Episode 45 – Self Knowledge: How To Know Yourself

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Have you been feeling like you’ve been living on auto-pilot? Are there certain things that you do that you’re not really sure why you do? Are you looking to grow as a person, but aren’t exactly sure how?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with getting to know yourself as therapists.

In This Episode


  • How did you form habits
  • How can you take a more active role in your life
  • What are some tools to help you

How did you form habits

  • It is tactical and strategic
  • Acknowledging the feeling of fear but not trusting the belief system it presents
  • It allows fear to still exist; don’t have to stop it or make it go away

How can you take a more active role in your life

  • Observe patterns and habits
  • Honesty about who you are, not who you want to be or think you are
  • You become more predictable to yourself (in good and bad ways)

What are some tools to help you?

  • Mindfulness
  • Journaling
  • Getting feedback from others

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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