The Enemies of Gratitude

Hidden Brain | 23 October 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Gilovich about his research on the barriers that prevent us from feeling gratitude, and how we can overcome them.

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Change Your Story, Change Your Life

Hidden Brain | 30 October 2023 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Adler about his research on the effect that how we frame stories about ourselves has on shaping our lives. Offers concrete advice on how to tell our stories in ways that enhance our well-being.

See also the interview with Jehan Casinader about narrative psychology.

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The Secret to Gift Giving

Hidden Brain | 5 December 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jeff Galak about why the presents we give for holidays and birthdays often miss their mark, and how to become a better gift giver.

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A Founding Contradiction

Hidden Brain | 27 June 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Annette Gordon-Reed about her book “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, co-authored with Peter Onuf. Uses the contradiction between Thomas Jefferson’s professed beliefs and his ownership of slaves to explore the psychology of how our minds justify our choices.

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Healing Your Heart

Hidden Brain | 4 April 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with resilience researcher Lucy Hone questioning the five stages of grief. Shares techniques to help cope with tragedy. Draws from her books What Abi Taught Us: A Mother’s Struggle to Come to Terms With Her Daughter’s Death and Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss that Changes Everything.

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Putting Our Assumptions to the Test

Hidden Brain | 7 March 2022 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Abhijit Banerjee about his early life experiences and how they spurred him to take an experimental approach to development economics. Argues that we often have faulty mental models of the world, which we need to test. Economics should be proven with experiments rather than theory.

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