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Exploring and discussing a variety of relationship topics and issues for people in all kinds of relationships; including partnerships, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, roommates and more.

Apr 30, 2019

Gregg Levoy is a frequent seminar leader who holds workshops in the faith-based, human-potential, educational, governmental, and business industries. He is a Passionate Living Expert who has penned bestselling books such as Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion as well as Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life which has been named as one of the Top 20 Career Publications by the Workforce Information Group. He regularly shares his insights and expertise as a frequent contributor to Psychology Today.


Gregg joins me today to discuss his personal experiences in getting his heart broken and how he found an avenue to heal himself through writing. We share our thoughts on failed relationships, the different aspects of heartbreak, and how we should remember that we’re not alone in feeling this kind of pain. We also discuss the various ways of moving on, how to face the pain instead of denying it, and how to keep in mind that there’s always hope at the end.


“Our heartbreaks are part of our history. Don’t try to dispose of it like you’d throw away a busted pot. The repair is part of the preciousness of it.” - Gregg Levoy


This week on Relationships! Let’s Talk About It:


  • Heartbreak as the resume of rejected love.
  • How Gregg started a long-distance relationship and fell in love only for it to end eight weeks after moving to the same city she lives.
  • The stages he went through in the process of getting over the failed relationship.
  • The difficulty - and necessity - in abruptly ending communication with the other person in the failed relationship.
  • My own experience of waiting into the late hours of the night, over the span of months, for a call that never happened.
  • How watching movies and TV programs that speak to the pain of heartbreak can be a cathartic release.
  • The “altered state” we find ourselves in during periods of loss or heartbreak.
  • How I found myself dealing with joy and loss at the same time when I received news of my friend’s death on my wife’s birthday.
  • How writing helps through extended spells of heartbreak-induced sadness.
  • My own stories involving baseball, studying Japanese, and how a chance encounter gave me a new direction in life.
  • Helpful insights from a book on making sense of life changes.
  • Gregg’s interesting chance encounter with his ex at a coffee shop… while he was on a date with someone new.
  • The Japanese art of Kintsugi, and how it relates to heartbreak.
  • How Gregg said no to the chance of reconnecting with his ex, and the thought process behind it.
  • Our parting thoughts on grieving a failed relationship and letting go.


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