26 episodes

This podcast explores the curious nature of being human, and what it takes to be mentally healthy in our modern world.

Pure Curiosity with Iris McAlpin Iris McAlpin

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 14 Ratings

This podcast explores the curious nature of being human, and what it takes to be mentally healthy in our modern world.

    Trauma Coach Nate Postlethwait on Religious Trauma & Inner Child Work

    Trauma Coach Nate Postlethwait on Religious Trauma & Inner Child Work

    In this episode of Pure Curiosity I speak with trauma coach and survivor Nate Postlethwait about his experience with religious trauma, and his recovery from the abuses he experienced in childhood. After disclosing his experiences of sexual abuse, Nate was told he needed to repent and was pushed into conversion therapy, where he was forbidden to discuss important aspects of his trauma and identity for many years. Over time, Nate realized he needed a very different kind of support for his recovery, and eventually found his way to inner child work. This is a very candid and powerful conversation about the traumatic underbelly of religious fundamentalism, and finding healing on your own terms.

    • 54 min
    Therapist & Author Steven Kessler on the 5 Personality Patterns

    Therapist & Author Steven Kessler on the 5 Personality Patterns

    In this episode of Pure Curiosity I speak with Steven Kessler, a licensed therapist of over 30 years, and author of the bestselling book The 5 Personality Patterns. His book breaks down universal patterns of behavior that we adopt in order to feel safe in our early lives. These patterns become woven into the fabric of our identities, and shape much of what we consider to be our personalities. In this conversation we discuss these patterns, and how they relate to sensitivity, narcissism, attraction, and much more.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Theologian James Onwuachi on Cancel Culture & What we Hold Sacred

    Theologian James Onwuachi on Cancel Culture & What we Hold Sacred

    In this episode of Pure Curiosity, I speak with James Onwuachi, a modern day philosopher, theologian and upper school dean. Earlier this year, he reached out and shared an article he had written in Newsweek about the cancelling of Dr. Seuss, and I immediately asked him to join me on the podcast. This is a conversation about what sacredness means beyond the confines of traditional religion, and the role it plays in Cancel Culture. I really appreciated the thoughtfulness and depth James brings to these topics. I left our conversation feeling touched and inspired, and I have a feeling you will too.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Dr. Don Vaughn on The Social Dilemma, Free Will & The 2020 Election

    Dr. Don Vaughn on The Social Dilemma, Free Will & The 2020 Election

    In this episode of Pure Curiosity, Neuroscientist Dr. Don Vaughn weighs in on The Social Dilemma, and answers a very important question: can technology help us overcome tech addiction? It might sound counterintuitive, but he offers a very compelling argument. We also discuss his research on empathy, and address the age old question of free will. Lastly we review the findings of his latest polling technology, which predicted a much closer race than any other national poll. Dr. Vaughn is, in my opinion, one of the brightest minds out there. I'm always interested in and impressed by his analysis of complex issues, and I believe you will be as well. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dr. Alex Abramovich on LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness, Suicide Prevention & Mental Health

    Dr. Alex Abramovich on LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness, Suicide Prevention & Mental Health

    Dr. Alex Abramovich and I were brought together in honor of Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's campaign "Not Suicide. Not Today." to discuss one of the most vulnerable populations: LGBTQ+ youth. LGBTQ+ youth, and in particular trans youth of color, are at a disproportionately high risk of homelessness, discrimination and suicide. Dr. Abramovich is working on the front lines with shelters, and conducting research to support both the mental and physical wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth. In this interview we discuss the role families play in homelessness, as well as transphobia, coming out, and the joys of living authentically. It was such a pleasure to speak with Alex and learn about his personal journey and work, and I know you'll enjoy it as well!   

    • 47 min
    Hayden Dawes on Color Blindness in Mental Health & The Illusion of Certainty

    Hayden Dawes on Color Blindness in Mental Health & The Illusion of Certainty

    A few months ago I read an article titled An Invitation to White Therapists by Hayden Dawes, and immediately wanted to invite him onto my podcast. In the article (which I highly recommend reading) he unequivocally calls out problematic behavior and attitudes he's observed in the White mental health community, but in a way that shows his commitment to communal healing and grace. In all of our interactions I've been struck by his humility, dedication to living authentically, and his playfulness. These are qualities I think our world could use more of, so I'm very excited to share this conversation with you! As usual we cover a wide range of topics, from coming out in the Catholic Church to embracing the free fall of uncertainty. I hope you'll listen all the way to the end for some gems on the vulnerability of anger and it's value for transformation. 

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

RockLife! ,

Thank you

For all the Thank Yous you will never get...
That you wouldn’t waste time looking for...
Thank you for this pod cast.
Thank you for sharing what it takes to do all the work in healing and for lifting up those doing wonderful work! ❤️

RC Lin ,

Wonderful, interesting content

Glad I discovered this podcast. Iris seems like she sincerely wants to bring more healing to the world :)

Only issue is with the audio. Iris is soft spoken, and on the episodes I've listened to -- her audio is way lower than the guest's. I listen with earbuds, and in order to hear what Iris was saying -- my ears got blasted by the loudness of the guest's.

get curious ,

Great podcast

Really interesting and varied topics. Interviewer is versatile and knowledgeable and curious about topics ranging from mental and physical health, science/neuroscience, technology, life lessons and ideas for transforming what's not working, etc. Enjoy the youthful voice and perspective of the interviewer.

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