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Psychotherapist, Aikido teacher and author Dr. Michael A. Gordon brings 25 years experience of media and personal development experience. The Mind Whisperer bridges neuroscience, spiritual psychology and mindfulness to daily life.

The Mind Whisperer Michael A Gordon

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Psychotherapist, Aikido teacher and author Dr. Michael A. Gordon brings 25 years experience of media and personal development experience. The Mind Whisperer bridges neuroscience, spiritual psychology and mindfulness to daily life.

    Author David N. Meyer on Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Creativity and the Liminal Edge of Madness

    Author David N. Meyer on Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Creativity and the Liminal Edge of Madness

    A far-ranging interview with David N. Meyer, cinema studies professor,  screenwriter and author of Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and his Cosmic American Music; The Bee Gees: The Biography; and A Girl and A Gun; the Complete Guide to Film Noir. Our conversation spans the neurobiology of addiction, the so-called '27 club' (Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain), addiction as creative hijack, and covering figures from Beethoven to Miles Davis, to painter Georgia O'Keefe, filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974).
     

    • 1 hr 33 min
    What the &*$% is Going On? Cognitive Dissonance, Comfirmation Bias and the Age of Information Distortion

    What the &*$% is Going On? Cognitive Dissonance, Comfirmation Bias and the Age of Information Distortion

    A short episode covering topics for my upcoming book: the erosion of civil discourse, 'slow motion disaster' and the collective trauma responses it induces, and a brief overview of how the psychological traits of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias have corroded our public spaces.

    • 27 min
    The 'Gift' of Life Vitality Through Creativity

    The 'Gift' of Life Vitality Through Creativity

    An in depth conversation with Simon Fraser University professor Dr. Mark Fettes about Lewis Hyde's powerful book The Gift: How Creativity Transforms The World. Dr. Fettes is Associative Director of SFU's Imaginative Education Research Group.
    Show Notes:
    The buddhist psychotherapist mentioned is Jack Engler. You can find his updated commentary on his infamous statement "You have to be somebody to become nobody" in the book Psychotherapy and Buddhism (https://www.amazon.ca/Psychoanalysis-Buddhism-Unfolding-Jeremy-Safran/dp/0861713427"
    The painter referenced as doing the portrait of Winston Churchill is Graham Sutherland.
     

    • 1 hr 31 min
    What Is The One Thing No One Can Give Us, But The First Thing We Give Away?

    What Is The One Thing No One Can Give Us, But The First Thing We Give Away?

    We all want to feel self-love, self-acceptance. And yet we also crave approval, connection, belonging. Today we reveal a critical element to getting the balance right!

    What Is Happiness?

    What Is Happiness?

    Emerging multidisciplinary research is giving us a lot clearer a picture of what defines truly happy individuals. The results may surprise you. It is certainly within all our reach.

    Why Relationships Fail! Pt 1

    Why Relationships Fail! Pt 1

    With Valentine's Day approaching, it's timely to look at why so many relationships end up in breakup! How do we end up dating the same kind of person in a different package, and how do we change the pattern?!

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