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Author: Kara Loewentheil

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UnF*ck Your Brain is the podcast for high-achieving feminist women who struggle with anxiety, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome. If you know you’ve accomplished a lot professionally but still secretly feel like you’re unqualified….if you want to feel confident but you worry about what everyone else thinks about you...if you want to succeed but fear failure...this podcast is for you. In each episode Master Certified Confidence Coach Kara Loewentheil, J.D., will teach you how to overcome social conditioning and your own self-critical thoughts so that you can reduce your anxiety and insecurity, boost your self-confidence, and get what you want in life. Download a free guide to creating confidence at
201 Episodes
UFYB 151: Maximalism

UFYB 151: Maximalism


Do you wish your life looked more like those minimalist Instagram homes full of light and clean lines and constraint? In today’s podcast episode, you will learn about the patriarchal underpinnings of minimalism and why I embrace MAXIMALISM instead. Tune in to get a taste of what life could look like if you stopped restricting yourself and gave yourself permission to be as colorful, loud, and abundant as you wanted. Get full show notes and more information here:
Women are socialized to compromise our needs and happiness behind the needs of family, friends, even strangers. At the same time, we’ve also experienced situations where compromise is helpful and growth-promoting. In this podcast episode, you will learn a few simple questions to ask yourself so that you will always know when to compromise and when to stand firm. Get full show notes and more information here:
Most of us are so steeped in fatphobia that we don’t even realize it exists…and yet it impacts every aspect of our lives, from what we think about our bodies to what our doctors tell us when we are sick. Listen in to learn how I used thought work to overcome my own internalized fatphobia, and how you can set yourself free, too. Get full show notes and more information here:
UFYB 148: Intuition

UFYB 148: Intuition


Listen in this week to discover why the framing of intuition as something you use to categorize an experience doesn’t serve you, how it gets confused with feelings of anxiety, and the role of cognitive bias here. You need to examine the assumption that you should act on something without question if it’s coming from your intuition, and I’m guiding you through this process today. Get full show notes and more information here:
Listen in today to get a taste of what it’s like to join The Clutch where I coach every single week on topics like body image and thought work. I’m doing a listener Q&A to coach on some of the most frequent questions I get sent. If you’re loving what you’re learning here and want a chance to have your questions addressed, come join us there! Get full show notes and more information here:
Listen in this week to discover if you might be using thought work against yourself. There are two main ways that I see this play out very commonly, and I’m showing you why using thought work within these contexts can sometimes bring you awareness, but ultimately they are longer paths to getting to that point. Get full show notes and more information here:
Join me this week as I show you what mental flexibility is and why this skill is crucial in thought work. I’m outlining the irony that exists in resisting being challenged or in trying on a new contradictory thought, and why accepting, allowing, and holding space for two conflicting beliefs is what will help you move into alignment with the thing you want to become or have. Get full show notes and more information here:
Join me on the podcast today as I show you when it’s useful to think about other people’s models, when it’s not, and why. Making your mental and emotional state contingent upon what other people might be thinking, feeling, or doing is useless and a waste of energy, and my goal is to show you that you never have to know what someone else is thinking to decide what you are going to think. Get full show notes and more information here:
Join me this week as I show you the power that lies in practicing radical self-love and exquisite self-care, why it is a radical subversive act, and how liberation from an oppressive ideology is an inside job. Radical self-love is where change has to start, and it’s a tool that will give you the emotional resources and mental freedom to transform your life. Get full show notes and more information here:
Join me today as I share the nuances that come with being an overactor and an underactor, and the antidotes for each type of behavior. Both types are self-critical and often feel miserable about their goals, and I’ll be showing you how balanced action is the key to your own growth and appreciation for the journey, no matter what you may be working on. Get full show notes and more information here:
UFYB 141: Closure

UFYB 141: Closure


Join me today as I show you what true closure is and how to get it. I’m outlining two things that many people believe will bring them closure if they had it, why these things are just lies our brains feed us, and the only thing that is really in your way of being happy right now. Get full show notes and more information here:
Join me on the podcast today as I show you why you have to sell yourself and commit to watering, nurturing, and growing the new thoughts you’ve planted in your brain to make your visions and dreams come true. You’ll inevitably have mixed results along the way, but that’s just part of the process. Get full show notes and more information here:
Today I'm showing you how thought work can be used in various scenarios to improve your sex life and your physical experience of sex. It’s not all biology, your thoughts have a huge impact on the sexual dynamic between you and your partner, and your experience of sex overall. Get full show notes and more information here:
Listen in this week as I share a technique that I’ve found effective in connecting to your sexuality by embodying your own desire. This can feel uncomfortable and it may bring up strong emotions for you, and that’s totally okay and normal. The great thing about this work is that you can take it as slow as you want, without anyone else being involved. Get full show notes and more information here:
Join me today as I show you what is actually happening when you feel defensive, and how shame feeds into this feeling and prevents you from consciously digging into your thoughts. Anxiety, shame, and defensiveness are signals for you to get curious, and cluing yourself in and asking the right questions will allow you to see where you might be out of alignment and make changes. Get full show notes and more information here:
Join us today as Erika shares her experience of navigating racism and her own journey of finding her voice to speak up and have difficult conversations as a black woman. You’ll hear how learning the coaching tools has impacted her life, and she illustrates the nuances of how she uses thought work to process her experiences, allow her emotions, and take action. Get full show notes and more information here:
Listen in today to discover the most productive ways for you to be an ally and to make anti-racism a practice. I’m showing you how to use thought work to start questioning your belief systems. There is no one right way to do this, and creating guilt and shame for yourself never results in transformation.  Get full show notes and more information here:
What I think the role of thought work is in moments like this and how we can use it to process challenging times and create change in the world. I also address how white people can use thought work to get curious about our thoughts and to get honest about our own internalized racism. If you are a white person listening to this, I invite you to stay with me on this episode and to trust what I’m saying today so that it can be a tool for individual liberation and help us contribute to social change. Get full show notes and more information here:
Today I'm sharing two big reasons why you need to embrace the suck. We’re going to experience it at least 50% of the time anyway, so why not accept that and move through the world knowing that it sometimes sucks to be a human? There is no perfect way to do this, and willing to stay present is a skill that will help you embrace the other 50% that is full of joy and happiness. Get full show notes and more information here:
This week, I want you to hear from some of my Clutch students who have used thought work to change their relationship with money. I love that they each bring a unique perspective on this topic, coming from various fields and industries, and every single of them has used what they’ve learned in The Clutch to create a more abundant financial mindset. Get full show notes and more information here:
Comments (59)

Dawn Wilkinson Evans

wow!!! i appreciate the transparency.

Sep 17th


I’m dealing with a Narcissist. What do we do with people like this in our life? Aren’t we supposed to run??

Aug 18th

Green Mortisha

So helpful and insightful. Today I can see that I am a perfectionist and that definitely needs to change. Thank you so much for your inspiring podcasts. Greetings from Portugal.

Aug 11th

Victoria Muchiri

Great content. I'd really love to transcribe your podcasts. People who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, non-native speakers, or suffer from auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder may have trouble following a fast conversation. Transcription provides an avenue for them to absorb everything you are putting out. My email is Thank you.

Aug 9th


se você é do Brasil 🇧🇷 eu fiz um grupo de ansiedade social no telegram Ansiedade Social Se não puder voar, corra Se não puder correr, ande Se não puder andar, rasteje Mas continue em frente sempre, de qualquer jeito. #ansiedadesocial #fobiasocial

Jul 13th

Maryann Migichi

how do I differentiate being a people pleaser and putting myself first with being selfish and/or a narcissist?

Jun 26th

Bradley Frost

what leftwing propaganda is this shit?

Jun 12th

Tiffany doyle

PSA*just a warning here for anybody that has death related phobia or anxiety attacks*

May 14th

Cristina Rios

Such an awesome episode

Apr 21st

Aleksandra Kowalska

Very helpful tips, thank you so much. I've been dealing with anxiety for a long time, the process described here is a practical tool to be used by everyone. Thanks again!!!

Apr 19th

Heidi Wells

the media's job is to create news? wow

Mar 31st

Mackenzie Kipp


Mar 26th

Shonae Mills

This was a GREAT topic. helpful for me and my clients

Mar 23rd

Wendy Pledger

this podcast is so helpful and important for all at this time. Thankyou Kara

Mar 18th

Gina Rizzo


Mar 17th

tania irizarry

thank you!

Mar 7th

Bex Morley

I enjoyed this episode and it makes sense to me logically. However, when someone has a C-PTSD reaction, their body seems to react against the mind and without ‘listening’ to the mind. I can logically think that I’m not in danger and it’s just my mind, but my body still shakes and I experience cognitive dissonance. Trauma seems to affect us on a cellular level. It’s like another layer of survival ... maybe the body has decided that the mind can’t be trusted.

Feb 27th

Austin Peek

What letter is behind the " * "? 🤔

Jan 19th

Wakesho Kimmy

since I found out this podacst I have learn a lot . I love it 😍 I have learned a lot. thanks to #unf*co your brain. Thank you. great following chicken from Kenya 🇰🇪

Dec 18th

Amber Weekley

I'm so happy I found this podcast!! Plz keep giving us this raw, real, adulting knowledge & inspiration.

Dec 17th
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