An award-winning writer and activist for LGBTQ rights, mental health, and the arts, Andrew Solomon is adept at reframing misconceptions about what it means to be human. In this moving conversation, Solomon and goop chief content officer Elise Loehnen talk about why we crave exceptionalism and cling to sameness. Why we confuse the average with the ideal. Why we waste time hiding our shortcomings and strengthening our strengths. Why we're threatened by difference. Why we misunderstand the experience of having a disability or being a prodigy. They talk about the difference between love and acceptance, expanding the definition of family,and the ways our lives can be enriched by the diversity of the world. And how we can encourage ourselves and our children to use the challenges we're faced with to live a remarkable life. (For more, check out The goop Podcast hub.)

The goop Podcast
00:48:41 6/24/2019

Past Episodes

BJ Miller, MD, is the kind of person who can make you feel good about death?and, in turn, life. He's also the kind of person who can coauthor a book called A Beginner's Guide to the End that makes you smile. Today, Elise Loehnen talks to Miller, a palliative-care and hospice physician, about some of her favorite topics to discuss: How do we plan for the one inevitability in life? How do we help our loved ones find comfort and beauty at the end of their lives? How do we make room for grief? How do we make meaning of it all? And how do we feel the wonder, the joy, along the way? "The kindest service a person can do the world," Miller says, "is to find happiness." He helps point us in that direction. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:56:38 8/14/2019
"We're just not taught these days to feel our feelings," says psychiatrist Ellen Vora, MD. In her New York City practice, Vora takes a holistic, functional-medicine approach to mental health. She sees symptoms?anxiety and depression, hormone and gut issues?as "our really beautiful, brilliant body's way of communicating to us." And to communicate back, Vora focuses on food, sleep, stress, and other lifestyle changes. She meets patients where they are; she works with people who are on antidepressants and who are tapering off of SSRIs. Her most important work is not fixing a problem but helping us to hold space for the full human experience (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:45:57 8/12/2019
People are disengaged at work across the board, says Laura Morgan Roberts, PhD, an organizational psychologist who teaches executive and leadership programs at places like Harvard Business School and Georgetown McDonough. Some people are so actively disengaged, says Roberts, that employers would be better off paying them to stay home. But Roberts is here to show us how to find joy in our careers and how to help others do the same. She tells us what companies and leaders are doing wrong, ways we can do better, and why she believes in a framework she calls radical affirmation. Our individual, diverse strengths can absolutely complement one another and align with the collective goal of our organizations, says Roberts. And we can "feed our soul" while adding value to the bigger picture. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:56:00 8/7/2019
"We are either living in a suffering state, or we are living in a beautiful state," says philosopher Preethaji. "There is no third state." Which state are you nurturing? asks Preethaji, who is a coauthor (with her husband, Krishnaji) of a new book called The Four Sacred Secrets. Are you fueling the suffering state (stress, worry, fear), or are you cultivating a beautiful state (joy, love, understanding)? Today, Preethaji shows us how to get to that beautiful state. And how to connect to ourselves and expand our consciousness along the way. (Don't miss her short guided meditation at the very end.) (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:16 8/5/2019
"We are either living in a suffering state, or we are living in a beautiful state," says philosopher Preethaji. "There is no third state." Which state are you nurturing? asks Preethaji, who is a coauthor (with her husband, Krishnaji) of a new book called The Four Sacred Secrets. Are you fueling the suffering state (stress, worry, fear), or are you cultivating a beautiful state (joy, love, understanding)? Today, Preethaji shows us how to get to that beautiful state. And how to connect to ourselves and expand our consciousness along the way. (Don't miss her short guided meditation at the very end.) (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:17 8/5/2019
"We don't actually detect things in the world," says neuroscientist and psychologist Lisa Barrett. "We infer what we expect to see." Barrett is the author of How Emotions are Made, a book that overturns a lot of what we thought we knew about the mind and brain. For one, we aren't as good at reading other people as we think, says Barrett. Emotions don't live in distinct parts of the brain. They aren't universally expressed. When it comes to expressing emotion, Barrett says, variability is the norm. She shows us how we construct emotion in the moment and how we make sense of our body's sensations. And: She teaches us how to master a significant system of regulation that she calls "the body budget." (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:47:11 7/31/2019
Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist and the host of the podcast Finding Mastery, always loved sports. But he says he struggled "above the neck." His own mental blocks got in the way when it came time to compete. Gervais got curious about this: How do we perform at our highest potential? He did a lot of research, and he decided that competition was great but that it goes wrong when we're trying to compete to be better than other people. Today, he helps people become the best versions of themselves (whether they're a pro athlete or not). He teaches people how to "train our craft, body, and mind." And to live in the present moment, where he says all our potential lies. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:48 7/29/2019
Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist and the host of the podcast Finding Mastery, always loved sports. But he says he struggled "above the neck." His own mental blocks got in the way when it came time to compete. Gervais got curious about this: How do we perform at our highest potential? He did a lot of research, and he decided that competition was great but that it goes wrong when we're trying to compete to be better than other people. Today, he helps people become the best versions of themselves (whether they're a pro athlete or not). He teaches people how to "train our craft, body, and mind." And to live in the present moment, where he says all our potential lies. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:57 7/29/2019
"To me, justice is when everybody has a fighting chance to have a fighting chance," says Lindsay Toczylowski, cofounder and immigration attorney at Immigration Defenders Law Center?and easily one of the most inspirational people we've ever met. Toczylowski represents the most marginalized children, mothers, and fathers who are being traumatized in the family separation crisis. She does it with grace. She reminds us of the humanity in this world, that we don't need to look away, that there is something we can all do to help?and she moves us to change. After you hear her, you'll want to learn about, donate to, or otherwise support an organization she mentions (in addition to her own): Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Al Otro Lado, Immigrant Families Together California, Border Angels, This Is About Humanity, ACLU. (And, be sure you're registered to vote in the next election.)
00:47:35 7/24/2019
When it comes to beauty, there are 70 billion questions. On goop's newest podcast, editors Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O'Neill are going to answer as many of them as they can. They'll have help from top makeup artists, dermatologists, clean beauty founders, researchers, plastic surgeons, hairstylists, and of course their boss, Gwyneth Paltrow.
00:04:36 7/23/2019

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