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Stoicism is the immensely influential philosophy behind much Western thinking and modern talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It also has immense relevance to modern life and has genuine psychological benefits. The Stoic Psychology podcast brings you advice from Stoic philosophy, and modern psychological theory so you may live a more contented, fulfilled life. Weekly episodes feature host Alex MacLellan sharing his own thoughts on modern issues, or interviews with guests about Stoicism, Psychology and how to live well.
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Hello legends,A bit of a strange episode this time as I tackle something very abstract with the aid of some very compelling research - whether we want the right things and are measuring success in the right way. This is a topic that is covered by pretty much everyone,  in pretty much every way, so here is my attempt at it.Remember to follow the page on Facebook, Twitter, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!Also, please consider supporting the show on Patreon, it really makes a big difference!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMusic Credits:Music has been licensed by Comma Music: commamusic.comStudies mentioned:(Joyce) Jingshi Liu, Amy N. Dalton, and Anirban Mukhopadhyay (2017) ,"My Favorite Thing: How Special Possessions Can Increase Subjective Wellbeing", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 45, eds. Ayelet Gneezy, Vladas Griskevicius, and Patti Williams, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 228-232Marco, E., Williams, K., & Oliveira, S. (2020). Too Much ‘Stuff’and the Wrong Space: A Conceptual Framework of Material Possessions. Interiority, 3(2), 219-242.Kahneman, D., Krueger, A.B., Schkade, D., Schwarz, N., & Stone, A.A. (2006). Would you be happier if you were rich? A focusing illusion. Science, 312, 1908–1910.Graham, L., & Oswald, A. J. (2010). Hedonic capital, adaptation and resilience. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 76(2), 372-384.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello legends,A rarity from me, using current events in an episode! Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away last week, and in this show, I pay a small tribute to the man who became a national hero and explore the research that has been carried out over the years into heroism and heroic acts.Remember to follow the page on Facebook, Twitter, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!Also, please consider supporting the show on Patreon, it really makes a big difference!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comTo learn more about Captain Sir Tom Moore and his charitable foundation, and to donate: https://captaintom.org/Music Credits:Music has been licensed by Comma Music: commamusic.comA clip from Sam Raimi's Spiderman 2 has been used at the beginning of the episode.Studies mentioned: Franco, Z. E., Blau, K., & Zimbardo, P. G. (2011). Heroism: A conceptual analysis and differentiation between heroic action and altruism. Review of general psychology, 15(2), 99-113.Keczer, Z., File, B., Orosz, G., & Zimbardo, P. G. (2016). Social representations of hero and everyday hero: A network study from representative samples. PloS one, 11(8), e0159354.https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_makes_a_herohttps://blog.richmond.edu/heroes/2015/10/15/our-definition-of-%E2%80%9Chero%E2%80%9D/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello legends,The first episode of 2021 is here! After an email from a listener, I wanted to share some research from the fields of counselling psychology, as well as what Stoicism has to say about grief. Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMusic Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for Free"Golden Hour" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello legends,What a year it's been! This is a shorter episode to end the year and one in which very little philosophy or psychology is discussed!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMusic Credits:Music licensed from musicbed.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Publishing a Paper

Publishing a Paper

2020-12-1527:25

Hello legends,Another episode out, and this is one I've wanted to release for a while. The first paper accepted in a major psychological journal is here.This is press release if you want a read and please consider sharing it widely! http://www.bbk.ac.uk/news/birkbeck-study-on-stoicism-and-its-impact-on-mental-health-1?fbclid=IwAR0USCISTUBBBvvyEUIvLCFQtpK9o6ZZoduLxl5blBK3LKqsJJ4SAZH1zIkRemember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMusic Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
We have found internet in deepest rural Sweden (amazingly) and are back to bring you this interview with the brilliant Dr Lynda Shaw. Part throwback to when the UK was coming out of lockdown and part informative chat with a cognitive neuroscientist about mental health and changing behaviours. Lynda's Website:https://www.drlyndashaw.com/Consider supporting the show on Patreon if you enjoy the content and want to get access to extras and bonuses!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMusic Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello legends, welcome back for episode 30 of the Stoic Psychology Podcast! We finish up Spike Milligan's autobiography and Alex decides to expand on why people new to Stoicism might not like the idea of the virtues, and how they can help us in the COVID crisis.Consider supporting the show on Patreon if you enjoy the content and want to get access to extras and bonuses!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMusic Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for Free"Golden Hour" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello legends, welcome back for episode 30 of the Stoic Psychology Podcast! We finish up Spike Milligan's autobiography and Alex decides to expand on why people new to Stoicism might not like the idea of the virtues, and how they can help us in the COVID crisis.Consider supporting the show on Patreon if you enjoy the content and want to get access to extras and bonuses!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMusic Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for Free"Golden Hour" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello, quarantining legends! Alex continues speaking with journalist, writer and Stoic Mom (I say Mum) Meredith Kunz in the final part of this interview.Alex also continues reading Spike Milligan's autobiography, and it's a sombre entry as Mr Milligan describes getting shellshock and how his laughter died.Consider supporting the show on Patreon if you enjoy the content and want to get access to extras and bonuses!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:The Stoic Mom blog: http://www.thestoicmom.com/Stoic Parents Facebook GroupTranquillity Parenting by Brittany PolatFreud's Essay - On Transience Music Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for Free"Golden Hour" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello, quarantining legends! Alex continues interviewing journalist, writer and Stoic Mom (I say Mum)..Meredith Kunz. This is the second of a three-part interview covering children, parenting, Stoicism, Coronavirus and where this Venn diagram meets.Alex also continues reading Spike Milligan's autobiography, during which our hero gets shelled for the first time...Consider supporting the show on Patreon if you enjoy the content and want to get access to extras and bonuses!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:The Stoic Mom blog: http://www.thestoicmom.com/Stoic Parents Facebook GroupTranquillity Parenting by Brittany PolatFreud's Essay - On Transience Music Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for Free"Golden Hour" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello, quarantining legends! We have a guest on the show again, Alex is interviewing Journalist, writer and Stoic Mom (I say Mum)..Meredith Kunz. This is the first of a three-part interview covering children, parenting, Stoicism, Coronavirus and where this Venn diagram meets.Alex also starts a new book of the month, the autobiography of one of his personal heroes...Consider supporting the show on Patreon if you enjoy the content and want to get access to extras and bonuses!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:The Stoic Mom blog: http://www.thestoicmom.com/Stoic Parents Facebook GroupTranquillity Parenting by Brittany PolatMusic Credits:"Solitude" by Broke for Free"Golden Hour" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
It is time for your government-sanctioned period of levity and philosophy! Well, perhaps more philosophy than levity on this show, as Alex finishes off Man's Search for Meaning and talks about coping and Stoicism in this age of the coronavirus. There is news of some upcoming 'fun' projects too for those who are interested, and we will be back next week with a return to interviews. Keep safe, keep kind, and keep Stoic. If you want to share stories, experiences or just want to reach out, send an email to alex@thestoicpsychologist.comTo contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:Massimo Pigliucci's article on being Stoic in the Covid Crisis: https://medium.com/the-philosophers-stone/on-covid-19-and-pandemics-a-stoic-perspective-66a9d800b14The Guardian article about Stoicisim: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/18/remaining-calm-in-adversity-what-stoicism-can-teach-us-during-the-coronavirus-pandemicThe Psych Central article: https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-the-stoics-can-keep-us-calm-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/Music Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Golden Hour" by Broke for FreeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello legends, it's happened, Alex has finally mentioned Coronavirus and probably gone mad as well! Aside from that, it is part 2 of the interview with the fantastic Megan Brown, and some exciting announcements! Consider supporting the show on Patreon if you enjoy the content and want to get access to extras and bonuses!Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:Megan refers to a paper discussing surgical identities and dissection rooms: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/symb.465Music Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Hello legends, what a show for you this week (and what a show for Alex). In this episode we continue with Man's Search for Meaning, but also have the first part of an interview with Megan Brown, a doctor and now PhD student investigating medical education and empathy at Hull and York Medical School. Part 2 on will be on next week's show, or listen to the whole thing right now by supporting the show on Patreon.Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:Megan refers to a paper discussing surgical identities and dissection rooms: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/symb.465Music Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
A bumper episode finishing off Alex's interview with Dr Greg Sadler, the founder of ReasonIO, successful YouTuber, Prison lecturer and the editor of a little known blog called Stoicism Today... Also is Alex's continues reading Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. Next week Alex has answers to questions and a report on a fantastic Stoic event...This is the second of a two-parter, with part 2 on next week's show, or listen to the whole thing right now by supporting the show on Patreon.Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:ReasonIO: https://reasonio.wordpress.com/Greg's new radio show: https://www.riverwestradio.com/show/wisdom-for-life/Stoicism Today: https://modernstoicism.com/Stoic Love: https://medium.com/stoicism-philosophy-as-a-way-of-life/stoicism-erotic-love-and-relationships-by-greg-sadler-306fd2d3d596Gregs's workshops: https://youtu.be/5_7IbH1DlDA, https://youtu.be/v_Bc8VI22xEMusic Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
From one legend to another, Alex will be interviewing Dr Greg Sadler, the founder of ReasonIO, successful YouTuber, Prison lecturer and the editor of a little known blog called Stoicism Today... Also is Alex's first foray into reading Man's Search for Meaning by Victor FranklThis is just the first of a two-parter, with part 2 on next week's show, or listen to the whole thing right now by supporting the show on Patreon.Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:ReasonIO: https://reasonio.wordpress.com/Greg's new radio show: https://www.riverwestradio.com/show/wisdom-for-life/Stoicism Today: https://modernstoicism.com/Music Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Updated - due to factors the previous episode was uploaded, so this has been fixed now...please enjoy part 3 of Alex's interview with Kai Whiting. Kai is a researcher and lecturer on sustainability at the University of Lisbon in Portugal talks with Alex about sustainability and Stoicism.This is the second of a three-parter, with part 3 on next week's show, or listen to the whole thing right now by supporting the show on Patreon.Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:Kai Whiting's website: https://stoickai.com/https://medium.com/@KaiWhiting/tips-to-becoming-a-sustainable-stoic-a0cccf8846adMusic Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
Part 2 of Alex's interview with Kai Whiting. Kai is a researcher and lecturer on sustainability at the University of Lisbon in Portugal talks with Alex about the generation blame game and other facets of sustainability.This is the second of a three-parter, with part 3 on next week's show, or listen to the whole thing right now by supporting the show on Patreon.Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:Kai Whiting's website: https://stoickai.com/https://medium.com/@KaiWhiting/tips-to-becoming-a-sustainable-stoic-a0cccf8846adMusic Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
The first interview of 2020 is here and what an absolute belter of a conversation it is! Kai Whiting, researcher and lecturer on sustainability at the University of Lisbon in Portugal talks Alex through his troubles with 'Backpack-gate', what makes 'sustainable' different to 'eco-friendly' and making ethical choices...This is just the first of a three-parter, with part 2 on next week's show, or listen to the whole thing right now by supporting the show on Patreon. Remember to follow the page on Facebook, leave a review and subscribe to support the podcast in other ways!To contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:Kai Whiting's website: https://stoickai.com/The backpack Kai bought: https://www.cabinzero.com/https://medium.com/@KaiWhiting/tips-to-becoming-a-sustainable-stoic-a0cccf8846adMusic Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
This week on the show Alex continues his summary of 'The Happiness Hypothesis' by Jonathan Haidt, and discusses an influential model from Health Psychology called the Extended Parallel Process Model and how it made him think of Stoicism and it's potential uses.If you enjoy the show remember to review and subscribe, and if you want access to bonus content then Support the show on Patreon and follow the page on FacebookTo contact Alex about requests for topics, feedback or to be a guest, email alex@thestoicpsychologist.comMentioned in the Show:Epley, N., & Dunning, D. (2000). Feeling" holier than thou": are self-serving assessments produced by errors in self-or social prediction?. Journal of personality and social psychology, 79(6), 861.Music Credits"Lecture" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)"Grasping Hope" by Tim Beek (timbeek.com)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=19771195)
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