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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.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
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
https://thelostconnections.com/
Johann Hari on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/johann.hari/?hl=en
Johann Hari TED talk
https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong
Johann Hari on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Hari

Johann Hari Books:
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – And the Unexpected Solutions
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Connections-Uncovering-Depression-Unexpected/dp/163286830X
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasing-Scream-First-Last-Drugs/dp/1408857839
God Save the Queen?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/God-Save-Queen-Johann-Hari/dp/1840464011#reader_1840464011

Topics discussed:
Drug policy of Portugal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy_of_Portugal
Orange is the New Black
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Is_the_New_Black
Breaking Bad
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad
Narcos
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcos
Gardening is Beneficial for Health
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211335516301401
World Health Organisation – social determinants of mental health
http://www.who.int/mental_health/publications/gulbenkian_paper_social_determinants_of_mental_health/en/
re-Start Life
https://netaddictionrecovery.com/
Graceland
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland
Mincome
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mincome
Baltimore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore
The Wire
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire
Baltimore Bicycle Shop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEB1NWyr50
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adverse_Childhood_Experiences_Study
Kotti
https://kottiundco.net/english/
Brexit
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit
This Changes Everything
https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Changes-Everything-Capitalism-Climate/dp/0241956188
Recovering Justice
https://en-gb.facebook.com/Recovering-Justice-668872753216220/

People mentioned in this episode:
Billie Holiday
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Holiday
Harry J Anslinger
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger
Professor Bruce K Alexander
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_K._Alexander
Noam Chomsky
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky
Professor Tim Kasser
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Kasser
Professor Carl Hart
https://londonreal.tv/e/dr-carl-hart-debunking-drug-myths/
Marianne Faithfull
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Faithfull
Al Capone
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone
Sean Penn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Penn
Professor John T Cacioppo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_T._Cacioppo
Sir Sam Everington
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Everington
Jeremy Hunt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Hunt
Marc Maron
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Maron
Susan Pinker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Pinker
Melania Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melania_Trump
Nathan Dungan
http://www.sharesavespend.com/about-us
Margaret Thatcher
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thatcher
Dr Evelyn Forget
http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/chs/faculty_and_staff/fac_forget.html
Derek Summerfield
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Summerfield
Professor Sir Michael Marmot
http://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/about-us/about-professor-sir-michael-marmot
Dr Gabor Mate
https://londonreal.tv/e/gabor-mate-why-youre-addicted/
Professor James Pennebaker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_W._Pennebaker
Aleksandar Hemon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandar_Hemon
Dr Brett Ford
http://www.brettqford.com/
Capt. Leigh Maddox (Ret)
https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Leigh_Maddox.pdf#new_tab
Zadie Smith
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zadie_Smith
Hilary Clinton
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton
Elton John
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton_John
Russell Brand
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Brand
Tucker Carlson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucker_Carlson
Naomi Klein
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Klein
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
Deepak Chopra
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepak_Chopra
Nigel Farage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Farage
Joe Roth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Roth
Irvine Welsh
https://londonreal.tv/e/irvine-welsh-trainspotting-skagboys/
Douglas Hurd
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Hurd
E M Forster
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._M._Forster
Bud Osborn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Osborn
James Ball
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ball_(journalist)
George Monbiot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Monbiot
Bill McKibben
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_McKibben
Andrew Sullivan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Sullivan

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karen_fischman809
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karen_fischman809

Absolutely brilliant! and I’d have to say, Johann’s super power is definitely to talk at light speed without losing his train of thought xD
thanks for this interview!

Julian Fulde
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Seems to be an important interview to watch for most People on the world now days. Well at least I got a lot from from it.

lee752
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lee752

Really enjoyed this interview… Thank you Brian and team.

Tristian Bougeard
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Can’t believe there’s no comments! This for me is one of the best London Real episodes I’ve ever seen. Full of wisdom, thank you 🙂

Karlo
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I also consider myself an addict, for 10 years I had a daily crystal meth addiction, the last hit I took was on January 14, 2018. I really relate to this interview, thanks for this.

anouchka19967
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anouchka19967

I suffered from depression for 12 of my 21 almost 22 years of life and the only way I was freed was when I was prayed over by a deliverance pastor. And from there a spirit of love overcame me and I’ve been clinging to it and reading my Bible. I’ve been transformed. But I know that spiritual posession is only one way we can be depressed. I completely agree with Johann, there are so many factors to being depressed: diet, lifestyle factors (excersise, reading/thinking habits, addiction, etc.) lack of community or social support, emotional intelligence, etc. My favourite book… Read more »

31tgordon@gmail.com
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Fascinating subject and concept. Completely contrarian to the mainstream views. Almost 3 hours it is very deep, great intro with clips from the main body.

Colleen M Casey
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Did I hear correctly…”…more autonomy for ‘elite’ people like us, with much more creative freedom…”?

gyoungs99281
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gyoungs99281

Tons of interesting insights. Worth watching for sure. I wonder if he realizes how a couple of his assumptions are based purely on his personal political biases? Biases which get one accepted in their own social circle. Ironic?