6 Fascinating Podcasts Exploring Human Behaviour

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Does your personality change over time?

Why are some people panicked by certain sounds?

Where do gender differences really come from?

If you're keen to discover the answers to these and many other thought-provoking questions, it's time to tune in to some of the fascinating podcasts that explore human behaviour.

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1. The Psychology Podcast with Dr Scott Barry Kaufman. My all time favourite podcast. The Psychology Podcast features guests from philosophers to self-help authors to comedians who each, in their own way, explore the science and stories of human flourishing.

The guests cover a mix of philosophical thought and practical tips. It's insightful and entertaining not least due to Kaufman's quirky, endearing style and his genuine passion for the topics.  I listen on my regular commute and it expands my mind like little else.

My favourite episodes include:

Get Out of Your Mind and Live a Vital Life with Steven Hayes

Social Psychologist Roy Baumeister on Willpower, Violence and Free Will



2. Invisibilia. Invisibilia weaves incredible human stories with psychology and neuroscience. It aims to open your mind to new possibilities for how to think, behave and live. Recent topics include emotions and how they occur and the different ways we can view reality.

Invisibilia is an NPR production so it's high on journalistic story telling (lots of crime stories) with the science to back it up. The stories are fascinating and it really does entertain and inform.

My favourite episodes include:

The Personality Myth

Future Self


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3. The Science of Success. On a mission very close to my heart, The Science of Success is about the search for evidence based personal growth. It's about exploring ways to improve your decision-making, understand your mind and how psychology rules the world around you. 

Host J. Matthew Bodnar interviews all of the big names in self-development about ways we can become better versions of ourselves.

My favourite episodes include:

Everything You Know About Sleep Is Wrong with Dr. Matthew Walker

Evidence Reveals The Most Important Skill of the 21st Century with Dr. Tasha Eurich


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4. Hidden Brain: A Conversation About Life's Unseen Patterns Another NPR podcast, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. 

Hosted by social science correspondent Shankar VedantamHidden Brain links research from psychology and neurobiology with findings from economics, anthropology, and sociology, among other fields. It's strong on science with plenty of practical examples and tips for understanding how your brain works.

My favourite episodes include:

What Can A Personality Test Tell Us About Ourselves?

People Like People Who Ask Questions


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5. ZenFounder. This one is a little different. It's a podcast to help entrepreneurs survive, thrive and connect, with the tagline 'Stay Sane While Starting Up.' It pairs the best in psychological theory and science with years of entrepreneurial success and is hosted by husband and wife team Rob Walling (the entrepreneur) and Dr. Sherry Walling (the psychologist). 

ZenFounder shares the stories of entrepreneurs and how they grapple with the less discussed challenges of start up life - juggling family, relationships, mental health, motivation and happiness.

My favourite episodes include:

Power and People: The Story of This Fall



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6. Potential Psychology. A shameless plug! In March 2018 we launched the Potential Psychology Podcast.

The podcast world is dominated by American content and the many great minds that country produces but I felt it was time to hear some Australian voices.

The Potential Psychology podcast is a weekly show featuring interviews with Australian and international experts in human behaviour, positive psychology, performance mindset, happiness, well being and potential. Our second season is drawing to a close and I'm having a ball learning from our many excellent guests and covering a wide range of fascinating topics.

My favourite episodes so far include:

From Prisons to The Sweet Life with Laura Braid

Mythbusting, Neuroscience and a Woman's Brain with Dr Sarah McKay

Gender, Identity and Being Your Authentic Self with Dr Madeline Fernbach

Designing Your Mind for Peak Productivity and Creativity with James Garrett


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