Episode 98—The Character Lines—featuring Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, author of The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals

Bridget helps her clients discover and engage their inner world through the voice dialogue method, which I am finding to be an indispensable holistic tool.


What I discovered in reading Bridget’s new book is that there were very clear and strong voices, characters, or aspects of myself that I’d never really acknowledged.

Many of these characters embody some of my best and worst characteristics, adopting them as their full identity.

Some are a great source of strength, and many clearly developed out of personal pain, fear, and guilt.

While they may have served me well during times of hardship or strife, their loud voices have steered me away from many joys.


In this visit with Bridget, she encourages me, and you, to open and active dialogue with these manifold inner beings, hearing what they have to say by lending our own voice so they can express their fears and hopes.

Bridget eagerly and openly allowed me to share, and lovingly provided practices to help me further along in my own holistic journey of self healing and discovery.



Author Bridgit Dengel Gaspard coined the term “the final eighth” to describe a phenomenon she experienced herself and observed in others: talented, energetic, motivated people accomplish many steps toward a goal (seven-eighths of it) but then are mysteriously stalled. Practical tips and pep talks don’t work because the problem — and the solution — lies deeper. While the conscious, everyday self says, “I want this,” other inner selves worry that success will put them in some kind of danger. The powerful secret? Not every part of you wants what you think you want! The innovative technique of voice dialogue will help you communicate with your alter egos, whatever your goal is. In the process, you’ll discover and liberate inner “wise counselors, canny advisers, and magical sages,” transforming them into valuable allies who’ll help you finally achieve your goals.



Bridgit Dengel Gaspard stumbled upon the wild and innovate technique of Voice Dialogue while performing professionally in NYC. This chance encounter was transformational. She became a master trainer, earned her MSW from Columbia University and switched careers. As a therapist and creativity coach she witnessed her talented, dedicated clients get 7/8 of the way towards their cherished goals and mysteriously, and miserably, halt in front of their finish line. She identified this inability to take the last triumphant steps as the final 8th--the phenomenon of not being able to transform from the identity and role of contender to victor. This led to her creating "The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals," a comprehensive guide to getting radically unstuck and liberating your dreams.

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