Johann Hari (Chasing the Scream, Lost Connections) sits down with Bridget to discuss the rise in depression, anxiety and addiction in society, particularly during Covid, and what that means about their underlying causes. Through extensive traveling and research for his books, Johann has explored the idea that the roots of all three are not just biological, but also psychological and social, and that we need a more complex approach to treatment in order to address all three aspects of these ailments. In a deep and wide-ranging conversation, they discuss loneliness, tribalism, how Portugal solved its heroin crisis, how Cambodians treat depression, the rising wealth disparity in our society, how junk values have taken over our lives, homelessness, competitive victimhood, and why social media is to having a social life what porn is to having sex.

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  1. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher
    @HankRhody

    I’ve eaten a lot of cow and it makes me feel better.

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  2. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher
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    About eighty five percent of what this guy says is intersting and useful. Five percent was the discussion on the c word that started this off, five being gratuitous f bombs, and the other five percent being random liberal pieties which, given his dedication to questioning orthodoxy, it’s curious why he still leaves those unconsidered.

    Redistributing the Walton fortune might be more ‘fair’ in the short term, but will cause serious societal ills in the long term, if not immediately.

    Whatever your stance on gay marriage, having the supreme court mandate it makes for long term problems too.

    Giving housewives tranqs in the 50’s because being a homemaker wasn’t enough is one thing. The culture today that sneers at women with domestic ambitions is not better.

    Again, mostly an interesting and educational podcast. Just some bits that annoyed me.

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