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”Deeper Connections Through Introspection.” Featuring: Dr. David Hawkins

”Deeper Connections Through Introspection.” Featuring: Dr. David Hawkins

Update: 2023-09-11


In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay Hicks and co-host Gary DeFranco sit down with Dr. David Hawkins to navigate the realms of self-awareness, emotional triggers, and building authentic relationships. This episode is a rollercoaster of self-discovery and relationship insights that you won't want to miss. 🎙️

Prepare for an exhilarating journey as Jay, Gary, and Dr. Hawkins dissect the intricacies of human emotions, the role of authenticity, and the transformative power of mindfulness. Hosted by veteran, music producer, and multimedia artist Jay Hicks, and Emmy-nominated executive producer Gary DeFranco, this episode offers a unique blend of professional and personal perspectives on these life-defining topics. 😍🌟

Whether you're struggling with self-limiting beliefs, facing challenges in your relationships, or seeking ways to improve your emotional intelligence, this episode will serve as your roadmap to a more fulfilled life. So why wait? Hit that play button and let's unravel the complexities of the human mind together! 🎉💪

Key Takeaways:

🔒[01:38 ] Overcoming self-limiting beliefs to unlock your full potential.

🧠[11:14 ] The importance of self-awareness and mindfulness in relationships.

🧭[21:02 ] Navigating emotional triggers through empathy and introspection.

🔄[27:59 ] The role of "attunement" in healing and transforming relationships.

👫[34:41 ] Authenticity as a key to long-term happiness and success.

Guest Bio:

Meet Dr. David Hawkins, a clinical psychologist with an astonishing career spanning over 45 years in the field of relationship counseling. As the director of the Marriage Recovery Center, he has dedicated his life to helping couples rediscover intimacy and heal from emotional abuse and narcissism. The brainchild behind the unique "Healing Together" program, Dr. Hawkins employs novel strategies to break unhealthy behavioral patterns and instate a healthy relational paradigm. The author of over 40 books and host of the relationship podcast Mad.In.Love, he is also an influential voice in the American Association of Christian Counselors. Based just outside Seattle, Washington, he balances his professional life with a fulfilling personal life, happily married to his wife, Christie. 🌟📚

CTA for Show:

If this episode struck a chord with you, don't hold back—hit that 'Subscribe' button 🚀, drop us a glowing review 🌟, and share the love by spreading the word to your friends and family 🗣️. Your hosts, Jay and Gary, bring unparalleled perspectives on the complexities of human emotions, challenges, and triumphs. Let's keep growing the tree of knowledge 🌳. Remember, be cool and keep learning! 😎📚

CTA for Guest:

Intrigued by Dr. David Hawkins' insights? Trust us, there's a treasure trove more where that came from 📚. Head over to his website, follow him on social media, and tune in to his podcast Mad.In.Love for deeper dives into relationship dynamics 🎧. His multi-decade experience and unique Healing Together program are golden resources you don't want to miss! 🌟✨

Dr. David Hawkins


That's a wrap for this week! Thank you for tuning into another eye-opening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Whether you're here for the wisdom or the chuckles, we're here to serve both, with a cherry on top 🍒. Tune in next week as we continue to explore, laugh, and learn from life's highs and lows. Until then, be cool and keep learning! 🎉🌳

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Show and host information:

The Tragedy Academy Podcast is a show that explores the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. We aim to help listeners grow and thrive by sharing stories of real people who have experienced adversity and success.

Hosted by Jay Hicks, a veteran, music producer, and multimedia artist, along with co-host Gary DeFranco, an Emmy-nominated executive producer with 20 years of experience producing non-scripted television, The Tragedy Academy Podcast provides a unique perspective on life's challenges and how to overcome them.

Our guests come from all walks of life and share their stories of struggle and triumph. We believe that our past does not define our future and that living authentically and purposefully is the key to a fulfilling life.

Through candid and humorous discussions, we explore societal divides and bridge gaps in understanding. We believe that laughter is the best fertilizer for the tree of knowledge, and that's why we bring you stories that will make you think, laugh, and inspire you to be a better person.

The Tragedy Academy Podcast is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify, and Google. Subscribe now and join us on this journey of humor and enlightenment as we strive to grow the tree of knowledge together. 

Be cool and keep learning.

Jay Hicks

Host / Owner

Florida native Jay Hicks is a veteran, music producer, podcaster, graphic designer, and the owner and creative mind behind The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Jay has held many careers, from digging septic drain fields to being a Financial Services Solution Architect Manager for one of the nation's largest consulting firms. Jay has experience producing and engineering podcasts, voice-overs, promotional videos, and advertisements.

Why did Jay start the show?

I lived most of my life imprisoned in my mind, a slave to past experiences, choices, and anxiety over the future. Seemingly random memories and worries trapped me: Will I be successful? Am I successful enough? Does she love me? Will people admire me? Do people hate me? Am I the way that I am because someone made me this way? Someone told me I'm no good. Does that mean it is true? I experienced shame over past bad decisions or was overly prideful with no need. The list of mental agonies is endless.

Looking at this box created around my life, I can see that I had succumbed to an onslaught of past and present thoughts. I had forgotten entirely about NOW. I wasn't grateful for today, the moment, family, friends, or existence itself. I will not break down my construct and inner demons, but I want to give some insight and share my thoughts on what I believe is missing from humankind today.

I never learned how to be thankful and present now. I was taught to focus on the perceived problems from my past experiences or my need to prove something to imaginary adversaries. For myself, it has been a journey to this point - not good, not bad, just experiences as they all define who I am today. Without them, I would not see this need to be grateful in my own life. This realization is what drives my work, my creativity, and my mission.

Gary DeFranco


Cleveland native Gary DeFranco is the Emmy-nominated Executive Producer of UFC's The Ultimate Fighter and Discovery Channel's Street Outlaws and has produced over 500 television episodes for major networks (ESPN, Fox, Discovery Channel, Playboy TV, Spike TV, Bravo, Travel Channel). DeFranco is a recording artist, music producer, podcaster, graphic designer, and the owner and creative mind behind Max Glow Media/Design/Records. Gary has 20 years of experience producing non-scripted television, feature-length documentaries, music videos, and commercials. As the producer of shows like The Ultimate Fighter, Street Outlaws, Playboy Shoot Out, and UFC Next Level, DeFranco has seen it all and has brought that wealth of knowledge to The Tragedy Academy.

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”Deeper Connections Through Introspection.” Featuring: Dr. David Hawkins

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