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Exploring the way we relate, date, and communicate. What does it mean to be a human being in the 21st Century? Grab a cup of tea (or wine) and join us as we explore relationships, friendships, family, workplaces, societies, sex, and our relationships with nature, technology, and ourselves. We'll look through several lenses - psychology, sociology, maybe even physics or biology - and invite experts on social connection (in other words, pretty much anybody who has interacted with other people in their lives).

Exploring the way we relate, date, and communicate. What does it mean to be a human being in the 21st Century? Grab a cup of tea (or wine) and join us as we explore relationships, friendships, family, workplaces, societies, sex, and our relationships with nature, technology, and ourselves. We'll look through several lenses - psychology, sociology, maybe even physics or biology - and invite experts on social connection (in other words, pretty much anybody who has interacted with other people in their lives).
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Exploring the way we relate, date, and communicate. What does it mean to be a human being in the 21st Century? Grab a cup of tea (or wine) and join us as we explore relationships, friendships, family, workplaces, societies, sex, and our relationships with nature, technology, and ourselves. We'll look through several lenses - psychology, sociology, maybe even physics or biology - and invite experts on social connection (in other words, pretty much anybody who has interacted with other people in their lives).

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English


Episodes

How can we connect to ourselves, to others, and to Nature? with Christina Echevarria

10/1/2019
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Do you feel that you are truly connected to yourself, to others, and to Nature? What does it mean to suffer from 'nature deficit disorder'? How can we use ancient rituals such as tea ceremonies and sharing circles to bring about a more connected, conscious world? Christina Echevarria, MSc is a Transformational Mentor, Breathworker and Ceremonialist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is devoted to serving her community (virtually and locally) in ways that empower embodied awakening,...

Duration:00:55:05

Could you forgive the man who killed your father? with Jo Berry

9/13/2019
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What would you do if you came face to face with somebody who had killed a family member? What happens when we are able to see the humanity of those we normally 'other'? Jo Berry lost her father in 1984, after he was killed by a bomb planted by he IRA at the Grand Brighton Hotel. The man who planted the bomb, Patrick Magee, was released from prison in 1999 - and Jo decided to meet him. What happened next is not what you might expect... since their first meeting, Jo and Patrick have toured...

Duration:00:53:33

Can "broken" parents raise happy children? - with Ameé Quiriconi, One Broken Mom

8/14/2019
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How were you shaped by your parents or caregivers? What affect do we have on our children? And how do we raise healthy, happy children when we ourselves feel 'broken'? We explore what it means to be 'broken', how seemingly small things in our childhoods can contribute towards our trauma (and we all have trauma in some form), how we can use our adverse experiences to our strength instead of letting them hold us back, and how we can still raise children even when we are still a healing 'work...

Duration:00:54:09

Have you ever been ghosted? - with Leah Marshall

7/22/2019
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What is ghosting? Why do people do it? And, perhaps more importantly, if you've been ghosted - how do you move on from the experience and evolve? My guest, Leah Marshall, is the founder and leader of the Esther Perel Discussion Group on Facebook, a global community of over 6,000 members who come together in person and online to discuss relationships, sex, dating, desire, and infidelity. In this episode, we talk about Leah's experiences with ghosting, how one was a massive springboard for...

Duration:00:56:32

Resolving conflict, mediation and Existentialism - with Yannick Jacob

6/21/2019
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What is conflict and why does it exist? What are the real reasons behind conflict, and how can a mediator help people to resolve their issues? And while we're at it - what on earth is existential therapy? Yannick Jacob is an Existential Coach, Positive Psychologist, Coach Trainer & Supervisor, Mediator and the former Programme Leader of the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London. In his own words: "I work with coaches, leaders and anybody who considers themselves to be in...

Duration:01:03:52

Safety, street harassment, and trust: How do we create safe spaces and deal will feeling unsafe?

6/14/2019
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Why do some people feel safe in one situation, while others are afraid? What does it mean to create a safe space? Does having a sense of community make us feel safer? And how can we deal with those times when we feel unsafe? Our guest, Desi, is a burlesque teacher and movement therapist, and has just started her own podcast - See You Next Tuesday - where she explores what it means to feel safe. Her own journey may have started with the rigorous safety training she received as a child, but...

Duration:01:07:40

Healing Collective Trauma - with Patrick Dougherty

6/7/2019
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What is collective trauma? Are the wounds that we bear best addressed behind the closed doors of a therapist's office, or as a collective? How is collective, intergeneration trauma affecting us all? Patrick Dougherty, M.A., L.P. is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of clinical work and social activism. He is part of an international group working with and developing models dealing with collective trauma (www.pocketproject.org). He is a former US Marine who served in Vietnam and is...

Duration:00:44:24

Wanderlust, Adaptability, Chimps and the Velvet Revolution: What does it mean to connect to a place?

5/31/2019
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How can we feel a sense of connection with a new place? Is it easier to fall in love with some cities or countries than with others? Are some of us just more able to adapt to change than others, and is this a blessing or a curse? We begin our journey with a story of international love across the Iron Curtain. Our guest, Eva, grew up hopping between three very distinct cultures - Denmark, the USA, and Communist Czechoslovakia. A self-described novelty seeker and chameleon, Eva enjoys getting...

Duration:00:57:51

Compatibility Part 3: Does it just happen, or is it carefully built?

5/24/2019
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Is compatibility something that just happens to us, or do we have to carefully construct and build it over time? Can we tell straight away how happy we might be with someone? If we are right for each other, should it always be plain sailing or does it require constant conscious effort? In this episode, we talk to Luiz + Barbara, a couple who have been together for ten years and consider themselves the world's happiest couple. But it wasn't love at first sight - their connection grew slowly...

Duration:00:46:42

Compatibility Part 2: Who says we need soul mates anyway?

5/17/2019
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What if there isn't somebody out there for all of us? What if there are multiple people, or - more radically - what if focusing on finding one romantic partner for life is stopping us from experiencing the full potential of our friendships, talents, or careers? What does it look like to shift the paradigm away from searching for the right person? In this episode, I talk to two fascinating people. The first, Rowen Bridler - singer, actress and author of Love Poems for People Who Don't Like...

Duration:00:55:19

Compatibility Part 1: The never-ending search for "the One"

5/10/2019
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Is our true soul mate out there? Do we need to find them or can we be perfectly happy by ourselves? How do we know when we've found the right person? In this three-part series, we explore questions of compatibility, monogamy, and look at alternatives to the usual story of "meet person, fall in love, live happily ever after". In part 1, Louise shares with us her trials and tribulations in love. She's had ups and downs, with stories both tragic and comic, but she remains positive that the...

Duration:01:08:20

What does it mean to 'fit in' somewhere?

5/3/2019
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How do we fit in to new places? What does it mean to feel like you belong? And is it harder to feel that you don't belong in your home town, compared to a completely new place? Amelia has lived in many places, from Kansas to Prague, but her biggest adjustment came when she moved to Namibia as a Peace Corps volunteer. In this episode, we discuss what it was like to stand out in a small Namibian village, whether she felt homesick, and how she's felt about 'fitting in' everywhere she's lived -...

Duration:00:40:07

Radical Honesty - is honesty always the best policy?

4/28/2018
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Is honesty always the best policy? What are the pros and cons of being honest? And what is Radical Honesty? In this episode, we invite Marvin Schulz - Radical Honesty trainer and coach - to discuss the practice of Radical Honesty. Originally created by Dr Brad Blanton, a psychotherapist who realised one day that the root of most suffering was some form of dishonesty or another - Radical Honesty is a practice in which people try to speak honestly to one another. But it's more than that - it's...

Duration:01:02:26

Are we neglecting friendships once we become adults?

4/21/2018
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In a world obsessed with romance and couples, do we value friendships as adults as much as we used to as children? How important are friendships in adulthood, and why do we so often let them take priority after our partner, children, and job? How can we have fulfilling relationships with our friends as adults - even if we are busy with work and family? Our guest, Anna, talks about one of the most influential friendships in her life. Unlike most of her friends, Anna did not have a romantic...

Duration:01:05:02

Living with my partner and his wife - Exploring polyamory

4/15/2018
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Can a relationship involve more than one person? Is monogamy ‘natural’? What are the advantages, disadvantages and challenges of a polyamorous relationship? Polyamory means having loving relationships with more than one person, whether you share your time with those people or there are three or more of you in a relationship together. In this exciting episode, we explore options outside of the traditional, non-monogamous model, such as open relationships and polyamory. Our guest, Sarah, lives...

Duration:00:47:28

Can you be your authentic self at work?

4/7/2018
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Can you be your true self at work? What would it be like to feel open, authentic and vulnerable at work? Is focusing on happy workers altruistic or exploitative, and is training people to create inner change an easy get-out for bad employers? In this episode, we bring in David Papa: spiritual coach, leadership consultant and founder of Love & Profit. We find out about how he works with leaders to bring their 'higher selves' to work - a self that is more loving, vulnerable and open. Join us...

Duration:00:53:26

Projection and Mind Reading

3/31/2018
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Do we truly see people for who they are, or do our preconceived ideas mean we only see them through a filter? Do we assume we know what our loved ones are thinking and end up feeling upset or hurt because we didn't challenge that assumption? Are the negative qualities that upset us so much in others actually parts of ourselves that we try to deny? Join us and our friend John as he explores how projection may have played a part in his divorce, and how self awareness is helping him to...

Duration:00:49:27

Why do people break up?

3/24/2018
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Why do people break up? Is there a good way to break up with someone? Can exes be friends? In our first full-length episode, our guest Emma talks about her recent breakup and we explore the way that people react to breakups, why some people might be more affected than others, and discuss some strategies for moving on from a breakup.

Duration:01:04:02

The Way We Connect - What is it all about?

3/10/2018
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The Way We Connect explores the way we relate, date, and communicate. In other words, relationships, friendships, how we connect with our families, colleagues, pets, the world around us, and ourselves. With a combined background from positive psychology, poetry, feminism, coaching, and a lot of connection with other human beings, join Gwen and Lis as we explore what it means to be a social being on planet Earth. In this episode, we introduce ourselves, the idea behind our podcast and let you...

Duration:00:28:32