Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 69: Approval-Seeking, External vs. Internal Rest, Benefits of Meditation, & Why It’s Okay to Stay Small Sometimes

Whose approval are you seeking?

On this week’s episode, Tracey and I have a meandering conversation sparked by this question, exploring all the ways we seek approval and how we can learn to stop looking outside ourselves for validation.

We discuss why we continue to seek approval from our parents even as adults, how social media can exacerbate this need for external validation, how meditation and visualization can help us change these behaviors, and why it’s okay if you want to stay small (in business or otherwise).

This is a wide-reaching conversation and Tracey and I hope you enjoy it!  If so, please consider leaving a 5-star rating or review in iTunes. It helps other folks find the podcast and is really appreciated.

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Related resources:

There is Nothing Wrong With You by Cheri Huber

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson

Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor

How I learned to like myself

Meditation challenge

Episode 16 on Building Confidence


Piquing Our Curiosity:

The Calm App, a meditation and sleep app that offer guided meditations, online classes, and sleep stories (to help you fall asleep faster). If you have always wanted to try meditation, but weren’t sure how to get started, this app might be the perfect place to start. Check them out online here and download the app to your iPhone or Android.


Remember, if you have any topics or questions you’d like us to address in a future episode, comment here or email us at our joint email account: We’d love to hear from you!

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