'The Lighter Side of Trauma' w/ Emmy Brunner - Ep#43
Season 1, Ep. 43
Forgive the slightly flippant title but Emmy Brunner, psychotherapist, trauma specialist and author, makes talking about trauma fun. So, don't get put off by the word trauma, and dive in for a fascinating conversation.
'Conflict Will Make You Happier' w/ Ian Leslie - #Ep43
Season 1, Ep. 43
You need more conflict in your life. That's the position of Ian Leslie author of the book 'Conflicted: Why Arguments Are Tearing Us Apart and How They Can Bring Us Together'.Did you know marriages with more conflict last longer? Businesses with more conflict are more successful? Children who argue with their parents more are happier?The one caveat is that it has to be the right type of conflict. Ian is the perfect guide as he studies human behaviour then writes about about psychology, culture, technology and business for the New Statesman, the Economist, the Guardian and the Financial Times. His website is here: https://ian-leslie.com/Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mrianleslieYou can buy his book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conflicted-Arguments-Tearing-Apart-Together/dp/0571346944
'When Is Critiquing Islam Islamophobia?' w/ Andrew Copson
Season 1, Ep. 42
Andrew is a brilliant guest to have on a podcast dedicated to reimagining religious practices because Chief Executive of Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association). We dive into all manner of questions from the limits of critique, the lessons we can draw from religion and much else besides.Andrew is also President of Humanists International. Together with A C Grayling, Andrew edited the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism (2015) and he is the author of Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Secularism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has written on humanist and secularist for The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, and New Statesman as well as for various journals. Andrew has represented Humanists UK and the humanist movement extensively on national television including on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky, as well as on programmes such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Sunday Morning Live, and The Big Questions. He has also appeared on BBC radio programmes such as the Today programme, You and Yours, Sunday, The World Tonight, The World at One, The Last Word, and Beyond Belief as well as on other local and national commercial radio stations.
'Meaning Is A Practice Not An Answer' w. Dr. Tanya Luhrmann - ep #41
Season 1, Ep. 41
Do you want to really feel alive? Do you to feel like you’re living a meaningful life? Do you want to feel more connected to your values?We’re spending time with Professor Tanya Luhrmann from Stanford University. She’s a psychological anthropologist known for her studies of modern-day witches, and charismatic Christians who is particularly interested in how culture shapes their spiritual experiences. Tanya Luhrmann is a rock star in the anthropology world.She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003, president of the Society for Psychological Anthropology for 2008 and was given a Guggenheim award.Tanya's work is relevant because through her research of spiritual communities (and in this interview) she breaks down exactly how religious people bring their beliefs to life. Techniques that you - whether you're religious or non-religious - can use to make what is most important to you real in your every day.There's so much in this conversation and I can't wait for you to hear it.
'Ritual Feeds The Soul' w/ Tiu de Haan - #Ep 40
Season 1, Ep. 40
That was our guest Tiu de Haan who is a Ritual Designer, Creative Facilitator and Idea Doula. James and I will speak to this midwife of creativity about the power of rituals. There are ideas in here that can be applied to business, failed projects, grief and many more.I learnt something fascinating about Tiu’s upbringing which made me see her in a whole new light. It also helped me understand why she is able to translate esoteric creative and spiritual ideas into the language of the 21st century.You’ll find out why Tiu has worked with Google, The World Economic Forum, the UN, L’Oreal and more.If you loved the ideas in this podcast and want to delve into them deeper, then check out the Lifefulness Community. We meet online for group coaching sessions twice a month, which explore these life-changing concepts.
'What Schizophrenia Teaches Us About Being Human' w/ Bob Kolker - Ep #39
Season 1, Ep. 39
In Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy famously wrote "All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way".Join our interview with author Robert Kolker whose book 'Hidden Valley Road' explores a family that pushes that dictum to the absolute edge.This conversation explores the themes that are brought up in his extraordinary book 'Hidden Valley Road'. The book chronicles the schizophrenia that haunted the Galvin family, who were considered 'the most mentally ill family in America'.The Galvin parents had twelve children (10 sons and 2 daughters) but six of the boys would meet untimely ends due to schizophrenia.The book is a tour de force that gives an insight into schizophrenia, family dynamics, the nature of mind and much else. The characters of the Galvin family seemed plucked fromThe Royal Tennenbaums,the mental breakdowns from Jacob's Ladder, and the America we see is straight fromEasy Rider.'Hidden Valley Road'was an instant #1 New York Times best-seller and selection of Oprah's Book Club that was named a Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate; one of the year’s best by NPR, the Boston Globe, the New York Post, and Amazon; the #1 book of the year by People; and one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2020.We'll explore the science of schizophrenia, the lessons he learnt and try to take in this incredible tale.
Why the F*ck Can't I Change? - Gabija Toleikyte - #Ep 38
Season 1, Ep. 38
Gabija Toleikyte is a neuroscientist who received training as a coach while doing her PhD in neuroscience. We're speaking to her because she wrote a brilliantly title book called 'Why The F*ck Can't I Change?'.Here are some takeaways from the convo:Learn about your amygdala - when it feels threatened then it can shut down your rational brain.Amygdala Soothing activities help to ‘deactivate’ your stress.When you don’t feel safe and secure your limbic (mammal) brain will take over.Taking deep breaths where you breathe out longer than you breathe in soothes your amygdala.Big changes threatened your amygdala, so take small steps when making change.Write 50 reasons why you want to start a new habit - this will make your rational brain want it.Write 50 reasons you want to stop a habit - this activates pain centres.Amygdala triggers build up over time - as you get older you’ll have to work harder to take risks.The congregation is an amygdala soothing machine -so get involve with Lifefulness.Gabija's twitter: @supergcoachingGabija's website: https://www.mybrainduringtheday.com/You can buy Gabija's book here - we heartily recommend it - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Cant-Change-Insights-neuroscientist/dp/1408714167/Lifefulness CommunityWe always talk about the Lifefulness Community because that is what we're all about. The next intake of Lifefulness Small Groups are open now.Apply and find out more here.Thanks so much for listening!