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How is it that our minds- complex and powerful beyond measure, capable of constructing skyscrapers and inventing life-saving procedures, can simultaneously be our greatest enemy? 

The answer may reside in our “chatter”, the ruminating, negative voice in our head that reminds us of our fears and insecurities while democratizing the human condition. 

On today’s episode, we’re diving deep into what “triggers” this inner voice and some very practical tools that can prevent it from overpowering our current condition. 

Ethan Kross is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. An award-winning professor in the University of Michigan’s top ranked Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he is the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory.

Ethan has participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed about his research on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper Full Circle, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Science.

We discuss: 

  • What is “chatter”, where does it come from and how can we nip it in the bud?
  • 3 practical strategies to combat these negative thoughts and voices
  • The benefit of creating a personal “chatter board of advisors”
  • Tips for using and desiging your environment to quiet your mind 

Connect with Ethan:

Via his website:

Via Instagram: @ethankross 

Via Twitter: @ethan_kross


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