Self-Love

Episode 53: StrengthsFinder—How to Claim Your Strengths, Lean On Others & Thrive at Home and Work

By Alison Cook | May 11, 2023

We are talking all about finding our strengths today with my friend, Laura Cootsona, an accomplished coach, consultant, and non-profit executive. She walks us through StrengthsFinder, a tool that helps you identify and lean into your strengths and uncover the strengths of others. Research shows that leaning into your strengths at work and in life...

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Episode 52: The Enneagram—9 Ways to Uncover the Best (and Worst) of Who You Are, Get Honest With Yourself, & Improve Your Relationships

By Alison Cook | May 4, 2023

What a rich conversation with Enneacast podcast hosts Jesse Eubanks and Lindsey Lewis about the 9 different types of the Enneagram. We talk everything from mistyping women to Jesus, Kevin Hart, and the Apostle Paul. This is a great episode to share with your family, small group, or friends-it’s an opportunity for honest conversations about...

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Episode 51: The 12 Common Thinking Traps, Mind Reading, Mental Filters, and How To Stop Taking Things Personally

By Alison Cook | April 27, 2023

Do you struggle with taking compliments? Are you a mind reader? A minimizer? Or do you tend to take things personally? If you answered yes to any of these, you do not want to miss today’s episode. We’re discussing 12 common thinking traps, what psychologists call cognitive distortions. These are ways of thinking that trip...

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Episode 50: 9 Types of Intelligence, the Trap of Comparison, and 9 Ways to Connect with God

By Alison Cook | April 20, 2023

This week we’re digging into intelligence. And believe me, it’s not what you were taught! If you’ve struggled with comparing yourself to others, feeling inadequate, or unsure of your unique gifts (and that’s pretty much all of us), you don’t want to miss this episode! Here’s what we cover: 1. What is intelligence? 2. Why...

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Episode 49: Personality, the Big Five Traits, and Why Are We So Obsessed With Personality Types?

By Alison Cook | April 13, 2023

Exciting News! This week marks the launch of our brand new series, My Favorite Psychology Tools, and we’re kicking things off with a deep dive into the fascinating world of personality types. With so many fads and trends out there, it can be hard to know what’s actually backed by research. That’s why we’re here...

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Episode 48: Loving Your Body as a Spiritual Practice, Why the Flesh Isn’t the Body, and 3 Heresies We Kind of Believe

By Alison Cook | April 6, 2023

Gosh, it can be hard to live in a body, let alone learn to love it. We have so many demands that compete for our attention, not to mention all the mixed up messages we get as women- how in the world are we supposed to take the time to honor these bodies God has...

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Episode 47: Spiritual Bypassing vs. Embodied Faith & How Not to Harm Those Who Are Hurting, Including Yourself

By Alison Cook | March 30, 2023

This week on the podcast, we’re kicking off a mini 2-episode series on loving our bodies as a spiritual practice. Today, I dig into the problem of over-spiritualizing and how that does harm to ourselves and to others. Here’s what we cover: 1. What is spiritual bypassing? 2. Does every problem have a spiritual solution?...

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Episode 23: Am I wounded or am I sinful?

By Alison Cook | October 6, 2022

Today on the podcast, we’re diving into this question I keep bumping up against. On one hand we go to church, and we’re told you’re sinful; you need to repent, you need to die to yourself. On the other hand, we go to therapy, and we’re told you’re wounded; you’ve had trauma. You need to...

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Episode 22: How to Build Trust with Yourself

By Alison Cook | September 29, 2022

On this week’s podcast we’re talking all about building trust with yourself. This *internal* work is so important to the work of setting healthy external boundaries. I share with you an example from my own life and walk you through a process of connecting more deeply to what’s actually happening inside of you. As you...

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Episode 21: Making and Keeping A Promise to Yourself

By Alison Cook | September 22, 2022

Today on The Best of You podcast, we’re starting a new series on Boundaries and the Bible. And we’re starting with what I call the Yes Side of No. So many of us struggle with setting external boundaries because we keep the focus on the other person. But the work of setting boundaries starts inside...

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Episode 20: Making Peace with Yourself (& Facing Your Fear of Disappointing Other People)

By Alison Cook | September 15, 2022

Sometimes living at peace with other people, means living at peace with disappointing them. It’s incredibly important to balance your responsibility to other people with a deep sense of responsibility to your God-given self. It’s not only good for you. It’s good for other people. Living at peace with yourself is a process of figuring...

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Episode 18: Selfhood vs. Selfishness

By Alison Cook | September 1, 2022

This week on the podcast, we’re talking about selfhood. Many of us have been taught that “self” is bad. But there’s a big difference between selfhood and selfishness. Furthermore being selfless is not always the right choice. Reclaiming a healthy sense of self is not opposed to faith. In fact, learning to honor yourself goes...

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