PL 041: Love and Attachment

Look at your relationships today. There may be some things you’d like to change—have tried to change—but have not been able to, right? If you are like me, you’d have to say “yes” to that. And, if you are like me, you may not have considered that the initial relationship you had with your mother and the initial relationship with your father—your attachment relationships—might be playing a key role in your struggle to change.

Can we talk? Because if this is you, then you need to know the good news. And the good news is that no matter the quality of those initial attachments, there is something you can do about it. And that is the empowering message of this episode.

In This Episode

Sara is an expert in attachment relationships, the relationships we form between 0 and 5 years old. Much of her adult working life as a psychologist has centered around this work. In addition to a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from University of Utah, she also mentored with Agi Plenk (founder of The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City), who trained with Anna Freud (daughter of Sigmund Freud).

She’s got some street cred, for sure. I love to talk with Sara about this subject, and it has been so helpful to me personally. So I jumped at the chance to interview her on the subject.

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Deep Insight in 90 Minutes Flat (powered by the Enneagram)

Special Webinar Event on Wednesday Feb 10th, 8:00 pm ET! 

The Enneagram is my favorite resource for helping people gain the clarity they need to achieve what they desire. On February 10th, at 8:00 pm ET, I’ll pull back the curtains and share with you the power of this wonderful tool.

Got something special you want to achieve in 2016? If it is big, it will probably require you to become a bigger and better version of yourself. And if you want to accomplish that, you need to see yourself more clearly than you see yourself today.

People are blown away when I share the insight of the Enneagram with them. I don’t teach the Enneagram: I make it actionable. Fun. Practical. By sharing with you my tools, knowledge and strategies, I’ll give you direct access to the power of the Enneagram, and you will leave this 90 minute webinar ready to put insight into action.

Here’s what you will learn:

1. Your Enneagram Type–You are one of nine primary types. I have a very specific assessment I recommend, and it is the only one that has been psychometrically validated by an independent testing organization.

2. How to Validate Your Type–Online assessments are useful, but not conclusive. They often will say, “Retest Again.” There’s no need. I provide you my personal hack for quickly and accurately validating your type.

3. Your Level of Awareness–There are nine levels. On which of the nine levels are you? Why should you care? Understanding this one concept is pivotal to unlocking the power of the Enneagram.

4. How Your Type Operates–When you understand how the ego of your type tends to operate, you know what to look for. When you know what to look for, you can start to observe. What you can observe, you can change. What you are blind to remains unchangeable. This is why I love sharing this information with others: it is truth that can set you free.

5. The Specific Behaviors That Trip Up Your Type–This one tool, this one page alone, is worth the price of admission. Each type tends to have specific behaviors that trip us up–or sabotages us altogether. You can’t get this one-page summary anywhere else.


A. Custom Workbook for Your Type–I have a handful of one page tools I’ve created over the past years. I have a knack for condensing complex information down into understandable, actionable information. You will bring this workbook to the webinar, and I will teach you how to use the information.

B. Psychic Structure for Your Type–Boy, oh boy. This is one of my favorite aspects of the Enneagram. In your workbook and in the webinar, I will help you see how your type operates. But what if you also knew why? There are specific childhood events that tend to be present for each of the types. And, based on those events, a certain worldview gets set up. That worldview is based on assumptions. And many people will live out their lives, unconsciously driven by them.

The only way you can access this Psychic Structure information is to attend a three-day workshop. I’ll do for you what I do for our clients–and give you personal access to an audio recording of a live workshop I delivered on this topic, along with a diagram and my typed notes for your type.

C. Webinar Recording! A video recording will be available for viewing for seven days past the webinar date. Further, a link will be provided for you to download the audio recording of the webinar. So you don’t need to attend to register, but it is better LIVE, guaranteed!


Your Webinar Host, Otis Woodard

Your Webinar Host, Otis Woodard

Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Time: 8:00 pm Eastern

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: Webinar

Participants: Limited to 24

Extra Cost: If you do not know your Enneagram type, you will need to take the Enneagram assessment. The version we recommend costs $12 on an independent website. You must pay that cost yourself at the time you take the assessment, and it is over and above the fee we charge for the webinar. (We receive no compensation from that company.)

Join Us!

Be among the handful of people who will be coming together to tap the power of the Enneagram. There are three price points:

$0—If you are enrolled in our upcoming Adept Relationships Workshop (registration closes February 15th) there is no charge. Just email otis at adept dot global and we will reserve a spot for you.

$75—If you are a subscriber to our website, you get a $50 discount. (At checkout, you will need to provide the email address you used to subscribe to Practice Life.)

$125—General admission. (And a bargain at twice the price, given the information provided and the resources you leave with. However, if you want to save $50, hop over to and become a subscriber to the show notes before you register.)

Register by purchasing via PayPal below. Click the up/down arrows to select your price. If you select the $75, we will check your email address with the subscription database. If you want to join this special webinar for no cost, consider enrolling in the Adept Relationship Workshop staring 23 February 2016.


PL 040: How Ego Affects Your Results

What is ego? How does it affect our results? What can you do to work with your ego, and make changes that will change the results you see in your work and life? That’s where we are headed in this episode!

In This Episode

  • Where results come from
  • Ego is not bad and it is not the problem (here’s what is the problem…)
  • Why you might care to explore your own ego
  • Resources that have shaped my understanding of ego
  • What ego is
  • How it operates–the seven key principles
  • Practical action–three possible actions you can take today

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PL 039: Dyadic Awareness (Or, What Babies Know That We Might Not)

If you wanted to be able to have the difficult conversations you need to have but avoid, you likely would need some personal capacities you’ve not yet developed. One of those capacities—one of the most important—is called dyadic awareness. Sara gives us the low-down in this episode.

In This Episode

  1. What dyadic awareness is
  2. How it forms in early childhood
  3. It tends to atrophy as we become “adults”
  4. That we need it in order to have the quality of relationships we want
  5. Why it affects the quality of conversations we want (and need) to have
  6. Eight practical steps to develop it

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From the Episode

Here is what the baby knows that we might not – the foundation of safety and security in relationships is built on our capacity to feel ourselves and feel the other and respond accordingly. This is dyadic awareness in the infant-parent relationship.” – Sara Woodard

Dyadic Awareness is being aware of your own internal state—motivations, emotions, intentions, thought—and at the same time “feel” the other person and their separate but equally important internal world.” – Sara Woodard

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