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Show Notes

Experimenting with slightly different format than my normal personal development oriented podcasts. Let me know what you think.

Here are the links mentioned in the show:

Before you buy another self-help book check out this post The 7 Universal Life Lessons Contained in Every Self-Help Book Ever Written

Music track #1: ‘Yellow Dust’ – Mink

How neat would it be to have a friendship where you are heard, seen, validated, and not judged? Here are the secrets to a stronger friendship.

Your never to old to begin something new. Look what Masako Wakamiya did at 81.

Music track #2: ‘Heavy Step’ – Wilsen

Meet Aimee Mann. She’s a mother of a child with special needs. On this podcast, she shares her story and reveals her motivations for setting up a support network for parents and families who have children with special needs and disabilities.

Here’s her story:


Are you excited for 2017? I am. On this podcast, I share some thoughts on a couple of techniques for keeping track of your process toward achieving your new goals for the year.


Optimized – Lifelogging and Quantified Self Improvement App

TracknShare – A Quantified Self Journal

Gym Hero Pro – Fitness Log & Workout Tracker

Moodtrack Diary: Social Mood Tracker & Mood Tracking Journal

My Water Balance: Daily Drink Tracker & Reminder


Is lying wrong? Is lying always wrong? And how long can we go without telling even a (small) lie?

These are some of the questions Clay and Sarah ask each other and themselves in today’s podcast.

Our discussion includes:

* Is lying fundamentally/morally wrong? Is it wrong because it violates the other person’s autonomy by denying them access to the truth? Or is everything morally relative — lying included?

* The negative impact of lying – stress and cognitive dissonance

* Studies on how often people lie

* The difference between a Liar and a Bullshitter (as argued by Harry Frankfurt in On Bullshit)

* Why we might lie…

* How we might “speak our truth” more often…

What to think more about Lying?? Then for your reading pleasure…

On the potential health, stress and even career implications of lying, check out “Is Lying Bad for Us”, “What Lying Actually Does to Your Brain and Body Every Day” & “The Surprisingly Large Cost of Telling Small Lies”

For the moral implications of lying, “Is lying bad?” And if you really want to go deep into this, the very interesting paper by Harvard Student entitled “What’s Wrong With Lying?”

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In today’s episode of the Havana Cafe Sessions Podcast, Clay and Sarah discuss the idea of the existential crisis.

Highlights include:

* Defining the Existential Crisis

* Tensions between our quest for meaning and the existentialist view of the meaningless, indifferent universe

* Five aspects of the Existential Crisis (check out the great youtube video from The School of Life ‘What is an Existential Crisis’)

* Potential positive aspects to the supposed ‘crisis’ of existential realisation

* Clay and Sarah’s own experiences in (constant) Existential Crisis 🙂

The idea of the existential crisis has long lived in pop culture. One of the best recent examples is the satirical book The Midlife Crisis (part of the Ladybird series for adults), which despite its humorous intent, actually begins with the crux of the truth:

“When we are young, we all dream of doing something wonderful and exciting with our lives.
What will we be? A cosmonaut? An underwater detective? A tommy gunner? A groin surgeon? Anything is possible. And then one day, it isn’t.”

Another article to check out is George Dvorsky’s “How to Cope with an Existential Crisis” which looks at this from a psychological point of view in terms of ‘Existential anxiety’.

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