Mailbag: Power in Relationships, Self-Worth, Motivation, and Personal Responsibility
Forrest and Dr. Rick dive into the mailbag to answer questions from listeners. They explore age gaps in relationships, relating to people as ongoing processes, and avoiding having your personal growth practice turn you into a doormat. You’ll learn how to develop authentic self-worth, how to allow both “positive” and “negative” motivations to pull you in a good direction, and how to balance determinism with personal responsibility. The episode closes with a question about supporting people trapped in dysfunctional family systems.
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0:00 : Introduction
1:15 : Question 1: I feel like my personal growth practice is causing others to take advantage of me. What can I do?
8:55 : Question 2: Do age gaps in relationships matter?
19:55 : Relating to others as ongoing processes
22:40 : Question 3: Given all the things we don’t control, how responsible is anyone for their behavior?
28:30 : Thinking in terms of plausible ranges of outcomes
33:20 : Question 4: How can I learn to accept myself and improve my self-worth?
41:50 : Question 5: I can’t tell if I’m motivated by “good” desires…or just my fear of never measuring up.
49:00 : What comes along with challenging experiences
54:15 : Question 6: How can an older sibling help a younger sibling in a dysfunctional family system?
1:04:50 : Recap
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