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Sep 25, 2023

Buckle up for this sassy yet super vulnerable conversation with Dr. Scott Lyons, PhD. Dr. Lyons is a holistic psychologist, educator, and author as well as a renowned body-based trauma expert and Doctor of Osteopathy. He helps people break free from cycles of pain, limited beliefs, and trauma to restore vitality and live a more stress-free life. Dr. Lyons' new book, “Addicted to Drama: Healing Dependency on Crisis and Chaos in Yourself and Others” gets into the juice of drama addiction and charts a path to healing, without any sugar coating!

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Here’s the juice:

  • When Scott realized he was addicted to a drama cycle as a way to distract from processing his own trauma and how he experienced withdrawals once he started dealing with it

  • The endemic of loneliness that we’re experiencing as a society, and why we gossip

  • How the drama that we create is really a survival response to avoid feelings of abandonment 

  • The difference between primary emotions (that we feel deep in our core) and secondary emotions (essentially depositories)

  • Why we do something Scott calls “revving” to give us a hit of stress or drama when we’re uncomfortable in a feeling – like scrolling social media or listening to a sad song

  • How overscheduling or hyper performing academically/professionally can actually be a form of drama addiction

  • 3 steps you can take if you want to unwind unhealthy patterns and come back to safety in your body

  • How to break free from trauma bonding in relationships – do you pick fights for no reason?

  • An exercise we can try to slowly and intentionally get more comfortable with being in our bodies instead of numbing out

  • Why every time we take in a stimulus (a stressor) we need to balance it out with movement because that helps us actualize and complete a stress response 

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