Dec 6, 2017
The process of being happy has become painfully comically
neurotic" - Ruth Whippman
This week I am delighted to welcome Ruth Whippman
to The Psychology Podcast. Ruth is the author
of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is
Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks. The book has been covered
by New York Magazine, The New York
Times, The New York Post, The
Washington Post, and VICE, among
Today we bring to you spirited discussion topics such as:
- The cultural differences between America and Britain regarding
attitudes about happiness (Ruth moved from London to California 6
years ago with her husband and 2 young sons).
- Dosage effects of positive interventions—Is it useful to
try to feel good all the time?
- The standards to which we hold motivational speakers, popular
science writers, and scientists themselves—Is it okay for
standards to differ?
- The rampant promotion of "pseudo-growth" among corporate
- The parenting "happiness rat race".
Enjoy, and if you have thoughts on the episode be sure to leave
a comment below!
You can find Ruth's book America the Anxious: How Our
Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous
Wrecks on Amazon:
Follow Ruth on Twitter @ruthwhippman
Bob Emmons on the Power of Gratitude: