Today we’re excited to have Lori Gottlieb on the podcast. Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and is the co-host of iHeart’s upcoming “Dear Therapists” podcast, produced by Katie Couric. She is also a TED speaker, a member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, and advisor to the Aspen Institute. She is a sought-after expert in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Learn more at LoriGottlieb.com or by following her @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.
In this episode we discuss:
- The fundamental themes of human existence
- Irvin Yalom’s influence on Lori Gottlieb
- Why we feel isolated in our experiences
- The loneliness crisis on college campuses
- How the internet helps us numb
- How to know when social media has become an addiction
- Why happiness as a goal is a disaster
- SBK analyzes Lori Gottlieb
- Why we are often scared to do things that excite us
- Why there is no “hierarchy of pain”
- The hierarchy of pain and the social justice movement
- Why is it so hard for us to change when we know what to do?
- Why we don’t let ourselves be happy
- The importance of self-compassion
- The most important factor in the success of therapy
- What makes for a boring patient?
- Why feelings sometimes don’t care about facts
- Common myths of therapy
- “Part of us wants something and there’s another part of us that goes against the thing we want”
- Why “our feelings need air”
- How numbness is a state of being overwhelmed by too many feelings
- The importance of seeing your own agency and the choices you have