Episode 27: The Power of Negativity with Oliver Burkeman

Join Chris, David and Producer Tommo in this much anticipated podcast! They talk to Guardian journalist and author of Chris’ favorite non-fiction book The Antidote, Oliver Burkeman. Oliver talks about the alternatives to motivational seminars and the power of negative thinking.


0:12 – Welcome & Introductions

0:56 – The Money Charity

2:60 – Wellbeing Word from around the world

Norway – Koselig

4:05 – Tight Ass Tommo

Great tips including posting clothes and gate crashing weddings!

#tipoftheweek – Cashback | Top Cashback

7:50 – Introduction to Guardian journalist Oliver Burkeman

8:55 – Oliver explains his book, The Antidote, an alternative to motivational seminars and the power of positive thinking.

11:40 – The problem with ‘clear goals’ thinking

13:45 – The philosopher and stoicism

It is not the event, it is our beliefs about events that make us distressed

16:05 – Understanding yourself and knowing the limits of understanding yourself

17.50 – Non Attachment (from Buddhism)

18:50 – What can people do to insulate themselves from the noise of self-help?

19:34 – Just do something! (Simmone Gnessen podcast)

20:00 – Negative visualisation, what is actually is the real worst thing that could happen?

21:45 – Capacity for Loss

22:20 – Effectuation

26:28 – Acceptance, to reconcile happiness and achievement

30:40 – Fatherhood changing views

32:42 – Chris and David talk over the topics discussed in the interview

34:42 – Do not wait for that perfect moment, just do something (Carl Richards podcast)

35:00 – Dame Kelly Holmes on making mistakes


WIN a copy of Oliver Burkeman’s book The Antidote –

We have 5 copies of the book to give away. Click here to visit our Twitter page and find out more.

Competition will run from Thursday 30th November until Thursday 7th December 2017. Winners will be drawn at random from eligible entries and announced on Friday 8th December 2017.


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