6 episodes

Are you an overthinker? Prone to thought spirals? Do you wonder why, despite living in the "Information Age," life only seems to be making less sense? From extreme celebrity worshippers to people with master’s degrees basing their real-life choices on Mercury’s whereabouts, there seems to be a lot of delulu out there these days. More than ever, in fact. Enter: This relatable, thought-provoking podcast for curious overthinkers. Every other week, tune in as host Amanda Montell, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Age of Magical Overthinking and host of the Sounds Like A Cult podcast, interviews a brilliant expert guest about a buzzy, confounding, anxiety-provoking topic. Think: narcissism, nostalgia, polyamory, social media comparison, "millennial cringe." Complete with heart-on-their-sleeve personal stories, thought-provoking conversations, and actionable takeaways for how chronically online listeners can get out of their own heads, this podcast is here to make some sense of the senseless. To help quiet the cacophony in our brains for a while. Or even hear a melody in it.
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Magical Overthinkers Amanda Montell & Studio71

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 278 Ratings

Are you an overthinker? Prone to thought spirals? Do you wonder why, despite living in the "Information Age," life only seems to be making less sense? From extreme celebrity worshippers to people with master’s degrees basing their real-life choices on Mercury’s whereabouts, there seems to be a lot of delulu out there these days. More than ever, in fact. Enter: This relatable, thought-provoking podcast for curious overthinkers. Every other week, tune in as host Amanda Montell, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Age of Magical Overthinking and host of the Sounds Like A Cult podcast, interviews a brilliant expert guest about a buzzy, confounding, anxiety-provoking topic. Think: narcissism, nostalgia, polyamory, social media comparison, "millennial cringe." Complete with heart-on-their-sleeve personal stories, thought-provoking conversations, and actionable takeaways for how chronically online listeners can get out of their own heads, this podcast is here to make some sense of the senseless. To help quiet the cacophony in our brains for a while. Or even hear a melody in it.
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    Overthinking About Social Media Comparison

    Overthinking About Social Media Comparison

    You log onto Instagram and within five seconds of scrolling, your algorithm has your self-esteem in a death grip. It serves you: 1) an old classmate's engagement announcement, 2) another carousel of glamorous vacation pics, 3) a random influencer looking flawless on a rooftop... and now, you feel like garbage. These people have NOTHING to do with your life, and yet social media has forced them into your brain space. What's worse? Their beauty, wealth, and success seem to be directly depleting yours. What causes us to irrationally compare-despair on platforms like Instagram and TikTok? Is there an evolutionary explanation? And how can we feel better? Joining host Amanda Montell (@amanda_montell) are two special guests, here to help soothe our thought spirals surrounding social media comparison: Jemma Sbeg (@jemmasbeg), host of The Psychology of Your 20s podcast, and Britt Frank (@britt_frank), neuropsychotherapist and author of The Science of Stuck.
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    - Sources: 
    Zero-Sum Bias: Perceived Competition Despite Unlimited Resources
    Gendered Influence of Downward Social Comparisons on Current and Possible Selves
    Shine Theory: Why Powerful Women Make the Greatest Friends
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Overthinking About Burnout

    Overthinking About Burnout

    Chronically stressed? Emotionally exhausted? Depleted to the point of physical suffering, dissociation, and paranoia that things will never improve?? Welcome to today's woefully relatable topic, burnout, which is not just fatigue or boredom but rather what happens when our bodies fail to complete the "stress response cycle." That's according to our brilliant and delightful guest, Amelia Nagoksi, co-author of the bestselling book Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. With wisdom and charisma, Amelia joins host Amanda (@amanda_montell) to soothe our thought spirals about how American capitalist society is fundamentally clashing with the human spirit... and what we can do to quell burnout's negative effects. 
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    - Sources: 
    Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle
    You might be part of 'The Great Exhaustion'
    It’s not a contest: Bragging about your work stress
    Cold-Water Immersion Facilitates Positive Affect
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Overthinking About Imposter Syndrome

    Overthinking About Imposter Syndrome

    In 1978, psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes published the first study on imposter syndrome—originally termed “imposter phenomenon”—about high-achieving women feeling like frauds at work… and it struck a major nerve. The study kicked off decades of frenzied discourse, programs, and merch aimed at curing women of this irrational feminine disease. Among the proposed treatments included professional development conferences, self-help books like The Imposter Cure, and power poses. Use of the term imposter syndrome has only increased, but I have questions. Like… why are these conversations so gendered? Does anyone NOT experience imposter syndrome? Is it really a diagnosable “syndrome” in the first place? And either way, how can we stop feeling this way? Psychiatrist and author of “Real Self Care” Dr. Pooja Lakshmin (@poojalakshmin) joins host Amanda (@amanda_montell) for this week’s brain-soothing discussion.
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    - Sources: 
    Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome
    Prevalence, Predictors, and Treatment of Impostor Syndrome
    All Imposters Aren't Alike
    A Cultural Impostor? Native American Experiences of Impostor Phenomenon in STEM
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Overthinking About Monogamy

    Overthinking About Monogamy

    If we can love our children and friends separately but equally, why not our romantic partners? Such is one of the many compelling thought exercises in favor of polyamory, a relationship structure that is by no means new, but has experienced an explosive recent surge in popular media, starring everywhere from New Yorker thinkpieces to reality shows like Couple to Throuple. Interrogations of monogamy as the default approach to love have become more mainstream than ever, though representations aren't always the most inclusive. In a society shaped by centuries of "amatonormativity," dipping a toe into the waters of polyamory can feel scary, or at least taboo. It's easy to lose yourself in thought spirals on the subject (Is polyamory more "natural" than monogamy? Why do some people make being "poly" their whole personality? Who even has time for multiple partners? Is it prude to think this way?). To help us puzzle through the confusion, philosopher and host of the Overthink podcast Dr. Ellie Anderson (@ellieanderphd) joins host Amanda (@amanda_montell) for a sparkling discussion.
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    - Sources: 
    Polyamory educator Leanne Yau
    How Did Polyamory Become So Popular?
    Knitting brings calmness and structure to the lives of people with mental illness
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Overthinking About Narcissism

    Overthinking About Narcissism

    Is it just us, or does American culture have narcissism fever? Thanks to factors like the rise of therapyspeak, TikTok mental health diagnoses, and badly behaving reality stars-turned-world leaders, discourse about this buzzy, yet poorly understood phenomenon has exploded. Are we as a society becoming more narcissistic? Or are we now over-using and misusing this term to the point of meaninglessness? Wait, is obsessing about other people's narcissism its own kind of narcissism? In an effort to soothe these thought spirals, host Amanda (@amanda_montell) settled in for an illuminating chat with her debut guest, psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula (@doctorramani), author of the New York Times bestseller "It's Not You." Tune in for a relatable, brain-tingling discussion, complete with questions submitted by the "Magical Overthinkers Club" and bits of wisdom to help us overthinkers get out of our own heads. 
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    - Sources: 
    What Is Narcissism? Science Confronts a Widely Misunderstood Phenomenon
    Time grows on trees: The effect of nature settings on time perception
    Therapist Aisha's Instagram
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    • 58 min
    Introducing Magical Overthinkers

    Introducing Magical Overthinkers

    Are you an overthinker? Prone to thought spirals? Do you wonder why, despite living in the "Information Age," life only seems to be making less sense? From extreme celebrity worshippers to people with master’s degrees basing their real-life choices on Mercury’s whereabouts, there seems to be a lot of delulu out there these days. More than ever, in fact. Enter: This relatable, thought-provoking podcast for curious overthinkers. Every other week, tune in as host Amanda Montell, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Age of Magical Overthinking and host of the Sounds Like A Cult podcast, interviews a brilliant expert guest about a buzzy, confounding, anxiety-provoking topic. Think: narcissism, nostalgia, polyamory, social media comparison, "millennial cringe." Complete with heart-on-their-sleeve personal stories, thought-provoking conversations, and actionable takeaways for how chronically online listeners can get out of their own heads, this podcast is here to make some sense of the senseless. To help quiet the cacophony in our brains for a while. Or even hear a melody in it.
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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
278 Ratings

278 Ratings

Angelina Cordero ,

Opening my eyes

I am very happy to have found this podcast. I believe I’m in a chapter in my life where there have been so many moving parts , but I have continued to get to a place where everything is a little bit calmer. While listening to the narcissism podcast, I could think of a handful of people who have left my life because they displayed these behaviors. Not only did I keep pointing the finger at myself trying to explain their behavior , but at times I would truly think that I had done something to deserve what happened. The most recent one happening with a friend of mine, when I expressed something that upset me that they did and were continually doing. Somehow it was being turned on me, idk. That person has a best friend that I also was close with, but when the fall out happened at first she apologized to me. After speaking with the other friend, they both decided to not respond to me as if I never said anything and as if the one friend never apologized. While continually turning over this situation in my head, are narcissist capable of having best friends? How couldn’t a friendship even be continued when one person is a narcissist?
Again, so happy I have found this podcast because it is aiding me to calm my brain one step at a time.

123JaJaMoMo ,

Brava (and a thought)

The show is fantastic! You’re hitting what so many people are thinking about with nuance and sophistication.

(Production note 🙏🏼please have your guests drink water before and during interviews—clicky mouth sounds distract from the wonderful material.🙏🏼)

stirasukha ,

Solo Intro = LOVE

Never thought i would appreciate that solo intro so much. Almost meditative. Love

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