Episode 8: Dignity in the World with Fred Coulter

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In this episode of The Dignity Lab, Dr. Jennifer Griggs interviews Dr. Fred Coulter, an ordained minister and professor emeritus. They discuss the concept of dignity and its importance in their lives. Fred shares his journey of self-discovery and the role of dignity in his recovery from addiction.

They also explore the power of vulnerability, belonging, and contentment. The conversation touches on the need for rituals to honor grief and the commodification of purpose in society.

Overall, the episode emphasizes the importance of recognizing and reclaiming our inherent dignity.

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Dr. Fred Coulter


  • Reclaiming dignity involves recognizing our right to feel safe, be free, and express ourselves without shame or guilt.
  • Honoring the dignity of others also honors our own dignity.
  • Vulnerability, belonging, and freedom are interconnected with dignity.
  • Contentment is about having enough and being enough.
  • Society often lacks rituals to honor grief and struggles with dealing with pain.
  • Recovery involves recognizing and claiming our dignity, as well as being honest with ourselves.
  • Self-forgiveness and healing require vulnerability and acknowledging our brokenness.
  • Purpose can become commodified, and society often pressures us to constantly strive for more.
  • Finding dignity involves embracing all our feelings and living with them.
  • Honesty, vulnerability, and finding supportive people are essential in the journey of self-discovery and reclaiming dignity.


00:00 Introduction to Dignity and its Importance
08:17 The Power of Vulnerability, Belonging, and Contentment
25:03 Living with All Our Feelings: Embracing Brokenness and Finding Dignity

Exploring what it means to live and lead with dignity at work, in our families, in our communities, and in the world.

What is dignity? How can we honor the dignity of others? And how can we repair and reclaim our dignity after harm? Tune in to hear stories about violations of dignity and ways in which we heal, forgive, and make choices about how we show up in a chaotic and fractured world.

Hosted by physician and coach Jennifer Griggs.

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