Brain Burrow: Digging Deep into Psychology and Horror

Brain Burrow: Digging Deep into Psychology and Horror

Hosted by behaviorist and horror film actor, producer, and writer Mark D Valenti. Given his background, Mark brings a unique spin on the horror genre. He digs deep with horror film guests, provides practical insight into navigating human behavior, and analyzes horror film characters. The show is guest-centered, allowing them to explore their values, fears, and motivation.


August 19, 2022 19 min

Do you spend time worrying about what other people think? 
Do you take things personally when others are upset?
Do your worries prevent you from doing things you want to do?

In this special Brain Bites episode of Brain Burrow, Mark spends time talking about Cognitive Distortions and the lies we tell ourselves.  We expend time and energy excessively worrying about situations and possibilities that are not objectively true.

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Do you push your limits?  Or...are you quite content within your boundaries.

Kaylee Williams is constantly looking to challenge herself.

And it hasn't been easy. 

After many years of absence, Kaylee returns to the podcast circuit in this exclusive Brain Burrow Digging Deep interview.  (originally recorded January 2022)

She shares about her experiences with shyness, introversion, and anxiety and her remarkable drive to continuously ...

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Are you fulfilled? 

Brandon E. Brooks is constantly searching for his fulfillment. 

During this insightful Brain Burrow: Digging Deep episode, director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and podcaster Brandon E. Brooks shares about his search for truth and fulfillment.   He talks about the importance of positivity in his life and his strategy of exuding positive energy.

Tune in to learn about Brandon's biggest influence in his life...

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Do you have a personal philosophy?

How does your personal philosophy guide your actions? 

Shelby Hightower has an extraordinary view of the world.  Her interesting and comprehensive framework helps her make decisions.

During this philosophical Brain Burrow: Digging Deep episode, actor and self-described "creative dreamer" Shelby Hightower shares her approach to expressing empathy toward others (even when it is difficult).


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In the Season 3 kick off, Mark talks with actor Lew Temple.  In this raw and casual interview, Lew shares his perspective on the human condition, specifically around our interest in problem-solving.  Lew shares his insight on acting and even reveals a gold nugget on a strategy for success in the film industry.

Lew Temple is an American film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Axel on "The Walking Dead," the character ...

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Have you ever looked at something the same way throughout your life... and then viewed it through a new lens?

Jackey Neyman Jones has. 

In this uplifting Brain Burrow: Digging Deep episode, actor and author Jackey talks about the labels thrust upon her as a child, her challenges with confidence, and her quest to view life from a new perspective.  She discusses the book, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the profound impact of exploring it th...

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Do you listen to your internal voice?  Or do you choose to ignore it?

Beatrice Boepple pays attention to the wisdom of her internal voice.

During this candid Brain Burrow: Digging Deep episode, actor Beatrice Boepple talks about her lifetime of experiences.  She explores the concept of "going within" oneself through meditation and reflection.  She also shares about her triumphs and tragedies and the deeper meaning of "Nam...

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Do you spend time on the surface of life?  Do you find yourself in superficial encounters?

Actor and writer Jessica Morris is energized by digging deeper...whether she is on set, writing, or spending time self-reflecting.

Jessica shares about her love of telling stories and inspiring others to tell their own. She says that people live on the surface level for the most part and there are true feelings and thoughts underneath.  She fin...

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Do you worry?  We all worry to some extent.  However, does your worry prevent you from trying new endeavors?

Loren Lepre says that worry doesn't have to stifle your creativity or your pursuit of your goals.

In this delightful Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, actor/producer/director Loren W. Lepre shares his perspective about facing fears and constantly evolving. 

He shares his advice on reprogramming your mind and asking yoursel...

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Do you know who you are?  Do you know where you are going?

Many people wander but yet few have a purposeful direction.

In this powerful Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, actor Noel Gugliemi shares his perspective about life: Know Who you are and Talk to Everybody.

Noel shares about his life in Hollywood and how it didn’t change him. He believes in using his "known status" to help others and to "live life and be happy and ...

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Do you inspire others to change? 
Do you collaborate toward mutually inclusive creative goals?

Peter Malone Elliott and Alexander Sharp do.

In this rare 2-guest Brain Burrow interview, Mark digs deep with the creative duo behind the home invasion feature film, Wired Shut.

Peter shares his take on storytelling,  “I am a storyteller that is interested in exploring the murky crevices of the human condition and in understanding why we do...

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How much time do you spend sitting around wishing? 
Do you often think, "Someday I would love to..." versus actually doing it?

In this informative Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, iconic creature actor Walter Phelan has made a career out of "just doing it."

Walter has a prolific and diverse entertainment career.  He is a musician, special effects expert, actor, and makeup artist.  Listen to the interview to determi...

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Do you feel you've lost that sense of childhood wonder?

Neil D'Monte has not lost his.  In fact, he makes sure to incorporate it into all of his work.  He would like to reactivate YOUR sense of wonder.

In this uplifting Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, writer, director, and actor Neil D'Monte talks about his goal to bring the magic of Hollywood back to the public.  

Neil also shares about his connection to childhood frie...

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Do you feel connected to the world around you?  Or do you feel...disconnected?

In Part 2 of this provocative Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, Amelia Kinkade talks about humans...and our place in the world.  In this episode, she also shares her perspective on embracing her role of Angela in Night of the Demons...and her motivation for her famous dance scene.

Amelia's primary work (and focus of her life) is connecting humans to a...

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Do you find it hard to take care of others AND yourself? 

In this uplifting Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, comedian, model, actor, and influencer Lauren Francesca talks about her desire to heal people.

She shares, "When you heal other people then you heal yourself too."

Lauren also emphasizes the importance of finding your own outlets to allow recharging.  She says, "with outlets, you plug into them to get ...

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Do you ever feel that others get all the breaks? 
Do you sometimes feel that other people have it easier than you? 

In this gritty Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, director and actor Ryan Kruger talks about persistence in the face of failures.  He also says that pursuing a dream is a long road.

He warns that, "It [success] never happens overnight" and that even when people seem to have it easy... it is rarely the case. 


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Do you feel connected to the world around you?  Or do you feel...disconnected?

In this provocative Brain Burrow Digging Deep episode, Amelia Kinkade talks about humans...and our place in the world.

Amelia's primary work (and focus of her life) is connecting humans to a sacred space within themselves and teaching them to activate the other hemisphere (right hemisphere).  She has been teaching humans around the world for 19 years.


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Do you stand by your work?   Do you stand by your decisions?

Stormi Maya can say that she does.

In this raw (and explicit) Brain Burrow Digging Deep interview,  Stormi shares her philosophy, "If I put my energy and my time into something I want it to be good.  I want to put my name on something to be proud of.”  

She believes in putting 100% into everything she does and expects people in her circle to do the same.  Stormi shares ...

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Are you a storyteller?

Robert Geronimo is.  In fact, he passionately tells stories to exorcise his own demons.

In this Brain Burrow Digging Deep interview,  Robert talks about his early influences in contemporary dark fantasy, including Clive Barker and his approach to "the Fantastique."

Robert also shares about his dedication to mentoring others and helping them recognize their style. 

Robert is the creator of the Blood Re...

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Do you consider yourself a lifelong learner?

Actor, director, and producer William Sadler does.

In this Brain Burrow Digging Deep interview,  William describes himself as a “never-ending student” and is curious about...everything.  He talks about his passion for creative arts and his discovery of acting as an outlet during a time of confusing family dynamics.  

"Banjo Bill Sadler from Buffalo" passionately shares his interes...

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