The Other Side of Happiness, Part 2

In these two Podcast  sessions I talk with Professor Brock Bastian of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.  We’re discussing his recent book, The Other Side of Happiness. His studies have been reviewed in publications such as Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Economist, New Scientist, Scientific American, CNN, ABC, Globe and Mail, The New Yorker and New York Magazine. Brock’s research has been acknowledged with the Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize.  We discuss the modern idea that you must always eliminate pain because it is nothing but ‘bad’. We are spending billions on painkillers and antidepressants, trying to prevent any pain and avoid potential psychological discomfort with safe spaces, trigger warnings, positive thinking and the obsessive pursuit of happiness. But such an approach only serves to intensify the experience of pain. Pain and pleasure are two sides of the same coin. By dulling pain, we blunt our capacity for pleasure. Topics in our discussion include:

  • The Cotton Wool Generation
  • Embracing Pain
  • Painful Pleasures
  • Getting Tough
  • Connecting with Others
  • Finding Focus
  • The Meaningful Life