Owen Fitzpatrick is a social psychologist, globetrotting storyteller, and leading expert in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). He has authored 8 books, travelled to over 100 countries, and his Tedx Talk entitled ‘Mind Control: How to Win the War in Your Head’ has over 1M views on YouTube.  


Topics explored:

  • The three selves: Hidden self, public self, private self
  • How not to be boring; gaining a charismatic edge
  • The art of influence and persuasion
  • ‘Inner propaganda’ and the dark side of your persona
  • ‘When you’re depressed you don’t think negatively; when you’re depressed you believe negatively’
  • Challenging negative thoughts through asking questions: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Byron Katie’s The Work
  • “I can’t trust myself right now:” How to pivot from a negative thought 
  • Body budget: the amount of energy you need at a given moment in time
  • Gut-Brain connection: does what we eat have a direct impact on how we think?
  • What is emotional granularity and how do we improve it? 
  • Can positive thinking serve as a ‘gateway drug’ to achieving our dreams
  • What is Neurolinguistic Programming? (NLP)
  • Do rewards motivate people?
  • Rewards: Can we influence ourselves by intentionally creating a Dopamine Effect? 
  • Tricks for motivating yourself to get out of bed in the morning
  • What to do when you hit rock bottom


Show Resources:

Owen’s Tedx Talk/ Rap on YouTube

Owen’s YouTube Channel

Changing Minds Podcast with Owen Fitzpatrick


Owen’s books:



Owen mentions Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability: 


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