Dr. Anna Yusim is an internationally-recognized, award-winning Board-Certified, Stanford- and Yale-educated Psychiatrist & Executive Coach with a Private Practice in New York City and Connecticut. She is the best-selling author of Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life. On the Clinical Faculty at Yale Medical School, Dr. Yusim is presently creating a Spirituality & Mental Health Center at Yale. With clients including Forbes 500 CEOs, Olympic athletes, A-list actors and actresses, and the Chairs of academic departments at top universities, Dr. Anna Yusim has helped over 2000 people in 60 countries achieve greater impact, purpose, and joy in their life and work.
After working as a neurobiology researcher with Dr. Robert Sapolsky Ph.D. and completing her studies at Stanford, Yale Medical School, and the NYU Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Dr. Yusim felt that something was missing from her life. In her quest to find it, she traveled, lived and worked in over 70 countries, while studying Kabbalah, learning Buddhist meditation, and working with South American shamans and Indian gurus.
In this wide-ranging conversation we talk about the intersection of mental health and spirituality and Dr. Yusim's own path from mathematics, to psychiatry to spirituality. We discuss the 4 ways humans process emotions, the 3 categories of addiction, the power of letting go, what it means to have a heart-opening, which compounds are considered "psychedelic" and the potential of these compounds in mental health, spirituality and treatment.
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How to sustain an optimistic perspective [1:46]
Anna explains cognitive reappraisal and working with emotions [4:41]
Anna describes her upbringing, background and path toward Psychiatry [12:49]
Anna describes her own spiritual transformation and traveling to over 70 countries [15:30]
Anna discusses higher consciousness and the concept of matter being immortal [28:30]
Anna describes the importance of spirituality on mental health, addiction and longevity [33:00]
Anna shares her perspective on the keys to a rich life [36:13]
Anna describes the difference between substance addiction, behavioral addiction and psychological addiction [40:34]
The 4 ways we process emotions and which one is healthiest [43:00]
Anna describes how her interest in psychedelic therapy began and what falls into the category [53:00]
Misconceptions about psychedelics [59:08]
Anna describes the Yale Mental Health and Psychedelic center. [1:02]
Anna describes the concept of heart opening and why it's so powerful [1:08]
Anna shares her favorite exercise to look within ourselves and determine where our next evolution begins [1:12]
David Hawkins Book: Letting Go