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Each week we do a deep dive into a nonfiction bestseller. Self-Help. Psychology. Business. Philosophy. In around 30 minutes we cover the major themes and ideas of a recent hit, an important work, or an ancient classic.

The result: concentrated wisdom that goes beyond the headlines, makes you think and helps you succeed in relationships, career, or business.

The podcast builds on the work of Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of the “50 Classics series”.

Book Insights Podcast Memo'd

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

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Each week we do a deep dive into a nonfiction bestseller. Self-Help. Psychology. Business. Philosophy. In around 30 minutes we cover the major themes and ideas of a recent hit, an important work, or an ancient classic.

The result: concentrated wisdom that goes beyond the headlines, makes you think and helps you succeed in relationships, career, or business.

The podcast builds on the work of Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of the “50 Classics series”.

    Depression's Underlying Cause | Book Insight on Lost Connections by Johann Hari

    Depression's Underlying Cause | Book Insight on Lost Connections by Johann Hari

    *Prompted by his own experience of living with depression and the escalating levels of depression and anxiety across the Western world, Johann Hari set out on a three-year investigation, interviewing experts and sufferers the world over. 

    *He questions the conventional wisdom about depression – essentially that it’s all in our heads, caused by an imbalance in our brain chemistry – and the efficacy of antidepressants. 

    *Looking outside our heads, rather than within, Hari argues, we can identify an alternative source for the rise in mental-health issues: disconnection from truly rewarding work, from other people, from meaningful values to live by, and even from the natural world. 

    *To improve our mental health, we need to seek connections – renewing links with others, finding fulfilling work, building better cultural values and tapping into our spiritual sides. 

    *In short, better mental health is a society-wide effort, rather than a matter confined to doctor and patient.

    Theme 1: Effectiveness of Antidepressants - 0:29

    Theme 2: The True Causes of Depression - 8:40

    Theme 3: 7 Alternative Forms of Antidepressant - 20:08

    Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.

    You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights

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    HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEWS MENTIONED IN TODAYS' EPISODE HERE:

    YouTube. (2019). Johann Hari: The Antidote for Loneliness. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC2Na1E3iVg.

    YouTube. (2019). Johann Hari: To Treat Depression, Provide Meaningful Work, Housing & a Basic Income, Not Just Drugs. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdSFliBttQI.

    YouTube. (2019). Loneliness kills: How to fight depression with social support | Johann Hari. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp-L844-5k8.

    Full Title: Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

    Year of Publication: 2018

    Book Author: Johann Hari

    To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078HSDZSQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GQWGNZTMKPAR7BJPF677

    Book Insight Writer: Laura Gladwin

    Editor: Tom Butler-Bowdon

    Producer: Daniel Gonzalez

    Production Manager: Karin Richey

    Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden

    Narrator: Tom Evans

    • 30 min
    Book Lounge | Emotional Intelligence 2.0 with Christina Eanes

    Book Lounge | Emotional Intelligence 2.0 with Christina Eanes

    Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 with special guest Christina Eanes.

    Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently.

    This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on:

    *The value of emotional intelligence, how it can increase your salary, improve your relationships and save you wasted time and energy.

    *The difference between IQ and EQ and the ways most people misunderstand and undervalue each.

    *Defining internal and external emotional intelligence, and discussing techniques to increase your E.Q.

    Want quick saveable, shareable bullet points on today's podcast? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/KarinRichey/emotional-intelligence-2-0-with-christina-eanes-4296

    Show Notes:

    https://christinaeanes.com/

    https://christinaeanes.podbean.com/

    What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?

    Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life.  Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.

    Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?

    Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.

    Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.

    You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week.

    Subscribe at memod.com/insights

    Production Assistance: Daniel Gonzalez

    Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey

    • 41 min
    Why EQ Matters More Than IQ | Book Insights on Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

    Why EQ Matters More Than IQ | Book Insights on Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

    *In their number one New York Times bestseller, Bradberry and Greaves lay out the four key skills that – once adopted – will exponentially enhance your emotional intelligence. 

    *The authors conducted extensive research into emotional intelligence, interviewing over half a million people in order to identify the traits that underpin high ‘EQ’. 

    *In today's fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and turbulent economic conditions, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help us to manage, adapt, and strike out ahead of the pack. 

    *It’s not hard to make the case that EQ is equally – if not more – important than cognitive intelligence, measured as IQ. But unlike cognitive ability, your EQ can be actively improved over the course of a lifetime. Infinitely practical, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers expert advice for increasing your EQ to enable you to achieve your fullest potential.

    Theme 1: Self Awareness - 0:29

    Theme 2: Self Management & Social Awareness - 9:07

    Theme 3: Relationship Management - 17:50

    Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.

    You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights

    Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://insights.memod.com/the-body-keeps-the-score

    HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEWS MENTIONED IN TODAYS' EPISODE HERE:

    Bradberry, T. (2019). The Power of Emotional Intelligence: Travis Bradberry at TEDxUCIrvine (Transcript) – The Singju Post. [online] The Singju Post. Available at: https://singjupost.com/power-emotional-intelligence-travis-bradberry-tedxucirvine-transcript/?singlepage=1.

    Full Title: Emotional Intelligence 2.0

    Year of Publication: 2009

    Book Author: Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves

    To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0974320625/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_1RBSVC4MBXB2ZV9EBY50

    Book Insight Writer: Philip Jaekl

    Editor: Morwenna Loughman

    Producer: Gabe Mara

    Production Manager: Karin Richey

    Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden

    Narrator: Kristi Burns

    • 27 min
    Book Lounge - 12 Rules for Life with Joe Barnes

    Book Lounge - 12 Rules for Life with Joe Barnes

    Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book 12 Rules for Life with special guest Joe Barnes.

    Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently.

    This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on:

    *Joe Barnes shares the value in Peterson's 12 Rules and how he has used them in his work and life, including writing his own book of life rules.

    *How Peterson weaves his knowledge of psychology and philosophy throughout his 12 rules.

    *The surprising insights on everything from parenting to stoicism as Peterson gives blunt truths about life.

    Want quick saveable, shareable bullet points on today's podcast? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/KarinRichey/12-rules-for-life-with-joe-barnes-4153

    Show Notes:

    Joe Barnes is a hypnotherapist, author and life coach. You can find out more about Joe Barnes's work by visiting his website

    www.escapethesystemnow.com

    While you're there, grab your free course '30 Days to Escape The System'

    https://escapethesystemnow.com/landing/

    Finally, if you want to check out his book 'Escape The System,' click
    the link below,

    http://mybook.to/JoeEscape

    What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?

    Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life.  Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.

    Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?

    Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.

    Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.

    You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week.

    Subscribe at memod.com/insights

    Production Assistance: Daniel Gonzalez

    Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey

    • 41 min
    Jordan Peterson's Life Wisdom | Book Insights on 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

    Jordan Peterson's Life Wisdom | Book Insights on 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

    *Jordan Peterson has been a controversial figure since he spoke out against a Canadian government bill concerning gender identity and expression. 

    *His book tour promoting 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos has met with angry protests and some academics and commentators have rounded on him, questioning his credibility. 

    *At the same time, Peterson’s public lectures regularly sell out, his YouTube channel has almost two million subscribers and 12 Rules for Life has become a runaway success. 

    *The book is a sort of manual for a good life, offering a set of principles that help us live up to our potential – to organize our lives in such a way that it makes us less the product of chaos, uncertainty and randomness, and more the result of our design. 

    *The book’s tenets are decidedly non-political, and might seem rather obvious and simplistic at first glance. But Peterson backs up his rules with reference to philosophy, religion, myth, and psychology. His starting point is that “life is suffering” and striving for happiness is futile – we should be more concerned with leading a meaningful life.

    Theme 1: Stand up Straight with Your Shoulders Back - 0:29

    Theme 2: At least don’t Lie - 11:52

    Theme 3: The Person You’re Listening to Might Know Something - 19:11

    Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.

    You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights

    Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://insights.memod.com/the-body-keeps-the-score

    HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEWS MENTIONED IN TODAYS' EPISODE HERE:

    "Jordan Peterson Interview — 12 Rules For Life | The Art Of Manliness". The Art Of Manliness, 2018, https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/12-rules-for-life-jordan-peterson-interview/. Accessed 20 Feb 2019.

    Full Title: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

    Year of Publication: 2018

    Book Author: Jordan Peterson

    To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://www.amazon.com/12-Rules-for-Life-audiobook/dp/B0797Y87JC/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1649881285&sr=8-1

    Book Insight Writer: Donald Robertson

    Editor: Monica Woods

    Producer: Gabriel Mara

    Production Manager: Karin Richey

    Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden

    Narrator: Elliot Schiff

    • 26 min
    Book Lounge | The Body Keeps the Score with Miranda Wise

    Book Lounge | The Body Keeps the Score with Miranda Wise

    Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book The Body Keeps the Score with special guest Miranda Wise.

    Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently.

    This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on:

    *Trauma-informed life reclamation coach Miranda Wise shares her personal experience overcoming trauma along with the various books and therapy techniques that helped her move past her trauma.

    *How trauma impacts the body as a whole and why children are particularly susceptible to trauma, even more than soldiers.

    *The many ways trauma manifests itself through the body in unexpected and uncontrollable ways.

    Want quick saveable, shareable bullet points on today's podcast? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/KarinRichey/the-body-keeps-the-score-with-miranda-wise-3873

    Show Notes:

    Miranda Wise is an influencer, public speaker as well as a Certified trauma-informed life coach for childhood trauma survivors.

    mirandawise.com

    https://www.instagram.com/miranda.m.wise/

    https://www.instagram.com/miranda.m.wise/

    https://www.tiktok.com/@miranda.m.wise

    What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?

    Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life.  Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.

    Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?

    Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.

    Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.

    You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week.

    Subscribe at memod.com/insights

    Production Assistance: Daniel Gonzalez

    Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey

    • 40 min

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