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Exploring the artful confusion of being human as seen through the eyes of storytellers. In each episode, we bring you snarky discussions of today's hottest life hacks, studies, and advice—as found on the internet and your neighbor's social media feed.

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Exploring the artful confusion of being human as seen through the eyes of storytellers. In each episode, we bring you snarky discussions of today's hottest life hacks, studies, and advice—as found on the internet and your neighbor's social media feed.

    Would You Survive in a Horror Movie?

    Would You Survive in a Horror Movie?

    Horror movies are a lot like roller coasters. Some people love them, and other people don’t. The one thing we can all agree on, however, is that horror movie characters are just kind of dumb.

    Other than the films’ sole survivor, almost always a female, the rest of the characters make deadly errors we, the audience, are certain that we would not make.

    Except, if you were actually in a horror movie, you’re not going to be as smart as you think.

    In this episode, we combine science with our particular brand of snark to demonstrate exactly why that is true.

    And to get there we’re covering:

    •Why horror films act as a stress reliever.
    •Why the stress reliever function is also the thing that gets you killed.
    •The science behind all the stupid clown-s**t you’ll be doing in a horror film.
    •How programed optimism bias will leave you totally unprepared.

    Plus, a lot more. So, grab your trick or treat bag, think like the Final Girl, and join us to find out if you’re smarter than the average horror movie character.

    • 21 min
    Fear and Phobia

    Fear and Phobia

    We’re all afraid of something. Fear is, after all, a core emotion in the human experience. Some of the things we fear are big, dangerous, or important. And some of the things that frighten us can be rather small and inconsequential . . . To others, at least.

    In this episode, in honor of the Halloween season, we examine fear and phobias. From the rational to the irrational, and from the terror of phobias, to the joyful exhilaration of scary fun.

    In fear and phobias, we discuss:

    * The biological and psychological source of fear
    * Why we enjoy some scary things but not others
    * How phobias differ from fears
    * And shared experience of the most common fears and phobias

    So unless you suffer from phobophobia, which is the fear of phobias, grab your pumpkin, and have a listen as we bring you the first in our 5 week Halloween podcast special.

    • 27 min
    Improve Your Social Life with Life Hacks

    Improve Your Social Life with Life Hacks

    As natural as socializing is for humans, often interactions with strangers and new acquaintances isn’t the easiest thing to master. And, let’s face it, we live in a world where we have to be extra cautious not to offend. It’s helpful to have some social life, life hacks to help improve interactions, and create better and more positive communications.

    In this episode, we’re sharing some time-proven techniques to:

    •Improve likeability
    •Make a better connection with another
    •Know when someone is disinterested
    •Demonstrate greater positivity

    Plus, we’re throwing in a few of the darker Jedi mind tricks to assist in getting more information and getting more favors.

    • 25 min
    Zodiac Signs: Everything That is Written About You in the Stars

    Zodiac Signs: Everything That is Written About You in the Stars

    One in four Americans believes in astrology, which is a little more than half of the number who believe in UFOs. But even if we’re not true believer knowing the things written in the stars about you is fun, entertaining, and can often be alarmingly insightful.

    After all, what harm is there in recognizing the potentially best aspects of our personalities?

    In this episode, for believers, non-believers, and those who want to laugh at themselves, we’re making personality predictions based on your Zodiac signs.

    We’ve got a rundown for all the signs on:

    •Your ideal job
    •The one word that best describes you
    •How you rank in the bedroom

    Plus, a bunch of Top Three signs list for things like romance, the life of the party, and loyalty. And so much more that we just could list it all here.

    So, if you’d like to adventure toward a little star-sign introspection, or just laugh a bit, then join us as we examine the Zodiac signs and their best and worst qualities.

    • 36 min
    Procrastination: Why We’ll Do It Later

    Procrastination: Why We’ll Do It Later

    Well, we put off the episode on procrastination for as long as we could. After all, of all the demons we face, the ugliest is the one who keeps records on everything we haven’t yet completed. If there is a person in the world who never procrastinates, they are probably an intolerable sort who silently judges the rest of us with their sanctimonious looks.

    Okay, that may be a little harsh. If you are the type of person who gets everything done, when it needs to be done, and well in advance of the deadline. Congratulations! This episode is not for you.

    For the rest of us, this episode dives deep (well twenty-four minutes deep) into the prevailing opinions and research on the causes of procrastination.

    In the episode we discuss:

    •The harmful health aspects of procrastinating
    •Why the traditional model and definition doesn’t really cover it all
    •The emotional causes for not getting things done
    •How personality may drive your procrastination style
    •And, possible genetic and biological factors that may be indicators of who procrastinates most

    So, go ahead and put us on your to-do list, sit back, relax, and let us provide all the reasons you need to rationalize why you still haven’t cleaned up your closet.

    • 25 min
    Great Advice You Just Can't Use

    Great Advice You Just Can't Use

    In this episode, we explore some of the most common and yet least usable advice that is out on the internet.

    Advice today is like opinions—everyone has some. It truly is a great thing to be able to read so much information on ways to improve everything from your productivity to your peace of mind, to your finances. And although the advice is well intended and may even be helpful, a lot of what you read just isn’t usable.

    So, we’re diving into some of the top categories and discussing why this stuff won’t work and providing some simple alternatives that may work better.

    • 19 min

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