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Beat Your Genes Podcast

Let's look at life through the lens of our ancestors. Our instincts were shaped by their struggles in an environment much different than our current environment. Our instincts haven't changed much but our environment has changed dramatically. We blend the science of evolutionary psychology with the clinical experience of Doug Lisle, PhD to explore common problems and stumbling points in our pursuit of happiness. New episodes come out Wednesdays at 8:30 PST. If you have a question or comment, or maybe even a complicated situation that you'd like some advice on, feel free to call us and leave a voicemail at (714) 900...

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Recent Episodes of Beat Your Genes Podcast


E331: Do Narcissists Hide their Intentions more than Most? Impact of Upbringing on Future Preferences

E331: Do Narcissists Hide their Intentions more than Most? Impact of Upbringing on Future Preferences

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD and social scientist, Jen Howk, PhD, discuss the following listener questions with host, Nathan Gershfeld.

1. What do you make of the common description that narcissistic/highly disagreeable people “wear a mask.” Do high disagreeables go around actively and purposefully fooling people about their true feelings and intentions any more than other people do? We all try to put on a good face for the most part, but is this actually more true for certain personalities types?

2. I discovered your podcast a while ago, and I've been fascinated. However, something sat not...

Episode 331 16 May 2024 53m and 29s


330: Is Life ALL ABOUT making money OR can you Beat Your Genes and feel happier?

330: Is Life ALL ABOUT making money OR can you Beat Your Genes and feel happier?

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD discusses a listener question with host, Nathan Gershfeld.

In episode 328 dr lisle answered a questioner who was frustrated about their lower income relative to friends. One aspect of that question was that life isn’t always about making money or climbing dominance hierarchies. In fact the very same instincts to keep pursing more can lead you to being unhappy. How then does one navigate when to pursue more and when to beat the genes? Are there any rough approximations for gauging this?

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Episode 330 18 April 2024 1h, 1m and 44s


329: Is there Valid Critique of Twin Studies and Behavioral Genetics?

329: Is there Valid Critique of Twin Studies and Behavioral Genetics?

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD and social scientist, Jen Howk, PhD discuss twin studies, behavioral genetics, and the logic of evolutionary psychology with host, Nathan Gershfeld

Paper mentioned : https://tinyurl.com/j3c7tbt7

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Host: Nathan Gershfeld                              

Interviewee: Doug Lisle, Ph.D. and Jen Howk, Ph.D.

Podcast website:  http://www.BeatYourGenes.org

True to Life seminars with Dr. Lisle and Dr. Howk : http://www.TrueToLife.us

 Intro & outro song: City of Happy Ones · Ferenc Hegedus - License

Episode 329 4 April 2024 1h, 11m and 12s


328: Frustrated about Lower Income degree, Helping child increase confidence

328: Frustrated about Lower Income degree, Helping child increase confidence

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD discuss the following listener questions with host, Nathan Gershfeld

1.  I’m a 29 year old economics major and I’m frustrated because I see friends who have gone into investment banking, big law or medicine on track to make 5-10x my yearly salary. I’m making a decent living on 60k a year but I feel like an idiot for choosing my major and now it feels too late to change. What would you have to say for someone in my position? It feels like I squandered an opportunity. I know life is not...

Episode 328 21 March 2024 58m and 7s


327: Is Pseudoscience in Psychology CAUSED by Academia?

327: Is Pseudoscience in Psychology CAUSED by Academia?

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD and social scientist, Jen Howk, PhD discuss listener questions with host, Nathan Gershfeld

Today's question: 

Is psychology doomed to remain a pseudoscience based on the crowd of people who self select to go into psychology? Im a university student and it from what i can tell, the vast majority of my peers and lecturers have no interest questions like why are we this way, how did we get here? Could it have happened any other way? Instead they are mainly just interested in having self serving theory that make them f...

Episode 327 7 March 2024 56m and 22s


E326: Priest broke confession seal and told husband I cheated

E326: Priest broke confession seal and told husband I cheated

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD & social scientist, Jen Howk, PhD  discuss the following situation with host, Nathan Gershfeld:

I cheated on my husband three years ago while traveling for work.  It was a one-night stand and we didn't exchange numbers or keep in contact.  I don't even know his last name.  Until last month, I've never told anyone about this event.  At the time I cheated, I didn't really care because my marriage was rocky and I felt unappreciated.  But my huusband and I reconnected during quarantine and I started to feel extremely guilty.  Last month, I thought...

Episode 326 22 February 2024 1h, 17m and 17s


325: Prove-'em-wrong Motivation, Managing child's outbursts, Aunt is very disagreeable

325: Prove-'em-wrong Motivation, Managing child's outbursts, Aunt is very disagreeable

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD and social scientist, Jen Howk, PhD discuss listener questions with host, Nathan Gershfeld:

1. Help! My son just turned 8. He has acquired part of his personality from my mother- he can be loud and will overreact or get really angry about things. This includes being told he needs to stop an activity because we are leaving the house, etc. I am trying to help him manage these outbursts because kids are starting to make fun of him at school for them. Do you have any specific strategies that would help or should I...

Episode 325 8 February 2024 51m and 47s


324: Is Attachment Theory WRONG? Do parents owe you support?

324: Is Attachment Theory WRONG? Do parents owe you support?

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD  discusses the following listener questions with host, Nathan Gershfeld:

1.  I'm trying to decide whether to go back to work a year after my second child, or to stay home with her till preschool. I have heard you say on your podcast 'it doesn't matter who raises your kids' which I understand to be a reference to twin studies that show that parents have very little influence on how their children turn out (outcomes are about 80% genetic). How do you square this with attachment theory, and psychologists who say that children need one pr...

Episode 324 25 January 2024 1h, 4m and 9s


323: Can everyone be happy? Does online dating change the cost-benefit?

323: Can everyone be happy? Does online dating change the cost-benefit?

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD and social scientist, Jen Howk, PhD discuss the following listener questions:

1.  Can all personality types be equally happy if they apply diligent effort to worthwhile goals? ie all other things being equal, would a low conscientiousness individual be as happy as a high conscientiousness individual if they both applied their version of diligent effort and equally felt they hadn't left 'anything on the table' (despite those levels of effort and results being very different)

2. You have previously characterized men as "pair bonders or not." How has on-line dating changed the C...

Episode 323 11 January 2024 1h, 15m and 58s


Love him when he's here, but hate him when he's away, Solving social anxiety? Are SJW's really more noble?

Love him when he's here, but hate him when he's away, Solving social anxiety? Are SJW's really more noble?

Evolutionary psychologist, Doug Lisle, PhD and social scientist, Jen Howk, PhD discuss the following listener questions:

1. I have a friend who is very active in fighting for workers' rights. In fact he has a high level job in one of my country's major trade unions. He often organises protests, and is always the first person on the frontline with the megaphone. On a personal level, he is quite overweight, and I know for a fact does not help out much at home with housework and childcare. I used to think that social activists and social justice warriors...

Episode 322 14 December 2023 53m and 38s

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