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Curious and Curiouser Podcast

Mar 7, 2018

Today’s episode of the podcast evolved out of an article Tracey wrote recently to address what she believes the connection is between mental health and gun violence. Tracey and Cayly highly recommend reading that article here ( either before or after listening to the episode.


The conversation Tracey and Cayly have around these ideas are potentially sensitive, and include mention of eating disorders, cutting, suicide, gun violence, and other possibly triggering topics, so please approach this episode with that in mind.


As always if you have anything to add to this dialogue, please send them to curiousandcuriouspodcast@gmail. All thoughts and perspectives are welcome.


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- Atlantic article about mental illness (

- The importance of normalizing struggle and so-called negative emotions

- Acting out towards ourselves or others

- How our culture defines masculinity

- Resilience, confidence, and growth mindset vs set mindset

- The role of insurance companies in the mental health field and how the medical model can limit access to care

- Gun Violence and the Mental Health Connection on Tracey’s website (

- Tracey and Cayly’s experience with unhealthy coping habits

- How Tracey’s relationship with her mom affected her emotional experience as a kid

- Tracey and Cayly’s experiences with constipation as a manifestation of emotional repression

- Cayly’s experience with cutting and Tracey’s experience treating young adults who cut

- Why parents need to model the full spectrum of emotions for their children

- And more!


Piquing Our Curiosity:


Honey Mama’s (, a company local to Portland, making delicious cocoa treats from five nutrient-rich ingredients. “Each bar has a base of raw honey and virgin coconut oil, with the addition of cocoa powder, Himalayan pink salt, and either sprouted almonds OR shredded coconut.” DELICIOUS. Find them at New Seasons Market and online here.