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Hardcore Humanism with Dr. Mike

Dr. Mike

Clinical psychologist and life coach, Dr. Mike Friedman talks with musicians who have broken free from societal and cultural expectations and have overcome obstacles to pursue their passion and purpose. Let their stories inspire and motivate your own journey to self-discovery.

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S3 E4: Michael Bishop of GWAR

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07/06/22 • 64 min

On the Hardcore Humanism Podcast, we talk with artists who have overcome obstacles as they pursue their authentic life so that we can learn from their experience as we embark on our own purpose-driven journey. And one of the most challenging issues that we can face on this journey is how we understand and develop ourselves as individuals, as compared to how we understand and develop ourselves as being part of a community.

Today we are talking with singer, songwriter, guitarist and music Ph.D. Dr. Michael Bishop – otherwise known as The Berserker Blothar of the heavy metal band GWAR. Loudwire has rated GWAR as one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. And recently, the premium streaming service Shudder announced that it has acquired the rights to global distribution of the documentary film about the band called This is GWAR which will go live July 21st.

During our conversation, Michael and I talk about one of the main themes of the This is GWAR movie, which is how the individual members of GWAR grappled with devoting themselves to the community that they developed while also trying to maintain a sense of themselves as individuals. Michael delves into how this struggle factored into his decision to leave GWAR and how he decided to eventually return to the band 20 years later.

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S3 E3: Max Cavalera of Cavalera Conspiracy

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06/13/22 • 65 min

What's up Hardcore Humans! Max Cavalera talks with Dr. Mike about the effect that hardcore punk had on his life, particularly the concept of straight edge on his path to sobriety.

Max also shares how his passion for music motivated him throughout his life. It motivated him as a fan of hardcore and heavy metal music to go see shows. It motivated him and his brother to form a band that helped spawn a new style of music when thrash was not yet an established genre. And they worked to develop their band in the early 1980’s without a record label, without a network or radio stations playing hardcore punk or metal, and even without a developed heavy metal or hardcore punk community in Brazil. It was that Do It Yourself approach of embracing these art forms and creating their space in it with others who share the same passion. And it is that DIY spirit that we are hoping people take away from these conversations to try to find who and what they love in their own life and build a sense of purpose and community around it.

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06/13/22 • 65 min

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Ann Wilson of Heart

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05/03/22 • 32 min

What’s up Hardcore Humans! In today’s episode, Dr. Mike talks with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson of the legendary band Heart about how to cope with feelings of emptiness. Prior to our discussion, Ann had posted on social media a quote from poet Anais Nin about not being able to live in any of the worlds offered to her – that she had to create one of her own. This concept is really at the core of the Hardcore Humanism philosophy which is about peeling away the layers of expectations and mandates that are imposed upon us so that we can explore and connect with our true values, priorities and selves. And during our discussion Ann shares how she uses techniques such as meditation and creativity to understand and cope with even her most painful feelings so that she can discover and connect with her authentic self.

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05/03/22 • 32 min

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Jewel

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04/07/22 • 35 min

What’s up Hardcore Humans! This is the first episode of Season 3 and we are talking with four-time Grammy-nominated musician, singer, songwriter, actress and author, Jewel.

In this episode, we talk about relationships and Jewel shares how she deals with those that are disappointing and sometimes damaging. Jewel is someone who has been very open about having faced extreme hardship in her relationships. She has talked about growing up with a father who was an alcoholic and physically abusive. She has also shared how her mother stole money from Jewel and caused her to be millions of dollars in debt despite having a thriving career. During our conversation, we talk about how she copes with the feelings of loss, loneliness and anxiety that can come from toxic relationships. And Jewel talks about her secret for coping – which is that she sees this pain and anxiety not as something that is wrong with her or something to be ignored but as something that is her ally and teacher that helps her grow as she continues on her journey of living her authentic life.

In the Hardcore Humanism therapy and coaching program, our goal is to empower you to pursue your purpose and lead a fulfilling and authentic life. And on the Hardcore Humanism Podcast, we talk with and learn from artists such as Jewel who share how they have overcome obstacles on their own purpose-driven journey.

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04/07/22 • 35 min

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Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains

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10/22/21 • 46 min

What’s up Hardcore Humans! We are wrapping up Season 2 of the Hardcore Humanism Podcast with a special bonus episode where we talk with Jerry Cantrell -- founding member, musician, singer songwriter of the rock band Alice In Chains.

In Hardcore Humanism therapy and coaching we want you to apply principles of humanistic psychology to your life so you can find your purpose, work hard to achieve it, and build a community around you who will support your most authentic and purpose-driven life. And what Jerry describes in our conversation is how he has been able to find his purpose in music, work hard towards building his career, and find the community that understood, supported and shared in his vision. He explained how his love of music gave him the determination to face the anxiety of playing live music. And he kept following his purpose no matter where it took him.

One of the key goals of humanistic psychology is to help pull back the barriers that people face so that they can self-actualize and lead an authentic, purpose-driven life. And one of the things that Jerry talks about in our conversation is how much of his art can be understood as “pulling back the clutter” to discover the best song. Similarly, in our own lives it is that place where we can work hard without necessarily pushing the process in a specific direction – but rather have faith in the process as we develop and build a purpose-driven life.

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10/22/21 • 46 min

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Rick Allen of Def Leppard and Lauren Monroe

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07/27/21 • 57 min

Welcome to another episode of the Hardcore Humanism Podcast. Today we are talking with a fantastic and inspiring husband wife team, Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe. Many of you know Rick as the drummer for the legendary rock band Def Leppard. Rick is also a visual artist – check out his website RickAllen.com for his upcoming showcases in collaboration with the Wentworth Gallery. And Lauren is a spiritual healer as well as an artist and musician – you can check out her new album Under The Wolf Moon at LaurenMonroe.com. And together they have formed The Raven Drum Foundation, a non-profit that helps people heal through a variety of methods, including drumming. Within the Raven Drum Foundation Rick and Lauren have launched Project Resiliency, which utilizes holistic healing approaches to a range of populations, including mothers and children who have suffered domestic violence, wounded soldiers who struggle with PTSD and cancer patients.

Now for those of you who are not aware, Rick joined Def Leppard in the late 1970’s when he was 15 years old. The band then went on to huge success with their 1981 album High ‘n’ Dry (1981). Then they had even more success with their classic 1983 album Pyromania, with classic songs such as “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages.” Def Leppard’s infectious blend of classic rock and heavy metal put them on top of the world. There was no stopping them.

But in December of 1984, Rick was in a car accident that ultimately resulted in the amputation of his right arm. This was a devastating shock to the rock community. As a human being, I felt for Allen. As a fan, I couldn’t help but wonder if I would ever hear new Def Leppard music again. But then in 1986, what seemed like a miracle occurred. Def Leppard played the Monsters of Rock Festival held at Castle Donington in England. How could this be? During our conversation, Rick described how his friend Peter Hartley created electronic pedals so that rather than playing the drums the more conventional way, with two hands and one foot, Allen could play with two feet and one hand. As soon as Allen was out of the hospital, he tried out Hartley’s creation. And in 1987, Def Leppard, with Allen on drums, released Hysteria, an album that went on to sell over 20 million records worldwide. The album included hits such as “Animal,” “Love Bites,” and the monster stadium rock anthem “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Def Leppard was back and stronger than ever. And they have gone on to be one of rock’s most enduring and productive bands, releasing albums and play shows for the past 30 plus years. In 2019, Def Leppard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And now Rick has taken his personal experience and combined it with Lauren’s experience in healing and the arts to form the Raven Drum Foundation and Project Resiliency. And one of the concepts that Lauren talks about is what they called “aggressive vulnerability.” This is the idea that vulnerability is not a weakness, it is a strength. When we can embrace vulnerability, we not only can build ourselves as creative and innovative people, but also develop our empathic capacity to help others.

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07/27/21 • 57 min

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Rain Phoenix

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07/19/21 • 47 min

Welcome to another episode of the Hardcore Humanism Podcast. Today we are talking with musician, podcaster and activist Rain Phoenix. Rain is the founder of Launch Left – a creative space for artists which includes among other things a record label and podcast. The goal of LaunchLeft is to empower creative artists by providing them a platform and opportunity to shine. Rain is also a musician - her 2019 album River was inspired by the tragic death of her brother River Phoenix in 1993.

And that brings us to one of the topics that I talked about with Rain in our conversation – the universality of loss. Unfortunately, we all have experienced or will experience loss at some point in our lives. This loss can manifest in many different ways. It can be the loss of a loved one, the loss of job or career goal or the loss of our physical or mental health. In fact loss is such a certainty that it is crucial that we have an understanding of how to conceptualize loss and how to cope with it.

Yet, as common as loss is, it can often be something of a taboo topic. We are allowed to talk about our loss for a time. We are allowed to grieve for a time. But after that, we are expected to just move on and get over it. But that is often not how loss works. Our past is not just our past. It informs our lives as we move forward. And a loss, even if it was from decades ago, can still actively inform how we think, feel and what we do in the world. And one of the things that is so powerful about how Rain is approaching the issue of loss is that she is saying it’s OK that we may struggle with loss in one form or another throughout our lives.

Rain’s approach to loss and the universality of loss is part of a much larger concept that she discussed with me, which is the concept of what Rain calls “militant love.” In the Hardcore Humanism therapy and coaching program, we want you to apply principles of humanistic psychology to your life so you can find your purpose, work hard to achieve it, and build a supportive community around you who will support your most authentic and purpose-driven life. And one of the most important humanistic principles is the notion of unconditional positive regard. It’s that idea that all human beings deserve to be treated with kindness, respect and dignity.

And Rain’s concept of militant love takes that notion even a bit further. The term militant is often used in a negative way, implying that someone is violent. But as Rain describes it, it means that in order to really show our humanity, we need to be committed to loving ourselves and to loving others. And maybe some may view that as militant in that it’s confrontational and extreme. But considering how easily we can be unloving to ourselves and others, and how confrontational and extreme we can be at times by being unkind, maybe it’s OK that we get a bit more extreme and confrontational in how we love ourselves and others. And for many people, when we find our purpose in life, it is because we love something so much that we want to really put our heart and soul in it, just as Rain explains how she approaches militant love.

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07/19/21 • 47 min

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nothing, nowhere a.k.a. Joe Mulherin

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07/12/21 • 52 min

This week on The Hardcore Humanism Podcast, we are talking with Joe Mulherin, also known as nothing, nowhere. Joe recently released the album Trauma Factory, which has gotten great reviews, including a cool review from Pitchfork saying the album “glows with conviction and sometimes uncomfortable honesty.” And in October Joe hits the road with a tour of the United States, so check out shows near you.

Now there are many physical and emotional health benefits to leading a purpose-driven life. And in order to understand and embrace our purpose, we need to be connected in with ourselves. We have to listen to ourselves -- what we like, what we don’t like -- and how we tend to go about doing things in our life. When we can connect in with ourselves in this basic way, we then begin to understand ourselves on a deeper level and discover our purpose, and how to work towards that purpose.

During our conversation, Joe talks about is how he connects in with himself. And the first and perhaps most important step we can take in connecting in with ourselves is to not be afraid of who we are – how we feel, think and do things. This may seem like it’s easy – but it can be so difficult for so many of us. Many of us have been told that how we feel isn’t valid, that we need to disconnect from ourselves in order to function and get what we want in the world. And so, Joe’s simple resolution to connect with himself is so simple and yet so powerful.

Joe talks about the fact that he has a very active and creative mind. This can be wonderful if our goal is to be a compelling songwriter and passionate performer, but it can feel scary when we are not sure if our mind will ever stop when we want it to stop. But Dr. Mike and Joe explore how important it is to still embrace and listen to that part of ourselves in order to discover our purpose in life.

One of the most powerful messages that we can draw from the conversation with Joe is that we all have something about us that we are convinced may interfere with our happiness and having the life we want. And oftentimes we will avoid whatever that part of us is at all costs in the hopes that we can overcome it by ignoring whatever it may be. But that rarely works. Even if there is something we want to manage – mental or physical illness, something about our past or fears about our future – we need to face it head on and understand it in order to fully accept and connect with ourselves as we pursue a purpose-driven life.

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John Joseph

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07/05/21 • 56 min

What’s up Hardcore Humans! This week on The Hardcore Humanism Podcast, we are talking with John Joseph. Many of you know John as the lead singer of the legendary New York Hardcore band Cro-Mags -- including their seminal hardcore album Age of Quarrel -- and more recently as the lead singer of Bloodclot! John is also an Ironman competitor and an author. In his book, Evolution of a Cro Magnon, he describes how he overcame abuse, incarceration, homelessness and addiction to build the life he wanted. John has written several other books, including The PMA Effect and his new books Unf*ck Your Health and Hardcore Kitchen.

And John has recently started his own coaching business where he focuses on the concept of discipline. In our conversation, John explains how with everything he has been through, he never stops grinding. One of the biggest risks we face when we experience mental or physical illness or extreme stressors like John has faced is that we stop moving forward because it is so difficult to just keep going. Many of us naturally take an all-or-none mentality that if we can’t do things fully to the best of our abilities, it’s a waste of time to do anything. And sometimes when we are at our lowest, we can try to think through even basic routines to connect to ourselves and to develop and maintain our discipline. And we have to give ourselves credit for just doing what we need to survive, before we can think of thriving. Later, when we are not undergoing so much stress, we can build on that discipline to work further towards our purpose. The other point that John made was that he always sought out mentors – people to whom he looked for guidance to build his life. And even if we don’t have direct access to mentors, we can look to others that we see in the world as inspirations to help us work towards our goals.

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07/05/21 • 56 min

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S3 E5: Adam Darski a.k.a. Nergal of Behemoth

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08/02/22 • 49 min

Today we are talking with musician, singer and songwriter Adam Darski, otherwise known as Nergal, founding member of the extreme heavy metal band Behemoth about embracing our uniqueness and finding new ways to express our authentic selves.

In the Hardcore Humanism therapy and coaching program, our goal is to utilize principles of humanistic psychology to empower you to find your purpose, work hard to achieve that purpose and build a supportive community so that you can lead a fulfilling and authentic life.

And on the Hardcore Humanism Podcast, we talk with artists such as Nergal to hear their stories of their authentic life so that we can learn from their experience as we embark on our own purpose-driven journey.

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08/02/22 • 49 min

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Hardcore Humanism with Dr. Mike currently has 61 episodes available.

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The podcast is about Podcasts, Self-Improvement and Education.

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The episode title 'S3 E4: Michael Bishop of GWAR' is the most popular.

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The average episode length on Hardcore Humanism with Dr. Mike is 48 minutes.

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Episodes of Hardcore Humanism with Dr. Mike are typically released every 7 days, 3 hours.

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