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DOPEamine with Christian Rivera

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Christian Rivera speaks, sometimes with guests, about mental health and mindset as it pertains to productivity and creativity. We tackle difficult topics and share personal insight using stories from history and how we apply them today. The goal of the show is to share with people that they are not alone in their seemingly unique struggles. You are seen and you are heard. Disclaimer: I, and none of my guest (unless stated) are mental health professionals, merely people sharing our stories. If you're suffering please seek professional help or if you're in crisis mode please call 1-800-273-8255.

Christian Rivera speaks, sometimes with guests, about mental health and mindset as it pertains to productivity and creativity. We tackle difficult topics and share personal insight using stories from history and how we apply them today. The goal of the show is to share with people that they are not alone in their seemingly unique struggles. You are seen and you are heard. Disclaimer: I, and none of my guest (unless stated) are mental health professionals, merely people sharing our stories. If you're suffering please seek professional help or if you're in crisis mode please call 1-800-273-8255.
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Christian Rivera speaks, sometimes with guests, about mental health and mindset as it pertains to productivity and creativity. We tackle difficult topics and share personal insight using stories from history and how we apply them today. The goal of the show is to share with people that they are not alone in their seemingly unique struggles. You are seen and you are heard. Disclaimer: I, and none of my guest (unless stated) are mental health professionals, merely people sharing our stories. If you're suffering please seek professional help or if you're in crisis mode please call 1-800-273-8255.

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English


Episodes

Practical Tips for Inattentive and Combined ADHD

11/12/2019
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ADHD has been a challenge for me all of my life whether or not I recognized that it was there. Now that I know of its existence in my life I can back track and understand the tips and tricks I've given myself to subvert the challenges I've been facing this whole time. Often I translated it as "tricking myself" but in essence I was figuring out and applying well-known tricks for managing these aspects of who I am. There's a great book called "10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome...

Duration:00:51:33

Confessions of a Chronic Manipulator and Embracing Our Shadow Selves

11/5/2019
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We're opening up some uncomfortable wounds on today's episode. I've spent much of my life having some challenging relationships with women, namely because of my perception of myself, what I wanted and how I felt I could get what I wanted. That resulted in a lot of manipulation of behavior, creating undo influence, and seeking out other relationships while in current relationships in order to satisfy I needed I wasn't sure about. This is a story about my connection to myself and sharing my...

Duration:00:44:03

Feeling so Guilty

10/29/2019
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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...

Duration:00:48:24

Reasons vs. Excuses: ADHD

10/22/2019
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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...

Duration:00:38:49

Intellectualizing Emotions

10/16/2019
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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...

Duration:00:43:10

The Epidemic of Loneliness

10/8/2019
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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...

Duration:00:48:38

Overcoming the Fear of the Blank Page

9/30/2019
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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...

Duration:00:37:07

What is Your Call to Create?

9/23/2019
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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...

Duration:00:41:10

Desperation in Personal Finance, Relationships, and Selling

9/17/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:38:01

How to be a Grown-Ass Man

9/10/2019
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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...

Duration:00:45:28

Becoming Empowered by Your Mental Illness

9/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:36:33

The 4 Keys to Become Entertaining

8/27/2019
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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...

Duration:00:31:29

Secondary Payoffs

8/20/2019
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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...

Duration:00:53:51

Why We Find Toxic People Interesting

8/13/2019
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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...

Duration:00:31:50

The Power of Stress

8/6/2019
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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...

Duration:00:37:03

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

7/30/2019
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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...

Duration:00:48:33

How to say "no"

7/23/2019
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"No" is one of the first words we learn when we're child yet it becomes the word that is the most difficult to use when we need to as we get older. "No" is used in service of setting boundaries and calibrating ourselves to what we want. "No" is an opportunity to be authentic and connect based on our daily realities. But somehow we struggle with "no." Perhaps its our family training after we've no so much then told not to say no. Perhaps it's an array of people pleasing that leads us to say...

Duration:00:34:39

Personal Narratives

7/16/2019
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Storytelling is a powerful tool that allows us to connect with others, play with our imagination and tell cautionary tales. And while I'm no expert, even remotely, when it comes to storytelling, I know how powerful it is. How often do we put ourselves in other people's shoes? The beauty of story is the opportunity to experience something we have never or may never be able to experience in our lives. And that perspective can give us insight into how we can navigate our personal future....

Duration:00:34:39

Why it's Important to be Proactive

7/9/2019
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I've been dealing with some challenges with my to-do list lately, largely around the concept of it getting way too out of control for me to handle while simultaneously feeling like my value is measured on the emptiness of that to-do list. It's as if the emptiness of the to-do list means I can sit back and be done forever, when, as a freelancer that's never going and isn't supposed to happen. So what's really going on there for me? Truth is, I'm not being proactive, I'm being reactive and...

Duration:00:43:56

Creating a Private Victory

7/2/2019
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In the entrepreneurial and freelance world there is endless discussion about morning routines and how to get your day started off on the right foot. What are the shortcuts? What's the magic pill? What's the best bang for your buck? And frankly, I think we're approaching it all wrong. I just finished reading Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and in that book he talks about private victories. A private victory is a personal sense of accomplish before you have to face the...

Duration:00:43:59