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Author: Christian Rivera

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Hosted by @letsgocnote, DOPEamine is all about mental health empowerment using Myers-Briggs Personality Psychology.

Christian Rivera shares his stories of growth as an INTP, someone with Cyclothymia, a cyclical version of bipolar disorder, ADHD and a highly sensitive person. C.Note shares lessons, stories, and ideas from mental health, video games, personality psychology, personal experiences, books, podcasts, relationship, and more.

We help make logical connections to empower you towards the future you want using Myers-Briggs to understand your type and adapt life to you.
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Today marks a new day as we begin to lean into using Myers-Briggs for Mental Health Empowerment. I've been unsure of it for a long time but I think I'm ready. Myers-Briggs has been an important of my growth and mental health journey. So it only makes sense that I bring all of that knowledge and support to you. That means the audience might smaller but the impact will be that much more important. On this episode I talk all about how we're going to take this important step, what that means for business, what that means for the conversation and what comes next. Go to our website to sign up for your profiling session. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
There's a ton of information that our mind collects about our environment and experience without even realizing it. Beeps, bops, noises, energies, connections, thoughts and feelings can persist when they don't need to be there. This episode is a reminder that you are in control and your job as a human is not take it and become better at tolerating but diagnosing it, acting on it and moving forward. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Anxiety and Control

Anxiety and Control

2020-01-0600:39:41

Anxiety is one of the most common difficulties of the human experience. Many of experience this feeling of having not control over our thoughts and emotions, causing sheer panic as we want it all to stop. But truly, there is only ever one way to stop it and that's to change our perception of thoughts, feelings and behavior to reroute how we think about our experiences altogether. Episode inspired by: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/understanding-the-anxious-mind/201912/the-3-parts-anxiety-thoughts-emotions-and-behaviors --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

2019-12-1000:05:16

No podcast this week. Just some notes on how you can support the show at Patreon.com/dopeamine --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Living Up To Your Potential

Living Up To Your Potential

2019-12-0200:23:23

Today on the show we're talking about living up to your potential and what that narrative can do to us if we fixate on it too much. There's a lot of opportunity to get lost in the future when today is what we need. Also, what happens when we reach our potential? Is there nothing left? Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-control/201911/youll-never-reach-your-potential?amp --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
What is Normal?

What is Normal?

2019-11-1900:24:17

There is no such thing as normal. Defining normal, or at least what we mean by it, will allow us to shine a light on the challenge of not feeling normal. In a sense, it's like defining what your goal is. Why do you want to feel normal? What does normal look like to you? Is there a non-traditional way to achieve that feeling or idea? We explore that idea on this episode of DOPEamine! Sign up for our Free Myers-Briggs Audio Tour at http://www.bit.ly/dopeintrototype --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Feeling so Guilty

Feeling so Guilty

2019-10-2900:48:24

Molly and I have been obsessed with the show Catfish lately, and it's likely because there is a ton of social neurosis to unpack. Guilt being one of those common feeling that comes up in a variety of forms. Sometimes it's guilt for getting caught, sometimes it's not realizing the effect you had, sometimes it's not pursuing what you want for fear of the reality being different than expectations. Sometimes it's about not realizing the level of control someone has in our lives. Guilt is seemingly a part of our every day neurosis. We've accepted that feeling guilty is a normal part of life and it certainly is, but what isn't normal is continuing to feel guilty. Especially when we're feeling guilty over every day non-consequential things. There's likely something else to explore there. Are we actually guilty of something? Maybe our guilt is real but it's misplaced. Perhaps we're judging ourselves by the wrong standard. Perhaps we're simply not trusting our own ability to make the decisions we need to make. One of the challenges I wanted to talk about on this episode is how we tend to brush off this feeling of guilt as something that "just happens" or something that shouldn't be addressed in a larger scale or timeline. Guilt can be a gateway drug to being controlled. Guilt can be what is keeping us from transition. Guilt can be holding us back from going for what we want. Guilt can be an excuse to avoid conflict and actually holding others back because you refuse to be honest. As you can tell by my tone, this episode is a bit of a tough love episode. I'm here to challenge you to get out of autopilot and make the change you want to make. I'm here to encourage you but the rest is up to you. If you're interested in coaching, support, or have any questions send me a DM @letsgocnote --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Reasons vs. Excuses: ADHD

Reasons vs. Excuses: ADHD

2019-10-2200:38:49

Lately, I've been learning about some of the challenges in my life related to ADHD. Cyclothymia has been a beast that I've been taming and feeling confident with. My mood disorder is an every 3-month thing but now that I'm learning about ADHD, I'm realizing how much this affects my day-to-day life, my commitments, relationships, and work. I'm having to revisit quite a few moments in my past and learn which scenarios in which I'm "allowed" or capable of speaking up for myself as reasons for my challenges, not excuses for my behavior. I personally feel that as long as we're doing the best we can then our reasons remain valid.  I'm a little low energy this week, so I appreciate the patience of getting through this episode but it's a new important process that I'm very much willing and happy to share with you <3 Sign up for our Free Myers-Briggs Audio Tour at http://www.bit.ly/dopeintrototype --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Intellectualizing Emotions

Intellectualizing Emotions

2019-10-1500:43:10

What I love about doing this show is that I come across all sorts of new philosophies and topics that we may experience day to day but we not realize how common it is. Intellectualizing our emotions is very much one of those concepts. That means pushing away our feelings, shoving them down, or downplaying them for the sake of social niceties. But there are harmful side effects to suppressing how we really feel or assuming that we are expressing ourselves when we're not.  This podcast episode covers all of these topics and is heavily influenced by this article: https://nickwignall.com/intellectualized-emotions/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
The Epidemic of Loneliness

The Epidemic of Loneliness

2019-10-0800:48:38

We're in one of the most interconnected times in history while also facing some interesting psychological side-effects of loneliness and physical disconnection. There are greater opportunities than ever to fulfill our life's missions and work without having to interface with others so much, which brings with it the challenge of now having to seek out connection for it's own sake instead of having connection as a byproduct of utility. This means we have to acknowledge the work that we're not doing to actively connect with others and therefore we can't just blame social media and technology for our blunders of missed connection. We need to take a nice hard look at ourselves, how we connect, who we really are, and what messages we're putting out there so that we can genuinely connect in person, much like we used to. Connect with me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/letsgocnote --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
I've personally had quite the challenge of facing the fear that comes from staring at a blank canvas. What do we want from this blank page? Why is it so intimidating? Is there a problem with me? Where am I going to get the motivation to create? This episode focuses on that topic of motivation and how or why we should simply start creating and giving back to reality.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Every day new creators are born from the ashes of their difficult pasts. Some of the best songs written are expressions of triumph or expressions of love for the teachers in their lives. Creativity, to me, is the desire to give back to reality. What we're giving back is a remix of all of the lessons we've learned, the entertainment we've enjoyed, and the challenges we've had to face in our lives. At some point, we start to appreciate and see the value more and more in what reality has given us and instinctively want to give back to that reality.  Each of us has this call to create, our collection of influences and lessons that we're wanting to translate into an expression. So, what is your call to create? Sign up for my free class called Press Start on Your Brand Messaging, a class designed to help you figure out your X to Y statement that you can take with you to parties or events when you meet new people to quickly explain what you do. It's a great class that has changed a few perspectives and I hope you'll join us! http://www.bit.ly/startmessage --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Desperation is a difficult to shake feeling. You need something to change and you need it to change now. But what strategy is the best for managing desperation? On this episode I talk about desperation in 3 different contexts: personal finance, relationships, and selling. Each one comes with its own challenges but by the end we land on a few common behaviors that we can watch out for when we're in that place of desperation. bit.ly/dopeintrototype --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
How to be a Grown-Ass Man

How to be a Grown-Ass Man

2019-09-1000:46:29

These days, it's a challenge to be proud of being a man. If you're caught in the whirlwind of political and religious social media drama it can be easy to feel like being a man is an inferior trait. It could even feel like being a man today means to be less of a man to make room for others. I would beg the opposite of you. The world needs more grown-ass men than ever. Strength, protection, perseverance, honor, reliability, creativity, and growth are all amazing traits that men can bring to the table. What does it mean to be a grown-ass man? Well, for me, it's a few simple concepts. Join our community or Press Start on Your Brand Messaging --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
I've just come out of one of the most difficult mental health spikes I've experienced in recent memory. The depression side of things wasn't so bad, as I've learned to manage my mental energy with gratitude practices, mediation, and overall giving myself fewer expectations during those difficult times. Mania, however, is a completely different story. Hypomania, which comes along with my Cyclothymia, is a state of being in which I crave a "hit" of some sort. I need a high to keep me going and usually that comes in the form of overspending, over-drinking and an accelerated, and sometimes frightening, sex-drive. The mania sides of things hasn't been easy to manage. So much so that I spent most of my mental health spike in bed trying to stave off these horrible feelings by watching Dragon Ball Super on my phone. But the truth is, in order for me to work through it I've had to spend more time focusing on my emotional difficulties in order to get through mania.  In either case, I need to continue to look at my mental health as an opportunity to grow. What is my mental health telling me that I need to work on? Am I putting too much value on negative emotions? Am I putting too much value on positive emotions? Am I not giving myself enough of an opportunity to breath and remove expectations of myself? Or am I working on my mental and physical health enough in my every day life? This podcast episode explores those ideas of using our mental illness as an opportunity to check-in with where we are, check-in with our mortality, analyze how we feel about ourselves and face the honest difficulties in which we need to face. ------------------------ We now have a community in which you can leave comments, questions, and share your story with us over at http://www.dopeamine.life/community We also have a free brand messaging course available at http://www.bit.ly/startmessage --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
It's been a challenge to become comfortable with my brand of thinking, my brand of identity and how I can bring that to the world. Recently, on an episode of Personality Hacker titled "How To Become an Influencer" I was inspired to think about how connective energy is what leads to someone becoming entertaining. Whether you're an educator or motivator, if you've got that spark of identity, with purpose, and it's focused...you can become connective, and therefore, entertaining. This episode is here to break down this concept. This episode is also inspired by "Your Mess is Your Message" by Personality Hacker -------- You can read the article version on our website: 4 Keys to Become Entertaining -------- Press Start on Your Brand Messaging --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Secondary Payoffs

Secondary Payoffs

2019-08-2000:54:52

The mind is a tricky thing, so much so that it is very easy for us to convince ourselves that bad things are good for us or that good things can have consequences. Secondary Payoffs is a concept tied to this mental trickery. A secondary payoff is the continued feeling of getting rewards from bad behavior. Sugar tasting good, cigarettes calming stress, or alcohol taking away our worry. Conversely, secondary losses are the feeling that changing our behavior will lead to rejection, bad feelings, further stress, greater problems, or self-loathing.  This episodes covers the breadth of excuses that we make for ourselves to continue living a life of secondary payoffs. We also discuss secondary losses and how to get yourself back on the right track. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
From reality TV to that loud neighbor yelling at her cats, why do we find toxic people to be interesting? Could it be that we're hoping to feel better about ourselves by surrounding ourselves with difficult people? Do we not feel worth of love from healthy people? Do we not think of ourselves and healthy and feel we deserve to be surrounded by toxic people? There's a myriad of reasons why toxicity is so interesting to us and why it keeps our attention. We study toxicity, we live in it, and we can create it to make life just a little more interesting. Because sometimes we create toxic environments simply because we're bored. A lack of gratitude for the moment could be another reason.  In this episode, we break down all of the potential reasons that we're attracted to toxic behavior and how some simple mental reframes can pull us out of these toxic situations. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
The Power of Stress

The Power of Stress

2019-08-0600:38:03

Stress is a feeling we are all very familiar with. We often put it on ourselves more than we need to and much of it comes from some sense of magical thinking. Magical in the sense that we're trying to predict the future or make the future come sooner. There are other kinds of stress that are healthy, mechanisms that warn us of actual danger, but if we're dealing with such intense stress in our daily lives that we can't see the difference between chronic stress and acute stress, then we might be in for some trouble.  This episode is meant to help differentiate what is acute stress and what is chronic stress that we tend to put on ourselves. I've also got some tips on how to mitigate that long-term stress and stay present. This episode was inspired by Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #525: How to Stress Proof Your Body and Brain I also recommend going to back to listen to How to say "No" episode and Personal Narratives to help manage that chronic stress. It also helps to learn about personality typology to know what brings you the most stress in your life. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

2019-07-3000:49:34

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. This theory is used by many psychologists and personality typology coaching in their trainings and research to help diagnose a person's stage of needs and development. The hierarchy focuses on 5 key areas: Physiological Needs, Safety and Security, Love and Belonging, Esteem, and Self-Actualization. This model helps a person to see which needs of theirs may be going unmet in their day to day lives. And while a person can jump between levels depending on life circumstances, it typically is a fairly linear progression up the pyramid of needs. This model can be particularly powerful when supplemented with other models to assess personal status, relationship disparities, and a personal sense of forgiveness for life circumstances. Today on the show we're talking about how Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs can be used in assessing one's level and place. I share a bit of where I'm at and how this model is useful in navigating relationships, as most relationship conflict occurs because a need is going unmet. Everyone has their own challenges and this model is a great way of seeing how our desire for basic human needs can affect our behavior in day-to-day life. Sign up for the FREE Myers-Briggs course at http://www.bit.ly/dopeintrototype  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dopeamine/message
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Brandy Higgins

I've just got ur podcast a few weeks ago. it's been great so far. Thank you.

Oct 1st
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Brodie Betts

Christian, I'd like to talk more with you about your podcast. if you're interested please email me. brodieannm@gmail.com

Sep 2nd
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Brodie Betts

I've just listened to your depression as a habit podcast. Can I just say, you're right on track. This is really great listening. I look forward to listening to more. Your 'I'm just a human' combined with your insight, spot on.

Sep 2nd
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