TNR506: Phyllis Leavitt and Americas Divisive Human Relation

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The Nightly Rant Episode 506 Summary

Phyllis Leavitt, a psychotherapist of over 30 years, is today's guest. She discusses her new book, “America in Therapy.” Leavitt explains how the dynamics of family therapy can be applied to heal our country's divisive and destructive relationships. She emphasizes the importance of safety, non-judgment, and taking responsibility for one's behavior in fostering healthy relationships. The hosts and Leavitt discuss the current state of society and the urgent need for healing and connection.

The Nightly Rant Episode 506 Show Notes

About The Guest(s):

Phyllis Leavitt is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. She is the author of the book “America in Therapy” and is passionate about applying the principles of psychology to heal the destructive and divisive relationships in our country.


Phyllis Leavitt, a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience, joins the show to discuss her book “America in Therapy” and the urgent need to apply psychological principles to heal our country's most destructive and divisive relationships. She emphasizes the importance of understanding family dynamics and how they shape individuals, and applies this understanding to the dynamics of our nation. Leavitt highlights the need for safety, non-judgment, and responsibility in healing relationships, and suggests that these principles can be applied on a national level to promote healing and unity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding family dynamics is crucial in understanding individuals and their behaviors.
  • Safety and non-judgment are essential in creating an environment for healing and reconciliation.
  • Taking responsibility for one's own behavior is key to fostering healthy relationships.
  • Applying the principles of therapy on a national level can help heal the destructive and divisive relationships in our country.


  • “Your best opportunity to understand the individual is to understand the family dynamics in which they were conditioned.” – Phyllis Leavitt
  • “Healthy family dynamics produce people who cope well.” – Phyllis Leavitt
  • “Mentally healthy people don't starve others or kill children. We're suffering from mass mental illness.” – Phyllis Leavitt
0:00:15Introduction to the show and topic of the day
0:01:02Shoutout to a friend's podcast
0:01:13Discussion about National Barbecue Day
0:01:54Introduction of guest, Phyllis Leavitt, and her book
0:03:14Explanation of the premise of the book, applying family therapy dynamics to the country
0:05:45Discussion on the pain and suffering in the country
0:08:03Reflection on the show's milestone and previous topics
0:09:02Question about why people deny clear facts
0:09:27Explanation of denial in dysfunctional families
0:13:07Elements of healing: safety, non-judgment, listening, responsibility
0:19:00Importance of applying these principles on a national level
0:25:43Discussion on the current state of the country and the need for change
0:29:36Comparison of mass mental illness to the country's issues
0:31:33Information on where to find the guest and her book
0:32:45Conclusion and farewell

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TNR506: Phyllis Leavitt and Americas Divisive Human Relation