8: Dr. Piero Ferrucci


In this episode, I talk to psychotherapist and philosopher Piero Ferrucci about his love of Fellini, our need for beauty, and the connections between neuroscience and the inner experience.

Piero is the nephew of Aldous Huxley and a student and collaborator of Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis. He lives, writes and practices in Italy.

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Photos: Piero Ferrucci

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 (Haydn Quartet No. 2): III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto – Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet
La strada: La strada – Studio Orchestra + Studio Conductor
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
What We May Be: Techniques for Psychological and Spiritual Growth Through Psychosynthesis, by Piero Ferrucci
Inevitable Grace: Breakthroughs in the Lives of Great Men and Women: Guides to Your Self-Realization, by Piero Ferrucci
The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life, by Piero Ferrucci
Beauty and the Soul: The Extraordinary Power of Everyday Beauty to Heal Your Life, by Piero Ferrucci
Your Inner Will: Finding Personal Strength in Critical Times, by Piero Ferrucci
Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats (Modern Library Classics)
The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)

Watch List
La Strada, by Federico Fellini

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  1. Mama says:

    What a fabulous interview! You had a wonderful connection with Piero Ferrucci and what a sweet Philosophical Soul, is he! I loved his thoughts on Kindness & Beauty, particularly, and I plan to start a ” Beauty Journal” as a result of his suggestion. I, truly, resonated with his words and perceptions and definitely, plan to investigate him further…website, books etc. Thank You, so much, for bringing this amazing man into my consciousness. Keep up your terrific interviews, honey. I love them and look forward to each new experience!

  2. Laura says:

    I LOVE your podcast! I am trying to savor each interview like my favorite dessert, but without luck… I’m pretty much binge listening to your podcasts. I felt like you could have mic dropped after interviewing Piero Ferrucci – what a lovely soul and you are a wonderful interviewer for establishing such a thoughtful connection with him. Thank you for interviewing such deeply fascinating people and for being such an attentive interviewer.

    • Jen Leonard says:

      Laura, thank you so much!!! You made me laugh with the mic drop comment haha. You’re so sweet. I do love doing the interviews and really appreciate hearing from my listeners. (I wish I could cut and paste your comment in iTunes – it’s golden.) Keep tuning in and let me know if you have any requests, k? X

  3. Laura says:

    Normally I’m an android user, but I dug in deep to brave iTunes and officially post my review there.

    I follow a photographer on Instagram by the name of JR. He takes really wonderful pictures of people and, subsequently, does large scale installation work based on these photographs. Do you think it would be possible to have him on your show? It would be so awesome to listen to you interview him!

    • Jen Leonard says:

      Laura, you’re such a gem. Thank you so much!! I’ll do everything I can to secure an interview with JR. I love his work too and support anyone who dares greatly with art, as he does.

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