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Dr. Connell Cowan and Dr. David Kipper on Overriding Brain Chemistry and Behavior Patterns

Join me on an insightful episode of the Passion Struck podcast as I engage in a captivating conversation with esteemed guests, renowned psychologist Dr. Connell Cowan and internalist Dr. David Kipper. Together, we delve into the illuminating pages of their book, Override: Discover Your Brain Type, Why You Do What You Do, and How to Do it Better. In this thought-provoking discussion, they introduce a groundbreaking theory of personality that unravels the profound impact of neurotransmitters on human behavior.

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We are sorted out into two different brain types, based on a deficiency in one of two neurotransmitters that we inherit.

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Overriding Brain Chemistry and Behavior Patterns with Dr. Connell Cowan and Dr. David Kipper

The episode illuminates the intricate workings of these chemical messengers within our nervous system by exploring the fascinating realm of serotonin types and dopamine types. Listeners are invited to embark on a journey of self-discovery to gain a deeper understanding of their unique brain type and how it shapes their thoughts, actions, and choices.

Dr. Connell Cowan and Dr. David Kipper explain why we often sabotage our best intentions and struggle to change our habitual behaviors. They highlight the importance of having a personalized understanding of individual brain chemistry, which is critical in implementing strategies for change. This conversation provides interesting insights into the power of our brains and how we can overcome our innate challenges to unlock our true potential. Prepare to be captivated by the captivating revelations presented in this episode as Dr. Connell Cowan and Dr. David Kipper illuminate the transformative power of understanding and harnessing the influence of neurotransmitters in our lives.

By listening to Dr. Cowan, Dr. Kipper, and John, you will be able to:

  • Delve into the fascinating relationship between our brain chemistry and behavior, opening new perspectives on human actions.
  • Learn about the two distinct brain types – Shields and Swords, and their respective behavioral patterns.
  • Gain insights into the diverse effects of PTSD on Swords and Shields, shedding light on suitable coping strategies.
  • Tap into your intentional self-control, empowering you to address resistance to change effectively.
  • Prioritize brain health and well-being with informed decisions on diet, sleep, and stress management.
  • And much, much more!
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More From My Conversation With Dr. Connell Cowan and Dr. David Kipper about Their Book Override

Connell Cowan and David Kipper were two experts from different fields, a medical doctor and a psychologist, who realized that their advice to their patients and clients wasn’t working as effectively as they had hoped. They wanted to find a deeper understanding of human behavior, leading them to research the connection between brain chemistry and behavior. Together, they discovered that people’s behavior could be attributed to deficiencies in one of two neurotransmitters: dopamine, the activating neurotransmitter, or serotonin, the calming neurotransmitter. This groundbreaking discovery allowed them to develop personalized approaches to helping people understand and change their behaviors, leading to a more fulfilling life.

The Two Brain Types

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to dive headfirst into new experiences while others prefer to play it safe? It turns out there’s some fascinating science behind these differences, which are based on two distinct brain types – Swords and Shields. Swords are individuals who are imbalanced on the dopamine side, meaning they are often impulsive, seek immediate gratification, and are more prone to taking risks. Conversely, Shields are those whose brains are imbalanced on the serotonin side, leading to more cautious, protective behavior patterns. Knowing your brain type is essential to understanding how you respond to various situations and how you can better shape your actions based on these natural tendencies.

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Drs. Connell Cowan and David Kipper shed light on the differences between Swords and Shields during their conversation with John R. Miles on the Passion Struck podcast. They highlighted the importance of understanding one’s brain chemistry and its impact on our emotions, thoughts, and actions. Recognizing our brain type and chemical imbalances can help us develop intentional self-control and reshape our reflexive behaviors.

Brain Chemistry and Growth
Personal growth is largely dependent on our ability to push ourselves outside our comfort zones. However, this process can be hindered by the brain’s natural tendencies to seek emotional comfort, even if it’s contrary to our well-being. Serotonin and dopamine imbalances may perpetuate patterns that don’t serve us, leading to stagnation or self-sabotage. Therefore, by understanding and addressing the underlying brain chemistry, we can begin to overcome our intrinsic challenges and unlock our true potential.

During the Passion Struck podcast, Drs. Cowan and Kipper emphasized the importance of self-awareness in fostering personal growth. By recognizing the roles of serotonin and dopamine in our behaviors and emotions, we can work to overcome negative patterns and habits that hold us back, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

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About Today’s Guests, Dr. Connel Cowan and Dr. David Kipper

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Join Dr. Connell Cowan and Dr. David Kipper as they share their remarkable expertise in understanding the complex world of brain chemistry and its impact on human behavior. Dr. Cowan, a seasoned psychologist, and Dr. Kipper, a gifted internist, combine their skills and knowledge to unveil neurotransmitters’ critical role in shaping our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Their extensive research provides a unique and personalized insight into mastering our behavior to help us live more intentional and meaningful lives.

Dr. Connell Cowan is a clinical psychologist. He co-wrote Smart Women/Foolish Choices, a runaway bestseller that spawned an entire genre of books dealing with male/female dilemmas. The book spent nearly a year on the New York Times bestseller list, sold millions of copies, has been published in 23 different languages, and was made into a hit musical. His second book, Women Men Love/Women Men Leave, also became a NYT bestseller. Husbands & Wives completed the relationship trio.

He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows and his writings have been published in a number of journals, magazines, and newspapers internationally.  Dr. Cowan also established the Human Sciences Center in Los Angeles––a non-profit center for research and treatment funded in part by a grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation.

Dr. David Kipper has practiced internal medicine in Los Angeles for over three decades. He has appeared as an expert commentator on all major networks, has produced numerous programs on health and health care, appeared on the Today Show, and contributed to the Huffington Post. Dr. Kipper is currently a co-host for ABC radio’s The Medical Show, a weekly national call-in show addressing all areas of medicine. After 12 years on the air, The Medical Show will be syndicated to a broad national audience with podcasts and a web presence that advocates for patients seeking personalized solutions to complicated health problems. Dr. Kipper co-founded the Medical Group of Beverly Hills, the largest multidisciplinary healthcare provider in Los Angeles.

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John R. Miles is globally recognized as an expert in intentional behavior change, leadership, personal mastery, and veteran advocacy. He founded and serves as CEO of PASSION STRUCK®. This media company boasts a significant social media following and tens of millions of annual views on its podcasts and YouTube channels. His podcast, Passion Struck with John R. Miles, sets records and has held the top spot among alternative health podcasts. Furthermore, John is the author of the upcoming book “Passion Struck,” which is set to be published in early 2024.

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