Tranced Out: How do you Dissociate?

October 11, 2022
Hosted by Deborah Cox

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Everyone dissociates: We have many episodes of zoning out, tuning out, or numbing out during every day. Much of that dissociation is normal and some even helps us be more productive. But do you know what dissociation looks like on you? Our culture conditions us to separate ourselves from sensory and emotional experience, to eat foods that numb our awareness, to multitask, and to skate along the surface of life, doing things, but not really being present for the feeling and sensory experience of them. If you work in a helping capacity, this matters, not just for the richness of your own life, but also for your ability to be a calm, grounded presence for those you serve. In this episode, Deborah and Tracy interview Dr. Chris Carver, psychotherapist, counselor educator, musician, and podcast host about all the forms of dissociation we experience and how to know when our “trancing out” is helpful or unhelpful. Find out more about Chris Carver here: Find out more about dissociation here:


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As a global community, we witness rates of depression, anxiety, and self-harm skyrocketing in the wake of more than two years of unprecedented stress and need. Helpers (caregivers, therapists, teachers, and even parents) face more demands than ever, often working hours of concentrated, solo emotional labor each day. We see helpers leaving their professions in droves, suffering their own health crises and burnout. So, who and what helps the helper? The fields of neuroscience, art, fitness, and physiology bring us insights never before available. But how do we utilize the burgeoning information to move from overwhelmed and lonely to inspired, thriving, creating, and connecting? ReConceive answers these questions. ReConceive probes connectedness for everyone navigating the mental health pandemic. Deborah Cox, psychologist, and Tracy Maxfield, body psychotherapist, explore new methods for working with our clients, and ourselves, through movement, art, and love.

Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox is an artist and licensed psychologist, board-certified in Couple and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She writes about anger, relationships, and recovery from religious trauma, and helps clients write their own stories of creativity and healing. Her autobiographical novel, Wife Material, tells a story of growing up in a Southern, fundamentalist sect. Deborah uses EMDR and art methods at the Mosher House, in Springfield, Missouri’s historic district.

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