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Episode 17: Nick Viall    

Episode 17: Nick Viall

Welcome to episode seventeen of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the actor, model, and entrepreneur Nick Viall hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we speak with Nick about his mental health journey in the private and public eye, relationships, and his experience being on The Bachelor.

We start off by discussing Nick’s childhood growing up in Wisconsin. He talks about the Midwestern values he still embodies and the different perspectives he has because of where he grew up (3:51). Nick then shares what it was like growing up with 10 siblings and how it led him to become a very independent person (6:13). Mason and Nick then talk about being introverted and how birth order can play a role in shaping people’s personalities (7:43). 

Next, Peiman asks Nick about his therapy journey, and Nick shares why he decided to officially start going to therapy during the pandemic (12:33). Nick tells us how his first heartbreak was his first conscious experience with mental health (15:57), moving us into a conversation about The Bachelor world. Nick describes how he views the experience now that he is so removed from the show and shares how he was able to maintain his sense of self throughout it all (18:27). 

We then learn more about the inspiration behind Nick’s popular podcast, The Viall Files (25:38), and how both his confidence and humility have helped him structure a show that has become so successful (28:55). 

Later, Mason asks Nick what he looks for in a partner these days (31:10) before we wrap up by talking about the importance of being your true self while in a relationship (33:38) and discuss what's coming up next for Nick (39:32). 

Listen to episode seventeen of The Madhappy Podcast below:

We talk about some serious topics on this show. We are not professionals and are not giving advice. If you or someone you know needs help, please text start to 741741, and for additional resources, please visit LocalOptimist.com/Get-Help. The Madhappy Podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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