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#732: Martha Beck — The Amazing and Brutal Results of Zero Lies for 365 Days, How to Do a Beginner “Integrity Cleanse,” Lessons from Lion Trackers, and Novel Tactics for Reducing Anxiety

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Podcast by Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig

Dr. Martha Beck has been called “the best-known life coach in America” by NPR and USA Today. She holds three Harvard degrees in social science and has published nine non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles. Her recent book, The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, was an instant New York Times Best Seller.

Timestamps for this episode are available below.


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[06:06] My contribution to teen atrociousness.

[06:40] Connecting with Boyd Varty.

[12:27] The path of not here.

[16:38] Finding joy in the body can save your life.

[21:17] The pregnant pause that ended Martha’s obsession with intellect.

[26:51] Sensitivity and suffering.

[30:14] The year of living lie-lessly.

[35:36] An illuminating change of perspective.

[46:14] The path to taking a black belt integrity cleanse.

[49:42] Owning your right to say “No.”

[53:45] Alternatives to “No” that remain honest.

[57:11] The language of candor.

[59:30] Ending relationships that have run their course.

[01:00:37] The Asian influence.

[01:04:26] Sweet or savory?

[01:05:36] Are you comfortable?

[01:07:29] Want vs. yearning and jumping the track.

[01:20:36] Rhino ruminations.

[01:22:06] The Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell, and Byron Katie.

[01:33:19] America’s Goethe?

[01:36:20] Weighing kryptonite against superpowers.

[01:44:50] Exploring the opposite of anxiety.

[01:56:38] Dick Schwartz and Internal Family Systems.

[02:01:57] Compassion even for the self’s unwanted pieces.

[02:04:20] Favorite animal.

[02:08:58] Equine therapy.

[02:15:06] Selling the ranch.

[02:18:05] The monkey whisperer.

[02:20:05] Parting thoughts.


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