Johann Hari – Lost Connections
Johann Hari is an award winning journalist, author, and TED 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 its groundbreaking 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 Brian’s introduction.
06:03 Personal questioning motivated research for Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections.
16:26 Why Johann travels in search of answers rather than undertake 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 heroin that kept me from killing myself.”
41:40 How can the medical health establishment be persuaded to change treatment practices.
44:07 The role of the internet, social media and mobile devises in contributing 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 one social change that would decrease levels of depression.
1:28:46 The depressed and addicted need opportunity to talk about what they may be suppressing.
1:42:33 We call four walls home, but it is connection to the community around that it makes it feel home.
1:54:34 What Johann does when he becomes aware of negative thoughts coming into his mind.
2:00:25 What it is like to be in the public eye.
2:01:36 The amazing group of people who have endorsed his book.
2:11:37 Johann’s next projects.
2:13:05 The challenging art of journalistic interviewing.
2:17:39 Johann is such an evangelist for America.
2:22:32 What is Johann’s super power?
2:25:46 Daily habit that has changed his game.
2:29:18 What scares Johann.
2:31:33 Best and worst days of his life.
2:34:03 What keeps him awake at night.
2:35:10 Longer term worries.
2:38:14 Phone call to the 20-year old Johann Hari.
2:39:25 Success secrets.
2:39:54 Why he is fundamentally optimistic about a lot of the things he writes about in Lost Connections.
2:44:54 Brian’s summing up.
Johann Hari links:
Lost Connections website
Johann Hari on Instagram
Johann Hari TED talk
Johann Hari on Wikipedia
Johann Hari Books:
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – And the Unexpected Solutions
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
God Save the Queen?
Drug policy of Portugal
Orange is the New Black
Gardening is Beneficial for Health
World Health Organisation – social determinants of mental health
Baltimore Bicycle Shop
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
This Changes Everything
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 Evelyn Forget
Professor Sir Michael Marmot
Dr Gabor Mate
Professor James Pennebaker
Dr Brett Ford
Capt. Leigh Maddox (Ret)
E M Forster