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Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

    Therapy, with Friends

    Therapy, with Friends

    Would you ever consider going to therapy with a friend?Two best friends who call themselves brothers were drifting apart, so they asked psychotherapist Esther Perel to help — and we listened in. This episode was recorded in collaboration with Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel and a companion episode can be heard on her podcast.

    • 39 min
    Poop Friends

    Poop Friends

    Sh*t happens. So why is it so hard to talk about? This week, the ways that poop divides and binds us in our friendships.

    • 44 min
    Friends with Benefits

    Friends with Benefits

    A lot of us think that it's a bad idea to get physical with friends. We worry it'll get messy, maybe even ruin the friendship. But if physical intimacy between friends weren't so taboo, what could our friendships look like? In this episode, we explore the gray zone of sex and friendship, following a man who deliberately kept his friendships with women hazy and now wants to apologize, and a pair of BFFs who became close through sex.

    • 50 min
    International Friend of Mystery

    International Friend of Mystery

    You know the old saying--keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what if you can't tell the difference? In this episode, the story of two friends who got caught up in a Top Secret operation that tested their assumptions about trust, betrayal, loyalty, and power.

    • 35 min
    Nun of Us Are Friends

    Nun of Us Are Friends

    It's a basic tenet of friendship that you get to choose your friends. We look at two institutions that took away that choice: convents circa the 1960s and a summer program with unusual rules. What do we lose and what do we gain when we give up our preferences and try to make friends with everyone equally?

    • 44 min
    A Friendly Ghost Story

    A Friendly Ghost Story

    It's one of the most common and infuriating friend mysteries out there - a friend disappears into thin air. But where do these ghosts go? And why are we so haunted by them? If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

hynajn ,

Great podcast

Invisibilita always manages to make me interested in things I’ve never thought about. Give it a listen. 😊

Moanaita ,

Invisible forces in our life

Invisibilia is a great podcast about humans, psycholgy and the way things around us form without us even knowing. I really enjoyed all its seasons and to some episodes I have listened repeatedly.

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