61 episodes

Countless people have a hard time with their emotions. On average, we can only identify three emotions while in their grips; happy, sad, and angry. This is detrimental to our relationships, ourselves, and even our mental wellbeing.
In this podcast, our goal is to shrink the gap between what we experience and how we talk about emotions. Together we will build a new understanding of our deep emotional world. Learn to recognize, use, understand, and ultimately grow our emotional repertoire. To go from being able to recognize three emotions to so many more!
Join Matthew and together learn the value and benefits of getting to know all That Emotional Crap.

That Emotional Crap Matthew Plotner

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 159 Ratings

Countless people have a hard time with their emotions. On average, we can only identify three emotions while in their grips; happy, sad, and angry. This is detrimental to our relationships, ourselves, and even our mental wellbeing.
In this podcast, our goal is to shrink the gap between what we experience and how we talk about emotions. Together we will build a new understanding of our deep emotional world. Learn to recognize, use, understand, and ultimately grow our emotional repertoire. To go from being able to recognize three emotions to so many more!
Join Matthew and together learn the value and benefits of getting to know all That Emotional Crap.

    Emotional Bandwidth

    Emotional Bandwidth

    Are you familiar with your emotional bandwidth? If not there is no better time than now to get familiar. I have found this to be a great value as I have learned when I need to step away. We became comfortable with knowing our limits and how to better enforce boundaries.


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    • 7 min
    Metal Meditation: Calming the Mind

    Metal Meditation: Calming the Mind

    In our first in what is going to be a continuous series of heavy metal-inspired meditations is a short breathing exercise. The goal is to help try to quiet the mind. We spend ten minutes together focused on our breath and the music.
    In this episode Chad Rohrbaugh, our music producer, has what he calls Viking metal for us. I found it very calming when I first sat with it. What you will hear during this is what I was telling myself to do during this time.
    I hope you enjoy our first attempt at Metal Meditation. There are more to come. Next one is scheduled for 9/26/22. Until then let us know what you think in the comments here or on the website.


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    • 10 min
    Motivation and Self Discipline

    Motivation and Self Discipline

    Getting familiar with what motivates us is extremely important. We see it all the time in countless self-help memes. They all mean well but I have always felt they missed the mark a bit. After all, do we know what "motivation" is? And if we do, how do we take that motivation and apply it so we can use it? What about self-discipline, is that important, or do we just need motivation? For such a seemingly simple idea, "just find your motivation and you can succeed," it is filled with so many questions.
    It is my hope in today's episode we start to understand the power and strength we gain in understanding these ideas. That they are not just some self-help guru crap that has no value, like snake oil from the past. But real, valuable skills we can use! We can take motivation and self-discipline with us to grow even farther than we thought possible. At least that's my hope! 


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    • 13 min
    Distinguishing Between Emotions

    Distinguishing Between Emotions

    Before we get into this deep and exciting world of emotions we need a solid base. A common ground to start from so we are, at least some what, on the same page. To be able to at least be able to know four emotions by the time we are done.


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    • 12 min
    Anger and Bipolar Disorder

    Anger and Bipolar Disorder

    Talking to my new psychologist she said something that blew me away. I never knew that bipolar disorder can present with rage in the manic phase! Right! Maybe you knew that but that is news to me. I had to look over my past and find some articles on this idea. Have you experienced this? Do you have people in your life you can reach out to with trust and vulnerability? If not I am willing to be your safe place to share and talk without judgment.
    An Unrecognized Symptom of Bipolar Disorder: Rage by Dominique Castro
    Bipolar Disorder & Anger: Understanding and Getting Control of Irritability By Denise Mann


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    • 5 min
    Be Open To Opportunities All Around

    Be Open To Opportunities All Around

    It is one thing to say that we are working to be better it is quite another to put it into action. In the last episode of season three, Matthew shares a chance to put his compassion into practice. At the moment there are a lot of changes in the show and his personal and professional life. We are also going to be launching an official Patreon page.


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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

Emmalyn3 ,

Very relatable!

I am most definitely not a big podcast person but I was seeking some guidance on anger management and dealing with everyday stressors. I stumbled upon this podcast and it has really helped me calm and change my thought processes. I even recommended it to my boyfriend when he was struggling with understanding what misogynistic actions were and how they tied into anger. Mathew is super relatable and is honest about his own struggles and how it’s a life long battle. I come from a family that was very toxic and extremely reactive with anger. Mathew gives many tips on how to change and accept the emotion we call anger.

Beaveman Slaptail ,

A quick reflection with a pal

Matthew does a great job of talking to the audience as though they are in the room and someone he knows. You can sense the honesty. I’m not a self-help consumer but this podcast is pretty brief so it can be easily consumed when you have a few minutes and you need a little boost.

1iota ,

Big Thanks for this

I have an anger issue, I have for years, and I am now facing it. This podcast has been very helpful. I have been listening to them and other youtube videos, to better understand myself, and keep my anger from hurting myself and others. Look forward to digesting more of the material, and move on to emotional intelligence and your website. You have made an incredible difference in my life, even as I have much more to do and to learn with this. Thanks Matthew

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