in careers, relationships, health, spirituality, and more!    Self-learning opportunities:   One-on-one Coaching:   Support on Patreon:   Leave a tip:$letsgocnote   Music Intro:   Music Outro via SoundStripe. Sign up with promo code DOPEAMINE to get 10% off!   Get a free Audio Book with Audible:   Ready to make money by selling your own products? Try Sellfy for 14 days free:
September 14, 2020
Nothing is Wasted | What I Learned from Failure
Join the mailing list for a free book all about INTPs at   Earlier this year I began making a personality type chat bot. I spent all year on it and recently decided to let it go. I share some of the processing of letting go of something I've invested a lot of time, effort, and emotional energy into. And what that means for the future of DOPEamine.  Go to to get a personality profiling session, listen to podcast episodes, articles, self-learning opportunities and more!    Please like, subscribe and share with a friend!   DOPEamine is a platform dedicated to the personal empowerment and creative expression for all kinds of humans around the world!   We create podcasts, articles, youtube channels, memberships, and self-learning opportunities to encourage deeper learning, self-discovery, and awaken your innate superpowers to unlock your potential!    DOPEamine serves as a guide to the unveiling of your best-fit personality type to improve your relationships, find your career focus, and reclaim your center with accurate self-care.   We use Carl Jung's Personality Archetypes, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Enneagram, and other psyche-analytical models to support your exploration to unlock your sense of self, your sense of normal, to navigate the world on your terms.   C.Note puts emphasis on the INTP Personality, since he is also an INTP who shares his own experiences and challenges in careers, relationships, health, spirituality, and more!    Self-learning opportunities:   One-on-one Coaching:   Support on Patreon:   Leave a tip:$letsgocnote   Music Intro:   Music Outro via SoundStripe. Sign up with promo code DOPEAMINE to get 10% off!   Get a free Audio Book with Audible:
September 7, 2020
Being Assertive Versus Being Confrontational | Setting Boundaries for INTPs, other TPs and FJs
Today we're talking about the difference between being assertive versus being controversial about your boundaries. This means owning your identity as an INTP, ISTP, ENTP, ESTP, INFJ, ISFJ, ENFJ, and ESFJ as someone who has introverted thinking in your cognitive stack. We talk about this concept in relation to the drama triangle and the empowerment dynamic to help us assert our boundaries in a way that actually sticks and honors who we are. YouTube version: Sign up for a profiling session at
August 28, 2020
Managing Mental Illness Symptoms Using Personality Type Systems | INTP Cyclothymia and ADHD
Mental Illness is already difficult to deal with as it is but having to deal with not feeling normal is even more difficult. Personality type systems offer the opportunity to define normal for yourself to that if you're saying that you're not normal then you at least know what normal is. It's a way of knowing your center, your focal point, so that you can reclaim who you are and keep yourself from stretching too thin. On this episode we break down how we can better manage mental illness symptoms using personality type systems. Get your free INTP eBook at
August 13, 2020
When Self-fulfilling Prophecies Occur and When to Embrace Belief
Today on the show we're talking about Self-fulfilling Prophecies and how they enable negative futures for ourselves. We can begin to reframe our outlook on the future by manifesting a vision that is more accurate to out wants and needs instead of a fixation on avoidance of an outcome. You can read our companion article at and sign up for audible at
August 8, 2020
Is comparison really the thief of joy?
Today we're talking about what it means to compare yourself to others. We often hear a quote that says "Comparison is the thief of joy" but on this episode I suggest that there are ways to make comparison a joy. Let's talk about competition and rivalry like that of Goku and Vegeta, Romulans and Starfleet, or Red Sox and Yankees.
July 31, 2020
How We Can Get Positive Effects from Video Games
Today we're talking about video games and how the medium allows for an expansion of storytelling and experiences. However, just like anything else, it can be abused. So let's talk about how we can get the most out of video games.
July 28, 2020
Harnessing Fear to Make Meaningful Change
Fear is a tricky concept, especially in the world of Coronavirus. Fear can keep us from going forward, can shell is up or make us run away. The challenge, however, is that fear can also be a valid motivator. You can't have bravery without fear to face and expressing fear is an important first step to strengthening yourself. We also reference the enneagram and how it relates to the behavior of the United States of America during this pandemic.
July 6, 2020
How We Can Save The World
We all grow up with different versions of what it means for the world to be saved. Some of us think we need buckle down and do more of what we're doing, others feel we need massive change. And while there are elements to each that are true, the real issue is understanding what kind of work we need to do to eventually meet in the middle and focus our energy in the right direction. I primarily focus on American Politics in the episode but I hope it's enough to translate to your part of the world. If not, let me know what you feel needs to be addressed within yourself.
June 29, 2020
Processing the Loss of My Brother as an INTP
My brother passed away a few weeks ago and I took a bit of time off from my youtube channel to process some of the grief of that loss. This episode is about sharing this process, especially for me as an INTP, and what we can all do to properly grief in the most extreme or even simple losses that we need to spend time dealing with. Sign up for your own Myers-Briggs Profiling Session at
June 22, 2020
Moving Forward using Spiral Dynamics
Whether we're dealing with mental health issues or looking at the world's challenges, there are moments when we tend to get stuck. Today on the show, we're using spiral dynamics to talk a bit about identifying when we get stuck and what to do next. How we can stop judging ourselves in order to face forward and move forward? How can we stop attaching acknowledgement to judgement?  Intro to Spiral Dynamics: Sign up for a Myers-Briggs Personality Profiling Session:
June 15, 2020
Support Requires Strength
During this very important #blacklivesmatter movement there has been a struggle with identifying how we can best support others and ourselves in the midst of this movement. One of those very important ways is to ground ourselves within our sense of self. That means that if we are not honoring who are and grounded in who we are it becomes very difficult to provide the support we can for others. This episode breaks that down.
June 7, 2020
Logical and Direct Leadership
This is a quick episode in support of George Floyd and #blacklivesmatter. Throughout the discussions I've had online so far, it's clear to me that I want to support and nurture direct and logical leadership. That we get caught up in blurry lines and vague assumptions or implications. If we can be clear, we can know where to go from here. We also talk about roles in leadership as a developing person.
June 2, 2020
What is Cynicism Trying to Tell Us?
On this episode we dive into cynicism. What is cynicism? What does it mean? How does it show up and is it useful? We have a companion article you can check out at: Sign up for a Myers-Briggs Profiling Session at 
May 25, 2020
Unconscious Self-Judgment
I've noticed an influx of people on twitter and in the comments of my videos and podcasts expressing solidarity for what they experience but also including judgment with their acknowledgement. This episode is meant to help point some of that out in you to begin noticing your criticisms but not applying them to your identity. Sign up for a profiling session at
May 19, 2020
My older brother passed away suddenly. I wanted to share some of my thoughts and support those also grieving.
May 18, 2020
What are Thoughts and Feelings?
Today on the show we're covering the very intuitive question of "What are thoughts and feelings?" The reason I ask this question is because it helps to know some version of what these concepts are. We think all the time, we feel all the time but do we really know what's going on? And how can knowing what's going on help with self-judgement? Let's break it down on this episode. Sign up for a profiling session at
May 13, 2020
Animal Crossing and Ikigai: The Secret to Long Life
Today on the show I'm joyed by my lovely partner Molly ( to talk about Animal Crossing and it's link to the practice of Ikigai, a way of living of a long life. We share some of our experience with Animal Crossing, how it's been helpful as a grounding process, helping us connect with our friends, and be productive while also redefining our relationship with rest.  Sign up for a one-on-one Personality Profiling Session at
May 5, 2020
The Open Sea of Truth and Opinion
Today on the show we're talking about the difference between truth and opinion as well as how this translates to the open internet, or as I like to call it...the open sea! We're going to use some pirate metaphors to talk about conflict on the internet in relation to truth and opinion.  Sign up for a profiling session at
April 27, 2020
Making Sense of the World
Today we're talking about how we can even begin to make sense of the world. We're out here dealing with a Pandemic and all of the psychological challenges that come along with it. Where do we even begin with managing ourselves and having patience for others? I share my perspective on what it means to hold space for others and begin the process of understanding others' varying perspectives. Sign up for a Myers-Briggs Profiling Session at Sign up for The INTP Productivity Workshop at
April 20, 2020
The Importance of Documenting Our Stories
Today on DOPEamine we're talking about the importance of documenting your story. Each one of us has a unique story to tell, a story that is often driven by the context of our circumstances. Stories don't have to literally be words...they can be paintings, drawings, sculpture, etc. but they are relics of our time here on earth. Our stories are signals for our future selves and for future generations to know what to look out for, to not feel so alone, and seek guidance when lost in difficult times. While it's valid to move on and pretend that the CoronaVirus isn't something we need to address in the content we make, the stories we tell about our context is a (hopefully) once in a lifetime opportunity to share our personal experience and expression of the many contexts we get to experience in our lives.
April 14, 2020
This is terrible.
Today on the show we're talking about my personal experience with the Coronavirus pandemic. While last episode was a bit about advice, this one is a bit more about my raw expression of how I feel about this whole thing. So, if you're not feeling like you want to hear someone vent then go ahead and move onto another episode or show. Still here? Great, let's do this!
April 5, 2020
The Coronavirus Pandemic, Expectations and Intense Self-Care
Today we're talking about the Coronavirus Pandemic and what it means for my own mental health management. With so much big stuff happening in the world, focus may be our biggest strength right now. I don't mean productivity but I mean personal awareness, intense self-care, and checking in with friends. It's easy to see the world's failings as a means to panic but focusing on what we can control is always a positive recipe for managing anxiety.
March 30, 2020
Work and Play Cycles
As many of are working from home and may not be used to it, I wanted to talk about how to pay attention to our own cycles a bit. We all know about circadian rhythm but our mental cycles are a different story. We have work modes and play modes which both need attention to be in better control of our stress and anxiety. Knowing your personality type helps identify when you may need to shift into one mode or the other. With what's going on in the world I think it'll be more important than ever to be aware of our own needs and establish our own sense of normal.
March 25, 2020
INTP Stress: From Drama to Empowerment
Today on the show we're talking about how INTPs can handle some of the difficulties that recent times present. Stress is a big challenge for every personality type but each type tends to handle stress in different ways. Many can use that stress to harm or make other lives difficult or choose to use that energy to empower themselves and others. We're talking quite a bit about the drama triangle and the empowerment dynamic to encourage positive use of the INTP Introverted Sensing and Extraverted Feeling functions in times of crisis. Companion Article: Finding and Maintaining Relationships for INTPs: FREE INTP Q&A E-book at Join our Patreon for support from a caring and thoughtful community of creators and seekers who want to connect and focus on big ideas while also canceling out the destructive noise of neurosis-filled internet. Join us at
March 16, 2020
Using Myers-Briggs for Therapy (and Patreon Preview)
Today we're talking about how to begin using Myers-Briggs personality theory for therapy and coaching as either a patient or coach. Much of this episode is dedicated to self-assessment of personal needs in relation to every day forms of depression but it can also be helpful to use a language with your therapist to identify when certain needs are going unmet. You can sign up for a profiling session at
March 10, 2020
Anxiety and Fear of the Unknown | Managing Coronavirus Concerns
Today we're talking a little bit about the Coronavirus and fear that something major like this brings. When you don't know what to expect, don't follow what's going on or react on assumption it can only make things worse. This episodes talks about concepts like the boogeyman under the bed and focusing on what we can shine a light on while managing our own imagination that prevents us from shining a light on that fear in the first place. Subscribe to the show at
March 5, 2020
Why Do We Lie? | A Myers-Briggs Personality Type Study on Lying
Today on the show we're talking about lying. Not just any old lying but why we do lie and how do we lie. What's the importance of lying in our lives? Is it all bad? We use personality types to talk a little bit about how lying shows up for people and share the results of a social study I ran on twitter the question "In what situations do you lie?"  The results are interesting and gives me a whole new perspective on lying. Here's the tweet: Personality Development 101: Join our community on Patreon at Finding and Maintaining Relationships for INTPs at
February 25, 2020
Cancel Out the Noise
Today on the show we're talking about canceling out the noise. What I mean is that the world at large has a lot going on. There are big issues and ways to communicate perspective more than ever. Sometimes we need more of a safe space to process and make a mess as we figure it out but if we constantly fear scrutiny then we can't be honest about the growth we need. It's about how we can better create safe spaces to work it out, grow and become creators instead of victims. Join us at
February 20, 2020
Supporting Your Partner's Success and Individuality in Relationships | INTP Male and ENFP Female Relationship
Last night's 2020 Oscars left Molly and I feeling a little mushy about our relationship and some of the good vibes we share around creativity, support and growth. We want to see each other succeed and constantly speak about it. There are times when insecurities come up but we always talk through them. We're quite a happy couple and because of that we figure it would be a good idea to share some of the things that work well for us. Namely, since we've both been through some stuff and have some experience dealing with our own sets of difficult people in our lives. We're always constantly working on nurturing our individuality and respecting that within our relationship while also nurturing the third entity that is the relationship itself. We go pretty deep on what makes our relationships special to us and are hoping you can gleam a few takeaways for own relationships and pursuits. This episode is also a glimpse into what an INTP and ENFP relationship is like.  If you're an INTP having some difficulties with finding or keeping relationships in your life, we've got a pre-order available for our Finding and Maintaining Relationships for INTPs course available for a discounted price until Feb 14th, 2020. Join the class before the price goes up! Sign up at
February 10, 2020
What is the Meaning of Life
Since I like asking and answering tough questions, I figured, why not answer one of the toughest ones of all? The meaning of life is probably the most common question asked in times of existential crisis and important one to think about for our personal sense of humanity. So, I don't know, let's give it a shot.
January 29, 2020
Using Myers-Briggs for Mental Health Empowerment
Today marks a new day as we begin to lean into using Myers-Briggs for Mental Health Empowerment. I've been unsure of it for a long time but I think I'm ready. Myers-Briggs has been an important of my growth and mental health journey. So it only makes sense that I bring all of that knowledge and support to you. That means the audience might smaller but the impact will be that much more important. On this episode I talk all about how we're going to take this important step, what that means for business, what that means for the conversation and what comes next. Go to our website to sign up for your profiling session.
January 21, 2020
Diagnosing How the World is Affecting You
There's a ton of information that our mind collects about our environment and experience without even realizing it. Beeps, bops, noises, energies, connections, thoughts and feelings can persist when they don't need to be there. This episode is a reminder that you are in control and your job as a human is not take it and become better at tolerating but diagnosing it, acting on it and moving forward.
January 13, 2020
Anxiety and Control
Anxiety is one of the most common difficulties of the human experience. Many of experience this feeling of having not control over our thoughts and emotions, causing sheer panic as we want it all to stop. But truly, there is only ever one way to stop it and that's to change our perception of thoughts, feelings and behavior to reroute how we think about our experiences altogether. Episode inspired by:
January 6, 2020
Happy Holidays!
No podcast this week. Just some notes on how you can support the show at
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 list