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Gwyneth Paltrow and goop editors chat with leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors—from doctors to creatives, CEO’s to spiritual healers—about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations.

Gwyneth Paltrow and goop editors chat with leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors—from doctors to creatives, CEO’s to spiritual healers—about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations.
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Gwyneth Paltrow and goop editors chat with leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors—from doctors to creatives, CEO’s to spiritual healers—about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations.




How Does Childhood Stress Manifest in Adulthood?

“Nothing itself is addictive on the one hand,” says Gabor Maté, MD. “And on the other hand, everything could be addictive if there’s an emptiness in that person that needs to be filled.” Maté is known for his unique perspective on addiction, child development and trauma, and how this stress manifests in the body. He has written several books, including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Hold On to Your Kids, and Scattered. In this moving conversation with Elise Loehnen, Maté talks about how...


How to Become Your Future Self

“Nobody changes until they change their energy—and when you change your energy, you change your life,” says researcher and author Joe Dispenza, DC. Dispenza’s work explores neuroscience, epigenetics, quantum physics, and consciousness. He’s become known for helping people heal in miraculous ways. (His latest book is called Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon.) In this episode, he explains what at first appears to be magic, where science and mysticism intersect....


Gwyneth x Dax Shepard: On Triggers and Self-Esteem

GP caught up with Dax Shepard at his studio and they covered a lot of ground: They talked about the roots of shame and fear, the things that they find triggering, and trying to figure out how to be intentional. They talked about what erodes self-esteem, what is erroneous to self-esteem, and what builds it. They swapped stories: relationship challenges, second chances at intimacy, navigating parenthood and fame. And they kept coming back to vulnerability—how to approach it, how to get...


The Social Anxiety Toolbox

Boston-based clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has become known for helping people through anxiety, which is something she has struggled with, too. Hendriksen wrote a book about it called How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety. Our chief content officer, Elise Loehnen, asked Hendriksen to share the strategies she’s learned and tested to cope with social anxiety and move from fear and doubt toward authenticity and a genuine comfort with the person you...


What Makes a Dad a Dad

“Dads saved the human race,” says Anna Machin, evolutionary anthropologist and author of The Life of Dad. In this conversation with goop CCO Elise Loehnen, Machin calls us to reimagine the role of the modern father, think differently about sex and gender as they relate to parenthood, and explore what it means to be a family, to be social, to form long-lasting relationships. Machin’s research on the anthropological roots of fatherhood and how fathers evolved to be parent figures has an...


Erin Brockovich on How We’ll Rescue Ourselves

“I never thought you had to be any one way to be a person and to be kind and to learn,” says Erin Brockovich, who continues to redefine what it means to be an activist. The tough news, Brockovich tells us, is that Superman is not coming to save the environment, to clean up our water, to kick harmful chemicals out of our neighborhoods. But here’s why Brockovich is optimistic: We’ve had the power all along to rescue ourselves. We do not need to wait for oversight that does not exist. We simply...


Family Secrets

“I've been kind of a student of family secrets all my life,” writer Dani Shapiro says. All of her novels have centered around family secrets, and her memoirs have explored secrets in her own family history, some of which she didn’t know existed—until she took a DNA test on a whim. When the results came back, Shapiro learned this: Her father, her beloved father whose deep Jewish lineage Shapiro had always identified with, was not her biological father. Did this mean she was not the person she...


The Skin-Gut Connection

“People get used to sometimes feeling a certain way, and they don't know that they could feel better,” says naturopathic doctor and aesthetician Nigma Talib. “I think when people get the taste of what it’s like to feel optimal, they quite often stick to it.” Working with Talib is fascinating because she can connect how you’re feeling to what’s happening in your gut to the way your skin looks. And then she helps you fix it all. She wrote about this process in a book called Younger Skin Starts...


Gwyneth x Elena Brower: On Divorce and Self-Forgiveness

GP catches up with her old friend Elena Brower, yoga teacher and coauthor of Better Apart: The Radically Positive Way to Separate. They talk about their own divorces, relationship endings and beginnings, and transformations. Brower doesn’t believe it’s ever too late to “fix it.” She pushes for taking responsibility for your attitude and reality, vigilantly taking care of yourself during and after the separation, having patience for the process, and having a lot of self-forgiveness. And GP...


How to Deal with Assholes

“For better or worse, I’m the asshole guy,” Robert Sutton once told us. Sutton is a professor at Stanford and the author of The Asshole Survival Guide. Of course, his work encompasses a lot more. Sutton studies organizational change, leadership, innovation, workplace dynamics, friction. Today, we’re talking a lot about assholes though: What makes someone act like one? How can we identify the tendencies in others and ourselves? How do you get rid of assholes in your office and personal life?...


How to Be with the Partner You Picked

“Our memory is shit,” says couples therapist and author of We Do Stan Tatkin. “It can’t be relied on, and our perception is like a fun-house mirror…. And so that should give way to more cautiousness, more consideration, and more curiosity than we tend to have, especially in love relationships.” Tatkin’s approach to helping couples develop “secure-functioning relationships” is both realistic and optimistic. His work helps people better understand their partners so that they can become the...


On Addiction and Recovery

“I didn't think that anybody thought or felt or experienced the world the way that I did until I came into recovery,” Bill Clegg tells our chief content officer, Elise Loehnen. Clegg is the author of two harrowing, poignant memoirs: Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. (He’s also a novelist—read Did You Ever Have a Family—and one of the most respected literary agents in publishing.) Clegg doesn’t often talk about his experience with addiction and recovery these days, which...


Miracles from a Magic Shop

“When we promote, if you will, acting compassionately, there’s a subset of people who look at this as a soft science,” says neurosurgeon James Doty, MD. But his research and that of others has demonstrated on a scientific level “that when you practice compassion with intention, it has a profound effect on your mental and physical health and wellness and even your longevity.” Today, Doty shares his unlikely personal story with us; we’ll call it miraculous, but he’s an atheist (who is best...


Sticking to Plan A

“I think we build up this thesis of who we are, and then it gets shook.” This is how Abbi Jacobson—one of the creators, executive producers, and stars of Broad City—begins to describe the ups and downs of her love life. And the road trip she departed on with a broken heart. It was this adventure that eventually became her poignant collection of personal essays, I Might Regret This. And it was on a different cross-country trek that she caught up with our chief content officer, Elise Loehnen,...


Why Love Starts with Loneliness

“The more that ambivalent feelings can be brought to the surface, the safer the relationship is,” says philosopher and writer Alain de Botton. The bestselling author (On Love, The Course of Love, How to Think More About Sex, etc.) sits down with our chief content officer, Elise Loehnen, to talk about the complexities of falling into, and out of, relationships. De Botton’s perspective on intimacy is incredibly wise. He says that we are all still and will always be students of love. That no...


How We Relate to Money

Financial expert Farnoosh Torabi is the author of books including When She Makes More and the host of the podcast So Money. She knows how to help people get out of debt—and also when and why it might be wise to go into debt. She explores how people relate to money and everything that affects this relationship, beginning with the first messages we internalize as children. And she’s opened up the conversation around gender and money, pushing us to reconsider how we perceive female breadwinners...


How to Avoid the Chemicals That Disrupt Hormones

How do endocrine-disrupting chemicals affect our health—and what can we do about them that isn’t all-consuming and overwhelming? This is the focus of Jessica Helm’s research. Helm is a postdoctoral fellow at Silent Spring Institute, and some of her most important work has examined ethnic disparities in chemical exposure and hormone-related health conditions. She’s brilliant at coming up with simple ways that we can reduce our exposure to the chemicals of concern that show up in the products...


Gwyneth x Howard Schultz: On the Entrepreneur’s Dream

Howard Schultz, former Starbucks chairman and CEO, sits down in a New York City café with GP. Schultz, the author of the new book From the Ground Up, tells stories about the time Starbucks almost slipped away from him and about a moment that gave him a sense of spirituality. They talk about profit and conscience. About building a business with a core purpose in the midst of conflict. And about what Schultz calls “servant leadership,” or recognizing that almost everything in life is a team...


Detox without Deprivation

Functional nutritionist and author of The Rainbow Diet Deanna Minich, PhD, sees detox in part as a way of letting go of things that don’t serve us. It is, she says, probably one of the oldest practices of humankind—to cleanse, to reevaluate what we need in our lives and what we don’t. But she also believes that health should be a joy—pleasurable, fun—not deprivation. Which is why her approach to detox focuses on what we can add back in to really nourish the body, the mind, and the spirit....


Why Optimism Is a Better Match for Reality

If you think the world is coming to an end, Steven Pinker says, think again. The experimental psychologist, Harvard psychology professor, and bestselling author of Enlightenment Now explains our tendency to look at the past through rose-colored glasses and view the present world much more pessimistically. He shows how our perception is distorted by headlines and gives us the real information that shows just how we’re progressing. He makes the case that good news is just as worthy of...