religion

Episode 58: Sweatin' Like a Shrink in Church

Traditional church environments often select for a certain breed of cat. This can leave other cats feeling out of place. Since birds of a feather flock together, congregations frequently develop where those on the fringes feel unwelcome. Taking cues from psychoanalysis, Aldous Huxley and the words of Jesus, Carpenter proposes a way to think about how the subcultures within our churches develop and how this prevents the genuine pursuit of truth and beauty.

Episode 50: Sin: Two Experienced Backsliders Elaborate

Life coach, Janice Baldes, and Psychiatrist, Marty Carpenter MD discuss the concept of sin and how to think about it in psychological terms. Marty and Janice include an analysis of traditional religious definitions and provide tips on discovering the triggers that lead us to think and behave in ways that leave us feeling more disconnected.

Episode 21 - Divorce: The Church

Church-going Christians get divorced regularly. Its painful for everybody and can be very confusing to navigate. In this episode, Carpenter offers advice from both firsthand and professional experience on the matter of divorce in the church.

Episode 16 - Gender bias and church patriarchy: Psychiatrist dissects his own mind.

Martin Carpenter MD plumbs his own mind on the subject of gender discrimination, describing how his own fears have prevented him from formally speaking out on gender bias in the past. Unlock the secrets of your hangups and frustrations as Dr. Carpenter analyzes this explosive topic with unprecedented vulnerability. Hear what Carpenter thinks of his own mother and what he will tell his daughter about being female in this world. Dr. Carpenter explains how the gender wars, tradition and power struggles abound in our homes and churches across the land. He shares the surprising and uplifting perspective that has provided meaningful closure for him. At the end of the video, Dr. Carpenter shares a song called "Mama's Pockets" he wrote and recorded inspired by his relationship with his mom.

Episode 11 - Michael Lensing

So a Shrink and a Mortician walk into a bar, right... We talked about some taboo topics and got personal about what it's like to take care of yourself working in emotionally intense professions. Michael discussed his favorite spot in the funeral home which surprised me. It's the embalming room he finds most peaceful. "There's no back talk." He elaborates on grief, the difference in family response to caskets vs ashes, what he'd ask God and how evil and death are related and a whole lot more.