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My Backstory Interview with Mark Goulston

Dr. Mark Goulston and I discuss my experience with psychedelics, (im)patience, purpose, life patterns, and pretending you’re blind, as well as concepts like surgical empathy, coping (instead of healing), psychological adhesion, the {horror—terror—don’t panic} trifecta, and how Ayahuasca can reconfigure minds as if they’re Rubik’s cubes.

Originally a UCLA psychiatry professor and FBI hostage negotiation trainer, Dr. Goulston’s expertise has been forged in real-life, high-stakes situations. Dr. Goulston is an executive coach and the author (or co-author) of nine books, including Just Listen and Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior. He is also the host of the My Wakeup Call Podcast, which kindly hosted this episode.

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[0:00] Intro
[2:55] Consistency in life, Purpose
[7:25] Determination vs. Anger
[9:03] Like a Blind Person Seeing for the 1st Time
[12:37] Dietary Change & Harvard
[14:45] Podcasting, OV
[17:08] Psychological Adhesion (vs. Attachment) & Resistance to Change
[20:40] Humiliating Billionaires
[23:18] Meat & (Losing Faith in) Authority
[30:08] Living in Disbelief
[33:03] Coping vs. Healing
[34:06] The {Horror/Terror/Don’t Panic} Trifecta
[35:50] Psychedelics, Rubik’s Cubes, & Surgical Empathy
[44:16] Annoyance vs. Impatience
[48:12] Dangers of Unconditional Empathy
[49:30] Outro

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