Mastering Your Emotions, Pain, and Becoming Magnetic with Dr. Julia DiGangi


Embark on a journey of self-discovery in the world of emotional power, neuroscience, and resilience with the remarkable Julia DiGangi, Ph.D., neuropsychologist and author of Energy Rising.

In this episode, we delve deep into the fascinating world of our brains and how they inform our behaviours. Dr. DeGangi’s latest book, “Energy Rising: The Neuroscience of Leading with Emotional Power,” serves as the focal point of our discussion. Together, we explore the concept of emotional power and its counterpart, emotional pain. Dr. DeGangi shares some of the transformative codes she has developed during her tenure, offering valuable insights into how we can enhance our emotional energetics.

This conversation is a must-listen if you are looking to elevate your emotional intelligence, whether you’re a parent, a partner, a team leader, or a team member. Discover how to lead with love and certainty, in the present and the evolving landscape of future relationships.

Hint: If you are a parent, you definitely want to listen all the way to the end.



Dr. Julia DiGangi is a neuropsychologist, who completed her residency at Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She has nearly two decades of experience studying the connection between our brains and our behaviour. Dr. DiGangi has worked with leaders at The White House Press Office, global companies, international NGOs, and the US Special Forces. Her understanding of stress, trauma, and resilience is also informed by her work in international development and humanitarian aid, where she served some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The founder of NeuroHealth Partners, a neuropsychology-based consultancy, DiGangi shows people—at work and at home—how to harness the power of the brain to lead more satisfying and emotionally intelligent lives.


0:00:00 Reclaiming the Power of Emotional Connection
0:03:39 Introducing Dr. Julia DiGanji and the topic of emotional power
0:13:22 The enduring sense of anxiety and external delegation
0:19:46 The Math of Self-Confidence
0:28:40 Interfering with our brain and body’s emotional toxins
0:37:46 Understanding the Different Nervous System States
0:44:53 Introduction to Extreme Trauma and Stress
0:48:15 Treatment Approach and Unexpected Outcome
0:49:44 Overcoming Trauma Through Transformation
0:50:10 The Challenge of Communicating Needs in Relationships
0:55:02 Choosing Yourself and Plugging the Holes in Your Cup
0:58:49 The Power of Emotional Resentment and Annoyance
1:02:04 Dealing with Feedback and Powerful Relationships
1:08:01 The Brain’s Need for Certainty and Overcompensation
1:09:58 Pathological Seeking of Certainty and Anxiety
1:12:31 External Success vs Internal Fulfillment
1:13:28 Finding solace in the power of self-reflection
1:14:28 The Power of a Well-Timed Punchline
1:14:34 Parents’ Fear of Failure and Unrealistic Expectations
1:21:15 The importance of letting go and nurturing relationships with children
1:24:29 The significance of self-care and emotional availability in parenting

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