The Power of Conversation (aided by psychedelics) in Confronting Extreme Emotional and Psychological Pain with Dr. Mark Goulston

Get ready for an episode filled with wisdom, compassion and inspiration as we talk with the remarkable Dr. Mark Goulston, who has been admiringly described as a “people hacker”.

With his extensive experience as a psychiatrist, executive coach, and consultant to major organizations, Dr. Goulston has made a name for himself as a thought leader in the fields of leadership, empathy, and healing. He is the creator of the innovative process known as Surgical Empathy, which uses targeted and focused empathy to help people break through emotional and psychological blocks that impede their wellbeing and functioning in life.

He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute for over 20 years and has worked with numerous high-profile companies and organizations such as IBM, ESPN, and the FBI. Dr. Goulston is also a best-selling author, speaker, and passionate social activist, and his mission is to inspire people to make a positive change in the world. His books include “Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone,” which ranked #1 in six Amazon categories and has been translated into 14 languages. Dr. Goulston has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, CNN and is the Cofounder of Heartfelt Leadership, an organization whose mission is “to identify, celebrate, pay tribute to, develop, empower, embolden and impassion heartfelt leaders to heal the world and then change it for the better.” 

As a former clinical interventional psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry, Dr. Goulston has also worked extensively on suicide prevention and has learned to “hack” into the minds of suicidal as well as potentially violent individuals to prevent acts of harm to themselves or others. In short, Dr. Goulston’s experience and expertise make him an incredible resource for anyone looking to improve their communication skills, overcome self-defeating behavior, or cope with trauma and mental health challenges. Please join us as we learn from his insights on how to heal the world, one conversation at a time.

In this discussion with Dr. Goulston, you’ll discover:

-Transactional relationships are like putting lipstick on the pain…04:00

-Psychedelics are an aid to regain control of your thoughts, emotions, etc…10:12

-Eight steps to helping a loved one overcome suicidal ideations…15:30

-The five “Reallys” to assist a loved one in dealing with anxiety and despair…23:56

-How Mark helped a group of businesspeople who were negatively affected by the covid pandemic…31:50

-Ways in which oxytocin is used therapeutically for issues specific to women…37:15

-Three steps to dealing with extreme emotions when triggered…39:40

-The two words men can’t stand in conversation with spouses and others…48:10

-Love is the most powerful drug in the world…51:15

-And much more!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Mark’s website

Books by Mark Goulston

My Wakeup Call Podcast

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