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Oct 9, 2023

This episode with Evy Poumpouras might be one of my favorite conversations of all time. Evy is a multimedia journalist who once served as an agent in the US Secret Service, protecting Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and others. She also worked criminal investigations, operated undercover, and was an interrogator for the agency’s polygraph unit specially trained in the art of lie detection, human behavior, and cognitive influence. It’s no wonder she believes that words are your most powerful weapon and she loves teaching about how to protect yourself, read people, influence situations, and live fearlessly.

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Here’s the juice:

  • Why we need to stop coddling others and telling them they’re special
  • Why placing too much focus on the self contributes to depression and anxiety
  • How to fail well
  • The power of problem-solving on your own – no one is going to come save you
  • What she thinks about the concept in modern pop psychology of blaming everything on our childhood trauma and attributing all of our current challenges to our childhood wounding and our dynamic with our parents
  • The role of the ego in judgment of and attachment to others
  • What “chasing the good” means, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships
  • Why being an empath may not actually be a good thing and the role of boundaries
  • People pleasing and the correlation between wanting to be liked and worthiness
  • You need to stop looking for confidence – screw confidence, you don’t need it. Just act.
  • Why she says that if you are easily triggered you might be easily manipulated
  • Your dreams don’t have to be in alignment with other people’s dreams

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