If no one cared how you lived your life, how would you live it? In American culture, individualism is prioritized over collectivism. This can be a difficult transition for immigrants today whose culture prioritizes the collective, leaving many people struggling to find themselves and navigate their conflicting cultural differences.
Today’s guest is my friend Nicole Nowparvar. Nicole is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach who helps her clients build their confidence, master life transitions and connect to themselves. She’s also the co-founder of Chaya, an organization that helps empower the Jewish Iranian community in Los Angeles. Nicole has broken out of her own cultural and generational norms and took her own healing journey to create leadership and deep healing in a community going through transitional periods.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
Prioritizing collective welfare
Collective vs. individualistic
Navigating conflicting cultures
Traditional and “modern” living
Perceptions based on our upbringing
Shame and decision making
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