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Byron Katie (speaker, author of Loving What Is Now) teaches us the systematic process (i.e. "The Work") she uses to examine any positive or negative thought, from parenting and relationships to work and finances, to test what is and isn’t valid. She opens up about the awakening she experienced while lying on the floor of a halfway house while being treated for disordered eating, and how that revelation allowed her to overcome depression and suicidal thoughts, while reshaping every area of her life. Byron guides us through the practice of identifying and questioning thoughts that can lead to personal suffering and explains how our underlying beliefs may unknowingly fuel our emotions. She applies "The Work" processes to practical examples from Mayim and Jonathans’ lives while highlighting the importance of meditation, slowing down to listen, and readiness to put aside judgements, fear, and resentment.Byron Katie's Live Zooms: https://thework.com/at-home-with-byron-katie/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Macy Gray (singer, songwriter, activist) opens up about her creative approach to songwriting, her bipolar diagnosis, and why the issue of police violence is so close to her heart. She discusses her musical influences, being made fun of for her unique voice as a kid, and the origins of her hit single "I Try." Macy explains the process of making a new album during the pandemic and civil unrest, the data behind police shootings, and her anxiety around mania. Mayim breaks down the differences between bipolar I and bipolar II disorders, features of mania, and why romantic relationships are tipping points for those suffering from bipolar disorder.Macy Gray's new single, "Every Night": https://open.spotify.com/track/4VAUxogl12wnQQHvQ3zVuD?si=71809e5792de4741&nd=1Macy Gray's organization, My Good: https://mygood.org/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Evanna Lynch: Take Up Space

Evanna Lynch: Take Up Space

2022-05-1001:14:174

Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter franchise, author of The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting) discusses the existential nature of mental health struggles and disordered eating. She opens up about being a sensitive child, her history of anorexia at an early age, and her journey through recovery. Evanna explains the reasons she found it difficult to seek treatment, what the entertainment industry told her was wrong with her, and the ways she was able to overcome the fear of taking up space. She and Mayim discuss society’s examination of women and identity struggles and regimens for wellness after recovery. They break down forms of holistic healing, from plant therapy and intention setting to astrology and moon ceremonies.Evanna Lynch's Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/677563/the-opposite-of-butterfly-hunting-by-evanna-lynch/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory, Florence Foster Jenkins, As They Made Us) joins Mayim in studio to discuss the preparation he did and fears he had playing his complicated character in Mayim’s new film, As They Made Us. He takes us through the darkest moments of his mental health journey, his OCD stemming from his attempts to avoid failure, and his motivation to seek professional treatment. Mayim considers the shift she witnessed in Simon’s mental health on The Big Bang Theory set. They discuss their entries into the Big Bang cast, what happened once the show grew in popularity, and the mental health quirks and stereotypes of each of the characters. Simon and Mayim explain the process of finding themselves after the success of the series and what it was like for Simon to perform an impression of Stephen Hawking in front of the late physicist on the set of the show.Trailer for As They Made Us : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU-b6NoDkiU&t=0sSimon Helberg's impressions on CONAN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7xQkJYwyi0BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man, As They Made Us) stops by the studio in person to open up about his childhood, his time working as an attendant in a psychiatric facility, and going to acting school with fellow legendary actors Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall. He and Mayim discuss the power of music, the science of acting, and the psychological awareness that comes with Dustin’s performances. Dustin explains why he is so observant and in touch with his emotions and his thoughts about death and spirituality, and Mayim breaks down hypervigilance. Dustin reveals what it was like to be directed by Mayim in her new film, As They Made Us.Trailer for As They Made Us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU-b6NoDkiU&t=0sBialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Dr. Will Bulsiewicz (gastroenterologist, nutritionist, New York Times-bestselling author of Fiber Fueled and The Fiber Fueled Cookbook) stops by to break down gut health and practical steps we can take to heal our guts. He unpacks gluten, food sensitivities, and fiber’s role in gut health. He explains the significance of microbiomes, challenges highly restrictive diets, and discusses why bowel movements directly inform gut health. Mayim and Dr. B consider the gut’s effect on mood, why digestive issues can still manifest even with proper nutrition, and the evidence-based benefits of a plant-based diet. They discuss the ways food intolerances can lead to disordered eating and how to fix those intolerances, the mental health impact of dietary challenges, and empowering oneself with information about one’s specific dietary needs.Dr. Will Bulsiewicz' book: https://theplantfedgut.com/cookbook/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Seth Rogen (actor, writer, producer, director) and Lauren Miller Rogen (writer, director, producer, philanthropist) join us to discuss the origin and missions of HFC, their non-profit organization, that cares for families impacted by Alzheimer's disease, activates the next generation of Alzheimer's advocates, and leads brain health research and education. Lauren opens up about her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s at an early age, and how her mother’s diagnosis affected the early stages of her relationship with Seth. Seth and Lauren discuss the ripples of mental health struggles on an entire family, why treating and preventing Alzheimer’s can be so difficult, and the benefits of familiarizing yourself with symptoms of neurological diseases. They explain potential causes of early onset Alzheimer’s, lifestyle changes that can help promote brain health, and the positive and negative effects of marijuana use on brain health. Mayim and The Rogens consider the need for universal access to medical and mental health resources and reasons Americans may be distrustful of the healthcare system.Learn more about HFC: WeAreHFC.orgBialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Dianna Agron (As They Made Us, Glee, Acid Man, Shiva Baby) joins us to discuss what it was like to work with Mayim on her new film, As They Made Us. She opens up about her experiences growing up in hotels and her family’s struggles after her father’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Mayim and Dianna bond over the scrutiny they faced while publicly coming of age on a television show, the inclination to make art after processing grief, and the benefits of healthy compartmentalization. Mayim explains the process of writing her film in response to the loss of her father and why Dianna’s character was the most difficult for her to write. She discusses body and emotional awareness in another installment of Moments of Peace and Calm.Trailer for Mayim's film, As They Made Us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU-b6NoDkiUBialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar, House, Designated Survivor, author of You Can’t Be Serious) discusses navigating and overcoming stereotypes and racial biases in Hollywood. He considers the feelings of motivation and anxiety that can stem from family expectations, how a lens of positivity can lead to less stress, and ways to overcome apathy about making a societal impact. Mayim and Kal bond over their time at UCLA and working together on The Big Bang Theory. Kal opens up about the cultural phenomenon of the Harold & Kumar franchise, how he became involved in the Obama administration, and being a late bloomer in terms of his sexuality.Kal Penn's Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1982171383/kalpenn-20BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Dr Joe Dispenza (bestselling author, researcher, speaker) breaks down practical steps we can take to unlock our potential. He discusses his early days of hypnotizing his roommates, the philosophy of yoga, and the three different types of stress. Dr Joe explains the neuroscience behind why rumination and invoking feelings of the past are harmful to personal growth and how biochemistry can impact pathways. He considers the reason most change is facilitated by crisis or trauma, the benefits of mental rehearsal, and somatic reactions to emotional responses.BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Felicia Day (author, actress Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Guild) stops by to discuss the pursuit of her own creative endeavors after feeling like she didn’t belong. She explains the positives and negatives of her socially isolated homeschool upbringing and people-pleasing tendencies. Felicia touches on imposter syndrome, the commoditization of artists, and the importance of setting the template for those who come after you in your industry. Mayim and Felicia consider the consequences of allowing others to determine your self-worth, especially through the use of social media.Watch Felicia Day on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/feliciadayBialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Colin Quinn (comedian, actor, author, former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" host) stops by to discuss the science of stand-up and his journey toward sobriety. He takes us through his comedic evolution, from heckling teachers in school to pursuing comedy full-time after getting sober. Colin opens up about his unrecognized issues manifesting during his time at SNL, his experiences with jungian therapy, and his belief in purgatory. Mayim and Colin discuss sensory reactions to comedic timing, comedic sensibilities informed by demographics, and the consequences of ego.See Colin Quinn on Tour: http://colinquinn.com/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Nikki Blonsky: Go Be You

Nikki Blonsky: Go Be You

2022-03-0101:11:371

Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray, Huge series, Bosco film) stops by to discuss the importance of seeing oneself represented accurately in the media, body type stigmas, and her coming our journey. She opens up about her start as a singer, the moment she first fell in love with Hairspray and how it changed her life. Nikki shares the tension she faced in the entertainment industry from not fitting the mold, the origins and evolution of her self-confidence, and how she feels about the notion of radical self-acceptance. Mayim considers self-awareness and situations where we may not always present our true selves.BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Corey Taylor (frontman for Slipknot and Stone Sour, NY Times bestselling author) opens up about his early drug and alcohol addiction and how he makes sense of his extrasensory observations with the paranormal. He discusses his difficult childhood, his process of discovering music and writing as an outlet, and his journey toward sobriety. Corey explains the depression he faced after suffering a severe spinal cord injury from a stage dive, using therapy to find healthier ways to parent, and how he was able to quit smoking cigarettes. He shares his intense experiences with paranormal intelligent energy and how he makes sense of the phenomena. Mayim breaks down the scientific understanding of Chi energy and its important role in medical treatment.See Corey Taylor on tour with Slipknot: https://slipknot1.com/events/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Dr. Maya Shankar (cognitive scientist, Senior Advisor to Obama administration, host of Slight Change of Plans podcast) breaks down the role of language in cognition and why understanding human behavior makes a huge difference in informing government policy. She discusses her pivot from Juilliard violinist into neuroscience after suffering a permanent hand injury as a teenager, and how she created her own role in the White House. Mayim and Maya explain why "I" statements are the best way to communicate difficult emotions, the benefits of speaking to yourself in third person, and achieving positive lifestyle changes through a technique called "temptation bundling." Maya opens up about using her anxious thoughts to propel her to strive for positive change in the world, and the benefits of spending effective time in the past and future. Mayim addresses the notion of self-sabotage within a relationship in another installment of Ask Mayim Anything.Dr. Maya Shankar's Podcast: http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/slight-change-of-plansBialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Moby (musician, DJ, photographer, author, animal rights activist) opens up about his unconventional childhood, what sobriety has taught him, and the effectiveness of activism. He discusses his drug and alcohol abuse which began at an early age and being forced to drop out of college due to crippling panic attacks. Moby details the impact his anxiety had on his journey to pursuing a musical career, why being vegan is a core aspect of who he is, and what philosophy can teach us about our sense of self. Mayim and Moby consider the painful journey of getting to know oneself, achieving fulfillment and happiness through being of service to others, and the process of overcoming the fear-driven desire for control. BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
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Nora McInerny (Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast, author of Bad Vibes Only) helps us build understanding around grief by taking us through her own grief journey. She discusses what her life was like before suffering extreme loss, what happened upon receiving her husband’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis, and how she dealt with a miscarriage and the loss of her father and husband weeks apart. Nora and Mayim consider the struggle of dealing with people’s expectations of your feelings during mourning periods, why it may be difficult to relate to people who are moving through grief, and the importance of allowing oneself time to truly grieve. They discuss reasons why mourning is so specific and individualistic, productivity associated with grief, and the benefits of finding a support group. Mayim breaks down the typical grief timeline, its physical symptoms, and its potential impact on every area of one’s life.Nora's Book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Bad-Vibes-Only/Nora-McInerny/9781982186715Nora's Podcast: https://www.ttfa.org/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
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Julie Bowen (Modern Family, Boston Legal, Happy Gilmore, Quitters podcast) opens up about anxiety, the ambivalence of motherhood, and the steps she takes to stay grounded. She takes us through her anxiety journey in the early days of antidepressants, her meditation methods, and the importance of not waiting to seek help. She and Mayim discuss parenting children with vastly different baselines and the negative effects of physical punishment. Mayim breaks down therapy flooding and explains why trauma is not a prerequisite for mental health struggles. Mayim considers the dynamics of partnership and the benefits and disadvantages of being an introvert in another installment of Moments of Peace & Calm.Julie Bowen's Podcast: https://www.quitterspod.com/BialikBreakdown.comYouTube.com/mayimbialik
Comments (80)

Grunkle Hatter

handful of doctors and the rest is just hollword tabloid stuff... i keep poking my head in to see if this show has turned into a real discussion about mental illnesses but nope... just the same old hollywood story, we get it your fame makes you nonless normal then the rest of us, i figured that out when i was 6 and the woes me story is getting old, lets tackle some facts about mental illnesses!

May 15th
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LaDora Baisch

Is it bad that I'm crying? Thank you for all your open and honest talk. I feel much less ashamed and much more human.

May 7th
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MariaElizabeth VestaMar Mendez

Mayim and Jonathan, this podcast is what I needed in my life. thank you. thank you. thank you.

Apr 29th
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rupexo

mayim was being super ignorant when it came to intermittent fasting/omad and the clear evidence of the many benefits of it - you can tell that david was getting pissed off as well the way she was going about it. the way she kept laughing in a mocking way and making snide comments when she spoke to him was disappointing tbh

Apr 2nd
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Grunkle Hatter

I keep poking my head in and it's still 99.7% Hollywood and .3% Academia

Feb 26th
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Wendy S.

Wowwwwwww, that guy really wanted to make it a point to tell you how annoying the overabundance of ad breaks was - I'm sure you're deeply wounded by the loss of that listener 😂 Ok but I agree it was a LOT. But it's not what I came to say. I came to say that I've followed and deeply appreciated Vishen's work for many years, and it's so exciting to watch him and MindValley growing! This is the first of your podcasts that I've listened to, and when I had decided I was going to listen to an episode from your podcasts, seeing Vishen instantly made me select this episode 😊

Feb 22nd
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Joseph Allen

Interview starts at 22:00

Feb 11th
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Grunkle Hatter

all Hollywood no Academia.... beyond sad

Feb 3rd
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paw743

Hello, I suffer from severe anxiety and I've been experiencing throat spasms. I have problems swallowing at times, which can be scary. I'm on welbutrin, which helps and I practice breathing exercises and meditation. I now stress can be a killer, but I never knew it could effect your body like that.

Jan 31st
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TrueCrimeLover

Great episode! The point you made on not being available for those conversations reminded me of something. I came across another podcast a while back from another of your guests and a quote stuck from something she said. "You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to."

Dec 22nd
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Grunkle Hatter

I mean this is better then the Hollywood Phonebook but not by much, episode was a waste of time pass on downloading.

Dec 22nd
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Yehuda Hoffman

Wonderfully open conversation with a uniquely talented comedian. It's great that Sarah is so willing to be vulnerable. Love it!

Dec 18th
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Grunkle Hatter

I'm going to pass on listening to your Hollywood Phonebook anymore, it's the same story and often just a long AD that I will just skip from now on, you know REAL Doctors, once you open up that Academic Phonebook again I will be happy to listen, other wise, skip this one it's just another trash magazine episode

Dec 15th
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Grunkle Hatter

I will Subscribe when you start tackling mental issues from the point of view of Doctors or the Common Person, not this Hollyword Trash Magazine bull shit

Dec 8th
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Grunkle Hatter

Yawn... same old story Mai, please put down your Hollywood Phonebook and pick up the Academic Phonebook, those are the people who we want to hear from

Dec 8th
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Grunkle Hatter

please put your Hollywood phone book down, pick up your Academic phone book, and please start talking about mental issues.... 100% of feeling like I am reading a trash magazine

Dec 2nd
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Grunkle Hatter

this was a good one filled with actual helpful advice and not a hour long ad

Nov 23rd
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Grunkle Hatter

This show is a clever advertising campaign to sell you her friends books, what a shame such a good idea for a Podcast, I hope we get some real Podcast about mental health with some acutall Doctors with helpful and interesting information. Not this, buy my book shit

Nov 17th
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Mark el

Alyson is amazing. Wise beyond her years. Such a great interview.

Nov 10th
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Grunkle Hatter

1:12:46 is when the Alyson Stoner Advertisement ends, so you can skip to the helpful information, hopefully that will help others not waste 1:12:46 minutes of there life

Nov 10th
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