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Forrest Hanson is joined by clinical psychologist Dr. Rick Hanson and a world-class group of experts to explore the practical science of lasting well-being. Conversations focus on the key insights from psychology, science, and contemplative practice that you need to build reliable inner strengths, overcome your challenges, and get the most out of life. New episodes every Monday.

Being Well with Forrest Hanson and Dr. Rick Hanson Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Forrest Hanson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 227 Ratings

Forrest Hanson is joined by clinical psychologist Dr. Rick Hanson and a world-class group of experts to explore the practical science of lasting well-being. Conversations focus on the key insights from psychology, science, and contemplative practice that you need to build reliable inner strengths, overcome your challenges, and get the most out of life. New episodes every Monday.

    Somatic Tools for Self-Regulation with Elizabeth Ferreira

    Somatic Tools for Self-Regulation with Elizabeth Ferreira

    One of the most important skills we can learn is how to regulate ourselves, riding the emotional waves without either ignoring or being overwhelmed by them. Associate therapist Elizabeth Ferreira joins Forrest to explore how we can feel our feelings while staying calm, collected, and in control. They walk through two examples of under- and over-regulation, and Elizabeth offers specific practices that might help in each common situation.
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    1:50: Creating safety and connection with a new client
    6:30: Therapy as an opportunity for reparative experiences
    9:45: Learning to regulate when you have traumatized parts
    16:55: What’s helped Elizabeth heal patterns of overregulation and dissociation
    23:50: A hypothetical dialogue with an overregulated client
    29:10: Titration and traumatic release
    33:05: Labeling and accepting emotions, and empowering the “wise adult”
    40:15: A hypothetical dialogue with an underregulated client 
    46:30: Celebrating when we notice our patterns
    49:30: Movement, tapping, tremoring, journaling, and other practices
    53:55: Finding a supportive community
    57:10: Being with your body, and following your curiosity
    58:55: Recap
    Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.
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    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
    Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! Visit calm.com/beingwell for 40% off a premium subscription.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Build Strong Relationships and Heal in Community with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

    Build Strong Relationships and Heal in Community with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

    Our relationships are some of the most important parts of our life, and our happiness is often directly correlated to the strength of those relationships. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford joins the podcast to explore how we can apply lessons from group therapy to build stronger friendships. Forrest and Dr. Joy focus on how we can build the trust necessary for vulnerability, how attachment issues show up in friendships, and the common friend roles you might be placing yourself into without realizing it.
    About our Guest: Dr. Joy is a Licensed Psychologist based out of Atlanta, Georgia, the host of the wildly popular podcast Therapy for Black Girls – which has more than 34 million downloads - and the author of the recently released book Sisterhood Heals: The Transformative Power of Healing in Community. 
    Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    1:20: What group therapy is like, and some its unique advantages
    5:50: Creating a safe container for vulnerability
    11:50: Trust, loyalty, respect, and gender dynamics
    19:55: Attachment patterns in friendships
    25:50: The Wallflower, the Leader, the Peacemaker, and the Firecracker
    33:30: Navigating social circles with differing levels of openness to change
    36:35: Challenges identifying, accepting, and expressing our needs
    41:40: Specific challenges for black women in getting needs met
    46:15: How stigma around therapy has changed over time
    48:55: Curiosity, and guidelines for global sisterhood
    52:00: Recap
    Support the Podcast: We're on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
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    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
    Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! Visit calm.com/beingwell for 40% off a premium subscription.
    Trust your gut with Seed’s DS-01 Daily Synbiotic. Go to Seed.com/BEINGWELL and use code 25BEINGWELL to get 25% off your first month. 
    OneSkin focuses on delivering more than superficial results for your skin. Get started today with 15% off using code BEINGWELL at oneskin.co. 
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    • 1 hr
    How to ADHD with Jessica McCabe

    How to ADHD with Jessica McCabe

    ADHD is one of the most common - and most misunderstood - conditions out there, and today we’re setting the record straight with author and YouTuber Jessica McCabe. Jessica joins Forrest to explore her journey with ADHD, dealing with common challenges like self-criticism, shame, and sensitivity, and how we can work with our unique brain, not against it. 
    About our Guest: Jessica McCabe is the creator of the popular YouTube channel How to ADHD and author of the new book How to ADHD: An Insider’s Guide to Working with Your Brain, Not Against It. 
    Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there. You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    1:15: Jessica’s history with ADHD, and how she wrote her book
    7:15: Stigma, pride, self-criticism, and letting others help you
    12:05: Dealing with shame
    14:55: Self-advocacy, self-acceptance, and asking the right questions
    24:40: Believing in your experience
    27:45: Common misconceptions about ADHD
    31:40: The relationship between ADHD and emotional sensitivity and regulation
    36:05: Creating a sense of community
    39:25: Advice for partners, family, and friends of people with ADHD
    47:25: Recap 
    Support the Podcast: We're on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
    Sponsors
    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
    Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! Visit calm.com/beingwell for 40% off a premium subscription.
    Trust your gut with Seed’s DS-01 Daily Synbiotic. Go to Seed.com/BEINGWELL and use code 25BEINGWELL to get 25% off your first month. 
    OneSkin focuses on delivering more than superficial results for your skin. Get started today with 15% off using code BEINGWELL at oneskin.co.
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    • 55 min
    The (real) Secret to Happiness: Attachment, Craving, and Enjoying Life

    The (real) Secret to Happiness: Attachment, Craving, and Enjoying Life

    Forrest and Dr. Rick focus on the secret to everyday happiness: learning how to like without wanting. They talk about the lies our brain tells us, the rapid movement from liking to wanting, and how we can enjoy an experience without craving more of it. They then explore a specific example of getting captured by the brain’s “inner ad agency,” and what we can do to stay in the present, meet key needs, and see the whole of our experience without getting trapped by any one part. You won’t want to miss this one!
    Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    2:00: Liking, wanting, and healthy desire
    11:30: The story craving tells us
    15:00: Inhibition and “prudishness” around liking
    21:15: “21st century problems”
    25:35: A personal example of getting trapped by desire
    29:05: Meeting your legitimate needs, somatic cues, and inner freedom
    35:20: The search for the slightly better experience
    42:25: The brain’s prediction errors, and longing for what is already here
    47:50: The ability to zoom out and see the full spectrum of our experience
    59:25: Recap
    Support the Podcast: We're on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
    Sponsors:
    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
    Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! Visit calm.com/beingwell for 40% off a premium subscription.
    OneSkin focuses on delivering more than superficial results for your skin. Get started today with 15% off using code BEINGWELL at oneskin.co. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Mindfulness for Depression, Pain, and Suffering with Dr. Danny Penman

    Mindfulness for Depression, Pain, and Suffering with Dr. Danny Penman

    On today’s episode, Dr. Rick and Forrest focus on one of the most important skills we can learn: how we can become more aware of all the parts of our experience, avoid being captured by any one of them, and work with those parts more skillfully. One of the key tools we have for accomplishing this is vedanā, or the “feeling tone” of our experience. Author and meditation teacher Dr. Danny Penman joins the show to explore the role of vedanā, how we can help our brain interpret the world more accurately, and practical tools for relaxing suffering and enjoying life. 
    About our Guest: Danny Penman is a meditation teacher, an award-winning writer and journalist, and the co-author of the classic Mindfulness with Dr. Mark Williams. Dr. Williams was one of the original creators of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Mark and Danny are back with the new book Deeper Mindfulness: The New Way to Rediscover Calm in a Chaotic World. 
    Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there. 
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    1:40: How a major injury started Danny’s professional relationship with mindfulness practice
    10:45: Vedanā, and unpacking the different aspects of our experience
    18:20: The sensations that precede our thoughts
    24:45: How the brain creates a model of reality, and whether that model is accurate
    29:40: How an undisciplined relationship with feeling tone creates unnecessary suffering
    37:00: Accepting a feeling vs. approving of a situation
    44:10: Practical steps to feeling our feelings
    48:00: Finding enjoyment in new habits, especially somatically
    57:50: Recap
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Support the Podcast: We're on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
    Sponsors:
    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
    Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! Visit calm.com/beingwell for 40% off a premium subscription.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Dealing with a Mental Health Crisis, Trauma and Meditation, and Getting Back on the Wagon: January Mailbag

    Dealing with a Mental Health Crisis, Trauma and Meditation, and Getting Back on the Wagon: January Mailbag

    Forrest and Dr. Rick open up the mailbag and answer questions from listeners. How can we understand and support someone going through a mental health crisis? Is meditation enough to heal trauma? And what can we do about family members that just won’t change? You’ll learn why offering help isn’t always helpful, how to deal with unskillful feedback, and approaches that help with setting and achieving long-term goals.
    Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there. 
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    1:55: Question #1 - How can I support a friend who is going through a mental health crisis?
    7:10: What’s a “psychotic break,” and being careful with clinical terminology. 
    12:00: Question #2 - Is it possible to heal trauma through meditation alone?
    20:25: Question #3 - How do I start again when I’ve fallen off the wagon?
    27:30: Question #4 - Is feedback necessary for growth? And what kind of feedback is helpful?
    33:10: Question #5 - How can I improve my relationship with money?
    42:20: Question #6 - I’m very frustrated with a family member who just won’t change their bad behavior. What can I do?
    54:05: Recap
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Support the Podcast: We're on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
    Sponsors:
    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
    Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! Visit calm.com/beingwell for 40% off a premium subscription.
    Connect with the show:

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 Ratings

Geraldine0902 ,

Fantastic!

Just discovered this fantastic podcast. So informative and real. Love it!

Michebar84 ,

Wisdom heard to Minutes listened Ratio of 1:1

‘Can you be aware of a level, a core, a place in your own inner most being that’s always already okay. No matter what they say, no matter what goes on. It’s a deep ongoing-ness of alright-ness that often is connected with a fundamental sense of your own innate goodness. Can you come home to that, whatever the feedback of the world may be.’ Dr Rick Hanson.
I’ve found myself listening to this over and over. Thank you Rick and Forrest, with all my being 🙏 I can come home to this.

tachyphylaxis00 ,

Confused

Hello,
I’m a huge fam of your show and have learnt an enormous amount in the short time I have listened to it. I was a little confused about EFT. Your show with Dr Sue was excellent but I was confused as I’d never heard of EFT described as anything other than Emotional Freedom Technique, but now in the show there was another EFT - Emotionally Focussed Therapy. Are these EFTs one and the same thing or are they two different branches of psychological technique with the same acronym? If not, which is the original and are they equally valuable? Thank you!!!

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