The age old question, why are we the way we are? This charming episode & program interviews a renowned researcher & psychology professor Dr. Simine Vazire on “introverts, extroverts, self-esteem, sociopaths, neuroticism, conscientiousness, Buzzfeed quizzes, yearbook inscriptions, trusting people, screwing up your kids, acting like your parents, changing personality traits through therapy or medication and astrology being put to the test”. The first time in which the episode description is exactly what we would’ve written!
P.S. Apparently the Myers-Brigg test is bullshit.
The Big Impacts of Small Decisions
Noticing your behavior being affected by the changes in your world is difficult to spot, but that’s because a professional nudge architect did their jobs right. This episode gives several examples of how baby pictures can stop vandalism and looting in a neighborhood in London, and one piece of tape can change the path traffic and bike lanes take.
Very Bad Wizards
Death, Immortality, and Porn (Intuition) Pumps
Are you afraid of dying like a regular person? Do you know what you are actually afraid of? It’s definitely not this meat pouch we’re in. This episode, and this entire podcast program gets to the deep root of how our minds process this journey called life. Also, the first part of the program uses porn as a analogical device to describe philosophical concepts so you’ll get a laugh if you’re a porno-centric philosophy head. Are you not?
You are Not So Smart
The You Are Not So Smart program is incredibly rich and interesting so this episode only won out based on us being thematic. (Do listen to episode 90 on Reality and episode 60 on Reframing). Of course we all know about the general idea of tribalism, and how we’ve evolved to divide ourselves but this episode gets deeper than the ‘did you know level’ of edutainment and explains how groups (and individuals within) can allow genocide of another group entirely, this episode is huge!
Psychologia The Podcast
Ever get convinced of something that later you think to yourself why and how you were even duped? I bet you that thought that person was attractive. This episode explains what happens during the process of persuasion so you can then trace backwards for yourself the steps to be better at it yourself!