Author Johann Hari Talks Mental Health on Gwenyth Paltrow's Goop Podcast
In an increasingly connected world—think smart phones, social media, and the like—why are so many people feeling more disconnected than ever? And what can we do about it? Journalist and bestselling author Johann Hari talks to Elise Loehnan this week about why we’re the “loneliest species” on Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop podcast—and shares his personal journey to mental wellness, and a more meaningful life.
In an uplifting conversation, the author of Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream talks about how he came to realize the root causes of depression and other mental illnesses aren’t purely chemical—and therefore can’t be treated solely with medication. Drawing on international research, diverse studies and his personal experience, Hari proposes a simple but radical premise: as depression and anxiety rates rise around the world, we need to look at the causes of mental illness beyond our own brains.
We’re complex creatures—so what happens when we don’t get our needs met? Needs like social interaction, intellectual and emotional stimulation, and being engaged with our environment? Hari covers this and more for Goop—including why “social prescribing” works, and how we can let go of shame and process trauma—in an inspirational, personal and timely discussion on an increasingly urgent social phenomenon.
Hari has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and The Guardian, and was named ‘National Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International twice.