46 episodes

In a world where most people get married, where do you turn for advice if you don’t want to settle down – for now, or forever? Solo is the single person’s guide to a remarkable life. Welcome to the podcast that explores how being unattached affords you the opportunity to be adventurous, start a business, make art, travel the world, get in shape, or simply sleep in when you want to. Join Dr. Peter McGraw – behavioral scientist, humor researcher, and bachelor – as he interviews unmarried men and women living remarkable lives and assembles advice from leading experts about health, fitness, money, business, travel, fashion, art, leisure, and of course, sex and dating. More and more people are becoming aware that marriage is an overprescribed path to a good life. An observation reflected in rapidly changing demographics. One-hundred and ten million American adults are unmarried, and 25% of Millennials will never marry. It’s time for a new playbook, one that takes a positive view of living single—and living an interesting life. Dr. McGraw dispels myths of marriage and monogamy, profiles illustrious (and nefarious) unmarried women and men, and reveals his own experience and exercises in personal and professional development—from near misses in marriage to how he made the Stylish Scientist list. Living in a world where the single life is seen by the majority as a peculiar choice, it is not clear where to turn to for advice. Here you will find information, inspiration, and a new perspective on how to navigate an exciting new world. Solo is an essential resource for the person who will never marry, the person who is putting off marriage, the recently divorced, and any of the above who sucks at being single. As a marketing and psychology professor, Dr. Peter McGraw teaches graduate courses in behavioral economics for the University of Colorado and marketing management for London Business School, UC San Diego’s Rady School, and the University of Colorado. He is a sought after professional speaker and speaks at Fortune 500 companies, public events, and universities around the world.Dr. McGraw’s research investigates the interplay of emotions and behavioral economics. He is also a global expert on the scientific study of humor. He directs the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and co-developed a theory of humor (called the benign violation theory). McGraw hosts another podcast, I’M NOT JOKING, and he has developed Funny or True?, a live comedy game show that pits comedians against scientists to see who has the best blend of brains and funny bone. He co-authored the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He is currently residing in Los Angeles where he is a visiting scholar USC’s cinema school, taking improv classes, and writing his next book (Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career). A bachelor who has never been married and has no kids, Dr. McGraw knows what it’s like to thrive as a single person. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and lived on both coasts of the United States and in between. He has worked hard over the years to develop perspectives and practices designed to facilitate healthy habits, and creating professional and personal success. Moving through this world with ease, he can have difficult conversations with family, friends, strangers, and dates about unmarried life. Join our intriguing and informative conversations and community here on Solo: The Single Person’s Guide to a Remarkable Life and start living yours today!

Solo – The Single Person’s Guide to a Remarkable Life Dr. Peter McGraw

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In a world where most people get married, where do you turn for advice if you don’t want to settle down – for now, or forever? Solo is the single person’s guide to a remarkable life. Welcome to the podcast that explores how being unattached affords you the opportunity to be adventurous, start a business, make art, travel the world, get in shape, or simply sleep in when you want to. Join Dr. Peter McGraw – behavioral scientist, humor researcher, and bachelor – as he interviews unmarried men and women living remarkable lives and assembles advice from leading experts about health, fitness, money, business, travel, fashion, art, leisure, and of course, sex and dating. More and more people are becoming aware that marriage is an overprescribed path to a good life. An observation reflected in rapidly changing demographics. One-hundred and ten million American adults are unmarried, and 25% of Millennials will never marry. It’s time for a new playbook, one that takes a positive view of living single—and living an interesting life. Dr. McGraw dispels myths of marriage and monogamy, profiles illustrious (and nefarious) unmarried women and men, and reveals his own experience and exercises in personal and professional development—from near misses in marriage to how he made the Stylish Scientist list. Living in a world where the single life is seen by the majority as a peculiar choice, it is not clear where to turn to for advice. Here you will find information, inspiration, and a new perspective on how to navigate an exciting new world. Solo is an essential resource for the person who will never marry, the person who is putting off marriage, the recently divorced, and any of the above who sucks at being single. As a marketing and psychology professor, Dr. Peter McGraw teaches graduate courses in behavioral economics for the University of Colorado and marketing management for London Business School, UC San Diego’s Rady School, and the University of Colorado. He is a sought after professional speaker and speaks at Fortune 500 companies, public events, and universities around the world.Dr. McGraw’s research investigates the interplay of emotions and behavioral economics. He is also a global expert on the scientific study of humor. He directs the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and co-developed a theory of humor (called the benign violation theory). McGraw hosts another podcast, I’M NOT JOKING, and he has developed Funny or True?, a live comedy game show that pits comedians against scientists to see who has the best blend of brains and funny bone. He co-authored the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He is currently residing in Los Angeles where he is a visiting scholar USC’s cinema school, taking improv classes, and writing his next book (Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career). A bachelor who has never been married and has no kids, Dr. McGraw knows what it’s like to thrive as a single person. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and lived on both coasts of the United States and in between. He has worked hard over the years to develop perspectives and practices designed to facilitate healthy habits, and creating professional and personal success. Moving through this world with ease, he can have difficult conversations with family, friends, strangers, and dates about unmarried life. Join our intriguing and informative conversations and community here on Solo: The Single Person’s Guide to a Remarkable Life and start living yours today!

    Meet The Love Jones Cohort

    Meet The Love Jones Cohort

    In this episode, Peter McGraw speaks to Dr. Kris Marsh, a sociologist who researches alternative paths to becoming middle-class for Black Americans. She identifies a group that goes against the assumption that marriage is the path to middle-class living, and she invented a new term SaLA to describe this group: Single and Living Alone. They discuss how TV and Film shed light on this trend before academics noticed it. Hence the title of this episode, The Love Jones Cohort, which is a reference to the 1997 film Love Jones. In particular, Kris helps Peter clarify his thinking about how to think about singlism relative to the other isms, such as racism and sexism – something that came up in Episode 45 Not Lonely. Onely. Most importantly, Kris presents her brilliant response to the question, "Why aren't you married?" That insight alone makes this episode worth listening to.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Not Lonely. Onely.

    Not Lonely. Onely.

    In this episode, Peter McGraw and his guest co-host talks to a singles advocate about the differential benefits that married people receive over single people. They discuss common anti-singles rhetoric and how the questions that singles are asked typically fail simple tests of logic. Recognizing the prejudice against singles is largely overlooked or even accepted, they also talk about ways that non-singles can support their single friends and family members. This week's bonus material reveals a remarkable single from the 1800s--which highlights how far solos have come.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Clothing The Solo

    Clothing The Solo

    Want to dress better? In this episode, Peter McGraw has a far-ranging conversation about fashion with Rachel Lefort, a stylist with more than 20 years of fashion experience. In a previous episode, The Solo’s Promise, Peter explores an alternative story structure to the Hero’s journey. The Virgin’s Promise is a good metaphor for the single person resisting human domestication, embracing solo living, and flourishing—hence the name, A Solo’s Promise. An important part of this alternative structure is the protagonist begins to “dress the part” as he or she fulfill their promise. For example, Cinderella’s transformation begins to occur when she puts on the beautiful ball gown. 

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Solo Thoughts 4 – Fitting Success Into A Remarkable Life

    Solo Thoughts 4 – Fitting Success Into A Remarkable Life

    Are you a “success addict”? Probably not, but it is okay if you are. In this episode, Peter McGraw discusses the good, bad, and ugly of a recent article in The Atlantic about “How to Build a Life.”

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    • 28 min
    Kevin 2.0 – A Divorced Man Learns To Live Remarkably

    Kevin 2.0 – A Divorced Man Learns To Live Remarkably

    What’s it like to start living single—and live remarkably—after a divorce? In this episode, Peter McGraw introduces Kevin Nalty, a divorced man, to Mark Ferne, who helps divorced men and women “get back in the game.” Mark uses his Box of Rocks intake process as a starting point to help Kevin think about his transition. The conversation is uplifting and fun, especially when they talk about physical makeovers.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    How To Go On A Date

    How To Go On A Date

    Are you good at going on dates? In this episode, Peter McGraw brings together two previous Solo guests—dating coach, Daliya Karnofsky, and a solo friend, Jill Cohen—to talk about “how to go on a date.” The guests present helpful advice, from the obvious, “Brush your teeth,” to the critical, “Approach your dates with a sense of adventure and authenticity.” Note: The group tackles the topic largely from the perspective of traditional stereotyped gender roles between men and women. Peter will return to the topic later with guests who can talk about dating outside of well-known stereotypes.

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    • 1 hr 19 min

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