MOWE - Psychology, Philosophy, Mental Health

MOWE - Psychology, Philosophy, Mental Health

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Podcast host Danny Whittaker interviews leading p…
#070 - How Corrupt is Academic Psychology? (Dr. Tomasz Witkowski)
Dec 9 • 124 min
How corrupt is academic psychology? In today’s episode Tomasz Witkowski joins me to discuss why the results of almost half of all psychological studies are false or misleading, why 7% of academics in the field admit to fabricating data, why psychology…
#069 - A First-Rate Madness (Dr. Nassir Ghaemi)
Nov 18 • 57 min
Psychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Nassir Ghaemi joins us to explore the link between leadership and mental illness. We discuss the subject of Psychobiography and the methods involved in learning to understand the psychology of…
#068 - The Anxiety Epidemic (Prof. Graham Davey)
Nov 8 • 80 min
Anxiety expert Prof. Graham Davey joins us to discuss his forthcoming book “The Anxiety Epidemic”. In this episode we discuss the difference between anxiety disorder and plain old worry, the evolutionary origins and advantages of anxiety, how the nature…
#067 - The Art of Madness (Mark Hunter, Lead Singer of Chimaira)
Oct 25 • 62 min
Musician and photographer Mark Hunter joins us to discuss his journey from a heavy metal fan to a heavy metal icon as lead singer of the heavy metal band Chimaira, his experience with a specific form of bipolar know as “hypomania”, the relationship…
#066 - Dealing With Death (Julia Samuel MBE)
Oct 7 • 60 min
Julia Samuel MBE joins us to discuss her work as a grief counsellor and how encountering death so frequently affects her own mental health, why death is such a taboo subject and the price we pay for this, whether it’s justified to classify prolonged grief…
#065 - Science and Snake Oil (Prof. Scott Lilienfeld)
Sep 22 • 56 min
World renowned psychological skeptic and evidence-based treatment advocate Scott Lilienfeld joins us to explore the topic of pseudoscience and misleading claims in the field of mental health. *** PATREON *** http://patreon.com/myownworstenemy *** BOOKS…
#064 - Understanding School Shooters (Dr. Peter Langman)
Sep 7 • 62 min
Dr. Peter Langman joins us to discuss myths and misconceptions about school shooters, some of the common traits, histories and motivations of the perpetrators, the influence of trauma and mental illness in shaping their personalities, and what can be done…
#063 - Who Knew Shrinks Were Human Too? (Prof. Linda Gask)
Aug 22 • 87 min
Prof. Linda Gask shares her experience of walking the tightrope between both sides of the therapeutic process; as a practising psychiatrist helping clients through their darkest days whilst simultaneously engaged in a lifelong battle with her own…
#062 - Psychiatry’s Very Own Delusion (Dr. Joanna Moncrieff)
Aug 11 • 95 min
Critical psychiatrist joins us to explore the history and development of psychiatric medication, why there is little, if any, evidence to support the idea that psychiatric medication is correcting a “chemical imbalance” or any other underlying cause of…
#061 - Preventing Child Abuse (Juliet Grayson, StopSO)
Jul 30 • 94 min
In today’s episode we’re joined by Juliet Grayson, the director of StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for Perpetrators and Survivors of Sexual Offences) to discuss the causes and treatment of pedophilia. We explore the origins of sexual attraction…
#060 - The Curse of Existence (Prof. David Benatar)
Jul 21 • 83 min
Prof. David Benatar joins us to explore the concept of antinatalism, the philosophical idea that procreation is morally bad because of the inevitable suffering that beings will experience as a result of their being brought into existence. We examine…
#059 - The Day My Superhero Died
Jul 14 • 119 min
On the June 23rd 2018, my father, David Whittaker, passed away. He was my best friend, my idol, and it was an genuine honor to call him my father. This episode is just me sharing my experience of losing a parent, and some of the many confusing and…
#058 - Antidepressants: A Debate (Prof. Carmine Pariante & Dr. Joanna Moncrieff)
Jun 28 • 125 min
The first in a brand new series of live YouTube debates with audience Q&A for the MOWE podcast. The topic up for debate today… Is antidepressant medication ever useful? Featuring two of the UK’s most eminent psychiatrists, Dr. Joanna Moncrieff and Prof.…
#057 - The Psychology of Rape (Dr. Anna Salter)
Jun 10 • 91 min
Clinical Psychologist and sexual predation expert Dr. Anna Salter joins us to explore the psychology of sexual assault from the perspective of both the victims and the perpetrators. What causes somebody become a sex offender? Are they born that way, or…
#056 - Why Psychotherapy is Bullsh*t (Dr. William Epstein)
Jun 3 • 76 min
In today’s episode Dr. William Epstein joins us to explain why he believes psychotherapy is not only ineffective and possibly even harmful, but why it is little more than a civil religion reflecting the principles of radical self-invention and…
#055 - The Anatomy of Humor (Dr. Brian King)
May 15 • 88 min
Comedian and psychologist Dr. Brian King joins us to discuss the evolutionary origins of humor, whether being funny is a natural ability or a skill that anyone can learn, the mental and physical benefits of laughter, and why humor can be the perfect…
#054 - Ask Me Anything (3) Teaser
May 6 • 6 min
In this months AMA episode – available exclusive to subscribers – I cover the following topics as requested by my listeners: • I tell the story of my pathetic attempt to sell a screenplay in Hollywood. • How do I win back my wife of 9 years after being…
#053 - The Myth of Meaningless Depression (Johann Hari)
May 4 • 103 min
Johann Hari is a two-time New York Times best-selling author, award winning journalist, and one of the most viewed TED speakers of all time. In today’s episode we discuss some of the topics raised in his most recent best-selling book, “Lost Connections:…
#052 - Going Apeshit: The Philosophy of Anger (Greg Sadler, PhD)
Apr 22 • 126 min
Greg Sadler is a philosopher, academic entrepreneur, founder of ReasonIO and editor of Stoicism Today. In today’s episode we explore the various causes and manifestations of anger, the difference between chronic and acute anger, and the relationship…
#051- Interview with a Pedophile (Tom O’Carroll)
Apr 13 • 205 min
Tom O’Carroll is a self-confessed pedophile, pro-pedophilia advocate, and writer. In today’s episode we delve in to Tom’s early life, the experience of first realizing his sexual attraction to children, his failed attempts to lead a normal life, and his…
#050 - Ask Me Anything (2) Teaser
Apr 2 • 6 min
In this months AMA episode - available exclusive to subscribers - I answer the following questions emailed in by listeners: • You claimed in a past episode that you don’t have any friends. Is this really true, and if so, why? • If you could only give one…
#049 - Psilocybin: Do Magic Bullets Taste Like Mushrooms? (Prof. Roland Griffiths)
Apr 2 • 110 min
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he conducts pioneering research into the psychological and therapeutic effects of the hallucinogen psilocybin,…
#048 - Power & Responsibility (Dr. John Cromby)
Mar 25 • 106 min
Dr. John Cromby joins us to explore the concept of power and responsibility in mental health. In today’s episode we discuss why the origins of psychological distress lie outside the individual, why modern psychology tends to overstate the amount freedom…
#047 - The Midlife Crisis (Dr. Christopher Hamilton)
Mar 17 • 104 min
What does it mean to be middle aged, when does middle age start and why does it matter? In today’s episode Dr. Christopher Hamilton joins me to discuss the relationship between the midlife crisis and such things as loss of identity, the search for…
#046 - How to Lose 245lbs, Banish Excuses, and Change Your Life (Luis Trigo)
Mar 2 • 108 min
Personal trainer, health coach and fitness ambassador Luis Trigo joins us to share his weightloss journey from 400lbs and 65% bodyfat, down to just 155lbs. In today’s episode we explore Luis experiences dealing with obesity from childhood, how being…
#045 - Ask Me Anything (1) **Free Sample Episode**
Feb 23 • 105 min
Free sample episode of a brand new series of monthly AMA (Ask Me Anything) episodes available exclusively to supporters of the podcast. For this sample episode I subject myself to the same set of Quick Fire Questions that I inflict on my guests at the end…
#044 - The Benefits of Doing Nothing (Susan Pearse)
Feb 3 • 74 min
Writer, speaker and leadership consultant Susan Pearse joins me to discuss the benefits of doing nothing. In today’s episode we discuss why doing nothing matters, some of the reason people find it difficult to let go and relax, we answers questions such…
#043 - Depersonalization and Feelings of Unreality (Dr. Elaine Hunter)
Jan 21 • 111 min
This week I’m joined by Dr. Elaine Hunter to discuss Depersonalization Disorder (DPD). We explore what it feels like to experience depersonalization (and derealization), whether depersonalization is a symptom of anxiety or the result of a chemical…
#042 - The Year Of Less (Cait Flanders)
Jan 14 • 104 min
Cait Flanders, personal finance blogger and author of “The Year of Less”, a self-help memoir that documents her life for the first twelve months of a two-year shopping ban and decluttering experiment, joins me to discuss the links between consumerism and…
#041 - Getting My Head Shrunk
Jan 11 • 130 min
Back in Episode 25 I sat down with Warren Mansell to discuss a new and relatively unknown (at least to the general public) form of psychotherapy called Method of Levels. Because Method of Levels isn’t as well known as the likes of standard CBT or…
#040 - Asking Kids Philosophical Questions
Jan 2 • 43 min
Just a bit of fun to bring in the new year. We subjected my little boy Roman and his cousin Oliver (both 7-years-old) to a bunch of philosophical questions to see what kinds of answers their innocent young minds might conjure up. *** SHOW NOTES ***…
#039 - Aging & Loneliness (Dr. Carla Perissinotto)
Dec 24, 2017 • 81 min
Unfortunately, a very relevant topic for the Christmas period, Dr. Carla Perissinotto joins us to discuss the concept of loneliness among the older generation. We discuss how loneliness is distinct from things like depression and social isolation, how…
#038 - Stoicism 101 (Prof. Massimo Pigliucci)
Dec 11, 2017 • 77 min
Prof. Massimo Pigliucci joins us to explore the philosophy of stoicism, and why being a stoic has nothing to do with being a grumpy bastard. We explore the four cardinal virtues of stoicism: practical wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance, the ways in…
#037 - Building Resilience (Dr. Glenn Schiraldi)
Nov 28, 2017 • 87 min
Vietnam-era veteran and founder of Resilience Training International, Dr. Glenn Schiraldi joins us to discuss what it means to be resilient, how resilience can act as a barrier that protects us from things like stress, depression and anxiety, and some…
#036 - Sex, Spirituality, and Self-Consciousness (Jessica Graham)
Nov 19, 2017 • 111 min
Actor and meditation teacher Jessica Graham shares her journey from sexual trauma and disengagement to sexual awakening and spirituality. We discuss the influence of social media on body image and how different environments can have positive or negative…
#035 - Psychobiotics: Microbes, Mood and the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott Anderson)
Oct 30, 2017 • 120 min
Veteran science journalist Scott Anderson joins us to discuss the history of the gut-brain research, how the gut and the brain communicate with one another, why the bacteria living in your digestive system may contribute to mental health conditions such…
#034 - What Makes a Soldier? What Breaks a Soldier? (Dr. Hector Garcia)
Oct 22, 2017 • 128 min
Dr. Hector Garcia joins us to discuss the evolutionary psychology of warfare, how the combat theater mirrors the environment of early humans, common causes of PTSD in a military context, and the evolutionary justifications for viewing PTSD as an adaptive…
#033 - Porn Addiction: Dopamine, Disgust, and Erectile Dysfunction (Gary Wilson)
Oct 15, 2017 • 99 min
Gary Wilson, author of “Your Brain on Porn” joins us to discuss the neuroscience of porn addiction. We explore the role of dopamine in driving porn use, why emotions such as shock and disgust make pornography not less, but more appealing, and the links…
#032 - How to Bankrupt Your Business, Destroy Your Family, and Lose Your Mind
Oct 9, 2017 • 124 min
Well, it had to happen sooner or later, I suppose. In today’s episode I share my own story of my decent into madness. Beginning with my early childhood flirtations with hypochondria, I take you all the way through my battles with depression, anxiety,…
#031 - Postnatal Depression: A Darker Shade of Blue (Elaine Hanzak)
Sep 23, 2017 • 103 min
Author and speaker Elaine Hanzak joins us to share her experience of postnatal depression. Despite dreaming of motherhood her entire life, a traumatic labour, months of sleep deprivation, and the pressures of aspiring to be the perfect mum, eventually…
#030 - Why Stress Destroys Us (Prof. Carmine Pariante)
Sep 18, 2017 • 130 min
In today’s episode Prof. Carmine Pariante joins us to discuss the biology of stress, everything from the anatomy of the brain, to the endocrine system, and how it’s all functions together. We explore the evolutionary advantages of the stress response, how…
#029 -How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill (D.J. Jaffe)
Sep 9, 2017 • 83 min
Writer and activist D.J. Jaffe joins us to discuss the distinctions between serious and non-serious mental illness, why anti-stigma and anti-suicide campaigns are misguided, the damaging myths about serious mental illness perpetuated by the media, and…
#028 - Is it Time to Drop Your Diagnosis? (Dr. Lucy Johnstone)
Sep 4, 2017 • 139 min
Is it time to drop your diagnosis? In today’s episode Dr. Jucy Johnstone joins us to discuss why the concept of psychiatric diagnosis is both invalid and unreliable, we weigh up the benefits and consequences of being labelled with a particular disorder,…
#027 - PTSD: Trauma, Meaning, and Malevolence (Dr. Nick Grey)
Aug 26, 2017 • 96 min
Dr. Nick Grey joins us to discuss PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). In today’s episode we explore the definitions and subjective nature of “trauma”, why women are twice as likely to suffer with PTSD than men, the difference between a normal and…
#026 - A Beginner’s Guide to Psychoanalysis (Prof. Elizabeth Lunbeck)
Aug 20, 2017 • 114 min
Is there any truth to the modern caricature of psychoanalysis as an expensive waste of time exploring Oedipal issues and repressed memories? Or is there more to it? In today’s episode Prof. Elizabeth Lunbeck helps us explore some of the basic ideas of…
#025 - The Holy Grail of Psychotherapy? (Dr. Warren Mansell)
Aug 10, 2017 • 99 min
Could a loss of control be at the root of all mental health problems from anorexia to OCD? In today’s episode Dr. Warren Mansell joins us to discuss the transdiagnostic approach to understanding psychological distress, and why Method of Levels could prove…
#024 - Porn Scars: Afflictions of the Porn Generation (Wendy Maltz)
Jul 29, 2017 • 82 min
World renowned sex therapist Wendy Maltz joins us to discuss the social and psychological consequences for young men who grow up with fast and easy access to increasingly extreme pornography. For show notes and to join the conversation visit:…
#023 - Tapping into EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)- Dawson Church, PhD
Jul 10, 2017 • 64 min
I’m a skeptic when it comes to energy psychology, and much of what alternative medicine claims to offer, particularly when it comes to mental health. However, rather than dismiss these concepts outright, I think it’s better to give them a fair hearing,…
#022 - Maternal OCD: Striving to be Supermum (Dr. Fiona Challacombe)
Jul 1, 2017 • 71 min
What causes maternal OCD? Is it down to hormonal changes, living in risk averse society, or the evolutionary desire to keep our children safe from harm? In today’s episode, Dr. Fiona Challacombe joins us to discuss the nature and content of the obsessions…
#021 - Unmasking the Imposter Syndrome (Dr. Valerie Young)
Jun 25, 2017 • 74 min
Valerie Young is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and world renowned expert on the imposter syndrome. Valerie first experienced imposter feelings herself during her graduate program at the University of Massachusetts in 1982, and has studied the…
#020 - Dads in a Dark Place (Mark Williams, Fathers Reaching Out)
Jun 19, 2017 • 72 min
Mark Williams is the founder of Father’s Reaching Out and co-founder of International Father’s Mental Health Day (19th June). After experiencing a traumatic labour during the birth of their son Ethan in 2004, both Mark and his wife Michelle struggled with…
#019 - The Gift of Listening (Jenni McCartney, Chair of Samaritans)
Jun 2, 2017 • 62 min
Jenni McCartney, Chair of Samaritans and volunteer for over 30 years, shares why it’s important to offer the gift of listening to people who are suffering. In today’s episode we learn about the history and formation of Samaritans, how and why Jenni first…
#018 - Why Do People Kill Themselves? (Prof. Rory O’Connor)
May 20, 2017 • 105 min
Today we discuss the topic of suicide with Prof. Rory O’Connor. In today’s conversation we explore some common myths about suicide, why men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide and the role and responsibility of the media when it comes…
#017 - Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health (Prof. Graham Thornicroft)
May 12, 2017 • 83 min
In today’s episode we discuss the origins of stigma, from the etymology of the word itself to historical depictions of mental asylums. We draw lines of distinction between concepts such as ignorance, prejudice and discrimination and how each of these…
#016 - The Not So Simple Act of Caring (Prof. Fiona Lobban & Lizzi Collinge)
Apr 29, 2017 • 84 min
So, what does caring for somebody with severe mental health issues involve, and who typically takes on this role? In today’s episode I’m joined by Prof. Fiona Lobban and Lizzi Collinge to discuss the emotional impact that being a carer can have, such as…
#015 - Insomnia and the Art and Science of Sleep (Prof. Jason Ellis)
Apr 23, 2017 • 82 min
What is sleep and why does it matter? In today’s episode Prof. Jason Ellis helps us to explore insomnia and how it relates directly to mood and mental health. How do a couple of sleepless nights turns into chronic insomnia for some people, and nothing…
#014 - Bipolar Disorder: Seeking Peace Between Darkness and Chaos (Prof. Steven Jones)
Apr 11, 2017 • 75 min
So what is bipolar disorder, and how does it differ from plain old depression? In this episode Prof. Steven Jones helps us to untangle the various manifestations of bipolar including bipolar types 1 and 2, and cyclothymia. We discuss the nature and…
#013 - Alcohol Addiction: Brain Disease or Behaviour Problem? (Prof. Matt Field)
Mar 19, 2017 • 66 min
Prof. Matt Field is here to discuss the topic of alcohol abuse and addiction, and it’s relationship to mental health. So, what exactly is the difference between alcohol abuse and addiction? Does alcohol addiction run in families, and who is most…
#012 - Priests, Potions, Prisons, and Prozac: The History of Mental Illness (Prof. Greg Eghigian)
Feb 18, 2017 • 85 min
Prof. Greg Eghigian helps us trace the history of mental illness from ancient Palestine, and the Greek physician Hippocrates, right the way up to Prozac and self-help gurus. On the way we encounter exorcisms, bloodletting, witch doctors, magic spells,…
#011 - Dying to be Thin: Anorexia and Bulimia (Prof. Ulrike Schmidt)
Feb 13, 2017 • 71 min
Prof. Ulrike Schmidt joins us to discuss the three main eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Are eating disorders a illness peculiar to young white women, or is anybody susceptible? What causes somebody to develop an eating disorder? Is…
#010 - Foundations of ACT and the Limits of CBT (Steven C. Hayes PhD)
Jan 26, 2017 • 79 min
Steven C. Hayes joins us to discuss the foundations ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and the limits of CBT. What exactly is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and how does it differ from, and improve upon traditional CBT? We discuss the concept of…
#009 - Why Procrastination Makes You Depressed & Depression Makes You Procrastinate (Dr. Tim Pychyl)
Jan 10, 2017 • 85 min
How does procrastination relate to things like depression and anxiety? Today Dr. Tim Pychyl helps us explore the emotional factors that initiate and drive procrastination, how procrastination can affect not only our mental, but our physical health and…
#008 - The Fear of Fear: Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia (Prof. Vijaya Manicavasagar)
Dec 23, 2016 • 73 min
What are panic attacks and why do they happen? Can panic attacks kill you? Can they make you lose your mind? Or are they just a completely harmless, albeit horrendous natural bodily function? In today’s episode Prof. Vijaya Manicavasagar joins me to…
#007 - Social Anxiety Disorder: The Illness of Missed Opportunities (Dr. Emma Warnock-Parkes)
Dec 6, 2016 • 79 min
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. So, what’s the difference between social anxiety disorder and plain old shyness? Are people really judging us, and staring at us, or is it just all in our…
#006 - Schizophrenia: A journey inside the shattered mind (Prof. Elyn Saks)
Nov 15, 2016 • 59 min
Professor Elyn Saks is an award winning academic, best selling author, and lives with chronic schizophrenia. In today’s episode we explore what it like to have schizophrenia, the nature and content of delusions and hallucinations, Elyn’s experience as a…
#005 - Childhood mental health and raising confident kids (Prof. Sam Cartwright-Hatton)
Nov 7, 2016 • 90 min
Thought depression and anxiety were afflictions of the adult mind? Think again. In today’s episode we talk about depression and anxiety in preadolescent children, whether nurture or nature plays the biggest role in the development of childhood mental…
#004 - OCD: The serious issue of a ridiculed illness (Prof. Paul Salkovskis)
Nov 1, 2016 • 119 min
What does it really mean to have OCD? In today’s episode Professor Paul Salkovskis explains the various manifestations of OCD and their corresponding behaviours, we discover why OCD is an “affliction of the nice”, why the average sufferer waits 11 years…
#003 - Feeling Good with CBT (David D. Burns M.D.)
Oct 24, 2016 • 80 min
Today I speak to best-selling author and pioneer of the cognitive therapy movement David D. Burns M.D. We discuss the origins and trajectory of his career, the chemical imbalance “myth”, his phenomenally successful self-help book “Feeling Good: The New…
#002 - Psychosis, susceptibility and early intervention (Prof. Alison Yung)
Oct 15, 2016 • 60 min
In today’s episode I talk with Professor Alison Yung from the University of Manchester about psychosis, susceptibility and early intervention. What is psychosis? How real are hallucinations and delusions? Are the likes of Fight Club and Mr Robot accurate…
#001 - Depression and the problems of diagnosis (Prof. Chris Dowrick)
Sep 20, 2016 • 62 min
In this episode I talk to Professor Chris Dowrick from the University of Liverpool about the topic of depression and the problems of diagnosis. How do we define depression? Is depression the result of a “chemical imbalance”? Can you be genetically…