222 episodes

Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown is a quirky, informative, and interactive podcast breaking down the myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being. Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik combines her academic background with vast personal experience to provide listeners with valuable practical advice focusing on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging an understanding of the mind-body connection. Nothing is off limits as Mayim breaks it down with an amazing collection of guests.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 453 Ratings

Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown is a quirky, informative, and interactive podcast breaking down the myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being. Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik combines her academic background with vast personal experience to provide listeners with valuable practical advice focusing on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging an understanding of the mind-body connection. Nothing is off limits as Mayim breaks it down with an amazing collection of guests.

    Dr. Ramani Durvasula: "1 in 6 People Are Narcissists!"

    Dr. Ramani Durvasula: "1 in 6 People Are Narcissists!"

    The Narcissism Doctor: “1 in 6 People Are Narcissists!” How to Spot Them & Can They Change?

    Life-Saving Tips: Revealing Narcissists & Breaking Free from Trauma Bonds.

    Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a clinical psychologist & Professor Emerita of Psychology at California State University, and the Founder & CEO of LUNA Education, Training & Consulting. She is also the author of books such as "It’s Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People."

    Dive deep into the dangerous world of narcissism and discover how to spot narcissistic behavior, protect yourself from emotional trauma, identify the 6 types of narcissists, and learn about their covert tactics, like gaslighting and deprivation.

    We’re breaking down the alarming rise in narcissism, its connection with addiction, the risks in online dating and why we often miss red flags in harmful relationships.

    Dr. Durvasula explains the true definition of narcissism and gaslighting, the negative impact of being raised by narcissistic caregivers, how trauma bonding can evolve from a parent-child relationship to an adult romantic relationship, and the most disturbing aspects of being in a romantic relationship with a narcissist.

    She also covers:
    - Her top tips for being GASLIGHT-PROOF
    - What grandiosity and lack of empathy really looks like in a relationship
    - Who is most at risk for attracting narcissists?
    - Why online dating is the perfect preying ground for narcissists
    - The biggest challenges narcissists face in therapy
    - Once you’re diagnosed as a narcissist, is that the nail in the coffin?
    - How to have compassion for the narcissist in your life and find a way to engage while sticking to your boundaries
    - Post-separation abuse and why some people may stay with a narcissist
    - Harmful institutions that are contributing to the narcissism problem
    - Why chemistry isn’t the most important thing in a relationship
    - Why she thinks so many people are interested in narcissism now

    Dr. Durvasula wants you to know that YOU are not the problem.

    Don’t miss these critical life-saving insights - TUNE IN to MBB today!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    MBB LIVE FROM SXSW 2024: The Science of Spirituality & Well-Being

    MBB LIVE FROM SXSW 2024: The Science of Spirituality & Well-Being

    What does it mean to seek out a life of meaning, a sense of wonder and connection, to something greater than ourselves in a way that increases our overall WELLNESS? 

    Does the body need a transcendental connection in order to be whole?

    Mayim & Jonathan are LIVE from SXSW 2024 to break down the intersection of SCIENCE & SPIRITUALITY!!!

    We're unpacking all things mind, body, & spirit, including:
    - Physiological impacts of our minds being shaped by past experiences, perceptions, and thoughts
    - How mind-body stress can impact the autonomic nervous system and lead to psychosomatic illness & chronic pain
    - Positive physical & emotional effects of connecting with something greater than ourselves through altered states of consciousness (either with the use of psychedelic drugs or holistic mindfulness practices)

    Mayim and Jonathan reflect on scientific evidence of mind-body connection, intergenerational trauma, the body’s system of interconnectedness, auras & energy, and other concepts that were previously dismissed as pseudoscience.

    They explain:
    - Science behind power of prayer & meditation and their ties to gratitude & resilience
    - Why transcendental experiences could hold the potential to cure society's deepest suffering
    - What is actually happening to the brain when we are in an altered state?
    - How we can access these states without the use of drugs
    - Correlation between near death experiences & DMT
    - Interstitiums, microbiomes, fascia work, memory retrieval, the Akashic records & collective consciousness

    Mayim and Jonathan also discuss the Default Mode Network, from its regulation with drugs like psilocybin and why it can cause some to struggle with maintaining feelings of connection when they return from an altered state, to its role in planning, decision-making, goal-directed behaviors, connecting the brain and spirit, and processing memory and emotion.

    PLUS, they explore where they think the intersection of science and spirituality is headed next!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Paul Scheer: I Was Too Passive

    Paul Scheer: I Was Too Passive

    Paul Sheer (hilarious actor, filmmaker, and podcaster) is here to break down the pitfalls of self-diagnosis, the therapeutic power of acknowledging anger, and the significance of agency.

    He opens up like NEVER BEFORE about his abusive childhood, from how his parents managed to secretly get divorced while he was a kid and how his family secrets impacted his ability to trust into adulthood, to what it means to speak your truth even if it betrays the narratives of others and how he was able to release his anger in order to move forward.

    He also answers the important question: Does therapy dampen your creativity??

    We also discuss:
    - His late ADHD diagnosis, including his experience with medication and what triggers his spirals
    - Silver lining of his childhood trauma: Using it to connect with others & how it allowed him to be a better husband and father
    - How his family’s need to “control the narrative” led to emotional struggle and passivity
    - Origins of his long-running and widely popular podcast, How Did This Get Made?, and its unexpected impact on the Fast & The Furious franchise
    - His collections and how they help him connect with his past
    - Importance of surrounding yourself with creatively challenging people
    - Healing Nature of Black-and-White Thinking

    PLUS Mayim opens up about her love for Nicolas Cage!

    TUNE IN to this hilarious, heartfelt episode today!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Scott Galloway: Avoid These Financial Risks

    Scott Galloway: Avoid These Financial Risks

    Achieve Economic Security. Financial EXPERT, Scott Galloway, Explains How Anyone Can GROW WEALTH at Any Age. ACT NOW.

    Simple Steps to Get Rich.

    Scott Galloway (bestselling author, NYU professor, serial entrepreneur) reveals the UGLY TRUTH about Chasing Your Passion and shares steps we can all take to GET RICH!

    In this MUST-WATCH episode for anyone looking to improve their financial stability, Scott exposes shocking truths about economic disparities in the U.S.

    He shares how growing up poor shaped his beliefs, why passion shouldn't drive your career choices, the economic implications of GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic, and the sneaky tactics the wealthy use to maintain their status.

    Scott Galloway also breaks down:
    - Dangers of excessive consumerism and possible solutions
    - Necessity to prioritize relationships over chasing wealth
    - The true definition of being "rich"
    - Societal pressure for excessive spending over social media
    - Value of financial discipline and identifying specific economic goals
    - Why we are obligated to plan for financial security
    - His personal struggles with depression, anger, economic fear, and the trappings of a materialistic world
    - Importance of talking about money without fear

    Scott's practical advice on achieving financial security, untying your identity from your economic status, aligning goals with realistic expectations, and practical saving and investing tips demonstrate why IT'S NEVER TOO LATE to reduce economic stress.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Taylor & Tay Lautner: You Can’t Please Everyone

    Taylor & Tay Lautner: You Can’t Please Everyone

    Taylor & Tay Lautner on BODY SHAMING, Pressures of Global SUPERSTARDOM, & Finding LOVE!

    What’s it like to be married to someone with your exact name?? Taylor Lautner and his wife, Tay Lautner, open up in this deeply personal and eye-opening episode of MBB!

    From Taylor’s whirlwind journey as a global superstar in the Twilight series where he experienced an unprecedented level of stardom, to Tay’s relentless dedication as a nurse during the pandemic, this couple shares their unique experiences with fame, body image, mental health, and love.

    Taylor Lautner gets candid about the negative effects of fame that made it difficult for him to leave his house, why he took a pause from the entertainment industry, dating Taylor Swift, the pressures of being a teenage sex symbol, and overcoming body image issues that haunted him for years. He also opens up about being bullied in school for being an actor, his struggles with people-pleasing and perfectionism, the origins of his optimistic nature and sense of discernment, and his insecurities with fame now.

    Tay speaks to the life-and-death pressures of nursing and the obsessive compulsive tendencies she thinks it has instilled in her. She also details her struggles with burnout and boundary-setting and pinpointing her actual wants and needs, and the emotional toll of her loved ones' battles with addiction and bipolar disorder.

    Together, they explore the dangers of over-compartmentalizing and not allowing yourself to feel full range of emotions, how they balance their relationship despite having different love languages, and what it means to grow and heal together.

    Join the Lautner power couple as we break down their mental health journey, their favorite tools for mental wellness, and the most valuable things they’ve learned doing their own successful mental health podcast, The Squeeze!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Mystic Michaela: Are AURAS Real?

    Mystic Michaela: Are AURAS Real?

    Fulfill Your DESTINY: Renowned PSYCHIC Medium, Mystic Michaela, Shares How!

    Mayim & Jonathan Get Their AURAS Read, on an all new episode of MBB! 

    By popular LISTENER DEMAND, Psychic Medium & Aura Reader Mystic Michaela reveals the link between personality and auras, the dangers of betraying your aura, and why many people are so skeptical about the concept.

    She reads Mayim and Jonathan’s auras, revealing surprising insights about their energies and how they complement each other, and even reads THE AURAS OF THE MBB AUDIENCE! 

    Michaela also explains the role of déjà vu, synchronicity, & anxiety in our spiritual journeys, whether your aura can change over time, and how to live authentically according to your true aura color.

    We're breaking down everything you need to know about auras:
    - What indigo children really are and why the MBB audience has so many! 
    - How societal gender norms influence aura colors
    - The concept of "Soul Recognition" & what it feels like in your body
    - How your aura affects your parenting
    - The empathetic nature of certain aura colors and which careers they're best suited for
    - The dark side of empathy & why it's crucial for empathic individuals to set boundaries to avoid burnout
    - Why we should always listen to our intuition even when it can feel silly
    - Michaela's thoughts on the non-linear nature of time 

    Plus, Michaela shares her personal journey, including her other extrasensory perceptions as an empathic medium, what she does when she feels the burden of her gifts, and the challenges she faced when coming out with her abilities.

    You asked and we listened....TUNE IN to this exciting new episode of MBB today!

    • 2 hrs 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
453 Ratings

453 Ratings

teddyandalec ,

Thank you

Thank you Mayim and Jonathan for making this podcast. As a mum, yall give me the mental stimulation i need through out the day to feel like an adult even though im surrounded by kids stuff. It is hard for me to play - but that is a whole different conversation. I always have these huge existential ideas about everything around me and i feel like most people find that annoying - which is depressing for me. But when i listen to yall, i feel like im not so weird, other people do have big thoughts like me. So thank you.

- 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ the stars arent working for me, so i do it here

jun1983 ,

Horrible and misinformed.

Just an awful podcast. Mayim cements her reputation as prejudiced and an extremist. Zero stars.

meridbal ,

Racist and obnoxious

Wildly racist and offensive. You’re better off watching reruns of big bang theory instead of listening to this slop

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