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THINKING THURSDAY: Attachment Theory: Zac Gandara

9/19/2019
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. We often ruin current and future relationships by emotionally blaming our partners for the past trauma we feel coming up from inside of us. Can we stop doing that? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Psych Alive: What is your attachment style? BOOKS: Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment by Amir Levine MD and Rachel S. F. Heller BA Insecure in Love: How...

Duration:00:18:13

EPISODE 201: We're Free! Kind Of: Dexter Tang

9/18/2019
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Dexter didn’t grow up with “religion,” but he did grow up in an immigrant family thankful for American Capitalism. We talk about this belief, his why, and his life philosophy. CONTACT THE GUEST: TALK TO ZAC GANDARA FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 201: We're Free! Kind Of: Dexter Tang LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Self-Employed DO YOU LOVE THE PODCAST? JOIN US WITH SUPPORT. Support the podcast by leaving us a Rating & Review on iTunes or your podcast app. Donate to...

Duration:01:12:59

MONDAY MELTDOWN: The Health Insurance and Greed Dilemma: Zac Gandara

9/17/2019
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A fellow Loser writes in to vent about their Christian boss who gives hugs but doesn’t pay a livable wage or provide healthcare for his employees. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreligion.org SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: The Health Insurance and Greed Dilemma: Zac Gandara "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they...

Duration:00:10:34

THINKING THURSDAY: So Sick of Teams: Zac Gandara: Joe Rogan: Penn Jillette

9/12/2019
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. After I left Christianity, I realized that post conservative dogma; I hadn’t changed much in terms of my mentality of “Us Vs. Them.” I was now just in a different boat; I was now in the liberal boat. Can we truly live without picking teams? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Joe Rogan Experience #1343: Penn Jillette THIS EPISODES SHOW NOTES: THINKING THURSDAY: So...

Duration:00:13:30

EPISODE 200: Giving Your Life for the Cause. No Thanks!: Liz “Mostly” Gozza

9/11/2019
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We've been asked to lay down our lives for our jobs, our religions, churches, communities. We're even programmed to believe that if we don't, there is something wrong with us. Today's guest Liz had given their life to Burning Man until it just asked too much of them and they had a breaking point. CONTACT THE GUEST: TALK TO ZAC GANDARA FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 200: Giving Your Life for the Cause. No Thanks!: Liz “Mostly” Gozza LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks...

Duration:01:19:51

MONDAY MELTDOWN: Conversion Therapy Founder Comes out as Gay and Leadership Dualism: Zac Gandara

9/10/2019
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“Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful,” McKrae Game said. Game is one of several former conversion therapy advocates who have come out as LGBTQ and condemned the practice of conversion therapy. So many leaders live dualistic lives have you seen it in your world? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: USA TODAY ARTICLE: Conversion therapy organization founder comes out as gay: 'Please forgive me' EPISODE 169: The Guy “Praying My Gay Away” Had a Boner: Brian Steen aka Merry...

Duration:00:09:21

THINKING THURSDAY: Moral Panic: Zac Gandara: Dr. Patrick Markey: Adam Conover

9/5/2019
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Professor of Psychology at Villanova University and author, Dr. Patrick Markey talks about whether or not video games are the cause of school shootings. We jump on their conversation of Moral Panic that is interesting and has affected many of us. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Truth About Violent Video Games (…They Don’t Cause Violence) with Dr. Patrick...

Duration:00:13:57

EPISODE 199: Searching for Something We Already Have: Liz “Mostly” Gozza

9/4/2019
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Liz had been searching for community, family since she was a teen coming out of a tough situation at home. When she found Burning Man, she thought she had found it, until… CONTACT THE GUEST: TALK TO ZAC GANDARA FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 199: Searching for Something We Already Have: Liz “Mostly” Gozza LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Self-Employed DO YOU LOVE THE PODCAST? JOIN US WITH SUPPORT. Support the podcast by leaving us a Rating & Review on iTunes or your...

Duration:00:56:30

MONDAY MELTDOWN: Beating Ourselves Up: Zac Gandara

9/3/2019
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We are often are most harsh critics, and when we perceive that we mess up on something we can get into a cycle of beating ourselves up over it. How do we break this cycle? How can we become more compassionate with ourselves? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Nothing today but you can call or write in! CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreligion.org SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: Beating Ourselves Up: Zac Gandara "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people...

Duration:00:08:13

THINKING THURSDAY: How to Work Through Feelings and Emotions: Zac Gandara: Melody Beattie

8/29/2019
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. As we grew up, our feelings and emotions were often suppressed by authority figures and parents. So many of us don't know healthy boundaries in dealing with our, and other's emotions. "While we work through our feelings, we do not have to expend unnecessary energy reacting to each feeling we or others have." - Melody Beattie MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The...

Duration:00:10:22

BEST OF: Welcome to the Freak Show. Host Zac Gandara's Story from Four Years Ago.

8/28/2019
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This episode is a repeat of 000, but it had so many downloads we made it a "Best Of!" It's hard to believe how far we have all come and how much has changed since my (Host Zac Gandara) story posted four years ago this month. I am grateful that my story and the stories of hundreds of others have been so wonderfully therapeutic for us all to hear. I used to be a Christian Pastor, what am I now? CONTACT THE GUEST: ZAC GANDARA FULL SHOW NOTES: BEST OF: Welcome to the Freak Show. Host Zac...

Duration:01:17:17

MONDAY MELTDOWN: Stoicism and Why am I So Triggered by Facebook: Zac Gandara

8/27/2019
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Ed calls in to share his experience with stoicism and even going back to church with his parents. Tricia writes in and wonders if it’s time to end Facebook after being triggered by family members improper scriptural hermeneutics and interpretations. “Why am I doing this? Why do I care? I don’t believe any of this anymore.” MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Nothing today because Ed called in and Alicia wrote in. CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreligion.org SHOW NOTES: MONDAY...

Duration:00:14:25

THINKING THURSDAY: Attachment Issues and Blending in with the Crowd: Zac Gandara

8/22/2019
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Growing through our traumas is hard. Changing is hard. Realizes that we have issues is hard. What is the answer? Is there one answer? Do I need to bring my inward change outward? This stoic thought is something to discuss and put through our critical thinking machine. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the...

Duration:00:12:32

BEST OF: The Magic of Questioning Everything: Taylor Hughes

8/21/2019
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This episode is a repeat of 006, but it had so many downloads we made it a "Best Of!" Taylor Hughes grew up with the childhood dream of being a Magician. Religion detoured that dream as he got wrapped up into the American Evangelical Mega-Church world. After a trauma filled exit, PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks, he continues to heal and is fulfilling his dream! CONTACT THE GUEST: TAYLOR HUGHES FULL SHOW NOTES: BEST OF: The Magic of Questioning Everything: Taylor Hughes LOSER DEALS: Save...

Duration:01:20:17

MONDAY MELTDOWN: How to Make it Through Transitions: Zac Gandara: Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.

8/20/2019
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Transitions in this life are really hard. Death, divorce, job changes, job loss, breakups, moving, how do we make it through these tough changes and overcome the anxiety and often depression. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 10 Ways to Make It Through Your Life’s Transitions By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: How to Make it Through Transitions: Zac Gandara: Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255 "You own everything that...

Duration:00:21:25

THINKING THURSDAY: Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole: Zac Gandara

8/15/2019
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. So many of you sent me this article, Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole. I knew I had to address it. Thank you for sending it! It has been a reminder to me of how vital the work of our podcast is. It also has reminded me that while I am currently struggling to walk in love, it is my life's aim. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is...

Duration:00:14:09

BEST OF: Sold a Lie, Until I Knew Who I Was and Trusted My Intuition: Makhailla Morris

8/14/2019
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This episode is a repeat of 160, but it had so many downloads we made it a “Best Of!” Mak is an ExMormon, Exvangelical, Empath who has done a lot of work within herself. She's full of wisdom beyond her years and feels therapeutic in her communication. We talk about her story, her past, and her present. CONTACT THE GUESTS: FOLLOW MAK ON INSTAGRAM FULL SHOW NOTES: BEST OF: Sold a Lie, Until I Knew Who I Was and Trusted My Intuition: Makhailla Morris MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Traumatic...

Duration:01:12:07

MONDAY MELTDOWN: Can We Disagree Politically and Still Be Friends?: Zac Gandara: DL Hughley

8/13/2019
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Fellow Loser Lilith posted this clip, "If You So Christian Forgive Me" from DL Hughley discussing his challenge with Christian Conservatives and their allegiance to Trump. He brings up some good points, particularly about racism and The Satanic Temple. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: DL Hughley - If You So Christian Forgive Me SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: Can We Disagree Politically and Still Be Friends?: Zac Gandara: DL Hughley "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If...

Duration:00:16:23

THINKING THURSDAY: Strait, White, Single, Male, Existential Babblings About Capitalism: Zac Gandara

8/8/2019
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Sometimes we feel trapped. We feel trapped by our past decisions, by our relationships, by our government, by our…whatever. We feel freaking trapped. Maybe there’s a different perspective, and maybe there’s not. These are ramblings, leave it alone, and listen and think for your freaking self. THIS EPISODES SHOW NOTES: THINKING THURSDAY: Strait, White, Single,...

Duration:00:17:10

BEST OF: Did I Waste My Life?: Sarah Quinn

8/7/2019
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This episode is a repeat of 138, but it had so many downloads we made it a “Best Of!” Sarah Quinn is a beautiful human with a beautiful misfit soul. We connect amidst the impression that we wasted our lives on our addiction, religion, Christianity in particular. Is our past something to be frustrated about or something that serves us? CONTACT THE GUESTS: FOLLOW SARAH ON TWITTER FULL SHOW NOTES: BEST OF: Did I Waste My Life?: Sarah Quinn LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks Online and...

Duration:01:03:34