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All In The Mind is ABC RN's weekly podcast looking into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour — everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.
225 Episodes
Meet an Australian philosopher and cultural analyst who spent 20 years of his life addicted to just about every drug you could imagine. His best work was done when he was enveloped in haze of cannabis smoke, he prowled local pharmacies to score large doses of codeine, and drank until he lost consciousness. Amazingly he lives to eloquently share his insights into the thought processes of an addict.
Anxiety is an essential human emotion—it kicks in to protect us from threats—but sometimes those threats are only perceived. When worries start to become overwhelming, approximately 25 per cent of us experience clinical anxiety. But it is highly treatable. A ten-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man share their anxious thoughts and their strategies to manage them.
Inside talking therapy

Inside talking therapy


The art of talking and listening in therapy can be powerful and transformative. The talking cure has changed since Freudian psychoanalysis, but evidence is building that the therapeutic relationship can have deep and lasting benefits. Two leading psychotherapists reveal the common dynamics that can interrupt our sense of well-being, through characters based on real-life case studies.
Our perception of the world is significantly affected by the language we speak. Indigenous languages from around Australia pose a vastly different perspective of the world than that of English. We explore how these languages influence perceptions of self, kinship and the natural world.
Your attention, please!

Your attention, please!


Are you paying attention? It’s not as simple as it sounds because our focus is constantly being pulled in different directions. Good attention skills are crucial for the development of other cognitive abilities, but a concerning number of children have difficulties to a clinical level, such as those seen in ADHD and autism. The common treatment is medication but there are training interventions which are proving effective.
Watson and Crick saw the structure of DNA in a spiral staircase, and Newton understood gravity in the falling of an apple—but all human beings regularly experience flashes of inspiration, seemingly out of nowhere. Insight researchers want to know more about the nature of the so-called ‘a-ha moment’, so they are setting us a citizen science challenge. Find out what they know already, and how you can contribute to the science of creativity. And we hear from a neuroscientist whose recent research shows that the most creative people have superior connectivity between three distinct brain regions.
The connection between our minds and bodies determines our health and well-being, and the rate at which our cells age and die can be influenced by lifestyle choices. We hear about keeping our genes in good order by protecting our telomeres—a buffer zone at each end of our chromosomes. We'll also hear about a mindfulness-based intervention which could really help millions of extremely traumatised displaced people around the world.
Tripping for depression

Tripping for depression


In 1966, as a reaction to disturbing reports of people having bad trips, the psychedelic drug LSD was banned in the U.S. Now some scientists are seeing promising results from studies into the therapeutic benefits of using psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness.
Turn on, tune in

Turn on, tune in


Turn on, tune in, and drop out … that was the catchcry of U.S. psychologist Timothy Leary in the 1960s. By 1966 psychedelics were demonised and banned, but now—in controlled scientific settings—there's a psychedelic 'renaissance' in mental health therapy. Early research on the use of ecstasy in the treatment of stress disorders looks promising.
Picture this—an Australian journalist sitting near a squat toilet under the only light in the prison cell he shares with 140 others, writing pages of notes about happiness. After 15 months in a notorious Cambodian prison, for a crime he denies, James Ricketson shares his insights into his personal experience in Prey Sar prison—and his new reflections on the state of happiness.Please note that this episode contains a small amount of strong language
Comments (20)


hi, where can I find the details about this program (tally !).

Aug 29th

Ryan McKay

That interview was pretty cool! Eliza is very articulate for her age.

Aug 13th


I love this episode so much!! So many insights!! Thank you!!

Jul 21st

Alex Palma


Jul 20th


Very informative.

Jul 12th

Cath Balmer

Great show! Explains a lot about my family 😳😬😂👍🏽

Jun 22nd

Adrian Gunanta Bangun

Thank you. I'm Adrian from Indonesia. This is very helpful. This issue has been my concern since ages

Jun 14th

Valerie Brozic

I love this episode!

May 15th

Inês Amano

I live in Portugal, and we eat a lot of vegetables. Even kids love soup. If you go to the supermarket, the first thing you'll see are vegetables and fruit. I believe this is conditioning of our own society.

Mar 19th

Michael Collins

My 9 you aspy boy loved this podcast, and thanks from both of us

Feb 19th


Enjoyed the conversation . Thanks so much

Feb 18th

Nandar NayWin

yep, this is what I am learning now. Great topics.

Feb 5th

micheál p mc guinness

wonderful show...great topics and great broadcaster...keep up good work...

Jan 27th

Karen Kyle


Jan 18th

jigar priyadarshi

could you please arrange transcript

Dec 4th

Sandra Mažutovaitė

Thank you!

Oct 23rd

Danny Lee

Would have been nice to know what Gregory Berns opinion of why the dogs get anxious and shakey/distressed while they are in the car.

Sep 12th

B Knapp

EVERY1 should hear this

May 14th

Sonny Darvishzadeh

22:10 I'm living.

Mar 8th

Peter Mitchell

Why have music in the background of a misophonia episode?

Dec 2nd
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