We all have the SuperPower of Curiosity. It is inherent to being human. It is the drive to discover; it is the quest to question why until we reach a satisfying answer or a deeper question; it is a key to our joy in the wonders of living in this world.
But sometimes we seem to lose our natural curiosity. This podcast is dedicated to regaining and enjoying our SuperPower of curiosity. It contains both radically informative talks and fascinating interviews and conversations with out-of-the-box experts.
The first season of SuperPower Curiosity is about overcoming divisiveness. How do you regain peace of mind during divisive times, even if you can‘t change a political or social situation? This season delves into how you can transcend the toxic worlds of political and social divisiveness — with their constant invitations into worry or outrage — and stand in your own innate strength and joy. With peace of mind, not only do we feel so much better, we also give ourselves a better chance of being effective in changing our society for the better. This first season is based on Dr. Richard Gillett’s # 1 bestselling book: It’s a Freakin’ Mess: How to Thrive in Divisive Times.
6. The Tyrannosaurus in the Room
What is the difference between ego and self-esteem? This episode of SuperPower Curiosity looks at this crucial differentiation. How, on the one hand self-esteem is so helpful (to us and to those we connect with); and how, on the other hand, ego — our pride in being different or special — is directly linked to creating enemies and therefore to our experience of fear and anger. It is excerpted from Dr. Richard Gillett’s #1 bestselling book: It’s a Freakin’ Mess: How to Thrive in Divisive Times.
5. Dr. David Haddad – From Self-Criticism to Self-Appreciation
What happens when you focus on your abilities instead of your liabilities? To find out about the journey from self-criticism to self-appreciation, listen to this exciting conversation between Professor David Haddad and Dr. Richard Gillett in the CuriosiTea Room. David Haddad is a pioneer in Appreciative Inquiry — the understanding that we tend to do better when we focus on our qualities, rather than on our faults. In this episode David speaks of how to hone curiosity so that it is geared to what we want in our lives and to attaining the good feeling we all wish to have.
4. How Divisive Emotions Can Save or Ruin Your Life
When are anger and fear helpful to us, and when are they liabilities that cause us suffering? Knowing when these emotions are useful and when they are not gives us choices that protect our peace of mind and even our physical health. It is excerpted from Dr. Richard Gillett’s #1 bestselling book: It’s a Freakin’ Mess: How to Thrive in Divisive Times.
3. Emotion, Money, and Votes
Politicians and the media often bombard us with invitations into emotion — especially anger (with them) and fear (of what they might do). This episode looks at why divisive emotions — like anger and fear — are so effective in getting people to buy and to vote. And how this exploitation for political or commercial ends costs us in terms of our everyday peace of mind. It is excerpted from Dr. Richard Gillett’s #1 bestselling book: It’s a Freakin’ Mess: How to Thrive in Divisive Times.
2. Enjoyable Emotions: A Conversation with Dr. Richard Gillett
It’s so easy to get caught in emotions that don’t feel good. This episode is about the shift we can all make, from emotions related to alarm (like anger, worry and fear) that are so unpleasant to feel, to the uplifting emotions of connection (like respect, love and joy). In this episode, producer Mollie Ruth interviews Dr. Richard Gillett, author of IT’S A FREAKIN’ MESS: How to Thrive in Divisive Times.
1. Transcend Divisiveness
Why do we human beings create divisiveness when it creates so much suffering — on both sides of the division? This episode looks at why we get tempted to be divisive and how we have the power to make different choices. It is excerpted from Dr. Richard Gillett’s #1 bestselling book: It’s a Freakin’ Mess: How to Thrive in Divisive Times.
Curiosity is a true bridge… it unites us in delightful ways
Dr. Gillett’s podcast SuperPower Curiosity is a game changer. And, practicing what Dr. Gillett shares about curiosity makes wonder and delight easily accessible. The other day rather than seeing someone wearing a tee shirt that I would have interpreted as “oh, their belief must be…” I paused and thought, “ No, I am going to be curious and ask what the tee shirt meant to them.” What a wonderful conversation opener and a satisfying way to be in the world. We both left the conversation in a happier frame of mind and heart. I heartedly recommend SuperPower Curiosity 💛
Enjoyable AND Substantive
Dr. Gillett is a pleasure to listen to. He is articulate and has a delightful sense of humor. However, what I find most compelling in the “Superpower Curiosity” podcast is the substance of what he discusses.
He presents fundamental principles in concrete terms I can take in easily. And, then provides practical steps I can actually DO to reduce the frustration I feel from the divisiveness of the times!
Dr. Gillett is right. Becoming curious to gain perspective is more fun than being angry. And, I really resonate with the practice of consciously choosing to move toward more connectedness when I find myself with someone who holds views that differ from mine.
I wholeheartedly recommend this podcast!