Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
Healing 2.0: The Power of Apologies
Why is it so hard to say 'I'm sorry?' In the final episode of our Healing 2.0 series, we talk with psychologist Tyler Okimoto about the mental barriers that keep us from admitting when we've done something wrong, as well as the transformative power of apologies
Your Questions Answered: Kristin Neff on Self-Compassion
Psychologist KristIn Neff spends a lot of time thinking about why we say harsh things to ourselves. She studies why so many of us fail to show self-compassion, and how this affects our lives. This week, Kristin returns to Hidden Brain to answer listener questions about self-compassion, and to share more insights about how we can all become kinder to ourselves.
If you missed Kristin's original conversation with us, you can find it in this podcast feed. It's the episode called "Being Kind to Yourself." And if you know someone who you think would enjoy Hidden Brain+, please share this episode with them. Thanks!
Healing 2.0: Disrupting Death
In 2019, Justin Harrison's mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. But by the time she died, he had figured out how to keep a part of her alive...forever. This week, the strange and provocative story of a man who believes that grief is not inevitable — that we can, in a way, cheat death.
Healing 2.0: Life After Loss
You've probably heard that people who lose a loved one may go through what are known as the "five stages" of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But many people find that their grief doesn't follow this model at all. In the latest installment of our Healing 2.0 series, we revisit our 2022 conversation with resilience researcher Lucy Hone. Lucy shares the techniques she learned to cope after a devastating loss in her own life.
Healing 2.0: Stronger than You Think
All of us, at various points in our lives, will have to deal with loss, heartache and tragedy. When these moments arrive, our grief can seem vast and endless. Yet researchers who study how we cope with devastating setbacks have found that we are more resilient than we assume. In the latest in our Healing 2.0 series, we talk with psychologist Anthony Mancini about a loss in his own life, and what he's learned about how to make it through life's toughest challenges.
Healing 2.0: What We Gain from Pain
We’ve all heard the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But is there any truth to this idea? This week, we explore the concept of post-traumatic growth with psychologist Eranda Jayawickreme. He finds that pain can have benefits — but not necessarily the ones we expect.
I listen to a lot of podcasts, and this is often among the most thoughtful of the bunch.
Common courtesy words no more..?
I love this show. Always thought-provoking, excellent reporting, production, fact-checking, etc.
BUT...it really bothers me that even at this level of excellence, you cannot take the time to say, “Please.” E.g. you often SAY to your subjects, “Tell is how...,” “Explain why...,” “Give us some examples of..,” and so on. Would it be so bad to say “please” once in a while at least? Too old school?
Great job! Thanks!
Thank you for every episode. I cannot miss any. Great job! Thank you for your professionalism and commitment to do it well every time.