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May 4, 2021

I've observed a lot of themes around integration and disintegration recently so I thought it would be a good time to do a quick overview of Kazmier's Dabrowski's theory of Positive Disintegration.

You can find a more comprehensive overview on ep. 154: On Positive Disintegration with Chris Wells, and my Blog Post “Finding Treasure in Ruins.”

Dabrowski believes that intensity/excitability is a sign of high developmental potential, and neuroses, which we might call neurodiversity, anxiety, existential depression etc., can be positive if they move us towards our higher selves. 

In this episode:

  • 3 factors of positive development
  • Dynamisms are the inner and outer forces that drive our actions.  
  • 5 types of integration and disintegration
  • Resources on integration
  • 5 Types of overexcitability
  • Thoughts on Integration
  • Over identification and/or rejection of certain parts of our identity
  • What is Dabrowski's Sweater?
  • Getting your conflicting parts to communicate with each other.
Apr 26, 2021

Today’s show focuses on strategies for success. My guest combines her late-in-life diagnoses, training, and experience to help clients accomplish their goals.

Maaya Hitomi is an ADHD coach and academic strategist who supports ADHD, autistic, and otherwise neurodivergent clients to build strategies for better coping. At Structured Success, Maaya’s own coaching and consultation practice, she builds upon her Master’s training in psychology, her experience as a coach, and her lived experience as a neurodivergent person. Being ADHD, autistic, and dyslexic herself, Maaya credits her academic and professional success to the coping strategies she learned along the way. Focused on collaboratively building individualized coping strategies to support her clients, Maaya helps them make the healthiest thing the easiest thing.

Show Highlights:

  • Why Maaya is intensely passionate about giving people tools to understand how their minds work as she teaches coping strategies and learns alongside them
  • How her mom didn’t acknowledge Maaya’s ADHD early on, and her official ADHD, autism, and dyslexia diagnoses didn’t come until her university years
  • In school, Maaya was always seeking to learn more and caused problems because of being bullied and feeling socially awkward
  • Cultural factors that affected Maaya include her privileged upbringing in the suburbs and gifted programs at school
  • Why Maaya’s intensity is less of a problem now because it’s been identified and accepted
  • How Maaya was always “too everything” in elementary school, so she put her head down and spent some lonely years in high school, which was the worst thing she could have done
  • How Maaya’s intensity got out of control when she stood up to a bully and was overwhelmed into shutdown mode--an act that had far-reaching effects
  • How Maaya uses her fire for good by using her personal acceptance and sharing her knowledge and experience with her clients
  • How Maaya has collected “nuggets of truth” along the way and developed coping strategies that she can share with clients
  • How Maaya helps others use their fire by bringing strategies and options to them with which to fashion a workable system


Connect with Maaya:  Structured Success

Find Maaya on Twitter: @structuredsucc

Find Maaya on TikTok and Instagram


Apr 20, 2021

I’m super thrilled to share the recording of Nneka Coxeff’s talk on Writing to Heal from this month’s guest community call! You can find the full discussion in the Embracing Intensity Community!

The wRITE to Heal Project was developed by founder and editor-in-chief of BLP magazine, Nneka D. Coxeff. As a Master Life Coach and Empowerment Practitioner, she offers transformative writing classes, workshops and wellness retreats to gently guide clients through the raw emotions of grief caused by loss, tragedy and transition.

About Nneka:

Nneka D. Coxeff is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Black Lace + Pearls magazine, a creative and healing arts publication devoted to empowering women around the globe to live out their divine purpose. A by-product of BLP magazine is her wRITE to Heal Project where she hosts writing workshops and wellness retreats in order to guide guests through the emotions of grief caused by death, tragedy and trauma. 

Through writing prompts, exercises and discussion, she assists guests in breaking free from the torture caused by unanswered questions and the sin of blame. She encourages them to sit with the pain and to own all their emotions in order to move through them and acquire some clarity and guidance. Nneka understands that relationships can be devastating to the soul when abruptly interrupted. However, she believes that it is our relationship with Self that needs to be strengthened in order to understand and to move forward.

As a consultant, she helps her clients put voice to their truths, experiences and life lessons learned along the way in order to help them heal and to inspire others as well. Everyone has a story to tell and it is Nneka's mission to help individuals value their journey, own their truth and stake claim to a more enlightened tomorrow. Writing has been a tool of healing throughout her journey and it is through this artful gift that she assists others along their path of ascension. You can find out more about Nneka and her wRITE to Heal Project at:

This is a part of our 2021 Embracing Intensity Community Speaker Series.

You can find the full discussion recording in the Embracing Intensity Community. You can support this work by joining the community, or supporting us on Patreon


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Support the wRITE to Heal Project on Patreon! Link Coming Soon!

Apr 12, 2021

Have you ever felt like you were taking up too much space? My guest today shares how he moved from talking up space wherever he went to channeling his own unique powers to bring out the best in others. Join us!

Landon Young is someone I met on TikTok, which is unique as a social media platform that allows people to connect across social groups that might not normally interact. Landon describes himself as a “regular guy” who enjoys what he does as a North American Digital Brand Manager at Nike.

Show Highlights:

  • Why Landon is intensely passionate about sneakers, storytelling, his dream job at Nike, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and daughter
  • How Landon’s personal brand of intensity includes empathy and passion as someone who is relentless and focused on the process
  • Growing up, Landon was always labeled as gifted and was supported by his parents
  • How Landon overcompensated for his issues with giftedness before medication helped him find balance
  • How cultural factors affected Landon as he grew up in a Mormon home;
  • He had a strong desire to excel but didn’t know how to process and regulate emotions
  • How Landon finds joy in discovering connections with others
  • How Landon has to tone himself down frequently--something he didn’t know how to do when he was younger: “I took up too much space and didn’t know how to channel my superpowers.”
  • How Landon learned to recognize the moments when he tends to get out of control
  • How Landon uses his fire for good as an “energy giver,” which he feels is his calling in life
  • How Landon loves helping others at Nike as he teaches retail employees about new products and innovations and creates campaigns for product launches
  • Habits that help Landon harness the power of his intensity include meditation, lots of water, and healthy supplements
  • How Landon benefitted from the book, Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • How Landon helps others with true leadership, which is recognizing their potential, tapping into it, and finding what they are good at
  • Landon’s parting advice: “Learn to acknowledge and leverage your ADHD in ways that build up your life with a superpower for balance and happiness.”

Where to Find Landon:

 Instagram: @HeyitsLando

 Tik-Tok - @heyitslando90


Apr 6, 2021

This week is a bit late and short again, but it's for a great reason! I hyper focused on a project the last two days that's ready to share as a collaborative effort!

The 2E Hub!

A place for gifted, creative and twice exceptional folks to share, learn and explore!


2E Hub

Free Workbook on Harnessing the Power of Your Intensity


Mar 29, 2021

My guest today shares the keen awareness he’s developed of his ADHD diagnosis and how it impacts his life. Join us to hear the story of the good he’s doing in the world.

Ross Watt hosts the International ADHD Party on Twitter and is one of the ADHD-Hub co-creators. He’s working hard to make a difference for kids and adults with ADHD.

Show Highlights:

  • Why Ross is intensely passionate about ADHD, writing poems, and encouraging others
  • How Ross’ personal brand of intensity means being hyper-focused with a chip on his shoulder and always investigating things in deeper ways
  • How Ross grew up being strong-willed, determined (especially when told he couldn’t do something), opinionated, and argumentative
  • How Ross’ parents nicknamed him “Half-a-job,” which was a dig that led him to compare himself to others and find that he didn’t measure up
  • How Ross’ adolescent years were a big contradiction
  • How Ross has had to tone himself down and tune himself out when he knows he shouldn’t say something but feels like he will explode
  • How Ross has had to learn when to speak up and when to be quiet
  • How Ross’ intensity got out of control when he left his parents’ house at age 16, determined to prove everybody wrong
  • How Ross uses his fire for good, helping others with diplomacy and patience
  • How Ross helps others develop their ideas and disprove their opinions of themselves
  • How Ross formed the habit of not telling others what he will do--just in case he doesn’t follow through
  • Why Ross is very set in daily routines
  • How Ross helps others by being honest and giving them belief in themselves
  • How to figure out if you’re a “carrot” or “stick” person


Connect with Ross:

Twitter: ADHD



Mar 22, 2021

This week I get to share the talk from our March guest call is on Honoring Your Sensitivity with Leah Walsh. You can find the full discussion and video in the Embracing Intensity Community!

In Sanskrit there are 96 words for love. I seriously wish we had that many words in English for the word sensitivity! A word whose origins mean "capable of feeling and sensation," what does being sensitive mean in today's culture?

Join us for this creative exploration of sensitivity, how sensitivity is a shared trait across neurodivergent experiences, and how curiosity and community can help in honoring your own sensitivity.

About Leah:

Leah Walsh (she/her) is motivated by one desire: to support conscious and creative people to uncover their unique potential and bring that light into the world. Leah sees every human as a beautiful and unique flower in life’s garden, but being your own flower can be hard work! It means cultivating a strong mind, deep roots, and a clear heart to allow your flower to grow, adapt, & bloom. Leah’s work as a Life Coach supports people to do just this. Her signature coaching programs support highly sensitive, neurodivergent, and introverted leaders to ground their confidence, cultivate deep-rooted belonging and awaken their unique impact. To learn more about Leah’s work, visit


Embracing Intensity Community

Free Workbook on Harnessing the Power of Your Intensity

Leah's Website

Future Embracing Intensity Events

Mar 15, 2021

Today’s show focuses on support for highly sensitive and introverted leaders. Join us to learn more!

Leah Walsh is a speaker and life coach who is motivated by the desire to support conscious and creative people in uncovering their potential and bringing their light into the world. Leah sees every human as a beautiful and unique flower in life’s garden, but she knows that being your own flower can be hard work. It means cultivating a strong mind, deep roots, and a clear heart to allow your flower to grow, adapt, and bloom. Leah’s work as a life coach supports people in these ways. Her signature coaching programs support highly sensitive, neuro-divergent, and introverted leaders to ground their confidence, cultivate deep-rooted belonging, and awaken their unique impact.

Show Highlights:

  • Why Leah is intensely passionate about staying grounded, exploring belonging, and speaking truth with honesty and love
  • How Leah grew up in a very neurodivergent family where her parents were supportive of the differences in the way their kids were wired
  • How the culture of service in Leah’s family gave her a profound capacity to feel empathy for others and have a strong bond and connection to the land where she lives
  • How Leah feels and connects through relationships
  • How Leah had to tone herself down when she didn’t have the language to describe what she was going through
  • Why she found ways to give herself permission to be real and authentic
  • How journaling helps Leah identify what she is feeling
  • Why it’s important to tune into your body
  • How Leah uses her fire for good in her life coaching practice
  • Why self-compassion is essential in Leah’s practice as a life coach
  • How Leah works as a “shame extractor”
  • How Leah helps others use their own fire by using the acronym DOES
  • How COVID has cracked open new possibilities
  • How Leah resonates with neurodiversity and how we embrace our beauty and intensity


Leah K. Walsh 

Visit Leah’s website for more information on her seasonal meetup, The Brave Intender Club.


Mar 9, 2021

This week's episode is a fairly quick one as I got inspired for a new project this week and went down a hyper focus rabbit hole for days! 

In this episode:

  • Update on my latest project & upcoming course.
  • Do it yourself mentality. 
  • Being a maker, not a marketer.


Free Harness Your Power Workbook

Adult Learning Assessment

Embracing Intensity Community

Community Events Calendar

Mar 1, 2021

Today’s guest launched into the world of twice-exceptionality because of the unique strengths and challenges that came with parenting her two sons, now teenagers. Her work now meets the needs of kids like her sons, along with helping other parents and educators through her therapy practice, support groups, and parenting programs. Join us to learn more!

Debbie Steinberg Kuntz is the founder of the Bright & Quirky Summit, which features fantastic guest speakers and leading experts on “everything twice-exceptional” for parents and educators. Debbie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in twice-exceptional (2E) kids and families.  Her annual Bright & Quirky Child Online Summit attracts over 15,000 people from 95 countries, and the 2021 version is coming up in just a few days. It’s a free resource, and you can sign up now by using the link in our Resources section below.

Show Highlights:

  • Why Debbie is intensely passionate about unlocking the world of twice-exceptionality
  • Why Debbie’s relationship with intensity borders on workaholism and being “tenacious to the point of imbalance”
  • How intensity affected her family as she grew up, and why she readily recognizes the strengths and challenges of twice-exceptionality in parenting her two children
  • As a parent, Debbie looks for teachers who have raised boys before
  • How Debbie wants to empower parents in the way they view their child against our cookie-cutter educational system
  • How Debbie learned to embrace uniquely wired people as a Jew growing up in America
  • How parents can talk to their kids about being 2E
  • What Debbie has discovered about the line between asynchronous development and twice-exceptionality
  • Why Debbie is a huge fan of neuropsychological assessments
  • Her advice for parents about finding professional help
  • How Debbie harnesses the power of her intensity through the polyvagal theory and asks, “Why?” and “Why now?”
  • Debbie’s best advice about parenting comes from Kristin Neff, who says, “Talk to yourself like you would talk to a best friend.”
  • How Debbie helps others use their fire by teaching them to pursue the intersection of what they are good at and what they enjoy
  • The Bright & Quirky Summit 2021, coming in a few days; it features 29 experts tackling the timely theme of “Taming the Overwhelm”


Debbie’s website:  Bright And Quirky 

Sign up for the March 8-12, 2021 summit

Find out about last year’s summit:  Bright And Quirky 


Feb 23, 2021

I’m excited to share our first guest call for the 2021 season in the Embracing Intensity Community with Brendan Mahan, of ADHD Essentials, on the Wall of Awful!

From Brendan’s website:

“Everyone fails. Some, like those with executive function challenges, fail more than others.

Each failure brings negative emotions – guilt, disappointment. These smaller emotions become stronger feelings of anxiety, shame and even loneliness if one is repeatedly rejected because of their errors. Each time these negative emotions are experienced, another brick is placed into that person’s Wall of Awful.

The Wall of Awful is the emotional barrier that prevents us from initiating tasks and taking the risks necessary to make reach our goals. It is the emotional consequence of having ADHD and it must be understood to be overcome.

Let me help you climb your Wall of Awful™.

Get the free e-book “5 Ways to Overcome The Wall of Awful” here!”

In this episode:

  • Who is Brendan?
  • What is the Wall of Awful?
  • How do we get past the Wall of Awful?
  • Brendan's perspective on ADHD
  • Being a leader and creating your own narratives around neurodiversity.


Brendan's Website

Embracing Intensity Community

Free Harnessing the Power of Your Intensity Workbook

Feb 15, 2021

I found today’s guest in a most unusual place! It was on TikTok that I first noticed her work with gifted and twice-exceptional people, and I knew I had to get her on the show.

Dr. Kimberly Douglass is president and CEO of Remote Learning Solutions. She coaches neurodivergent PhDs/EdDs on the personal, social, and technical aspects of career and entrepreneurship. In addition to moving clients from deficit-based to strengths-based thinking, she helps PhDs/EdDs develop content across a range of subjects. She helps clients deliver content in the form of ebooks, online courses, workbooks, journals, workshops, and more. Dr. Douglass bases her coaching practice on five values: empathy, justice, love, neurodiversity, and purpose. She worked in higher education for over 17 years in various roles and earned a PhD in political science in 2009 and tenured in Information Sciences in 2016 at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her teaching and scholarship have developed at the intersection of information science and political behavior.

Show Highlights:

  • Why Kimberly is intensely passionate about coaching and mentoring neurodivergent adults
  • How the same issues in our schools with kids are showing up for adults in the workplace
  • Why people are taught to believe in a fake meritocracy
  • How giftedness means different things for different people
  • How Kimberly’s personal brand of intensity is thinking about things in different ways, deep thoughts and issues that can turn into depression, and loving information and data
  • Growing up, Kimberly felt her intensity through acting goofy and humorous and always being presentable to white culture
  • The distinction between management and leadership
  • Cultural factors that affected Kimberly as she grew up in a black Baptist church, being told that she “shouldn’t speak up for herself,” and seeing Christianity as a tool of enslavement
  • How Kimberly had to tune herself out and tone herself down when she worked at a university with mean, accusatory people
  • Why she feels her intensity getting out of control when she feels dismissed or undervalued
  • What made Kimberly take a different look at herself and her son regarding giftedness
  • How she uses her fire for good in believing people
  • Habits that help Kimberly harness the power of her intensity are tools that organize her thoughts and life
  • How she helps others use their fire for good by trying to be neutral and helping people look for affirmation, values, principles, mission, and goals
  • Kimberly’s advice: “Take the risk. Find someone who will help you take the risk. Realize that not moving and standing still is also risky; it’s just risky in a different way.”


Website:  Dr. Kimberly Douglass 

Facebook: Kimberly Douglass

TikTok: Dr. Kimberly Douglass


Feb 9, 2021

I've been hearing a lot more comments lately along the lines of "I relate to your work, but I'm not really gifted." In this episode of Embracing Intensity, I discuss why gifted folks might not recognize their own gifts and some resources to explore if you suspect you might be gifted. 

In this episode:

  • 5 Reasons gifted folks might not think they are really gifted.
  • My own experience and why I actually believed it despite underachievement.
  • 3 of my favorite books & resources to explore potential giftedness.


Your Rainforest Mind, Paula Prober

The Gifted Adult, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen PsyD

Searching For Meaning, James Webb

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Free Workbook on Harnessing the Power of Your Intensity

Feb 1, 2021

I’m excited to share today’s show with you. My guest has an interesting perspective as an obviously gifted person who has dyslexia. Her experience is fascinating, but there is so much more to her story and work. Join us!

Brenda Bryan is a kickass inspirational speaker and The Diviner of Human Potential. As a transformational coach and Mastermind facilitator, she supports women to unmask and nurture their genius, empowering them to live in the strength of their passion. Teaching through the Raise Your Voice Speaker’s Club, one-on-one workshops, and stages around the country, Brenda demonstrates authentic, warm-hearted humor with a deep wealth of knowledge of the importance of communication in feminine power. Brenda began working in her passion of building community and supporting women in the early 70s. Graduating with a degree in communications, she became active in the women’s movement. Through her activism, she acquired lasting skills in group processing, facilitation, and leadership. She facilitates ritual and teaches sacred art through drum-making and other creative works. For the past 45 years, Brenda has continued to build her toolkit to support women’s empowerment. Most recently, she was inspired to be the founder and CEO of It Must Be Said Productions, which is a platform for stories that need telling, a venue for social change. She believes the weaving together of creativity, innovation, and invention invites future visioning. 

Show Highlights:

  • Why Brenda is intensely passionate about feminism, helping women claim their place at the table, communication, ritual, and loving and nurturing ourselves
  • Why Brenda’s personal brand of intensity involves anger over injustices and inequalities in our social order and environment, along with radical self-care and a questioning of authority
  • Why Brenda wasn’t well-liked as she grew up because she would speak up and call people out
  • Her learning challenges included trouble with reading, spelling, and writing due to dyslexia and being told she wasn’t “smart enough”
  • How Brenda has seen positive outcomes from her journey with new possibilities as a  creative thinking problem solver
  • How bigotry and prejudice against gay relationships set a tone for how and where she expressed herself
  • How Brenda had to reinvent how she shows up and expresses herself in a “conscious becoming”
  • How her intensity gets out of control when it’s heightened in relationships when boundaries are violated, but she has learned to manage and direct her passion and anger
  • How Brenda uses her fire to help other women who are looking to become more
  • How Brenda harnesses the power of her intensity with consistency of thought as she evolves as a human who adventures and takes risks in becoming
  • How the personal habits of meditation, drumming, ritual, and spending time in nature help Brenda
  • The best advice she ever received is two-part: “Stand up when you fall down,” and “There are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn.”
  • Books that have influenced Brenda: Learning to Heal Yourself by Louise Hay, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • How Brenda helps others by loving people where they are and helping them go where they want to go
  • Parting words from Brenda: “Embrace your intensity. There is an infinite purpose in who you are and what you bring to the table.”


Connect with Brenda:


Phone: 503-728-8700

Jan 26, 2021

A couple of weeks ago I participated in an event called Camp ADHD, where folks around the world shared talks and discussion on topics related to ADHD. I spoke about twice-exceptionality, specifically as it relates to ADHD, and the topic seemed to resonate with a lot of folks, so I decided ot share it on the podcast as well! 

In this episode:

  • Why the topic of twice exceptionality is important to me. 
  • Why it’s important to talk about twice exceptionality.
  • Why it often goes overlooked.
  • How to recognize when you might be both gifted and ADHD.
  • Common themes from assessing 2E ADHD students.
  • Strategies that might help if you fit this profile. 


Camp ADHD on YouTube

Embracing Intensity Community

Free Workbook on Harnessing the Power of Your Intensity

Jan 18, 2021

My guest today is twice exceptional and was recently diagnosed with ADHD. She’s super vocal about many things, including social justice, dressing up as Elsa for storytime, and showcasing her great style. Fortunately for me, she lives in my area, so I hope to meet her in person very soon!

Dusti Arab is an entrepreneur and writer who leads the reinvention co., a boutique marketing agency specializing in building platforms and courses for mission-driven women. Dusti is currently writing a book, Braver Than Before: A Roadmap for Investigating Big Life Changes.

Show Highlights:


  • How Dusti is intensely passionate about--everything she believes in! She loves to make sure people have access to what they need, including music and art
  • Her personal brand of intensity includes being opinionated, drawing the right people closer, and setting boundaries
  • How Dusti’s late ADHD diagnosis and twice-exceptionality manifested themselves in her drive to be an overachiever
  • Why Dusti’s company is called the reinvention co.
  • How Dusti grew up in Oregon, in a very white, very backwoods family in which race issues weren’t acceptable to talk about
  • How Dusti loved to escape into another person through musical theater
  • How she looked for other role models other than her mother and even tried a conservative Baptist church that resulted in her atheistic views
  • How her intensity was out of control in her erratic job history and string of unfinished business projects
  • How she went through postpartum depression, which resulted in the most intensity in her life
  • How Dusti uses her fire for good in working with people and firms who help women and minorities get elected, along with bridging gaps caused by systematic injustice
  • How Dusti learned to manage herself through a productivity system
  • How Dusti is busy finishing the first draft of her book
  • Personal habits that help with her intensity are getting enough exercise and time-blocking
  • Regarding advice, Dusti admits that she was told a lot of things over the years that weren’t true--and she realizes it now
  • Books that were helpful for Dusti: The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Everything in its Place by Dan Charnas
  • How Dusti works as an amplifier and connector to build a platform to help women spread their big ideas
  • Dusti’s upcoming event on January 22


Find out more about Dusti and her work:   The Reinvention

Course Mentioned on this Friday: Course Created Live



Jan 12, 2021

This week I wanted to take a moment to share about the upcoming plans I have for the year to help gifted, creative and outside the box thinkers connect and realize their potential. 

In this episode:

  • Upcoming topics and speakers for the Embracing Intensity Community.
  • Refreshing my website Adult Learning Assessment and Coaching information. 
  • Creating lots of fun and hopefully useful content.


My first Comic!

Embracing Intensity Community


Free Harnessing the Power of Your Intensity Workbook

Jan 4, 2021

Today’s show focuses on highly sensitive people. My guest loves helping HSPs uncover the layers of conditioning put on them by society and bloom in their uniqueness. Join us to learn more.

Julia R. Wild is a bestselling author, spiritual teacher, and trauma educator with a Master’s degree in psychology. She’s also a writing, creativity, and life coach. Her first self-help book for sensitives became an Amazon #1 bestseller, and she’s a TEDxMileHigh Blogger. Julia loves helping highly sensitive and empath children and women find their soulful, powerful voice. Part of her work also helps parents of highly sensitive children better relate to their kids. Julia enjoys disrupting conformity and subverting the dominant paradigms so people can express their unique, sovereign creativity and live extraordinary lives. She is a big believer in writing for healing and embracing the shadow as much as the light. She has two projects slated for publication soon, including her Master’s thesis on autism from a spiritual perspective.

Show Highlights:

  • Why is Julia intensely passionate about her creativity, being an “old soul,” helping people find their voice, social justice, equality, and animals
  • How Julia grew up in a household with extreme abuse and dysfunction in Manhattan but attended an all-girls private school
  • How Julia’s personal brand of intensity involves being direct and blunt with a heightened sensory perception of sounds and smells
  • Growing up, Julia’s intensity made everything more pressurized and challenging because of her toxic home and stuffy school
  • How Julia’s cultural factors involved growing up in the rich environment of NYC, which gave her perspective and helped her be open-minded
  • Why Julia has to water down what she says and writes
  • How her intensity gets out of control with things she finds too stimulating
  • How Julia uses her fire for good to help sensitives set boundaries and self-advocate
  • Julia’s Master’s thesis, which gives a new, more balanced perspective to autism
  • How Julia harnesses the power of her intensity with self-care, valuing her capacity for depth, and using her intensity in service to others
  • Personal habits that help Julia are writing, channeling energy, and finding an appropriate use of humor
  • The best advice Julia ever received:
    • From Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are, pay attention the first time.”
    • From the Buddha: “Don’t believe anything because you heard it. Find out for yourself.”
    • “You’ve gotta risk it to get the biscuit.”
  • Books that Julia recommends: Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, and The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron
  • How Julia helps others use their fire by “unconditioning” people and undoing the layers of conditioning that have been put on them by society
  • Parting words from Julia: “Honor your sensitivity. If you’re weird or different, stay weird or different. It’s healing to tell your story, so value it.”


Find Julia and her work:  Julia Rose Wild 


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