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Understanding the behavior of other people can help us in our work, our personal lives, and in many everyday situations. Host Zachary Elwood talks to people from a wide range of fields about how they read people, predict behavior, and use psychology in their work. Popular episodes include: indicators of healthy and unhealthy relationships, interrogation strategies, reading poker tells, indicators of fake online reviews, and jury consultant strategies (to name a few). Political polarization and its causes is also a recurring focus. For more info, see behavior-podcast.com.

People Who Read People: A Behavior and Psychology Podcast Zachary Elwood

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    • 4.4 • 140 Ratings

Understanding the behavior of other people can help us in our work, our personal lives, and in many everyday situations. Host Zachary Elwood talks to people from a wide range of fields about how they read people, predict behavior, and use psychology in their work. Popular episodes include: indicators of healthy and unhealthy relationships, interrogation strategies, reading poker tells, indicators of fake online reviews, and jury consultant strategies (to name a few). Political polarization and its causes is also a recurring focus. For more info, see behavior-podcast.com.

    Is liberal bias impeding U.S. depolarization and conflict resolution efforts?, with Guy Burgess

    Is liberal bias impeding U.S. depolarization and conflict resolution efforts?, with Guy Burgess

    A talk with conflict resolution specialist Guy Burgess, who, along with his wife Heidi Burgess, run the project www.beyondintractability.org. Guy and Heidi wrote a paper in 2022 titled "Applying conflict resolution insights to the hyper‐polarized, society‐wide conflicts threatening liberal democracies." I talk with Guy about: how conflict resolution principles might be applied to U.S. polarization problems; the importance of addressing liberal-side contributions to polarization; the common objections people can have to seeing polarization as a problem that both sides must tackle; how some in the conflict resolution space may be hindered from helping by their own liberal bias and polarization; the Burgesses' ideas for what society must do to reduce polarization to more healthy levels, and more.
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    The art of recruiting, with Blake Mobley

    The art of recruiting, with Blake Mobley

    A talk with Blake Mobley about the business of recruiting: matching job seekers with companies that are hiring. Blake is the co-founder and managing director of recruiting company Keeper Recruiting, which specializes in biotech. Topics discussed include: what the process of recruiting is like; how Keeper goes about learning pertinent details about job seekers; the metrics by which recruiting companies are judged to be successful; the different "core motivators" people can have in their lives and how that relates to recruiting; personality tests; and Blake’s earlier career in the intelligence community and how he sees that relating to his recruiting work. 
     
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    Dealing with anxiety and mental health issues as a college student

    Dealing with anxiety and mental health issues as a college student

    I was interviewed on Mahima Samraik's podcast Breaking The Facts about my struggles with anxiety and mental issues as a young man, which led to me dropping out of college in the middle of my second year of college. We talk about what that experience was like; recommendations for people dealing with similar problems; and the obstacles that can get in the way of getting help. 
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    Understanding madness, with Richard Bentall

    Understanding madness, with Richard Bentall

    A talk with psychologist Richard Bentall, author of the well known book Madness Explained, which examines the psychological causes of the symptoms associated with psychosis, schizophrenia, mania, and other mental issues. Topics we talk about include: the experiences and mental struggles that can lead to psychosis and other mental illness; how theories of mental illness have changed over time; pushback and criticism of psychology-focused explanations of mental illness; aspects of madness that most of us experience at some point; the role of feelings of isolation in madness; and the difference between beliefs and delusions. 
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    Reading tells in football, with Larry Hart

    Reading tells in football, with Larry Hart

    A talk with Larry Hart, a football coach at the University of Houston, and the author of the book The Recruit's Playbook. Topics discussed include: common behavioral patterns (tells) that are used to get an edge on opponents and teams; reading the signals that opponent coaches give to players; reading formation patterns; the importance of reviewing game tape; predicting how athletes will perform when one is recruiting them; and more.  
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    The challenges and rewards of studying nonverbal behavior, with Alan Crawley

    The challenges and rewards of studying nonverbal behavior, with Alan Crawley

    A talk with nonverbal behavior expert Alan Crawley, also known by his online handle Sin Verba (www.sinverba.com). Topics discussed include: why he became interested in behavior; the challenges of studying behavior; the practical benefits of studying behavior (including connecting better with others); irresponsible "behavior experts" who share bad information; and how to spot bad behavior information. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

reallygreatproduct ,

Interesting and insightful

Pros:
Fascinating takes! I really enjoy the topics and conversations. I’ve listened to a range of psychology podcasts and really appreciate the breadth, depth and originality of this one.

Cons:
I agrée with what’s been said about potential for production quality improvement. I also occasionally notice an overuse of yes/no questions during interviews, which seems to stilt conversation at times.

Overall I’m really enjoying and will keep listening!

right-tm ,

All around great show

I listen to this show at work , it’s great!

DellHam10 ,

An honest look at human behavior

One of my favorite casts. Zach does a great job of being objective and open minded.

His look at the reason for the severe polarization of America are eye opening.

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