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People Pleasing, Being Alone and Living In Denial
Episode 414th February 2021 • The Dating After Divorce Survival Guide • Eric Payne
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Moving right along from Episode 3 and just in time for Valentine's Day (if you haven't listened to it start there, actually just start at Season 1 because this is a story, not a podcast made up of standalone episodes)! It's the holidays and yours truly, Eric Payne, The Divorced Dillinger, travels home to visit the family! Before it's all over I will have eaten my way through Chicago, connected with old friends, weighed in polygamy, and held court with a trio of prayer warriors. See below for the episode acts and topics and their timestamps:

(03:47) Act 1: Dealing With Rejection

  • How rejection can manifest negatively in your life such as imposter syndrome
  • A better way to view rejection and use it as a springboard for success

(10:18) Act 2: The Power of Being Alone

  • Using solitude to your advantage
  • Understanding the paradox of people-pleasing and ways to go about breaking the codependent need to please others
  • and why you should

(15:10) Acts 3 & 4: Acceptance is a Hell of a Drug

  • Reconnecting with old friends over the miles and the years
  • The damage and dangers of living in denial and keeping secrets a.k.a. ignoring the truth
  • The power of being present, accepting your circumstances for what they are, and what this means


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This episode's poem, As the Drip Drops, can be found here:

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About The Dating After Divorce Survival Guide

Datin' ain't easy — especially the second time around. Join retired blogger ( and divorced dad, Eric Payne for his humorous storytelling escapades that take you along for the ride over the hills and through the valleys as he navigates dating life as a divorced man. Eric doesn't shy away from any of it – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the messy, and he isn't afraid to call himself out when he's the one being messy.



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