You, Me, Empathy - Episode 18: Disconnected Culture with David Grabowski

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On Episode 18 of You, Me, Empathy, I sit down with my friend David Grabowski to explore the idea of Disconnected Culture—from technology addiction and obsession with "the hustle" to living with intentionality and connecting to ourselves, our fellow humans, our food, and our environment.

We also explore what commune living would be like (hello, orgies and goat sacrifices!), how we can better connect to ourselves and the people in our lives through food (what we eat, how we eat it, who we eat it with), the impact of capitalism on disconnection, the cult of busyness in this modern world, and more.

How do we live more intentionally? Can we opt out of the disconnect? What have you done to make your life simpler, more grounded to the things that matter? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!


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Special hugs to David Grabowski for the music for You, Me, Empathy and special hugs to Grant Snider for the art!

You, Me, Empathy - Episode 17: Mental Health as a Reflection of Others with Mindy Holahan Peters

 Mindy and I are unabashedly pro-fannypack.

Mindy and I are unabashedly pro-fannypack.

On Episode 17 of You, Me, Empathy, I explore Mental Health as a Reflection of Others with Mindy Holahan Peters. We chat about how people in our lives impact our mental wellness, being a caretaker as a child, having a brother with autism, and having a dad go through gender transformation.

Mindy opens up about the highs and lows of being a caretaker of her older autistic brother, the courage and strength of her mother through that period, the feeling like she couldn't talk about her father's gender transition because of a more conservative time and living in a small town, and eventually losing her father, Shannon, to cancer—right around the same time she lost her grandfather.

It's a beautiful story, and we hope you love it!

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Special hugs to David Grabowski for the music for You, Me, Empathy and special hugs to Grant Snider for the art!

You, Me, Empathy - Episode 16: Bipolar, Strange Dreams, and Romanticizing Mental Illness

On Episode 16 of You, Me, Empathy, Tony the Therapist and I explore bipolar disorder, Non's really strange and LOL friendly dream world, and the romanticization of the crazy artist. 

Tony shares his experience with addressing bipolar disorder, what people should look out for if they feel like they have bipolar, the treatments for bipolar disorder, the hypomania and the depression of bipolar, and more. 

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You, Me, Empathy - Episode 15: Bipolar Disorder and the "Crazy Artist" Stereotype with Sarah Jickling

*Trigger Warning: Suicide is discussed on this episode of You, Me, Empathy*

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On Episode 15 of You, Me, Empathy, I chat with singer-songwriter Sarah Jickling about Bipolar Disorder, the "crazy artist" stereotype, and our gifts vs. disabilities. Sarah shares her story about growing up surrounded by mental illness, childhood panic attacks, feeling like her family was cursed, dealing with misophonia, the nightmares that she's had since she was a kid, and how bipolar disorder has transformed her life and art.

Sarah is an amazing songwriter and singer too, and her music is a representation of her desire to break down mental health stigma and foster awareness of those with bipolar disorder and other mental illness. Check out her music on Spotify!

IT'S OKAY ZINE GIVEAWAY!

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Sarah also created an amazing little zine called It's Okay . . . A Handbook for Human Beings! The zine also includes a free download of Sarah's album, When I Get Better!

And I am giving away four copies! Along with some other You, Me, Empathy goodies (stickers, buttons, joy!).

To Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Share the pinned tweet about this episode/giveaway at the top of the @YouMeEmpathy Twitter feed
  2. Leave a review/rating in Apple Podcasts for You, Me, Empathy (tweet a screenshot of your review).

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!


You, Me, Empathy - Episode 14: Failure with Alethea Allarey

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On Episode 14 of You Me, Empathy, I chat with Alethea Allarey about Failure, her personal experiences with failure, how our culture informs our feelings about failure, and how we can better be okay with failure.

We explore the pressure we put on ourselves, how family can affect our perspectives on failure, and the romanticization of failure. Plus, we talk religion, the Philippines, abortion, and more!

How do you deal with failure? What are some ways you've approached failure with a mindset of self-care of self-love?

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!


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Special hugs to David Grabowski for the music for You, Me, Empathy and special hugs to Grant Snider for the art!

You, Me, Empathy - Episode 13: Healthy Intimacy and Boundaries with Tony the Therapist

On Episode 13 of You Me, Empathy, Tony the Therapist and I take a deeper dive into creating healthy boundaries and emotional intimacy with the people in our lives. What are healthy boundaries and intimacy? How do we establish healthy boundaries and emotional intimacy with our partners and friends?

Tony shares how he helps his patients create better boundaries with themselves and the people in their lives. Non talks about his experiences with emotional intimacy. We explore the idea of listening to ourselves, learning to say no, figuring out what our personal, emotional, and mental needs are, and exploring what safety means when it comes to intimacy.

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!



Disclaimer for "Tony Time" episodes of You, Me, Empathy:

Anthony Ramynke is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, license number LMFT47805.

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