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Talking About Our Emotions
Episode 622nd November 2023 • The Awareness to Action Enneagram Podcast • Awareness to Action
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In this episode of the Awareness to Action Enneagram podcast, Mario Sikora, María José Munita and Seth "Creek" Creekmore address listeners’ concerns and feedback on centers and provide a further explanation of what ATA teaches instead. They discuss how they address emotional intelligence with their clients and within their own understanding of human nature.

“Now again, emotions and feelings are the data that we have to think about in the context of our environment.” -Mario [17:28]

“My thinking skills allow me to not fool myself with a bad narrative. With those feelings, we will explain them somehow, that’s for sure. Now, those explanations, the better they are, the more effective we’ll be in moving forward. So we need to learn to interpret our feelings, to know ourselves the best way we can, to see how we’re fooling ourselves, and that we have to do through thinking.” -María José [18:46]

“I do sense like this thing that I hear constantly, as if processing emotions has nothing to do with thinking or your brain. No, it has everything to do with your brain.” -Creek [20:54]


[00:01] Intro

[02:09] A few responses to past episodes

[04:34] A brief history of these concepts

[10:40] Understanding & processing emotions

[22:32] Books recommendations

[24:57] Data vs experience

[26:40] Another angle the centers are used

[33:36] Outro

Here is a list of some of our current favorite resources on thinking, sensing/feeling, and emotion:

Clear Thinking Resources:

“Mistakes were made… (but not by me)” by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

“The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights” by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross (also, “How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life”)

“Thinking 101: How to Reason Better to Live Better” by Woo-Kyoung Ahn

“Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results” and the The Knowledge Project Podcast by Shane Parrish

“How to Think Well, and Why: The Awareness to Action Guide to Clear Thinking” by Mario Sikora


On emotion and the brain:

“Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain” and “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain” by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Speaking of Psychology : “Your Brain Is Not What You Think It Is, with Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD”

The Knowledge Project Podcast: #92 Lisa Feldman Barrett: Balancing the Brain Budget

Huberman Lab: Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett: How to Understand Emotions

“Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking” by Leonard Mlodinow

“The Nature of the Beast: How Emotions Guide Us” by David J. Anderson



“Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst” by Robert M. Sapolsky

“Intuition: Its Powers and Perils” by David G. Myers

“The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality” by Andy Clark

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IG: @ataenneagrampod

Mario Sikora: 

IG: @mariosikora

TikTok: @mariosikora


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Maria Jose Munita: 

IG: @mjmunita


Seth "Creek" Creekmore: 

IG: @_creekmore

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