Episode 14 – Part 2: Dr. Curt Thompson

April 5, 2019

In this second part of this two-part podcast, we continue the conversation with psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author Dr. Curt Thompson and Jedd Medefind as they explore the small, daily choices we make can mold us into the people we desire to be.

If you would like to hear Dr. Thompson in person, join us at the CAFO2019 Summit in Louisville, KY on May 8-10, where he will be sharing about these topics and more.

In this episode, you'll explore:

  • How our tech habits affect the health of our minds, bodies, and souls.

  • Our deep need to experience beauty in nature and our daily lives.

  • Choices that direct our attention to things that help change us into the people we hope to become.

  • Simple, practical advice to prepare heart, soul, and mind for the practices and the rhythms of silence, solitude, and community.

  • Anatomy of the Soul, book by Dr. Curt Thompson

  • The Fight for Social Justice Starts Within, Article in Christianity Today by Jedd Medefind

  • Taming Technology, article by Jedd Medefind

Key Quotes:

"We desperately need intentional encounters with beauty as a way for us to be transformed because so much of what is competing for our souls does not come to us first and foremost through logical and linear argument but through what we sense, image and feel." - Dr. Curt Thompson

"Human beings are made to live rhythmically…Solitude is always something that happens in rhythm with community. " - Dr. Curt Thompson

"If we’re not being poured into, we will very soon run dry." - Jedd Medefind

"In many ways, the biggest decisions we make are the small, daily choices of where we’ll direct our thoughts and attention." - Jedd Medefind

Meet Our Guest

Dr. Curt Thompson
Author, Speaker, Psychiatrist, Founder of Being Known & the Center for Being Known

Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and the founder of Being Known, LLC., and The Center for Being Known, an organization that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine, completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is actively engaged in learning and education as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues. Throughout his career, along with treating adults, adolescents, and families, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality. He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats.

He has specific expertise in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and how it reflects important tenants of Christian faith, providing opportunities to comprehend and experience that same faith in fresh trustworthy ways. Much of his work is now committed to training other professionals across cultures and in multiple vocational domains in the same material.

He and his wife Phyllis are the parents of two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia. He serves as an elder at Washington Community Fellowship, a congregation of the Mennonite church, in Washington, D.C. His duties there have included preaching, teaching, and involvement in the fellowship’s healing prayer ministry.