6 episodes

Welcome to WHY DO I FEEL? a podcast that takes us on an emotional journey into people’s lives. We share stories to help make sense of our experiences and to know that we are not alone.
In each episode award-winning author and mental health expert, Nathan Filer invites us to consider a challenging emotion by listening to real-life stories and hearing from world-leading experts and therapists. We live in strange times, which have inspired many of us to examine our lives more closely. WHY DO I FEEL? embraces that curiosity and self-reflection. Sometimes, this will touch upon deep sorrow, but there will also be joy, playfulness and hope.
Produced by Kelly Windsor Burgin. Original music by Harrison Pawsey. Artwork by Alexandra Peake.
Supported by Arts Council England.

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Why Do I Feel‪?‬ NATHAN FILER

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    • 4.5 • 53 Ratings

Welcome to WHY DO I FEEL? a podcast that takes us on an emotional journey into people’s lives. We share stories to help make sense of our experiences and to know that we are not alone.
In each episode award-winning author and mental health expert, Nathan Filer invites us to consider a challenging emotion by listening to real-life stories and hearing from world-leading experts and therapists. We live in strange times, which have inspired many of us to examine our lives more closely. WHY DO I FEEL? embraces that curiosity and self-reflection. Sometimes, this will touch upon deep sorrow, but there will also be joy, playfulness and hope.
Produced by Kelly Windsor Burgin. Original music by Harrison Pawsey. Artwork by Alexandra Peake.
Supported by Arts Council England.

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    Modern-Day Sin-Eaters

    Modern-Day Sin-Eaters

    In this final episode of the series, we meet people who consume the worst horrors of the internet so that we don't have to. But at what cost?
    Guests include:
    Chris Gray, an ex-content moderator who's suing Facebook for the trauma he’s suffered.
    Ryan Broderick author of The Garbage Day newsletter about web culture and host of The Content Minds podcast.
    Dr Jennifer Beckett lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne specialising in the wellbeing of digital workers.
    Written and presented by Nathan Filer @nathanfiler
    Produced by Kelly Windsor Burgin. Original music by Harrison Pawsey.
    Supported by Arts Council England.
    For a transcript of the audio visit this link.

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    • 50 min
    The Many Faces of Anger

    The Many Faces of Anger

    After losing her job, Leah hatched a violent revenge plot against her ex-colleagues... 
    Guests include:
    Thomas Dixon, Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London, where he researches and teaches the history of emotions. @ProfThomasDixon 
    Victoria Gath, a psychotherapist who works with Clean Break, a charity supporting women in the criminal justice system. Her practice is influenced by the work of Harriet Lerner.
    Special thanks to Clean Break for their support with this episode.
    Written and presented by Nathan Filer @nathanfiler
    Produced by Kelly Windsor Burgin. Original music by Harrison Pawsey.
    Supported by Arts Council England.
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    • 43 min
    Guilty or Not Guilty?

    Guilty or Not Guilty?

    When she was 22 years old, Maryann was driving along a rural highway in Ohio. A small boy darted in front of her car. She slammed on her breaks, tried to swerve but was unable to avoid the collision. He died before reaching the hospital. This episode explores the emotion of guilt.
    Maryann Jacobi Gray is a social psychologist, Assistant Provost at UCLA and the founder of accidentalimpacts.org, a site supporting people who’ve accidentally killed or injured someone.
    Written and presented by Nathan Filer @nathanfiler
    Produced by Kelly Windsor Burgin. Original music by Harrison Pawsey.
    Supported by Arts Council England.
    For a transcript of the audio visit this link. 


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    • 42 min
    The Green-Eyed Monster

    The Green-Eyed Monster

    In this episode, we explore envy and jealousy. Nathan confesses to his own feelings of professional envy towards other authors and gets some live therapy to help him. We also meet Yvonne who desperately wanted children. And ‘T’, whose relationship was destroyed by his painful feelings of retroactive jealousy.
    Dr Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He specialises in single-session therapy (the sort that Nathan receives, reluctantly, in this episode).@DrydenWindy.
    More on single-session therapy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGGZqfchkCw
    Gateway Women is a global friendship and support network for childless women. https://gateway-women.com/
    Written and presented by Nathan Filer @nathanfiler
    Produced by Kelly Windsor Burgin. Original music by Harrison Pawsey.
    Supported by Arts Council England.
    For a transcript of the audio visit this link.

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    • 42 min
    A Taxonomy of Emotion

    A Taxonomy of Emotion

    Welcome to WHY DO I FEEL? a podcast that takes us on an emotional journey. We share stories to help make sense of our experiences and to know that we are not alone. In this series, real people talk about emotional turning points in their lives. How they felt in these moments, and how their lives were changed. We’ll look at each story through the lens of a single emotion, or at least that’s where we’ll start… but feelings aren’t that simple.
    Dougie was betrayed and sought revenge. Cathrine was hurt and unable to talk to the person who hurt her. They both found themselves revelling in the same feeling, but at what cost?
    To understand why we feel, we need to understand what a feeling is. That’s where our experts come in. In this episode, we hear from:
    Tiffany Watt Smith is the author of The Book of Human Emotions, which tells the stories of 156 feelings from around the world. She is a Reader in Cultural History at Queen Mary University of London. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the BBC News Magazine and The New Scientist. In 2014, she was named a BBC New Generation Thinker and in 2019 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme prize. She is the Director of the Centre for the History of the Emotions. @drtiffwattsmith
    Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is among the top one per cent most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in psychology and neuroscience. She is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Chief Science Officer for the Centre for Law, Brain & Behavior at Harvard University. @LFeldmanBarrett
    Written and presented by Nathan Filer. @nathanfiler
    Produced by Kelly Windsor Burgin. Original music by Harrison Pawsey.
    Supported by Arts Council England.
    For a transcript of this episode visit this link.

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    • 20 min
    Why Do I Feel? - Trailer

    Why Do I Feel? - Trailer

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Debril ,

Necessary listening …

Excellent podcast (though often uncomfortable).
Was particularly moved (and shocked) by episode 5.
This episode is essential listening for anyone who believes social media to be a bit of harmless fun.

anasilver ,

A brilliant and thought provoking listen

Nathan is a fantastic presenter and interviewer - love this podcast and the concept

AWin37 ,

Brilliant!

I read the Shock of the Fall a couple of years ago and loved it so I thought I give this a try when it popped up on new and noteworthy. It’s a brilliant listen. I sobbed through Yvonne’s story. Can’t wait for the next one!

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