190 episodes

Mark Groves, a Human Connection Specialist, explores the complex world of relationships and connection. What underlies our connection with ourselves and others? Why do we show up the way we do in our romantic relationships, professional life, friendships, our own health and wellness and more? How do we maintain long term connections that thrive? Mark has a fun, no holds barred, no BS approach to exploring the human condition and the fundamentals of all our human connections.

Mark Groves Podcast Mark Groves

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Mark Groves, a Human Connection Specialist, explores the complex world of relationships and connection. What underlies our connection with ourselves and others? Why do we show up the way we do in our romantic relationships, professional life, friendships, our own health and wellness and more? How do we maintain long term connections that thrive? Mark has a fun, no holds barred, no BS approach to exploring the human condition and the fundamentals of all our human connections.

    The Nervous System Explained with Sarah Baldwin

    The Nervous System Explained with Sarah Baldwin

    Themes: Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory, Trauma, Nervous System Regulation, Relationships

     

    Summary: 

    Sarah Baldwin is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Trauma Coach trained in Polyvagal interventions and on the training team at the Polyvagal Institute. She specializes in somatic trauma healing; attachment work, inner child work and nervous system regulation and I'm so excited to share her insight with you. In this episode, Sarah breaks down the brilliance of the nervous system so we can move out of dysregulated states and become the active operators of our lives.

     

    Discover:
    The incredible protective force within each of us – the Autonomic Nervous System – and how this brilliant system functions to protect us from threat and danger
    What is happening in the body when stored traumas and/or an insecure attachment style informs the way we show up in the present moment
    Why a dysregulated nervous system is a primary marker for unhappiness in our lives


    Tips to self-regulate and move from being in fight/flight/freeze/immobility or shut down
    Co-regulation and why it's so important!

     

    Links:
    sarahbaldwincoaching.com
    Instagram: @sarahbcoaching
    Sign up for Sarah's email list to get exclusive support, offers and her free workbook "How to Gain Control Over How You Feel"




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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Understanding Mass Formation with Mattias Desmet

    Understanding Mass Formation with Mattias Desmet

    Themes: Psychology, Mass Formation, Groupthink, Belonging

     

    Summary: 

    The psychology of individuals is interesting, and how individual psychology is influenced by groups, media, marketing and fear is an area I’m going to continue to explore. It’s like family systems but muchhhhh larger. And much more complex. Yet still simple in the narrow ways we respond when afraid — thanks to evolution and our amygdala.

    This is why I’M SO EXCITED that I got to interview Mattias Desmet! He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University in Belgium with a masters degree in statistics. As an academic researcher, Mattias started to study the statistics presented around the current events in early 2020 and it became clear to him that the stats needed further exploration and discussion, as did how we were approaching it psychologically.

    Mattias joins me to share his expertise in a phenomenon known as "mass formation," a kind of collective hypnosis that occurs under certain societal conditions. WOW. What an incredible exploration that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope this episode gives you deeper context for our current situation and makes you a feel less alone as you navigate today's climate.

     

    Discover:
    The psychological process of "mass formation" and how it relates to current events
    The four specific conditions in society that when fulfilled simultaneously, lead to groupthink
    The surprising reason people continue to buy into a consensus narrative
    The most efficient strategy you can adopt to help shift the narrative

     

    Links:
    Mattias Desmet's Research



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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Falling in Love Again with Diana Davis Dyer

    Falling in Love Again with Diana Davis Dyer

    Themes: Transformation, Awareness, Relationships, Breakups, Self Worth

     

    Summary: 

    Today’s guest slid into my DM’s with a story of transformation so inspiring that I had to have her on to share her experience.

    Right before the pandemic, Diana Davis Dyer left her nine year relationship with her fiancé. With plans to be married in May 2020, she felt they were both individually functioning in darkness and that a "forever" like that was terrifying. Having never sat down to decide what kind of future and family she wanted, Diana felt so unsure of who she was and where she was going that a commitment so concrete scared her and prompted a life-changing decision to leave her relationship.

    After moving out and living with a friend for six months, Diana discovered my work and completed my seven day Relationship Starter Course (formerly Relationships 101) and in Diana's words, "It changed me. It let me RE-WRITE and RE-CREATE my narrative. In those days and the days after, I returned to love. And on his own, my partner did too. We came back together (with lots of work that is never-ending), got married in January 2021, and our love now is stronger, way more fun, deeper and brighter. While an immense bout of heartbreak and pain was inflicted on both of us during those 6 months, what came out of it was worth it. I wouldn't change leaving for a heartbeat, because it wouldn't have lead to this amazing love we now have."

    If you've struggled with a similar situation, aren't sure what you deserve or haven't sat down and thought about the love and the life you want, this episode is for you. I love for people to hear other’s stories of growth so we can see not only what’s possible for ourselves, but how to get there. I hope this episode plants a seed of hope or possibility and inspires you to keep going down the path of becoming all of who you are.

     

    Discover:
    Why Diana called off her engagement and the inner work she did to facilitate a reunion with her partner
    How to trust yourself, your innate wisdom and your journey
    The power of honouring your heart, choosing yourself and the self-worth that follows
    How painful experiences are necessary on our path to growth
    The importance of uncovering the narratives that run our lives to understand why we are the way we are and why we choose what we choose

     

    Links:
    Relationships Starter Course: A seven-day deep dive into a better understanding of relationships. (Formerly Relationships 101)
    Dating 101: A four week course to work on your relational awareness and get into alignment with your dream partner
    Instagram: @dianadavisdyer
    Check out Diana's directorial debut JANE: A short film about an assassin that witnesses a violent act at a motel and gives the victim a chance to exact revenge.



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    • 41 min
    Respond to the Call with Mary Shenouda

    Respond to the Call with Mary Shenouda

    Themes: Nutrition, the Microbiome, Relationships, Health + Wellness

     

    Summary: 

    Mary Shenouda is a highly sought-after performance chef and specialist with clients including both professional athletes and Hollywood entertainers. Shenouda is also the creator and founder of Phat Fudge, a high-performance food line of her own formulation. 

    After almost two decades suffering from debilitating “mystery” illnesses that doctors seemed unable to explain and prescription drugs failed to solve, Mary took matters into her own hands. Devoting years of dogged, personal research into the foods she was putting into her body, Shenouda decided to change the way she ate and was able to reverse her condition within months. This new lease on life would lead her to abandon a career in tech and start a performance-focused, private chef and consulting practice. Working with a team of nutritionists, doctors, physical therapists, and performance technologies, Mary is able to identify and curate the specific nutritional needs, for a diverse roster of high-performing clients. 

    Having done her Gut Reset program three times myself, I wanted to have Mary on the show to discuss the gut, human performance and the link between nutrition and good relationships. How does the food we feed our body affect emotional regulation and our overall wellbeing? Join me as we explore the mind-gut connection and how to embrace your health goals in a compassionate way.

     

    Discover:
    How your relationships influence your GI health
    An approach to health and wellness based on self-compassion
    Mary’s gut reset protocol to promote lower inflammation, better sleep and improved digestion
    How Mary healed her coeliac disease through food and lifestyle changes
    The series of events that led to Mary leaving the corporate world and becoming a private chef

     

    Links:
    paleochef.com
    Phat Fudge
    Instagram/Twitter:@paleochef 
    7 Day Gut Reset



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Shedding Societal Pressure with Amanda Goetz

    Shedding Societal Pressure with Amanda Goetz

    Themes: Emotional Wellness, Mental Health, Sexuality, Societal Conditioning, Identity, Motherhood, Divorce

     

    Summary: 

    Meet Amanda Goetz, my good friend and founder of House of Wise. I’m always inspired by what is born from the space of pain, which is why I wanted to have Amanda on to share her story.

    Raised in a conservative Midwest home, Amanda is a former group-fitness instructor, marathoner, and overall health nut. Over the past few years, she has navigated a divorce while being a mom of three children and working as a VP at a major wedding industry brand. Amanda turned to CBD out of desperation, and it changed her life. What she has created from her challenges is incredible and I hope her conversation inspires you as it did me.

     

    Discover:
    Amanda’s story of divorce during the pandemic and how her personal exploration into cannabis products led to a new business
    How Amanda is working to change the stigma and shame associated with cannabis products
    Amanda’s ritual for switching from ‘Mom mode’ to ‘date mode’ and the importance of allowing your different identities to co-exist
    How our cannabinoid system works and the way House of Wise’s CBD products are created to ensure your body and mind get the most out of every drop (or bite)
    The importance of intentional self-care and its profound correlation with self worth

     

    Links:
    House Of Wise | Use code CREATETHELOVE for 20% off your order at houseofwise.co
    Instagram:House of Wise + Amanda Goetz

     

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    • 51 min
    The Power of Fun with Catherine Price

    The Power of Fun with Catherine Price

    Themes: Fun, Technology, Social Media, Relationships, Behavioural Addiction 

     

    Summary: 

    I discovered Catherine Price’s book, How to Break Up With Your Phone, during the height of what I like to call my “technology breakdown” this September. My relationship with my phone and Instagram was creating a lot of anxiety and resentment and discovering this book was the message I needed to explore and regain control in my relationship to technology.

    Dubbed “The Marie Kondo of Brains” by The New York Times, Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist and speaker and the author of books including The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, and How to Break Up with Your Phone. She is also the creator and founder of ScreenLifeBalance.com, which is dedicated to helping people learn how to scroll less and live more. Her work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Men's Journal, Self, and Outside, among others. 

     

    Discover:
    How our phones are deliberately designed to trigger the release of dopamine and ultimately contribute to addictive behaviours
    The profound negative effects of our devices on intimacy and relationships with other people
    The importance of fleeting interactions on our wellbeing 
    How to create space from technology and what to do with that space
    How to harness the power of fun to balance the negative effects of screen time

     

    Links:
    HowtoHaveFun.com
    ScreenLifeBalance.com


    Instagram: @_CatherinePrice
    Twitter: @Catherine_Price



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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Molppp ,

Mark Groves #RealVibes

There’s not one podcast that I haven’t enjoyed. Mark always has so much insight and the guests he brings on cultivate even more growth. Mark never fails to inspire and really cultivate self healing and growth. Thank you

JenHart29 ,

Episodes 172,174-177

I can’t even put into words what those 5 episodes have meant to me at this time in my life. I will be listening to them again for sure. The uncertainty on my life along with a heartbreaking break up that was out of nowhere and how it played out and I’ve been treated has brought me to the lowest point of my life. Your episode with Manon spoke to my life and how I felt and how I tried to be there for him in his betrayals and staying afterwards to keep our relationship going to only be thrown out like garbage. I can’t say thank you enough for you teachings and your guests perspective to help put things straight in my mind that I can’t put into words.

GaliceAuevarra ,

Thank you

“Oh hi Mark”,

Your podcast has gotten me through some of the biggest challenges and transitions in my life. I swear I have dated every kind of partner and could have easily gone down some dark holes but your podcast has become a ritual of wellness. I leave each relationship feeling stronger, wiser and not doomed lol. I can’t express my gratitude enough. You rule Mark!

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