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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
    • 4.6, 42 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.

    68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

    68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

    This week, we dig into Kevin Kelly's recent blog post "68 bits of unsolicited advice". We go through the list and talk about a bunch of the advices (?) that resonate with us.

    • 58 min
    Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships

    Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships

    This episode is Part 3 of 3 in our Transactional Analysis series (make sure you listen to the last 2 episodes before this one!). We dig into many of the different social games that people play: "If It Weren't For You", "Why Don't You — Yes, But", "Courtroom", "Uproar", "Blemish", and a few others.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Life Positions & Games - Transactional Analysis Part 2

    Life Positions & Games - Transactional Analysis Part 2

    In this episode, we continue our discussion about Transactional Analysis. We recap the Parent, Adult and Child zones of thinking that we mentioned last week, and move on to talking about the 4 different Life Positions and the Games People Play.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Parent, The Adult and The Child - A Discussion of Transactional Analysis

    The Parent, The Adult and The Child - A Discussion of Transactional Analysis

    In this episode, we discuss transactional analysis. Taimur talks us through the ideas behind the theory, and how your internal mind can be split up into three parts - the Parent, Adult, and Child with examples taken from the book I'm Ok, You're Ok by Thomas Harris. Enjoy.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Money, Stories, and Old People

    Money, Stories, and Old People

    In this episode, we talk about a few different things — how to think about giving money to those in need, whether it's helpful to view our lives as stories, and how Taimur has been trying to develop more empathy with old people.

    • 1 hr
    Vision, Leadership and Winning the Lottery - An open-ended discussion

    Vision, Leadership and Winning the Lottery - An open-ended discussion

    In this episode we take a ramble through a number of topics from statistics to value propositions to what we'd do if we won the lottery to Animal Crossing. Enjoy!

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Fortmilitant ,

A happy stumble

I stumbled on you guys by accident. My first episode was a book discussion of The courage to be disliked. It was so intriguing that I had to get the book and read it myself. You guys are now my best source for new book recommendations and other interesting topics. Keep up an amazing work!

Ñûç1343828181 ,

My favourite Podcast

I thoroughly enjoy Ali’s content and was directed here as I view his YouTube channel regularly. This podcasts is extremely entertaining. I ususally only listen to podcasts whole commuting; however, this podcasts is so good that I would intentionally plan long walks/commutes to consume more of it! Thanks for the great content! Many themes discussed are very relavant pertaining to the “human condition” (which actually do sound really pretentious 😂😅). However, I assure you that they dish out valuable insights at crazy rates. Additionally, you know these discussions are genuine and well though-out with the intent to help others. This podcasts has certainly enriched my life!

cherryblossombomb ,

Awesome Podcast!

New to this podcast but already loving it! Really casual and down-to-earth discussion of relatable topics. Shoutout from Singapore!! Keep it up (:

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