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The Circle of Trust Archive

The Circle of Trust is the paid subscriber content for listeners of the Adventures In Design podcast. Containing over 300+ episodes and 500 hours of design, illustration, printing and business tips n tricks. Hear every episode in it’s entirety! The Circle of Trust has the full Adventures In Design audio catalog, featuring every episode with bonus content added or you can choose to go straight to the bonus content. Every topic possible on following your creative passion as a hobby or career has been covered in this collection and we’re not even close to finishing the conversation adding another 200 episodes in 2016. 

539 - Dr. Kuhlken

David Defeo

Take one, long, slow, deep breath. Bring yourself into the moment and listen as Psychologist Dr. Kuhlken talks about coping with stress and managing anxiety to become a better, balanced version of yourself. You might not even realize it just yet, but there are a lot of stressors in your world that are stacking up and need to be addressed. Mark takes a moment away from art to sit down with Dr. Kuhlken and bring to light how we can maintain our mental health and find more of the beauty in what appears to be an increasingly chaotic world. From de-normalizing the recent steps back we've taken as a culture to learning to listen to others, Dr. Kuhlken helps open new possibilities for us in our world view and how we relate to it. Use this interview as the first positive step towards finding your center of balance or as one continual step further down the path of empathy, acceptance, and introspection. 

Talking Points

  • Dr. Kuhlken is qualified to see through Mark's bullshit.
  • Privileged ostrich survival tactics and the politics we are all dealing with.
  • A new, better generation that values equality and fairness.
  • America starts to send a different message to the world.
  • Media consumption, awareness, and the underlying socialization we have yet to overcome.
  • Legitimizing pain in the moment and how for some, this isn't a new issue.
  • Meet The Press and searching for a way to normalize your feelings.
  • Finding companionship for strength and the importance of belonging.
  • Are you addicted to Trump's chaos and does it all come from the media?
  • Achieving balance, practicing mindfulness,  and analyzing your day to do what needs to be done.
  • Career FOMO and developing alternate aspects of your identity.
  • The culmination of so many issues and fatiguing the American people.
  • Coping with anger and finding a way to do something about it.
  • Overcoming the red flags of your addiction.
  • Breaking down "Grab them by the pussy" and the ramifications of electing a president who has openly admitted to sexual assault that we overlooked.
  • Victims, survivors, and asking what people identify with.
  • Sitting in the pain.
  • Being a real ally and stepping outside the problematic tendencies of help becoming a selfish action.
  • Working outside your privilege.
  • Getting a pass, internal biases, and increasing exposure.
  • "Hey... what do you need?"
  • Listening to the quieter voice in the room and resisting the impulse to jump in.
  • Making effort where your can to connect.
  • Acknowledging discomfort through your empathy while remembering personal identity.
  • Compassion for men.
  • Mark's panic attack and the stress of working for yourself.
  • How getting ahead is just getting you behind.
  • Significant changes that denote if you're going too hard.
  • Cash flow, work balance, and the levels of anxiety that come with being an adult.
  • Defining stressors, riding the rollercoaster, and going down the other side of the bell curve.
  • Setting up steps to alleviate your concern.
  • Defining unproductive worries.
  • Finding Personal validation in and out of your work, the importance of confidence, and remembering humility.
  • Writing a script for success to plan out what you want at the moment and in the future.