Being Well Podcast: How to Become a NEW Person
December 11, 2023

We’re getting toward the end of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to evaluate where we are and where we’d like to go. On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson explore how we can step out of the way we’ve been previously, and into a new way of thinking, doing, and being. Or in a nutshell: How to become a NEW person.

In this inspiring podcast episode, Rick and Forrest also talk about our self-concept and unconscious beliefs we may have, and how they affect our behavior. Forrest then shares a model of what this kind of change tends to look like practically, which usually includes relaxing our attachment to the things that are holding us back. Other topics include one of Rick’s favorites — getting down to “the tip of the root,” — as well as taking a step back from our narratives, challenging limiting beliefs, taking life less personally, working with discouragement, and finding motivation and drive.



Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction on How to Become a NEW Person
  • 1:30: Self-concept, how unconscious beliefs affect behavior, and freedom
  • 5:40: Appraisals and attributions
  • 9:35: The way we spin our self-narrative, and holding onto grievances
  • 14:25: Being honest with ourselves when we feel stuck
  • 19:30: Changing behavior before changing thinking
  • 25:15: Values and behaviors
  • 29:05: Underlying fears and practical confusion
  • 33:50: Taking your experiences less personally
  • 36:05: Finding the motivation to get our hands dirty
  • 41:30: Negativity bias and appreciative inquiry
  • 47:45: First steps when you’re feeling discouraged
  • 56:55: Recap

(You can watch this episode on YouTube.)

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