Ep 15: Marie Forleo Shares Her Secrets to Get What You Want Out of Life

Dr. Hallowell talks with Marie Forleo, author, entrepreneur, life coach, and host of the award-winning online show MarieTV, about about finding your passion and identifying your unique set of gifts. Dr. Hallowell and Marie discuss the importance of reducing distractions, overcoming fears, and reaching your potential so you can find your calling and get what you want out of life. Whether you’re starting a business or looking to move your personal life in a different direction, this episode of Distraction will inspire you to take small actions that can get you on a path to discovering what engages you.

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http://marieforleo.com

http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/

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Ep 14: Stop Reducing Life to Sound Bites

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on a recent New York Times article by Teddy Wayne called, “The End of Reflection.” Ned sounds a warning bell that if we are not careful, we’ll give up our inner lives and capacity to think.

Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/fashion/internet-technology-phones-introspection.html?_r=0

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DR. HALLOWELL: Hi this is Dr. Ned Hallowell. Welcome to my podcast. Every once in a while, something will come up, where I want to talk directly to you with no guest, no other kinds of supports, and this is one of those times. We’ll do this now and then, where a topic strikes me with such an impact, that I want to simply talk directly to you.

The provocation for this particular episode, just between you and me, was an article in the New York Times on June 11th, an article called The End of Reflection. A fabulous article written by Teddy Wayne. It really struck a nerve in me. Truly the article is all about what the podcast is all about, trying to sound a warning bell that if you’re not careful, you’ll basically give up your inner life, you’ll basically give up without intending too, the capacity to think. You ask someone where do you do your best thinking, rarely do they say at work. The most common answer is in the shower. It’s the one place where you’re not going to be interrupted. It’s the one place and as soon as they have a waterproof iPhone, I’m sure that will be gone too.

We make jokes about it, the speed at which we’re living, and the number of data points that we’re asking our brains to process every day, but it’s not funny. What we’re doing again, without intending to, is we’re giving away our most uniquely human capacity, namely to think, to imagine, to develop an idea, to develop a relationship, to go deep. You see when you’re going fast, you can’t go deep.

Superficial Conversations and Elevator Pitches

What we’ve seen is this sort of superficialization of life, superficial conversations, superficial ideas, half-baked ideas, punch lines, sound bites, elevator pitches. You know I’ll come out with a new book, and someone will say to me, give me the elevator pitch. It drives me crazy. I want to say, if I could do an elevator pitch and cover the whole book, I wouldn’t have written the book. I didn’t just take an elevator pitch and pad it, and turn it into a book, I made it into a book because that’s how long it would take me to properly express the idea.

Yet we’re reducing so much of life to these sound bites, these stereotypes, these pigeon holes, red state/blue state, liberal/conservative. Instant judgments of people based on very little information. You call it profiling or call it stereotyping, whatever it is, it has a terrible dumbing down effect on human existence, and really making bland what ought to be a rich, complex, nuanced, subtle, soup called life and turning it into just one flavor, turning it into a blur, if you will, going so fast. People are in a hurry to get where? Nowhere, and yet they’re demanding speed, hurrying through life, not savoring moments.

The good news about this is that we can control it. It’s not like global warming or terrorism where we have to wait for governmental policies to change. This is something we can control in our own lives. It helps if the people around you join in.

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Ep 13 – The Father’s Day Special: Why Dads Matter

In honor of Father’s Day, Ned explores fatherhood in the age of distraction. We hear from Kyle Pruett, an internationally known child psychiatrist, who shares what dads bring to the table that moms don’t, and Ned has a conversation with writer, Mark Greene, of The Good Men Project about how and why dads can develop deep emotional connections with their kids. Grab your dad and give this show a listen!

Learn more about Kyle Pruett: http://kylepruettmd.com/

Mark Greene’s project, Remaking Manhood: www.remakingmanhood.com

The Good Men Project:  http://goodmenproject.com/

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Ep 12: A Conversation About Sex & Religion Over Coffee

Ned goes back to East Rock Coffee, the no-electronics café, where he connects with David Reed, who received his PhD at the University of Toronto in New Testament Studies, and is a post-doc at Yale in Religious Studies. A serious, yet sometimes lighthearted conversation ensues about the history of sex in early Christianity.

David’s first book is currently “in press.”  Here’s an article he wrote last year: http://www.dsausa.org/eye_of_the_beholder_religion_liberty_and_violence

Check out our favorite coffee shop! www.eastrockcoffee.com
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Mini Distraction #11: Addicted to Information & Gaming: Ryan’s Story

Our full-length show this week explores internet addiction (Episode #11). In this mini episode, another young man shares his descent into a full-blown internet addiction. He opens up about rehab and touches on the practical side of getting help if you can’€™t afford inpatient care.

Resources:

reSTART’s Internet Addiction Recovery Program: www.netaddictionrecovery.com/

Dr. Greenfield and The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction: www.virtual-addiction.com

Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous (ITAA) www.netaddictionanon.org

20 Symptoms of Internet Addiction: http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs201/projects/technorealism/symptoms.html

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Ep 11: The Dangers of Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is a very real problem, with real consequences. And it’s way more prevalent than you think. This week, we hear from a young man about his struggles with a gaming addiction. And, a woman who asked to remain anonymous, shares the emotional story of how her whole life was changed by a loved one’€™s addiction. (After making this episode our production team was left questioning their own internet usage, as well as their family’€™s.)

Resources:

reSTART’€™s Internet Addiction Recovery Program: www.netaddictionrecovery.com/

Dr. Greenfield and The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction: www.virtual-addiction.com

Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous (ITAA) www.netaddictionanon.org

20 Symptoms of Internet Addiction: http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs201/projects/technorealism/symptoms.html
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Ep 10: Dashboard Diversions: Are New Cars Safer or Scarier?

Car manufacturers are enticing buyers with the latest technological advancements, but are the newest vehicles helping or hindering drivers? In this show the editors of Car & Driver magazine take listeners on an adventure in a self-driving Tesla, and Ned goes to a Mercedes dealership to check out the bells and whistles of the S-class model. Listen in and decide for yourself whether all of the new technology is a good thing or a bad thing.

Would you buy a self-driving car? Take our poll and let us know: https://www.facebook.com/DistractionPodcast1/

Send your thoughts and questions to [email protected] and you might be featured in a future show.

Listen to the Car & Drive podcast: http://www.caranddriverpodcast.com/

Our thanks to Mercedes of North Haven for their help in making this episode. http://www.mercedesbenzofnorthhaven.com/

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