So, this is a resource that I think you’d really appreciate me sharing with you, and that’s the Invisibilia podcast (click here) by Hanna Rosin, Alix Spiegel, and Lulu Miller.
I was first introduced to it by my mother who basically made me promise her over messenger that I’d try listening to it. She thought I’d like it because she’s known for a long time that I’m interested in anthropology (the study of humans), and new I could listen to episodes during my way-too-long commutes to and from the language school.
One word to describe it? Enlightening.
It explores topics relating to the “invisible forces that control human nature”, whether that is certain ideas or beliefs, assumptions or emotions. And each episode has engaging what-happens-next storytelling mixed in with legitimately researched scientific facts, a combination that, as they put it, “make you see your own life differently”.
And it’s true!
Every episode introduces a different take on the world, and I swear, when it’s finished, I literally take a time out and like, contemplate the meaning of life, xD. The insights they share can seriously make you reevaluate things, and has allowed me to identify other opportunities for personal development which is always a plus. In fact, here’s a post where I reference an insight from an Invisibilia episode, about how we are actually in control of our feelings.
Sound quality wise, rest assured, your OCD won’t be triggered with this podcast. The audio is top notch, best of all the podcasts I’ve listened to so far, for sure. I mean… you won’t be able to tell the differences between the hosts’ voices to save a life… but yeah, still “top notch”, haha.
Below is a list of some of my favourite episodes so far. I should note, though, that I haven’t listened to them all yet, but I think these would be a good place to start:
- Bubble Hopping – We talk to two people who are making attempts to break out of their bubbles, and expose themselves to new points of view. This episode was really awesome and inspirational for me.
- Emotions – We offer you a truly mind-blowing alternative explanation for how an emotion gets made. And we do it through a bizarre lawsuit, in which a child dies in a car accident, and the child’s parents get sued by the man driving the other car. For the post where this is referenced, click here.
- Future Self – We travel to North Port, Florida, where the principal of a high school did something extreme and unusual to help his students strive for grander future selves – a noble American experiment that went horribly wrong.
- The Culture Inside – We explore the part of ourselves that we don’t acknowledge, that we don’t even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it.
- Reality – How is it that two neighbours can look out their window at the exact same thing, and see something completely different? This is a question many people in America are asking now.
- High Voltage – Can you discover an emotion? We travel to the jungles of the Philippines where an anthropologist named Renato Rosaldo lived with the Ilongots, an isolated tribe of headhunters.
- The Personality Myth – In America personality is often seen as destiny. Whether or not you’re a famous CEO like Steve Jobs, most of us think that our position in life has a lot to do with our personality. This episode looks more closely at this belief. I haven’t listened to this episode yet, but damn I’m going to!
- The New Norm – We explore the social norms determine so much of your behaviour – how you dress, talk, eat and even what you allow yourself to feel, and how people combat them. A case study of teaching Russian McDonald employees to smile is discussed. Also haven’t listened, but the case studies look really interesting so it’s a must.
Until next time,