Monsters and How to Tame Them With Comedian/Actor Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is a world-famous comedian whose stand-up comedy tours sell out stages worldwide. 

He’s also an actor who has appeared in a lengthy list of movies, including "Jumanji," "Me Time," "Night School," "The Secret Life of Pets," "The Upside," "Ride Along," and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." He also starred in the Netflix limited drama series "True Story."

He’s also a New York Times bestselling author of several books. His latest book, an Audible Original called "Monsters and How to Tame Them," discusses strategies for managing your inner critic.

Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015.

Why Kevin Hart Is Mentally Strong

Kevin often makes fun of himself in his comedy. But he makes it clear that mental health issues aren’t funny.

Kevin Hart Gets Candid About His Mental Health

He talks openly about some of the struggles he experiences. And while he could act as though his success comes easy to him, he describes the ongoing battle that plays out in his mind.

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • Why Kevin thinks that everyone struggles with the same inner monsters
  • Why it’s so important to learn how to tame the monsters
  • How to use your inner critic to your advantage
  • What the ‘do-it-all’ monster tells you and how to tame it
  • How to address the ‘can’t go backward’ monster
  • How to use the ‘not-me’ monster to your advantage
  • The one monster Kevin says he struggles with
  • Why it’s so important for us to be able to laugh at ourselves
  • How Kevin thinks humor has changed over the years
  • The advice Kevin would give to his 18-year-old-self

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

Our brains tell us stories all day long. Our brain may try to convince us that we’re not good enough or that we’ve messed everything up. Our brain might also try to tell us that we have to achieve great levels of success if we ever want to feel good about ourselves.

A big part of building mental strength involves learning when you don’t have to listen to your brain. It also involves recognizing how those negative thoughts can affect your behavior. 

Many mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, are linked to more negative thoughts. That makes building mental strength even more difficult. But it’s possible.

Everyone Has 'Monsters'

Kevin refers to those unhelpful thoughts we all struggle with as monsters. And he provides some entertaining ways to recognize those monsters and suggests strategies for taming them.

Quotes From Kevin

Battling Our Inner Monsters

We all battle with ourselves. I don't care who you are. There's a battle that you have with yourself. Am I doing enough? Am I good enough? Is this enough? Am I going to make it?

We all battle with ourselves. I don't care who you are. There's a battle that you have with yourself. Am I doing enough? Am I good enough? Is this enough? Am I going to make it?

  • "What's good is that you're giving your all, you're applying 110% of you within your efforts to just make something good, and that's the big win. The big win is completion, the big win is loving what you do, and the big win is providing the world, in my business, with content, with feel-good content."
  • "There's a lot of similarities and personality traits that we all have. There's a lot of things that we all suffer from."
  • "We're not supposed to walk around angry. The world is not supposed to be dark 24/7. The sun shines for a reason. It goes from day to night for a reason, so we should match that energy."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.