Monthly Archives: January 2015

Modern rudeness in Stone Age minds with Amy Alkon

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Advice columnist and science writer Amy Alkon sheds light on the evolutionary roots of modern impoliteness. She shares research on how to cure rudeness and make the world a friendlier place. Scott and Amy get personal as they cover topics like living with ADHD, being a starving artist, how to live a good life and the joy of being “weird.”

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How our “our modern skulls house stone age minds”
  • How population growth and technology have produced pervasive rudeness
  • How a kind act can make the world into one big neighborhood
  • 3 easy tools for more positive communication
  • How to give advice that will actually get used
  • How to deal with rude people
  • The essential parts of a good apology
  • Amy and Scott’s eccentricities.
  • What it’s like to have ADHD and some surprising benefits of the diagnosis
  • Amy’s opinions regarding the stigma of psychiatric medication
  • Pathological altruism
  • Injecting meaning into your life
 

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“Amy Alkon writes The Advice Goddess, an award-winning, syndicated column that runs in more than one hundred newspapers across the United States and Canada. She is also the author of I See Rude People. She has been on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NPR, CNN, MTV, and Entertainment Tonight and has a weekly radio show called Advice Goddess Radio. She has also written for Psychology Today, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily News (New York), and Pravda, among others. She lives in Venice, California.” –Blurb taken from Amazon.com

“What is it like to be a psychopath?”

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Cognitive neuroscientist Kent Kiehl discusses his research and personal experience working with “those without conscience.” Scott and Kent demystify the historically fascinating illness as it relates to criminal activity, genius, evil, flourishing, the brain, gender and treatment.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Why there’s been so much interest in psychopathy
  • What it means to be a true “card carrying” psychopath
  • Was Dexter Morgan a true psychopath?
  • What it’s like to work with psychopaths in maximum security facilities
  • How your average person rates on the psychopath scale
  • How a psychopath thinks about love or justice
  • The nature and nurture of a psychopathic personality disorder
  • Which types of crimes are associated with the diagnosis
  • How we can treat psychopathy
  • The relation between introversion/extroversion and psychopathy
  • The darker things Kent has come across in his career
 

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“Dr. Kiehl is an author and neuroscientist who specializes in the use of clinical brain imaging techniques to understand major mental illnesses, with special focus on criminal psychopathy, psychotic disorders (i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, affective disorders), traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and paraphilias.” –Blurb taken from Kent’s website

Todd Kashdan on dancing with the dark side of your personality

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Psychologist Dr. Todd Kashdan shares some unconventional research on how we can harness “negative” psychological characteristics to live whole, successful and fulfilling lives. Topics include the dark triad, emotional experimentation, mindfulness, education, evolution and what it means to live well.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How feelings like anxiety, jealousy and selfishness can be beneficial
  • The functional value of exploring different emotional experiences
  • Scott and Todd’s campaign to encourage being “your authentic pissed off self”!
  • Louis C.K. and the science of bonding over things you shouldn’t say
  • How open monitoring meditation aids creativity
  • How to find happiness
  • Cultural perspectives on our “darker” side
  • How social media demotivates
  • How acknowledging vulnerability and nervousness can make for better outcomes
  • Evolutionary reasoning behind the need for our dark side
  • How we all display certain characteristics of darker traits in our daily routines
  • How the education system can be improved by encouraging mind-wandering
  • Positive and negative elements of narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy
  • “The false nose of happiness” and how to think about the good life
  • How expecting and preparing for the worst can make you perform at your best
 

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“A recognized authority on well-being and social relationships, Dr. Todd Kashdan has published more than 150 scholarly articles and is the author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life and his latest book, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self – not just your “good” self – drives success and fulfillment . His research has been featured in several media outlets, including the New York Times and The Washington Post.” –Blurb taken from Todd’s Huffington post page