Bonus Episode Day 20
Seeking External Validation
Solo episode—Patricia Young
Vulnerability alert! I’m getting caught up with the number of downloads (listeners) to the podcast, and I’m feeling a little depressed because I’m connecting my sense of value and worth to how many people are listening. I’m questioning, “Do I matter? Am I important? Is what I have to say important?” and I’m thinking that, “No one wants to hear about me.” My friend Laura Carr, LMFT reminds me that this is like dieting and getting on and off the scale and feeling good if the numbers go down, and feeling bad if the numbers go up. My value and worth are not connected to downloads. My “why” for doing this podcast is to create a tribe and a culture where we embrace sensitivity, and we feel really good about who we are.
Patricia Young, LCSW is a therapist in San Diego who is in private practice. Patricia works primarily with Highly Sensitive People (HSP) helping them understand their HSPness, and to turn their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate all the gifts we have to offer.
MUSIC—Gravel Dance by Andy Robinson www.andyrobinson.com