Matthias J Barker Podcast

By Matthias Barker

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I'm a psychotherapist and this podcast is both the audio from my YouTube/Instagram lectures and original interviews with scholars and creators in the domain of psychology and helping people move towards what's meaningful in the midst of hardship

Episode Date
motivation and trauma

Trauma Workshop:

ACE Quiz:

Statistical data:

Chapman, D. P., Dube, S. R., & Anda, R. F. (2007). Adverse childhood events as risk factors for negative mental health outcomes. Psychiatric Annals, 37(5), 359–364.

The discussion on the findings studying the children of holocaust survivors/mothers who endured trauma and the studies on rat-pups can be found in the introduction of this paper:

Data on Walla Walla school district:

Intro and outro song: "with eyes open" by Cathartic Fall

Oct 12, 2021
falling back in love

The path to building emotional warmth and intimacy with the person you love.

*Theory of bids derived from the Gottman Method.

Sep 28, 2021
empathy, sociopaths, and teenagers - Interview with Dr. Frank Anderson

A conversation with Dr. Anderson about IFS, the role of empathy in connection and its applications in our lives.

Sep 23, 2021

A mindfulness exercise on gratefulness and centering in on your values in the midst of hardship. Song by Cathartic Fall, find him on Spotify!

Sep 15, 2021
forgiving your parents

A conversation on what parenting is and how to move towards forgiveness.

Jul 20, 2021
psychology of fame

Why we call celebrities “stars” and complications in pursuing fame.

Inspired by Carl Jung and Jordan Peterson’s lectures.

Jul 13, 2021
why get married?

A case for marriage and it’s advantages over long term dating.

Jul 06, 2021
childhood trauma

A reflection on false solutions and real healing from childhood trauma.

Jun 29, 2021

The interplay of shame and self-criticism and how to find freedom.

Jun 22, 2021
babies and the environment

A discussion on if having children is bad for the environment and a bonus talk on cynical environmentalism (drawing on thoughts from Jordan Peterson).

Jun 15, 2021
life update

Its been a while! Here's what I've been up to

Jun 15, 2021
solving arguments

a method for solving deep core arguments

Apr 28, 2021
irritation is a teacher

A breakdown of the kinds of personalities that irritate us the most and how to respond.

Mar 30, 2021
making friends as an adult

Making meaningful connections and developing new relationships into lasting long-term friendships.

Intro song: Tides by Surname

Mar 24, 2021
healing & embodiment

A discussion with Dr. Hillary McBride on the function of mental health practitioners, healing from trauma, and eating disorders. Look for her new book "The Wisdom of Your Body" in October 2021!

Mar 16, 2021
empathy is prejudiced

How relying solely on empathy can lead to great harm.

Mar 08, 2021
(reflection) faith & sexual orientation - Interview with Ben Barker

Reflecting with my younger brother Ben on what it was like posting his coming-out story and having it public for the world to see. Both his emotional journey and the stories he heard from people.

Mar 01, 2021
faith & sexual orientation - Interview with Ben Barker

A conversation with my younger brother ben about his experience growing up gay in a christian culture.

Mar 01, 2021
contentment & being open to change - Interview with Dr. Matthieu Villatte

A discussion on the seeming paradox between being in the present moment, making goals for the future, holding contentment, and being open to change. Dr. Villatte is an expert in Relational Frame Theory and is an author for the book: Mastering the Clinical Conversation.

Feb 22, 2021
bipolar, mindfulness, and christian prayer - Interview with John Mark Comer

An interview with John Mark Comer where we discuss the differences between christian prayer and modern mindfulness, identity formation and my personal history with bipolar II.

Get John Mark's Book: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry:

Feb 15, 2021
avoidance & goals

Why avoidance can turn on you and why to face things head on. Reflections from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Jordan Peterson Lectures.

Feb 10, 2021
what to do if you're suffering - interview with Dr. Steve Hayes

A conversation on Dr. Hayes' work in creating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the psychological processes that are involved in thinking about and acting in moments of pain.

Check out his book "A Liberated Mind":

Song "Tides" by Surname

Feb 01, 2021

A discussion on honesty, refusing to manipulate others and the boundaries that promote this. Many of the ideas were inspired by the work of Cloud and Townsend in their book: Boundaries (2017).

Jan 26, 2021
loneliness & social media - Interview with Dr. Russell Kolts

Check out Russell Kolts' ted talk:

Also his book:

Also his upcoming workshop:

Jan 16, 2021
meaning & satisfaction

The 3 psychological categories needed to experience fulfillment. 

Category 1 and 3 are heavily influenced by Matthieu Villette’s 2016 book, Mastering the Clinical Conversation and the work of Victor Frankl on meaning. Category 2 is influenced by @Jordan.b.Peterson’s lectures.

Jan 13, 2021
motivation & childhood dreams

The connection between childhood wounds, dreams and our motivation.

Jan 06, 2021
relationship myths

Busting two myths this week when it comes to romance and relationships. Talking about the science of infatuation!

Dec 29, 2020
should I quit my job?

Dynamics to consider as you reflect on your career during quarantine. Original video was recorded April 2020.

Dec 23, 2020
the power of one idea

How one wrong idea can have an effect on your entire system of behaviors.

Dec 23, 2020