Episode 66

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Published on:

7th Feb 2021

Mirror mirror on the wall with Tara Well

Although Tara Well calls herself a “mirror-gazing expert,” what this really means is that she helps people find a way back into themselves. She does that by teaching self-compassion through Mirror Meditation.

After many years of disregarding her feelings, Tara found that something as simple as looking into the mirror can help with self-awareness and emotional regulation. Now, she shares her method with others — and it seems to be working miracles.

But those miracles are well-backed by science. Tara is an associate psychology professor at Barnard College of Columbia University, where she teaches the theoretical base for her mirror work. On top of that, she writes a column for Psychology Today called The Clarity.

Time Stamp:

2:41 Tara explains Mirror Meditation 

5:47 Tara shares the challenges that people face with Mirror Meditation 

10:49 Self awareness and body awareness as part of Mirror Meditation 

13:09 The first shift Tara sees in her clients once they start Mirror Meditation 

15:35  Finding your true self under the layer of self criticism 

17:45 The power of self talk and techniques to manage your inner critic 

19:22 The technique of video journaling 

26:53 Video journaling and its impact on image management 

31:36 The mirror and narcissism 

38:10 Tara shares how people react when she tells them that she is a Mirror Gazing Expert 

39:36 Shelley shares a quote from Joseph Campbell 

41:51 Tara shares about her book and where you can find her

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The Big Self Podcast
Inner Growth. Outer impact.
Shelley and Chad kick off each week with a provocative thought leader who has something to say about the power of inner growth to drive outer impact. From building resilience to life design to life transitions to leadership to growing ourselves up, we touch on all things Big Self. At the back end of the week Chad and Shelley dish on their experiences and expertise.

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Chad Prevost

Dr. Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.