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Johann Hari is an award-winning TED journalist, author and speaker who has written extensively on social, political and cultural issues.
His New York Times bestselling book Chasing The Scream challenges addiction and examines the war on drugs, and
his latest book, Lost Connections, has been described as a "game changer" for his innovative thoughts on depression, anxiety and antidepressants.
It has been endorsed by Elton John, Hillary Clinton, Russell Brand and Arianna Huffington.
03:34 Brian's thoughts on the episode.
05:30 Introduction of Brian.
06:03 Personal questioning motivated the investigation for Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections.
16:26 Why Johann travels for answers instead of undertaking scientific research in a laboratory.
21:12 The core of addiction is not wanting to be present in your life because your life is too painful a place to be.
29:58 "It was the heroine who prevented me from killing myself."
41:40 How can the health facility be persuaded to change treatment practices?
44:07 The role of the internet, social networks and mobile devices to contribute to social isolation.
1:00:48 Our battle with extrinsic values versus intrinsic values.
1:17:08 Social conditioning can move us in the wrong direction.
1:26:19 A democratic workplace is just a social change that would lower levels of depression.
1:28:46 Depressed and addicted people need the opportunity to talk about what they may be repressing.
1:42:33 We call home four walls, but it's the connection to the community that makes you feel at home.
1:54:34 What Johann does when he realizes the negative thoughts that come to his mind.
2:00:25 What it is to be in the public eye.
2:01:36 The incredible group of people who have backed your book.
2:11:37 Upcoming Johann projects.
2:13:05 The challenging art of journalistic interviewing.
2:17:39 Johann is an evangelist for America.
2:22:32 What is Johann's superpower?
2:25:46 Daily habit that has changed his game.
2:29:18 What scares Johann.
2:31:33 The best and worst days of his life.
2:34:03 What keeps him awake at night.
2:35:10 Long-term concerns.
2:38:14 Phone call to Johann Hari, 20 years old.
2:39:25 Secrets of success.
2:39:54 Why he's fundamentally optimistic about a lot of the things he writes about in Lost Connections.
2:44:54 Brian's summary.
Lost Connections website
Johann Hari on Twitter
Johann Hari on Wikipedia
Books by Johann Hari:
Lost connections: discovering the real causes of depression and unexpected solutions
Chasing the scream: the first and last days of the war on drugs
God save the Queen?
People mentioned in this episode:
Harry J Anslinger
Professor Bruce K. Alexander
Professor Tim Kasser
Professor Carl Hart
Professor John T Cacioppo
Sir Sam Everington
Dr Gabor Mate
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