Ep. 59: Life Is Hard: Kieran Setiya On How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way.

Kieran Setiya is a Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kieren’s newest book, Life is Hard, How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way, is the topic of this podcast. In this episode, Keiran challenges the idea that happiness should be life’s primary pursuit. Instead, he argues that we should try to live well, and living well means how one lives in relationship to difficulty – not without difficulty.

Ep. 58: Your Brain On Depression: Dr. John Krystal On Antidepressants, Psychedelics, and Ketamine Therapy

This podcast is about what happens chemically to our brains when we are severely depressed, traumatized or anxious. And for those stuck in that state, what are the latest clinical treatments using medication that can help someone get unstuck.
Dr. John Krystal’s work links psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and computational neuroscience to study the neurobiology and treatment of these disorders.

Ep.57: Dealing With The High-Conflict Personality: Dr. Lindsay Gibson On The Emotionally Immature

Dr. Lindsay Gibson has written a best-selling series on dealing with emotionally immature people, the first of which is Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from the Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved. On this podcast, Dr. Gibson sheds light on the high-conflict personality type and gives great psychological and tactical advice for dealing with the emotionally immature.

EP. 56: YOUR BRAIN ON GRIEF: MARY-FRANCIS O’CONNOR ON LEARNING FROM LOSS

For profound loss, we often say we are heartbroken, but it is more accurate to say we are brain broken given the primacy of the role our brains play in how we feel about loss. Mary-Francis is a professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona and is the Director of the Grief, Loss, and Social Stress Lab, where she and her colleagues are creating new frameworks for understanding grief and the grieving process. 

Ep.55: EXPERIMENTS; A.J. JACOBS ON LESSONS FROM RADICAL LIFESTYLE CHANGES

A.J. Jacobs is the king of self-experimentation and participatory journalism. He is an author, journalist, lecturer, and human guinea pig; the results of which have led to some extreme field experiments like living the rules of the Old Testament for a year, thanking over a thousand people who served him coffee, reading the Encyclopedia Britannica to acquire knowledge about everything, and …

EP. 53: THE POWER OF FRIENDS: ROBIN DUNBAR ON OUR MOST IMPORTANT NUMBER

Robin Dunbar is an eminent anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist famous for “Dunbar’s Number”. He is the head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Robin is also the author of Friends — Understanding the Power of Our Most Important Relationships. Robin’s research involves …

EP. 49: TAPPING A HIGHER SELF: LOCH KELLY ON EFFORTLESS MINDFULNESS

Your mind shapes every experience you have and trying to be happy by exerting more control over external forces is futile. You need to spend time on ordering your inner world. This podcast is about doing just that.

My guest is Loch Kelly. Loch is an author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist….