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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!

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!

    The Promise Of A Brighter Kingdom

    The Promise Of A Brighter Kingdom

    Peter McGraw is joined by Kim Hudson, the author of The Virgin's Promise. The regular listener knows that the story structure of the Virgin's Promise is a useful alternative to the often-discussed Hero's journey. Kim and Peter discuss how the Virgin's promise reveals ways for single people to transform themselves into solos. Also, the bonus material is back for members of the Solo Slack Channel. Peter and Kim talk about his idea for a children's book. (That is not a joke.) You can sign up for the community on the Solo page at PeterMcGraw.org.

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    • 46 min
    Rebellious Solo Celebrities

    Rebellious Solo Celebrities

    On occasion, Peter features rebellious singles on Solo. In this episode, he talks to one of his favorite, frequent guests about celebrities who are unapologetically unattached. Some names will be familiar, and others won’t – but they all have interesting perspectives.

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    • 47 min
    Shtick To Solo

    Shtick To Solo

    Happy April Fools' Day. This episode gives you a glimpse into Peter McGraw's other life as a business school professor and humor researcher. He invites two comedians, Jen O'Donnell and Shane Mauss, to discuss how to apply lessons from his recent book Shtick to Business to help make your life of single people even more remarkable.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Unconventional Marriages

    Unconventional Marriages

    Peter McGraw concludes his mini-series on conventional and unconventional relationships with a “rerun” of a previous episode with Vicki Larson, an author of a book that presents models of less traditional forms of marriage.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Relationship Anarchy

    Relationship Anarchy

    Peter McGraw continues to explore (un)conventional relationships by examining relationship anarchy with his new friend, Jessicka Chamberlin (aka Joosey). They met each other on Clubhouse (the popular new social media app that features real-time conversation), and they taped the episode live in a Clubhouse room. As part of their discussion, they present the origins of Relationship Anarchy, talk about some of the misconceptions about being a relationship anarchist, and conclude with some tips for the aspiring relationship anarchist: keeping an open mind, value exploration, and having a process by which to process ideas and challenges (such as a therapist). 

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    • 48 min
    Diverging From The Relationship Escalator - Part 2

    Diverging From The Relationship Escalator - Part 2

    Peter McGraw continues the series on conventional and unconventional relationships with Part 2 of a compelling conversation with Amy Gahran, the creator of the “Relationship Escalator.” Amy and Peter pick up their discussion on the hallmarks of the relationship escalator with sexual and romantic connections, and explore ways that people deviate from that and other criteria. If you stick to the end, Amy presents some tips if you are interested in exploring how to step off the relationship escalator. 

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    • 31 min

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