David Teachout, LMHC, M.S., M.A.
“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.”
Goals and Vision
Humanity’s Values is dedicated to exploring the psychology of relationships. Here you will explore the human experience through understanding your Stories and how they define your Values. Expand your emotional and behavioral flexibility through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Our shared humanity carries the pieces that cause so much strife, but it also contains the solutions for our problems as individuals and in our communities. My hope is to encourage generative dialogue, where even amidst disagreement, we are able to hold the truths of multiple perspectives. By doing so, we can lay the groundwork for building healthier, more resilient relationships.
Who I Am
Bios are inherently self-serving, so there’s always a reticence in writing one. That said, let me begin by saying that who I am is as much bound to the ideas I hold and the ideals I struggle to bring into my life, as the actions which to varying degrees of success, approach the best version of who I know myself to be.
I do not profess to know all the answers or even what the best questions may be! What I attempt is to keep an open mind, to question even those things that I hold dear and sacred, and forever work on alleviating the often unwarranted suffering of whoever I can reach.
Within my years in the field of psychology, working with the elderly, foster children, those with chronic mental and physical pathologies, the incarcerated, and everyone else, I have come to two truths.
We all desperately want to find meaning and purpose in a life that is often felt to be meaningless and uncertain.
We all seek that meaning and purpose within the constraints of systems, biological and cultural, that are not the ideal settings for doing so.
My desire for this podcast is to offer a space, however small, for helping anyone generate the former and understand better the latter. Together we can love the journey we’re each on, console one another in our failures and celebrate each step moving us forward to the best self we can see.
- We defend civil liberties and rights guaranteed to each individual, including freedom of speech and expression, equal protection under the law, and the right to personal privacy.
- We advocate for individuals who are threatened or persecuted for speech, or who are held to a different set of rules for language or conduct based on their skin color, ancestry, or other immutable characteristics.
- We support respectful disagreement. We believe bad ideas are best confronted with good ideas – and never with dehumanization, deplatforming or blacklisting.
- We believe that objective truth exists, that it is discoverable, and that scientific research must be untainted by any political agenda.
- We promote the compassionate anti-racism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., rooted in dignity and our common humanity.