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Jul 14, 2020

The pain of your past can be hard to revisit. But if you want to grow and evolve in this present moment, you have to be willing to unpack your past, break down your unhealthy patterns, and open yourself up to change so that you can build healthy connections and relationships in the future.

Welcome to The Darin Olien Show. On this podcast, you’ll hear me, Darin Olien, “the superfood hunter,” have inspiring and enlightening conversations with extraordinary people from all walks of life. Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same- to save the planet one conversation at a time.

If you’re interested in expanding your view of the world by learning new perspectives on health, nutrition and healing the planet, and want to learn more about society’s Fatal Conveniences™- the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to even though they may be doing harm- then this is the podcast for you.

This episode of The Darin Olien Show features one of my best friends, the brilliant writer Neil Strauss. Besides being the host of one of the most popular podcasts on the planet, To Live and Die in LA, Neil is a seven-time New York Times best-selling author and is the king of “shockingly honest journalism.” He dives into topics and subject matter that make most people a tad uncomfortable and makes these necessary conversations the focal point of his writing.

Neil and I discuss the painful parts of his childhood that he realized were affecting his current relationships. We got into some mind-blowing concepts like “reparenting” and why he always recommends group therapy when someone is looking to break down their unhealthy patterns.

Tune in to listen to this enlightening conversation and learn a little bit more about Neil and the stories behind his amazing books.

Other highlights from this episode:
  • Why our guy’s therapy group is so important to both of us
  • The retreats and programs Neil recommends
  • How to build a “family of choice”
  • “Reparenting” and how your relationship with your parents shapes your current relationships
  • Why Neil doesn’t put his photo in his books
  • What Neil wants to be known for
  • This episode’s Fatal Convenience™: Ignoring Emotional Anger



Neil’s Website

Neil’s Books

Neil on Instagram

Neil on Twitter

To Live and Die in LA Podcast

The Hoffman Process (mentioned in this episode)

Vipassana Meditation (mentioned in this episode)

Survivor’s Program at the Meadows (mentioned in this episode)


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