Bryan Robinson on Work Addiction Recovery, Internal Family Systems(IFS) Therapy, Helping Recover Alanis Morissette, Why Relationships Fail, Doing Nothing, and More (#165)

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Bryan E. Robinson is a licensed psychotherapist and author of two novels and 40 nonfiction books. He applies his experiences to crafting insightful nonfiction self-help books and psychological thrillers. His multi-award winning southern noir murder mystery, Limestone Gumption, won the New Apple Book Medal for best psychological suspense, the Silver IPPY Award for outstanding mystery of the year, the Bronze Foreword Review INDIEFAB Book Award for best mystery, and the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book Award for best fiction in the Southeast.

His most recent release is Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations and Inspirations for Writers (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018). He has written for Psychology TodayFirst for Women, and Natural Health, and his blogs and columns for writers appear in Southern Writer’s Magazine. He is a consulting editor for The Big Thrill, the online magazine for International Thriller Writers. His long-selling book, Chained to the Desk, is now in its 3rd Edition (New York University Press, 1998, 2007, 2014). His books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he has appeared on every major television network: 20/20Good Morning America, ABC’s World News TonightNBC Nightly News, NBC Universal, The CBS Early Show, CNBC’s The Big Idea. He hosted the PBS documentary, Overdoing It: How to Slow Down and Take Care of Yourself.

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Show Notes:

  • Could you please share about your love for hiking?
  • When you speak of doing nothing, in the area of doing nothing, do you think we can watch TV? Can we read books or just nothing?
  • Difference between old Bryan and the newer version of Bryan?
  • Do you have any formal meditation practice?
  • I would like us to explore more on the work addiction and workaholism aspect. So when you found yourself addicted to work, what did it give you? What did you feel emotionally?
  • Relationship with spouse
  • I want to ask you about more on addiction. So there is always a source. There’s always a cause that goes back to childhood for any addiction. Would do you mind talking about more on the causes of your work addiction?
  • I think in 2018, you wrote a blog, the five reasons relationships fail. If you remember, could you elaborate on some of the reasons why relationships fail? One of the reasons it’s work addiction.So in general, why relationships fail? If you could shed some light?
  • I want to go back to the topic of addiction. So when you found yourself addicted, what measures or what actions did you take to break through this pattern?
  • When you work with addicted people in your psychotherapy practice, what common symptoms have you observed in them?
  • Could you please describe about the Internal Family Systems(IFS) therapy?
  • What do you mean by thanking those internal pars in IFS therapy?
  • Letting go of the parts that don’t serve us
  • How did you help Alanis Morissette in her recovery?
  • Difference between addiction and workaholism?
  • What books have inspired you the most?
  • And, much more

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