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Now displaying: June, 2024
Jun 3, 2024

In this episode of the Embracing Intensity podcast, host Aurora Remember Holtzman interviews Bob Yamtich about his journey with intensity, nonviolent communication (NVC), and self-connection. Bob shares his personal experiences with bipolar disorder and hypomania, the importance of shared reality, and his passion for self-connection. He discusses his work, including his self-connection coloring book, and provides insights into the practice of NVC for both self-awareness and enhancing interpersonal communication. Aurora and Bob also delve into the challenges and rewards of forming in-person connections and the role of intensity in their lives. The episode concludes with Bob's emphasis on the foundational role of self-connection in his approach to NVC and a preview of his upcoming live discussion on the topic.

About Bob:

Bob Yamtich is a therapist and Nonviolent Communication trainer. He completed his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 2003, the BayNVC Nonviolent Communication Leadership Program in 2007 (assisting in LP08), and his Master’s in Counseling Psychology in 2011. He earned his Marriage and Family Therapist license in California in 2014. He was a founding member of the Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children in Alameda, CA, and Genesis Innovation Academy in Atlanta, GA. Bob currently lives in Indiana and offers phone coaching and in-person training. He can be followed on Twitter @BobYamtich.

In this episode:

  • Introduction by Bob about trusting intensity based on shared reality and positive contributions.

  • Aurora introduces Bob Yamtich, mentioning his upcoming talk on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and their mutual appreciation for NVC.

  • Bob expresses gratitude for being on the podcast.

  • Aurora asks Bob about what he is intensely passionate about; Bob mentions his role as a dad and his professional passion for developing self-connection, highlighting his self-connection coloring book.

  • Discussion on how NVC helps both with self-connection and interpersonal communication.

  • Bob speaks about overcoming hypomania and psychosis, emphasizing the need for stability and shared reality.

  • Bob shares his journey with bipolar disorder and the importance of medication alongside therapeutic practices.

  • Aurora asks about the impact of intensity during Bob's upbringing; Bob shares how his extreme passion led to feelings of guilt and loneliness.

  • Bob mentions his gifted program experience and the importance of having passionate friends.

  • Bob discusses how nonviolent communication helped him rebuild his life and manage his intensity.

  • Aurora and Bob talk about the challenges and benefits of connecting with others in person versus online.

  • Bob reflects on the shadow side of his intensity, including an episode where he buried treasure and was not in touch with shared reality.

  • Emphasis on the importance of self-connection in managing intensity and understanding one's needs.

  • Bob shares a final blessing of self-connection and invites listeners to explore this concept along with empathy and honesty in nonviolent communication. 

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