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Am I the BLEEP
Welcome to Am I the BLEEP!?! The show where your favourite Jonathans scour the internet for the greatest of AITA posts so that we can judge their authors on the legendary scale of a**holery.
Sep 5, 2023
AITA for refusing to switch seats with a kid on an 8hr flight?
*B*eing or not being the AH in a situation is a tricky* L*ittle situation that takes the* E*xpertise of the Jonathans to* E*ncourage thought and adjudication to* P*osit who is and who isn't the AH If this doesn't show up like an acrostic poem on your device, I will eat my hat. Also please give us 5 stars as a bare minimum rating. It's the only way.Support the show
Aug 29, 2023
AITA for not respecting my husband’s culture?
It's us.... HI. We're the Jonathan's, it's we. It's AITB time. The Jonathans agree. Support the show
Aug 15, 2023
AITA for calling my coworker a nosy *****!?!
After a brief meeting at 4 am, the council of Jonathans met to discuss a very important matter. After hemming, hawing they began to understand what the real question here was... Doest calling thy colleague a nosy ***** maketh thee an AH? Let's find out.Support the show
Aug 8, 2023
AITA for going home after my inlaws excluded me from dinner at a restaurant?
Geronimo! The jabbering Jonathans jump judiciously into the stories of jaded jabronies and shed their jacklight onto jackass juveniles to judge the justifiableness of the jabbering gerrymander. Don't worry. We won't quit our day job.Support the show
Aug 1, 2023
AITA for Ruining My Own Birthday?
In this epic episode of Am I the Bleep!?! We are ecstatic, elated, and another generic 'E' word that describes *excitement* to introduce a very special guest. The one...the only... JROSE11!!!!!! You may know him from Twitch or one of his many other endeavors, but today you will get to know him as a very special co-host of our show. While he is not a Jonathan, his name also starts with a 'J', so we can hopefully all take this in stride and move in with exuberance to today's episode of Am I the Bleep!?! Support the show
1 hr 7 min
Jul 18, 2023
AITA for saying no to a new puppy!?!
In this brand new episode of Am I the Bleep!?!, The Jonathans dive really....really...really deep into the complexities of relationships. They do this because they love talking about complex stuff in complex ways with complex people. Now say complex 10 more times and give this brand new episode a listen. It's simpler than you may think.Support the show
Jul 11, 2023
AITA for reporting a mother and her glitter monster to a flight attendant?
*AITA for reporting a mother and her glitter monster to a flight attendant? *I had a situation that happened to me on a long-haul flight yesterday and I need your verdict. I'd paid for an aisle seat in main cabin extra because of my long legs. It was a packed flight and my row-mates were a mother (late 30s?) with a young child (maybe 5 or 6). They brought a bunch of arts and crafts to keep the kid busy - things like a glue stick, markers, paper, craft sticks. Sounds cute, right? Well, not when the glitter came out. The child, let's call her Glitter Godzilla (GG), was making a mess, and since she was in the middle seat, the glitter would spill over onto my side. If you remember glitter from elementary school, it’s messy AF if you try attaching it to paper. There’s a lot of shake off and most of it doesn’t stick. So yeah the glitter and marks from the glue stick rolling off the gray table was everywhere - on my shoes, my backpack, and my jeans. I'm patient and get kids can be messy, but this felt crazy. I tried catching the mom's eye, hoping she'd step in. But she just gave me a blank look like "this is how it is." I’m not confrontational so when I got up to use the bathroom, I quietly shared the situation with a flight attendant. She promised to discretely address it. When I got back to my seat, the mother was pissed. Idk what the flight attendant said but the mom claimed I was being discriminatory against mothers, and since the flight was delayed she was just trying to keep her child entertained. Then she started raising her voice, accusing me of being "a selfish man with no understanding of children". All this despite the fact that my lower half now looks bedazzled. There were no other seats available, so I was stuck the rest of the flight with this lady’s verbal attacks. The flight attendants gave me looks of sympathy but didn’t want to step in. Of course the mother gave me a final fuck you as we deplaned. I travel a lot and this was the flight from hell. Not to mention it was pretty embarrassing in the airport. Not that I can blame people taking notice. AITA here? Was I wrong to get some help in dealing with what felt like a glitter assault? Should I have just sucked it up and became a human art project? *How would you respond to this OP? Who is the AH? This and more on this week's episode of Am I the Bleep!?!*Support the show
Jul 4, 2023
AITA for not wanting my husband to eat lobster in our house?
*AITA for not wanting my husband to eat lobster in our house? * I (F27) have a seafood allergy, anything that comes from the sea will cause me to break out in hives, be nauseated and have difficulty breathing, it never got to the point of being an anaphylaxis reaction but I do not want to risk it. My husband (27M) loves seafood specifically lobster. he will eat it when visiting his parents (who live 4h away) but never around me. His parents are coming to visit next week and are bringing lobster ( My MIL doesn't understand my allergy and thinks I just get a small rash). I just found out today. I told my husband absolutely not, he can go to our friend's house to eat it but not here. He told me how he will eat in the living room and i can stay in the bedroom, I said no the smell is going to linger and il be nauseated for hours. He promised to clean up after and scrub I said no I don't want to risk it. We argued a bit more and this is where we are. he is usually really good about my allergy and always checks in restaurants before going there if they sell seafood and will warn the waiters about my allergy. this is completely out of character for him so I'm wondering if I'm being the AH here. How the heck do The Jonathans respond? You will have to listen to today's episode to find out ;p Here are all the posts for today's episode: * AITA for taking my sisters and their husbands to see Garth Brooks when my friends didn't pay? * AITA for not wanting my husband to eat lobster in our house? * AITA for “ruining my sister’s family”? Support the show
Jun 27, 2023
AITA for not babysitting my ex-husband’s kid?
"To bleep, or not to bleep, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The a**holes of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of a**holes And by opposing end them. " -William Shakespeare Check out the original posts here if you would like to read along: * AITA for putting out my neighbours fire with my garden hose while we’re on a fire ban? * AITA for not babysitting my ex-husband’s kid * AITA for getting high so my relatives don't try and pawn their children on me?Support the show
Jun 5, 2023
AITA for Not Wanting to be around His Family?
In this extra special episode of Am I the Bleep!?! The Jonathans are actually in the same room at the same time in the same city. It's kind of like a less Oscar-worthy version of Everything, Everywhere All at Once....but it's still pretty good. In this episode, we talk about exclusion and how to manage yourself in its ugly face. Also, and on a different note...Thank you all for over 1000 downloads! We are eternally grateful <3 And so grateful in fact that we wrote a Haiku. *Jonathans are we;* *Listeners are listening* *to Am I the Bleep * The meaning is as deep as our love for you, the listeners. Thank you so much <3 -The JonathansSupport the show
May 30, 2023
AITA for leaving my sister's wedding?
In this corner, weighing at a combined 450 lbs, we have The Jonathans. A destructive duo ready to dive in and do what they do. In the opposing corner, weighing in at 0 lbs, we have Chat GPT. The force coming to take Jonathan's job right from their grasp. And it means it, folks! That's right! In this cage match episode, The Jonathans go head-to-head(?) with an invisible enemy to see who can not only determine who the A**hole is but also offer some impactful coaching. Will ChatGPT be able to be successful in it's endeavor to take the Jonathans down, or will the Jonathans unplug the computer, reboot it, blow on its floppy disk, and wait 5 long minutes with a cold stare as CHATGPT crashes and falls into its blue screen of death? This week's threads include: AITA for going to a concert over my mother's wedding? AITA for leaving my sister's wedding?Support the show
May 23, 2023
AITA For refusing to pay for my friend's gf's meal at a restaurant?
Every single week, The Jonathans put their minds, their wits and their courage together to read from the titular 'Am I the Asshole' thread to determine who is the A**hole and who isn't. This is not a challenge they take lightly. Every day they wake up at 3 am to train in the style of a certain Rocky Balboa running up and down stairs until they have built the sheer fortitude to accomplish the task at hand. Will all this training be worth it? Let's find out... Today's posts include: AITA For refusing to pay for my friends, gf's meal at a restaurant? AITA for telling my husband to let his daughter live with her uncle? AITA For not attending a play that my BF is in because there is smoking in itSupport the show
May 16, 2023
AITA for telling my best friend his girlfriend is disgusting?
Writing copy for podcasts is hard. You have to listen to yourself speak...again and again and again for another 40+ minutes to find the part where you said something witty that will translate to you, the listener. It's like the worst answering machine-type experience in the world and I WILL NOT HAVE IT TODAY! So rather than me going through HELL, it's your turn. Listen to today's episode of, Am I the Bleep!?! where Dr. Jonathan Rom and Jonathan Friedman read posts from the titular thread, Am I the Asshole? and coach the posters right then and there. Today's posts include the following: AITA for telling my best friend his gf is disgusting? AITA for not wanting to take my wife’s photos? AITA for not serving alcohol at my baby's 1st birthday party? Listen to it, love it and hold these moments close...they define us.Support the show
May 8, 2023
AITA for hiding vegetables in my boyfriend’s food?
I couldn't think of what I wanted to say for today's episode description so I did the only thing I could think of and go to CHAT GPT to do my work for me. Here's what was said by the infamous robot on it's first try... "Am I the Bleep!?!," is the podcast that's more relatable than your ex's rebound. Hosted by two comedians who make dark humor seem like a ray of sunshine. If you're sick of life's BS, these guys got you. With anonymous guests who share their cringy stories, you'll feel like your life is not so terrible after all. Their unsolicited advice will make you wonder why you never thought of that (probably because it's terrible advice). So, if you need a break from reality, come join the hosts and forget your problems, or laugh at how they're worse than yours." - CHAT GPT Wow, CHAT GPT...you are the A**hole :p Today's posts include: * AITA for telling my sister to fuck off with her scientifically accurate term? * AITA for ordering nachos even though it “deeply offended…
May 3, 2023
WIBTA if I didn't include one of my polycule members in a book I'm writing?
In today's epic episode, the jazzy Jonathans read stories from aloof a**holes and coach them...courageously. Is my copywriting improving or what!?! We coach the original posters of the following AITA threads: * WIBTA if I didn't include one of my polycule members in a book I'm writing? * AITA for "embarrassing" my husband by leaving the room whenever he chews gum? * WIBTA if I asked my wife to stop washing her grandson's laundry? It's gonna be great and you have to listen to today's episode now! Support the show
Apr 26, 2023
AITA for lying to my gf about having a child?
To be or not be the A**hole? That is the question. And the truth is that it's one that has been plaguing The Jonathans for millennia. And it's not for a lack of trying, it's truly all they think about, but it turns out to be infinitely more complex than they thought because there is more to the A**hole than meets the eye. Today, The Jonathans do some digging, some diving deep and some analysis on the following posts: * AITA for lying to my gf about having a child? * AITA for saying niece can't come on vacation if she continues to have "tics"? * AITA for telling my daughter the truth about her father? This and more on today's episode of *AM I THE BLEEP!?!* Support the show
Mar 29, 2023
AITA For Criticizing My Roommate's Grooming Habits Harshly?
“You can’t always get what you want…” Maybe it’s a little past your generation, but sixty odd years ago, that line spurred legions of unwavering fans throughout the rock ‘n roll world. Today, the question isn’t really whether or not you can get what you want… instead, it’s more nuanced: Should you always get what you want? Not getting what you want can suck. It feels like you’re sacrificing a part of yourself. You feel a pit in your stomach, and you’re upset that even with the best of intentions, you ended up with a bad outcome. But sometimes, not getting what you want can be exactly what you need. We know. This is a controversial take. But bear with us, because we’re about to blow your mind. Support the show
Mar 22, 2023
AITA for telling a morbid joke about my son?
It's not every day that the Jonathans put up a united front against the crimes of assholery. And while it is against their better judgement, today, the Jonathans will do just that. Together they read the following posts to determine who is the a**hole and also who is the BLEEP!?!" * AITA for refusing to clean up after my girlfriend even though she was upset? * AITA for refusing to help my daughter with her car payment because she is a stripper? * AITA for telling a morbid joke about my son? A quick note from Dr. Jon: Sociopathy is absolutely in the DSM V under Antisocial Personality Disorder. What he meant to say that it does not appear in the DSM V like it does in the cultural zeitgeist, like on television. It is usually more nuanced and less cinematic than how it is used colloquially.Support the show
Mar 15, 2023
AITA for kicking a girl out of my party for calling her boyfriend “daddy?”
It's not every day that there are 2 Jonathans slammed together in one room with the sole goal, of calling people a**holes. But if that's your cup of tea, then a quiet space to listen to the show is where you'll want to be. In today's episode, we cover the following posts: * AITA for kicking a girl out of my party for calling her boyfriend “daddy?” * AITA for telling my girlfriend I’m not her maid in public? * AITA for making my younger sister watch my baby? Listen now! Support the show
Mar 8, 2023
AITA for making my brother's vegan gf feel "alienated"?
It was a Monday at 6:32 PM when the Jonathans felt a certain tingle... a tingle that only a certified Jonathan can feel. A sense that some sort of AITA-related drama was brewing on a world wide web near us. And wouldn't you know it, our 7th sense did not fail us this time. In this week's podcast, we jump right into the following posts: * AITA for telling my mom she violated my privacy for going through my suitcase? * AITA for moving out of the apartment my parents bought for me after they made me let my brother live there. * AITA for making my brother's vegan gf feel "alienated" at my engagement dinner? Not only do we offer some of the world's greatest coaching to these original posters, but we also share some insight that we feel will change your life forever. Let's do this! Support the show
Mar 1, 2023
Shrek in Shoulder Pads
Who's making waffles in the morning? Not The Jonathans, that's for sure. They are way too busy recording this podcast...at this very moment (inception). But, in all reality, The Jonathans are on a quest to find Prince Charming in what is an ABSOLUTE SEA of A**holes on Reddit's 'Am I the Asshole' thread. And while this path is not entirely rosy, it's filled with warm laughter, expert analysis, and just a righteous smidgen of coaching. In today's episode, we explore the following posts: * WIBTA for not wanting a woman I used to bully at my wedding. * AITA for bringing an emotional support animal to a funeral despite my daughters wishes? * AITA for not allowing my girlfriend's sister to sleep at my house? To learn more about the coaching we do, click here.Support the show
Feb 22, 2023
How to have the TOUGH conversations
Nobody knows how to have hard conversations like The Jonathans. We have broken up, fought, and even threatened to take each other down at WRESTLEMANIA BROTHERRRR (on at least 4 separate occasions). But how do you have these tough talks? How do you find a resolution instead of stepping into the ring for a no-holds-barred match? Dr. Jon Rom and Jonathan Friedman dive off the top rope directly into some posts from 'Am I the Asshole' on Reddit to fuel this episode of Am I the Bleep!?! Here are the posts we examined this week: * AITA for refusing to carpool with my coworker * AITA for telling my daughter that she can’t expect me to do the hard things for her just because she doesn’t want to do them? * AITA for telling my son he has to go to university, get a job, or get out? Support the show
Feb 15, 2023
AITA for cutting the trip with my wife short!?!
I have a story for you. It happened to a friend of a friend of mine... Well, really, it happened to a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of mine. I mean we all have 6 degrees of seperation from someone on Reddit's Am I the Asshole, right? It must be the truth. In today's episode of Am I the Bleep!?! The Jonathans (that's us) explore whether or not the people in the following stories are a**holes on the legendary scale of a**holery: * AITA for cutting the trip with my wife short after I learned that my son's step-grandparents weren't feeding him properly? * AITA for missing an actual emergency because I turned off my phone to avoid my wife's unnecessary contact attempts during my tech-free weekend? * AITA for telling my girlfriend she's not allowed to tell my daughter what to do? So, even if our R.L Stein intro threw you for a loop, we promise that this episode will leave you with Goosebumps. Welcome to this week's brand new episode of Am I th…
Feb 8, 2023
AITA for criticizing how my girlfriend takes job interviews?
Guess who's back!?! Back again!?! It's the dudes who are more shady than slim, but are still mega down for mom's spaghetti. It's the JONATHANS! And they are back with one goal and one goal only. To determine who the a**hole is on the* Legendary Scale of A**holery ™.** *In today's episode, The Jonathans explore the following posts: * AITA for not allowing my stepdaughter and her boyfriend to share a room * AITA for criticizing how my girlfriend takes job interviews? * AITA for refusing to attend my wife's BF's wedding? Lend us your ears and your hearts as we tune in to this very first episode of *Am I the BLEEP!?! *To learn more about *The Journal That Talks Back™ *and to receive 10% off your first 3 months of coaching click here: https://www.thejournalthattalksback.com/ Book your intake call: https://www.thejournalthattalksback.com/book-a-call To share your feedback or to tell us that we are the a**holes, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSupport…
Jul 13, 2022
My Point of View by Ben Kenobi
*My point of view by Ben Kenobi* "Hello there! Hopefully I’m reaching you on a secure channel. My name is Ben and up until recently I had a very important, singular job to do…watch over and eventually train my successor. Since my colleagues were…well I guess you could say we were downsized, I’ve been in a sort of self-imposed, semi-retirement so I can focus on this one task. Now things have changed. I’ve been forcefully brought out of retirement. Forced to run around the galaxy, feeling uneasy about what to do next, playing the part of a hero. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. I’ve lost so much because of this job..regrettably much of it due to my own folly. Being in my line of work you don’t always get to retire… though I can’t say I was enjoying retirement. From my point of view it feels as if I haven’t any choices in life at all, that my destiny is spelled out in the stars. My master would tell me to remove all doubt and fear and to have faith. T…
Jul 6, 2022
My Secret by Aggretsuko
*My Secret by Aggretsuko* What’s the difference between a bad job and a high-stress job? One of them’s a compound word! Cue the cymbal crash, the raucous laughter, an offer letter to open at the Laugh Factory next Thursday night… Okay, really. Have you ever worked a job that felt right for you, but it was simultaneously extremely stressful? It’s a hard place to be in. You might be extremely passionate about the career field — healthcare, music, construction, marketing, education, the list goes on — but the actual constraints of your specific position make it hard to enjoy your day-to-day workload. This can happen for a thousand different reasons. Sometimes the company you work for is woefully understaffed. Other times you receive a promotion or change departments only to find that your old position was more manageable. And still other times your boss is breathing down your neck and making note of your every last mistake. That last situation is exactly what’s happening…
Jun 29, 2022
Homesick Runner by Captain Marvel
Homesick Runner by Captain Marvel We’ve all worked hard jobs before, right? Whether they’re backbreaking physical labor jobs, morally debilitating jobs in the service industry or extremely high-profile jobs that demand long hours after the office has closed for the day, the truth is that all difficult jobs add stress to your life. At best they keep you up worrying at night, and at worst, they can be so anxiety-inducing that it’s hard to function. Our client today works an especially hard job. She’s a self-described defender of the universe, and has about 8,000,000,000,000,000 clients across a million different galaxies. That’s a lot of work for one person, isn’t it? That’s what Carol D. — whose job title is “Captain Marvel” — thinks. In fact, while she once loved her career more than anything, she’s become so overworked and overtired that she’s losing faith in the job itself. These days, she thinks more about visiting her home and family than anything else…
Jun 22, 2022
It's For My Family by Walter White
It's for My Family by Walter White The other day, Dr. Jon and I were sitting and chatting, when all of a sudden we received a journal from someone. And that someone was no rando, it was the one, the only Walter White. *This was his journal: '*When I found out that I had cancer, I knew that what I wanted was to provide for my family.To give them a life. To give Walt Jr. a future. And I threw it all away when I gave up my stake in Gray Matter...for $5000. My birthright for a month's worth of rent. Imagine that. So today, I turn to the one thing I am good at to make that future...to make that life happen. I turn to chemistry. Me and that Pinkman kid started small but when that money...that real money started to roll in...I started to see that the future that I want for my family is possible. Now...it’s not without it’s problems. Some may say that what I am doing is hurting a lot of people, but if what I do is for my family. Is that so wrong? Now, I know you’re supposed to be one o…
Jun 15, 2022
Universal Home by America Chavez
*Universal Home by America Chavez* Did you move around a lot as a kid? You probably didn’t think too much of it at the time, but looking back, your childhood might’ve been a semi-jarring experience. After all, it’s hard to have a stable social, academic and home life when you’re always picking up and leaving for somewhere else. Like moving, other big life changes can make us feel disoriented. That’s especially true for today’s Character Coaching client, America C. Like many of us, America’s reeling from a childhood full of big moves and major changes. Every time she moves, she thinks hard about how to belong, and even harder about what she wants in a permanent home someday. These questions have been plaguing her for some time now, which is why she’s finally ended up in our coaching orbit. America needs our help, so we’re going to see if we can strike up a conversation with her and get to the root of how all this constant turmoil makes her feel… more than that, we…
Jun 8, 2022
My Father's Legacy by Gamora
*My Father's Legacy by Gamora* Family trauma: all of us have it, and yet none of us like to talk about it… unless we’re discussing it at the other end of a couch while wildly gesticulating and using colorful words in front of our overly patient therapists. In all seriousness, everyone deals with their own unique family issues, and it’s pretty much impossible to make it out of childhood without some scars — emotional or otherwise. At the same time, all of us have a unique and distinct “role” to play within our families. Some of us are the mediators, and it’s our job to calm and bring together everyone after a big fight. Others of us are the fighters, and we make sure our parents or siblings don’t step on us while we pursue our own dreams and passions. And still others of us are more reserved, calm and collected… we’re the “reactionaries,” or the people who can reflect calmly and logically on the actions of our family members without getting sidetracked by emoti…
1 hr 9 min
May 25, 2022
Shadow of Darkness by Dick Grayson (aka. Robin)
*Shadow of Darkness by Dick Grayson (aka. Robin)* It’s hard being in second place. If you’re the second sibling, you don’t get nearly the attention growing up that the first-born does. If you’re second in the Olympics, people don’t remember your name as well as if you took first. And nobody hands you a medal for being the second best guitar player in the world… although, truth be told, that one would still be pretty cool. Why are we talking about being number two? Because today our guest on Character Coaching has spent his entire life being in second place. We’re talking about Dick Grayson, the titular sidekick to playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne — although you might know them by other names. At the moment, Grayson is feeling a little lost. He’s not exactly sure of who he is when he’s helping Bruce at his job… or, put another way, he doesn’t know who he’ll be when his mentor finally retires and gives Grayson the reins. What kind of leader is he going to beco…
1 hr 4 min
May 18, 2022
A Banner Year by Bruce Banner
*A Banner Year by Bruce Banner* Have your friends, coworkers or family ever made you feel uncomfortable in your own skin? Sometimes it happens pretty directly — you’ll be doing something you love, or acting in a way that feels natural to you, and those around you will judge you for it. Other times, it can be a little more discreet: you might preemptively dress a certain way around your parents to avoid their ridicule, or maybe you don’t talk about your job with your older sibling because they’re jealous of your career success. Situations like these are enough to make most of us scratch our heads and think, “who the heck am I, really?” If we’re always changing our personality traits for the people around us, can we ever really have a solid foothold on our true values, morals and beliefs? What’s more, if our closest relationships only exist because we act a certain way to maintain them, are those connections actually authentic? These are big questions, and they’re ex…
May 11, 2022
Teenagers with Attitude by Zordon
*Teenagers with Attitude by Zordon* If you’ve ever held a job before, chances are good you’ve had a boss — or colleagues, or employees — that you’ve found frustrating. In fact, of the nearly 100-million full-time workers in America, approximately 51 percent of them aren’t engaged or feel no real connection to their jobs. Another 16 percent actively resent their jobs, and make a point to complain about everyday tasks to their coworkers and associates. A lot of researchers examine statistics like these from an adversarial standpoint: they wrongly attack people who are unsatisfied with their work as being lazy, uncooperative, or incompetent. At the same time, managers and bosses often get blamed for the quality of the workplace. While that may be true some of the time, it’s certainly not a “smoking gun” contributor to job dissatisfaction. So how do we fix a problem as complex and thorny as unhappiness with one’s career? Instead of looking at all the people who are w…
May 3, 2022
Why would I leave this job? By Ron Swanson
*Why would I leave this job? By Ron S.* “Stuck between a job and a hard place.” Like it or not, that describes a lot of our career paths. Sometimes we’re put in positions where we’re being shepherded along in a job that doesn’t really feel right for us, but we stick with it anyway. While money, familiarity and stability can make it hard to leave, other factors — such as favored coworkers leaving the office for different jobs, or new management coming down and making life more difficult — can make it feel impossible to stay. This is a common problem, and it’s one that our latest coach-ee is struggling with. His name is Ron Swanson, and he might just be the most single-mindedly free spirited person we’ve ever coached. The man is an oak tree in human form: he’s solid, built to outlast a storm, and practically impossible to uproot without some serious machinery. Despite that, he’s come to us for help in solving his current crisis. Ron’s problem is that he’s str…
Apr 21, 2022
Duality and The Stories We Tell by Donald Draper
*Duality and The Stories We Tell by Donald D. *Have you ever heard the phrase, “acting like a chameleon”? In short, people call others chameleons when it seems like they’re not acting like themselves. People with chameleon-like traits are those who rapidly shift personalities, dispositions and beliefs to meet the situation at hand. Sometimes this kind of behavior can be helpful, such as during an important business meeting, or when you’re meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time. Other times it can be drastically unhelpful. If you’re constantly taking on your friends’ or coworkers’ personalities just to earn some goodwill with them, they’ll quickly see through your veneer and find you disingenuous. Or maybe they won’t, but you’ll grow increasingly dissatisfied at your inability to be authentic around others. That’s the position our client today is in. His name’s Donald Draper, and he’s leading a dual life: on the surface, he’s a suave, no-non…
Apr 13, 2022
Master of None by Ash Ketchum
Master of None by Ash Ketchum You want to be the best at something. The very best, even. Maybe even… the best there ever was. But something’s standing in your way. Whether you’re looking to get a promotion at work or become a master guitar player, you just can’t shake the feeling that you’re not cut out for the job. You’re feeling unqualified, dejected and down. Today on Character Coaching, we’re tackling the thorny but necessary hurdle of imposter syndrome. What is it? How does it impact us? And how can we overcome it? These are all things that this week’s journal-ee wants to know. His name is Ash Ketchum, and he’s struggling with feelings of inadequacy. While he’s normally a pretty optimistic guy, Ash can’t help but feel that he’s not succeeding as much as he should and that his failures will put distance between himself and his friends. Before we jump to conclusions and provide Ash with advice, let’s hear what he’s got to say. What’s got the greatest…
Apr 4, 2022
Long Live the Future King by Scar
Long Live the Future King Have you ever wanted something so badly in life, only to see it go to someone else? Maybe it didn’t even go to someone who deserved it. Maybe the thing that you deserved — a job promotion, a relationship, a raise or something else — went to someone who’s never worked hard for that thing a day in their life. It feels like life just comes easy to that person, and that they never have to try to achieve things. Things just happen for them. Like they were born into success. Meanwhile, you’re stuck wondering how you can clinch that goal you’ve been waiting for, even though it’s not coming naturally to you. This is the exact position my client is in today. Some of you might be familiar with him: his name is Scar, and his desire to lead and preside over other lions (or, uh, people…) consumes him. He’s constantly thinking of ways he can rule, and always upset that the older, stronger Mufasa was granted leadership in his place. How can Scar be happy…
Mar 30, 2022
The Best Me I Can Be by Marge Simpson
The Best Me I Can Be If someone asked you who you were, how would you answer that question? Depending on your response, people might perceive you very differently. Would you respond with your name? Your job? Would you talk about your hobbies, passions, fears or dreams? Despite how difficult it might be to answer “who” we are, our identities are extremely central to our lives. They’re what guide us and keep us together as a singular person with continuous morals, values, beliefs and ultimately, goals. Without them, we’re a little bit like ships lost at sea — careening over each murky wave without having any idea as to where dry land might appear. That’s how my client today feels. Marge is a (very real and not-from-a-cartoon) housewife who lives alongside her family in the town of Springfield. Her greatest struggle right now is that Marge doesn’t feel like anything but a housewife and a mom. Despite this, there are many ways in which she’d like to be seen differently.…
Mar 23, 2022
I Will Become Regional Manager by Dwight Schrute
I Will Become Regional Manager by Dwight Shrute From time to time, we all struggle with work. After all, no matter what we do, none of us are going to love our jobs all of the time. But what if you’re dealing with a uniquely difficult work problem that just won’t go away? Many of us have probably had horrible bosses, annoying coworkers, boring projects or incompetent new hires to contend with at some point in our careers before. And when that happens, it’s easy to feel like there’s no way to make things better. So the majority of us throw our hands up, shrug, and say: “That’s life.” Our latest coaching client is in a position much like this. He’s an office worker at a mid-level paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania — Dwight Schrute is his name. Dwight is hardworking, smart, calculated, determined and, above all, tenacious. By all means, he has the skills to quickly and efficiently rise through his company and enter a management position someday. But Dwight has jus…
Mar 15, 2022
Profit or Passion by Nog Ferengi
Profit or Passion by Nog Ferengi An oppressive parental figure. A harsh mentor. An expectation from someone above you to take a specific life path — even though you’ve already set your mind on pursuing another. Lots of us can relate to the shared experience of wanting something that conflicts with what our friends, family, parents or colleagues want for us. The question is: what do you do in a situation like this? Today we’re going to walk you through someone who’s on this path right now. His name is Nog — a fellow on a pretty universal journey, if you will. A young man from a profit-based planet (or, should we say, city), Nog has dreams of joining an organization based on charting, exploring and defending unseen lands. Unfortunately, he’s running up against problems with his uncle, who’s convinced that the best move for Nog is to take a more active role at the family bar in the coming years. To get clarity around his concerns, Nog’s written a few journals to us in h…
Mar 8, 2022
Stuck by Squidward Tentacles
Squidward Tentacles What’s it mean to be “stuck in a rut?” For most of us, it’s got everything to do with losing interest in our daily routines — we go to work at a job we’re only halfway interested in, come back home to a life we’re bored of, contemplate how to spend our next few hours of free time, and then get ready for bed. And the next day? It’s rinse and repeat. We do it all over again. And what do you know? Soon six months, one year, two years, five years pass like this. We’re still doing the same thing, and we’re running out of time to do anything else. If you’re stuck in a rut right now, you’re in luck: today, I’ve got a client we’re going to help who’s in this exact same position. His name is Squidward Tentacles, and he’s in a larger rut than anyone I’ve ever met before. Everything he does — from getting up in the morning, to playing music, to working his job — seems to annoy him. It’s gotten to the point where he’s actually feeding…
Mar 1, 2022
The BoJack Horseman Journal...Chapter #1 by BoJack Horseman
*The BoJack Horseman Journal...Chapter #1 by BoJack Horseman* What is a legacy? And what does it mean to live purposefully? These are questions all of us struggle with — whatever path our lives take, we want to make sure that what we do has meaning, weight, and value. Sometimes that shows up in how we treat others, other times it shows up in the work we do, and still other times it appears as the activities and hobbies we engage in. Today we’re going to tackle what it means to make an impact in life by coaching a very special guest. He’s an actor, a stand-up comedian, the subject of a bestselling memoir, and a serial TV star… and now, he’s come to us for help. Our journal-ee today is the one — the only — Oscar-nominated actor Bojack Horseman, whose titular roles in titles such as Horsin’ Around and award-winning drama Secretariat have helped him garner international fame. Despite his outward success, Bojack reached out to us because he is ultimately unfulfilled in his…