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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
    • 4.8 • 2K 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.

    Depression and Self-Care, Accepting Love, and Building Stronger Relationships: July Mailbag

    Depression and Self-Care, Accepting Love, and Building Stronger Relationships: July Mailbag

    Dr. Rick and Forrest open the mailbag and answer questions focused on strengthening our relationships. They explore how we can support friends and loved ones who are experiencing depression while also caring for ourselves, managing different levels of capacity within a relationship, maintaining self-worth and trust in the context of body image insecurities, and navigating the often tricky dynamics of a partner’s relationship with their ex. The episode closes with Rick and Forrest sharing how they’ve handled repair in their parent/child relationship, and what we can do to manage anxieties about the future.
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    1:40: Establishing boundaries with a loved one who is depressed
    11:00: Managing different levels of capacity in a relationship
    16:45: Body image insecurity, and trusting that others love us
    31:45: How do I navigate my partner's relationship with their ex?
    42:15: I’m nervous that as my child ages they’ll blame me for my parenting. What can I do?
    1:02:15: Recap
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How to Become a Disciplined Person

    How to Become a Disciplined Person

    If we want to accomplish something in life it usually takes a combination of motivation and consistency - in other words, discipline. Discipline is both essential…and shockingly hard to develop. In today’s episode, Forrest and Dr. Rick explore how we can become more disciplined. They talk about whether discipline came naturally to Rick, and the lessons we can learn from his journey with discipline. Key topics include how to make even frustrating tasks rewarding, the relationship between discipline and self-concept, how to identify key wants, needs, and aspirations, and learning to feel good when we do good. 
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    2:30: Rick’s personal history with cultivating discipline
    5:45: Finding reward in necessary tasks
    17:50: Engaging in your life, and knowing what you really care about
    22:35: The power of your self-concept
    31:45: Breaking things down into small parts
    36:45: Motivation, distress tolerance, and meta-motivation
    46:35: Getting out of a negative mindset, and finding what works for you
    54:10: Recap
    I am now writing on Substack, check out my work there. 
    Support the Podcast: We're now on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
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    Zocdoc helps you find expert doctors and medical professionals that specialize in the care you need, and deliver the type of experience you want. Head to zocdoc.com/being and download the Zocdoc app for FREE.
    OneSkin focuses on delivering more than superficial results for your skin. Get started today with 15% off using code BEINGWELL at oneskin.co. 
    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Psychological Defenses: How to Understand (and change) Your Mind and Behavior

    Psychological Defenses: How to Understand (and change) Your Mind and Behavior

    Psychological defenses are subconscious strategies we use to protect ourselves from uncomfortable emotions, and they exert a hidden power over our behavior. From denial and repression to projection and rationalization, Dr. Rick and Forrest explore how these defenses shape our actions, influence our relationships, and affect our overall well-being.
    They start with the function and structure of most defenses, before giving a few simple examples. Rick then dives into the role of defenses in psychoanalytic theory, their role in managing self-worth and shame, and what we can do to become less defensive over time. They close with practical strategies for working with our defenses, including a brief discussion of what we can do to help other people with their defenses.
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics:
    0:00: Introduction
    2:30: Psychological and historical factors influencing psychological defensiveness
    8:00: Some examples of unconscious anxiety bubbling up
    12:00: Repression, regression, projection, reaction formation, and sublimation
    16:55: An overview of Freud’s developmental model of the personality
    24:10: A few examples of how our defenses manifest
    33:40: Consciousness, competence, and joining the defense
    44:00: Navigating shame and guilt
    50:15: Distress tolerance
    57:15: Social connection, and finding healthy outlets
    1:00:20: When and how to approach others about their defensiveness
    1:10:45: Recap
    I am now writing on Substack, check out my work there. 
    Support the Podcast: We're now on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
    Sponsors
    Sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beingwell. 
    Transform your health with the ZOE Science & Nutrition podcast. Find it wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Zocdoc helps you find expert doctors and medical professionals that specialize in the care you need, and deliver the type of experience you want. Head to zocdoc.com/being and download the Zocdoc app for FREE.
    OneSkin focuses on delivering more than superficial results for your skin. Get started today with 15% off using code BEINGWELL at oneskin.co. 
    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Fawn Response: People Pleasing, Self-Abandonment, and Standing Up for Yourself

    The Fawn Response: People Pleasing, Self-Abandonment, and Standing Up for Yourself

    Dr. Rick and Forrest finish their series on the stress responses with the fawn response: an appeasement strategy where we manage stressful situations by giving others what they want. Rick and Forrest start by discussing common symptoms, including people pleasing, self-abandonment, difficulty saying no, weak boundaries, and chronic self-sacrifice. They talk about the roots of the fawn response and its connection to complex PTSD before exploring people pleasing in detail. In the second half of the episode they focus on practical tools for developing healthy boundaries, self-acceptance, and a stronger sense of self.
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics: 
    0:00: Introduction
    2:15: What the fawn response looks like
    9:05: Power imbalances, shame, and contempt
    11:35: What personal history tends to lead to fawning?
    20:00: How to work on the tendency to fawn
    36:30: Shame, self-acceptance, and opening up to self-expression
    41:25: The fawn response in relationship
    46:40: Becoming your own source of safety
    52:20: Making equitable arrangements, and acknowledging your best efforts
    1:01:50: Recap
    I am now writing on Substack, check out my work there. 
    Support the Podcast: We're now on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
    Sponsors
    Sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beingwell. 
    Transform your health with the ZOE Science & Nutrition podcast. Find it wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Zocdoc helps you find expert doctors and medical professionals that specialize in the care you need, and deliver the type of experience you want. Head to zocdoc.com/being and download the Zocdoc app for FREE.
    OneSkin focuses on delivering more than superficial results for your skin. Get started today with 15% off using code BEINGWELL at oneskin.co. 
    Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    How to Create a Secure Relationship with Elizabeth Ferreira

    How to Create a Secure Relationship with Elizabeth Ferreira

    Somatic trauma therapist Elizabeth Ferreira joins Forrest to explore how we can create more secure relationships. They talk about the lessons they've learned from their relationship, the impact of trauma and prior relationship wounds, and how very different people can make things work. Topics include complex PTSD, how to work through disagreements, changing our model of relationships, and learning how to actually support your partner.
    I loved this conversation, and hope you enjoy it!
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics: 
    0:00: Introduction
    1:10: The myth of relationships solving your problems, and self-awareness
    4:25: Me, you, and us
    13:45: Changing your partner by changing yourself
    16:45: Embracing the challenges of vulnerability
    23:25: Disagreeing well, making specific requests, and holding space
    33:05: Learning how to support your partner
    37:40: Five different styles of relationship
    40:55: Moving from trying to please your partner to showing compassion
    45:15: Love as a choice, and expressing wants and needs positively
    49:30: Simply liking your partner
    I am now writing on Substack, check out my work there. 
    Support the Podcast: We're now 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!
    If you’re navigating something messy, call The Dr. John Delony Show. Dr. John shares practical advice on how to connect with people, face depression, overcome anxiety, and learn what it means to be well. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. 
    Transform your health with the ZOE Science & Nutrition podcast. Find it wherever you listen to podcasts.
    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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    • 52 min
    Becoming Self-Confident, Learning Healthy Relationship Skills, and Trusting Yourself: June Mailbag

    Becoming Self-Confident, Learning Healthy Relationship Skills, and Trusting Yourself: June Mailbag

    Dr. Rick and Forrest open up the mailbag and answer questions from listeners. They explore how to deal with chronically negative people, managing avoidant tendencies that get in the way of us finding a great relationship, and separating normal desires for support from more problematic ones. They then talk about how we can build self-confidence and become more internally referenced, before closing the episode with a sticky situation involving supporting an aging parent. 
    If you’d like to send in a question to be answered on the podcast, join our Patreon or email us at contact@beingwellpodcast.com.
    You can watch this episode on YouTube.
    Key Topics: 
    0:00: Introduction
    1:00: My friend is chronically negative, what can I do?
    13:05: How can I move past a cycle of avoidance that’s inhibiting my ability to find a good relationship?
    26:05: I want to be supported by my partner, but I’m worried about becoming enmeshed. How can I seek help in a healthy way?
    39:30: How do I stop seeking validation from others?
    45:20: How do I react to ongoing criticism from an aging parent?
    58:15: Recap
    I am now writing on Substack, check out my work there. 
    Support the Podcast: We're now 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!
    If you’re navigating something messy, call The Dr. John Delony Show. Dr. John shares practical advice on how to connect with people, face depression, overcome anxiety, and learn what it means to be well. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. 
    Transform your health with the ZOE Science & Nutrition podcast. Find it wherever you listen to podcasts.
    OneSkin focuses on delivering more than superficial results for your skin. Get started today with 15% off using code BEINGWELL at oneskin.co. 
    Connect with the show:

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    Follow Forrest on Instagram

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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Rasputin108 ,

Really helped me when I was struggling

Woke up feeling stressed as usual but my mom had sent it to me the day before and it completely turned my day around and helped me reframe my mindset and feel like things are better, more positive and realistic about how to approach things. Plus it’s a boy and his dad <3

Hear 2 Help ,

Compassionate and Direct

Kind, realistic, and caring teachings of compassion and understanding for self and others. The father and son team show generational respect for each other and towards others that I wish we all would emulate. My family never did get there, but in flying solo, I benefit from experiencing theirs. The way they cover a topic always leaves me on a hopeful note. I don't always have time to keep up with the episodes but Great choices of guests most of the time - rarely do I skip through the whole episode.

shonamaz ,

This podcast has helped me so much

I first found this podcast via YouTube then subscribed to the podcast so I can listen on my daily jogs. The way Forrest and Rick (and guests!) so clearly dive in, explore and explain have helped me tremendously in my healing journey. Always love the wrap up/summary at the end of the episodes. Thank you for what you do!

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