114 episodes

The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better.
Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.
We'd love for you to join us.

Not Overthinking Ali & Taimur Abdaal

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 48 Ratings

The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better.
Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.
We'd love for you to join us.

    How to Setup a New Social Life

    How to Setup a New Social Life

    In this episode, we discuss Ali’s new move to the big city of London, and Taimur shares some thoughts on how to setup the optimum social life. We also end up talking about the power of calendars and Ali’s recent journey of self-acceptance and self-discovery. Enjoy!

    • 49 min
    What is the purpose of group holidays?

    What is the purpose of group holidays?

    For the first time in the history of the podcast we have a six people on this episode - a new record for Not Overthinking. Given that we're on a group holiday in the Cotswolds, we discuss the purpose of group holidays, why they're different to socialising in everyday life as well as whether we should be doing work in these settings and how this might affect the experience of others in the group. Enjoy :)

    • 59 min
    Do we have a specific personality type?

    Do we have a specific personality type?

    After discussing why we've become consistently inconsistent in publishing episodes (sorry, not sorry), we spend the rest of this episode discussing the Enneagram - a model of the human psyche made up of nine interconnected personality types. Ali is fairly certain of his own type and so we move onto to trying to figure out which type best describes Taimur and ask how much can we really trust these types of test. Enjoy

    • 42 min
    Why is agency a precious resource?

    Why is agency a precious resource?

    We're back into our weekly schedule and in this episode, after diving into why Taimur has signed up to do a triathlon and why Ali suddenly wants a dog, we discuss thoughts on autonomy sparked by an interesting article by Simon Sarris which describes why agency is the most precious resource. Enjoy :)

    • 53 min
    Why are childhood memories so varied?

    Why are childhood memories so varied?

    In this episode of the podcast, after Ali explains the revelations he’s had about his business, we take a trip down memory lane. Following a family trip to the area where we grew up, we reflect on our emotional experience of revisiting the sites of our early childhood as well as the memories we have of that time. From lying on the floor to kiss chase to running away from home, we each seem to have certain moments that stand out from those early years. We talk about why certain experiences seem to lodge themselves firmly in our memory and the different factors that could affect which memories we keep and those we forget.

    We’ll try to get back into the groove of publishing every week moving forward. Enjoy.

    • 48 min
    What do debates on Twitter reveal about identity?

    What do debates on Twitter reveal about identity?

    After a short sabbatical from recording, we’re back once again. In this episode, we catch up with what’s been going on in our lives over the past few weeks before discussing why certain tweets end up becoming more contentious than intended and how identities can be revealed through how people respond to certain tweets. We also debate some of Taimur's recent book suggestions which Ali has found to be surprisingly good.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Samir Farlince ,

Thinking of Not Overthinking

Love this podcast! And the hosts are amazing with very calming voices! Thanks for always keeping it casual as well as giving very good recommendations from other podcasts to work table supplies! Keep it up guys 😊

obel1 ,

Always enjoyable to listen and learn something new

Not Overthinking is so good it should be made into a book

ya less than 30characters ,

Intro’s volume

Why are the intro’s volume getting lower and lower

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