Phil Stutz and Barry Michels — The Tools Interview
Do you ever get negative thoughts that you just can’t seem to shake?
Do you get all fired up to make a change but then eventually end up quitting?
And are you hoping that one day you’ll have all this crap figured out and you won’t have to worry it anymore?
In this encore episode, Phil Stutz and Barry Michels are here to discuss The (legendary) Tools. Phil Stutz was recently the subject of Jonah Hill’s Netflix documentary entitled, Stutz. I’ve been fortunate enough to work directly with Phil, and this is a great time to revisit some interviews with him and Barry Michels.
In this interview:
- A tool to beat procrastination
- How to let go of a grudge
- What to do if you’ve lost your temper
- How to stop freezing up in social situations
- Making peace with the parts you want to hide from the world
- How to get out of the worry and negative thinking spiral
- What to do when you quit and feel like crap
- The hidden expectation that is driving us nuts
- How to stop being a personal development jackass
- The two demons that kill your motivation
- When thinking screws things up
- A story about a guy who “had it all” and then hit the wall
- How did he bounce back?
About Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
Phil Stutz and Barry Michels are the authors of Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression, and Unleash Your Soul’s Potential and The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower—and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion, a New York Times bestseller.
Referred to as “the most sought-after shrinks in Hollywood” by Lawrence O’Donnell and “an open secret in Hollywood” by the New Yorker, Barry and Phil’s client list boasts top writers, actors, producers, CEOs, and other creatives. In their books and public events, they share the same Tools they use behind closed doors with their clients.
Phil Stutz graduated from City College in New York and received his MD from New York University. He worked as a prison psychiatrist on Rikers Island and then in private practice in New York before moving his practice to Los Angeles in 1982.
Barry Michels has a BA from Harvard, a law degree from University of California, Berkeley, and an MSW from the University of Southern California. He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 1986.
The two are the authors of the New York Times bestselling books, The Tools and Coming Alive.