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  • These days “narcissist” has become the insult of choice for many of us caught on the wrong side of arrogance, self-absorption or monotonous bragging.

    Narcissism is more complex than that, however, and an empathetic understanding of it can make it much easier to deal with partners or family members with narcissistic traits, or with full-blown narcissistic personality disorder.

    This week clinical psychologist Dr Ruth Ann Harpur discusses with Andrew the origins of narcissism, the “Echo” phenomenon, and why partners of narcissists need to focus more on their own needs and sense of self.

    Dr Ruth Ann Harpur specialises in relationships and issues of narcissism. She qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2009 at the University of East Anglia, and also trained in cognitive behaviour therapy at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and in schema therapy at the Dutch Institute for Schema Therapy. She has a popular YouTube channel where she shares helpful videos on aspects of relationships and narcissism.

    If You’re Looking for More….

    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    This week supporters will hear:

    ⭐️Dating again after a painful break-up

    ⭐️Three things Ruth Ann Harpur knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

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    Follow Dr Ruth Ann Harpur on social media:

    https://www.youtube.com/@drruthannharpur/videos

    https://www.instagram.com/drruthannharpur/

    https://www.tiktok.com/@drruthannharpur

    Visit Dr Ruth Ann Harpur’s website, where you’ll find resources for the general public and for therapists, on topics including relationships and narcissism.

    Read the poetry of David Whyte, which is discussed in the bonus content of this episode.

    You might enjoy other episodes on relationship themes; including therapists Michelle Farris on Seven Signs You Might be Co-Dependent and Terry Real on The Five Traps that Undermine Your Love.

    Read Andrew’s book I Love You But I’m Not in Love With You: Seven Steps to Saving Your Relationship

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • How can we have more meaningful, connected sex? Many couples today are stuck in a low-sex or no-sex dynamic, while others struggle to break a routine that feels unbearably dull.

    In this episode Jan Day, a relationship expert and psycho-spirital teacher, discusses “Living Tantra”.

    Andrew and Jan cover how to “resensitise” in a world where there is not enough touch, and too many of us have become desensitised. Coming off autopilot and being open to depth and mystery can lead to a richer connection with the world and with our partners.

    Jan Day has been teaching and leading workshops in Europe and Hawaii since 1999. Her life and work have been influenced by both Eastern and Western spiritual teachers. She was a sanyassin of Osho for 15 years. Over a period of 20 years Jan trained and then taught with Alan Lowen, founder of _The Art of Being®. The Living Tantra series of workshops that she offers is based on the Body, Heart & Soul®_ series created by Alan. She has also been influenced by and/or worked with Jack Kornfield, David Deida, Ron Kurtz, Ken Wilber, Genpo Roshi, Thomas Hübl and Ammachi.

    If You’re Looking for More….

    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    This week supporters will hear:

    ⭐️Andrew's favourite exercises from Jan's book to try yourself.

    ⭐️Three things Jan Day knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Jan Day’s book Living Tantra: A Journey into Sex, Spirit and Relationship

    Visit Jan Day’s website to learn more about the courses and workshops she offers.

    Read Andrew’s book Have the Sex You Want: A Couple’s Guide to Getting the Spark Back

    You might also enjoy Andrew’s interviews with Dr Cheryl Fraser on How to Stay in Love or with Venus O’Hara on Spiritual Sex.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

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  • Anger is one of the main reasons couples seek out the help of a marital therapist. It is an emotion we often fear, and which we are frequently taught to stifle and ignore in ourselves.

    This week’s guests, Mar Estarellas and Orsolya Szeverics, believe that repressing anger means repressing our authentic emotions. This can lead to muscle tension, physical pain, emotional distress and even depression.

    We discuss how we can safely release anger, and how our relationship with this most underappreciated of emotions can be healed, leading to many physical and emotional benefits.

    Mar Estarellas and Orsolya Szeverics run a variety of workshops, including around unlocking the gifts of anger.

    Orsolya Szeverics has been experimenting with personal growth practices for nearly a decade, and has forged her own path of supporting people with a key focus on mental and emotional health through creative liberation.

    Mar Estarellas is a Computational Neuroscience PhD student. As a painter, neuroscientist and nature enthusiast, she is interested in researching the importance of art and Nature in living and dying healthily, for us and the Earth. She also has experience in Kundalini Yoga and the Wim Hof Method.

    If You’re Looking for More….

    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    This week supporters will hear:

    ⭐️Three winning and three losing strategies for facing your partner's anger.

    ⭐️Three things Orshi and Mar know to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Existential Kink by Carolyn Elliot.

    Visit Mar Estarellas & Orsolya Szeverics’ website for more information about their workshops and their work on anger.

    Learn more about Orsolya Szeverics:

    https://linktr.ee/orshi

    https://www.instagram.com/creative_liberation/

    https://dandelion.earth/u/orshi

    Learn more about Mar Estarellas:

    https://linktr.ee/mar_estarellas

    https://www.instagram.com/mar.estarellas/

    https://dandelion.earth/u/mar_estarellas

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Are you being held back by darker moments from your past? Would you like to find the courage to shine a light on some of the tragic or shameful moments that you don’t like to think about?

    This week author and therapist Malcolm Stern joins Andrew to discuss his new book Slay Your Dragons With Compassion. Malcolm and Andrew talk about confronting your fears and working through blocks in a way that is compassionate to yourself and others.

    Malcolm Stern is a psychotherapist with over thirty years of experience in the therapy room. His book is the result of his professional experience, but also of working through personal tragedy: his daughter Melissa took her own life in 2014, leading Malcolm to question every aspect of his work and life.

    If You’re Looking for More….

    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    This week supporters will hear:

    ⭐️How to break the spell you’re under.

    ⭐️Three highlights from Malcolm Stern’s book that Andrew knows to be true.

    ⭐️ Three things Malcolm Stern knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Malcolm Stern’s new book Slay Your Dragons With Compassion: Ten Ways to Thrive Even When It Feels Impossible.

    Visit Malcolm Stern’s website

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Everyone has a different divorce experience, but getting divorced is pretty much guaranteed to change your life.

    In this episode Samantha Baines, host of the Divorce Social podcast, shares her own experiences of divorce. Andrew and Samantha discuss:

    ⭐️The shock of divorce (even if you think you’re ready)

    ⭐️ Making the decision to get a divorce

    ⭐️ Dealing with what everybody else thinks.

    ⭐️ The “celebration” stage post-divorce.

    ⭐️The fun and the not-so-fun stereotypes around divorce (including wearing lots of leopard skin and having an adventurous love life).

    Samantha Baines is an author, actor and broadcaster based in London. You may recognise her from appearances on ITV's Loose Women, Sky News and Andrew Neil's This Week or acting roles in Netflix’s The Crown, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness and Magic Mike Live (directed by Channing Tatum). She is a regular on BBC radio stations.

    Samantha is a hearing aid wearer and iis the author of critically acclaimed children's books with deaf main characters. Her latest book (for adults) is Living with Hearing Loss and Deafness: A Guide to Owning It and Loving It.

    If You’re Looking for More….

    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    This week supporters will hear:

    ⭐️How to be more positive

    ⭐️Three things Samantha Baines knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there

    Visit Samantha Baines’ website

    Listen to The Divorce Social podcast

    Order Samantha Baines’ new book Living with Hearing Loss and Deafness: A Guide to Owning It and Loving It.

    Samantha interviews Andrew for the Divorce Social podcast here

    Follow Samantha Baines on Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube @samanthabaines

    Follow the Divorce Social on Twitter @DivorcePod

    Listen to our other episodes on divorce: Daughters of Divorce with Terry Gaspard, and Should I Stay or Should I Go? with Linda Hershman

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • If you’re restless and irritable, or plagued by headaches or stomach upsets, then anxiety might be an issue. More and more of us are looking for support, and even diagnoses, to help manage anxiety.

    This week’s guest is Dr Anna Colton, a clinical psychologist, trained actress and TV presenter. Anna works with families, teenagers and couples, but also with performers and lawyers experiencing profound anxiety.

    Andrew and Anna discuss:

    ⭐️How our “unlived lives” feed into anxiety.

    ⭐️How anxiety can be protective.

    ⭐️The importance of curiosity.

    ⭐️How adrenaline feels and how to manage it.

    ⭐️“Catastrophising” and overwhelm.

    ⭐️The existential angst that can underlie our anxiety.

    If You’re Looking for More….

    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    This week supporters will hear:

    ⭐️Body issues and childhood eating.

    ⭐️Three things Anna Colton knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Visit Dr Anna Colton’s website for lots of resources on anxiety.

    Follow Dr Anna Colton on Instagram and Twitter @drannacolton, on Twitter and on YouTube @drannacolton727

    For more on anxiety, listen to Andrew’s interviews with Dr Kathleen Smith on Make Anxiety Your Friend and Dr Wendy Suzuki on The Neuroscientist’s Guide to Anxiety.

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Today, the four pale horsemen of war, famine, pestilence and death, have broken into our comfortable lives once again.

    As the climate emergency and shortage become normalised, how do we live through crisis after crisis without falling into fear and anxiety on the one hand, or agitated reaction and rage on the other?

    Do we face the horsemen, go into denial or settle for the dull throb of numbness? And how do we maintain contact with the heart, with soul, with love and compassion?

    This week Andrew speaks with award-winning poet, author and teacher William Ayot about:

    The burdens men carryThe healing power of ritualMale loneliness and how men’s groups helpConfronting shame and anger

    As well as his writing and poetry, William Ayot leads workshops and seminars on personal development topics and creates and conducts private rituals and ceremonies.

    Andrew will be attending William’s Feb/Mar 2023 workshop on Male Mysteries through Times of Change & Crisis , which is co-hosted with Simon Roe (a previous guest - see Are You Leading a Life of Quiet Desperation?).

    William Ayot is also the co-founding director of Olivier Mythodrama and worked around the world for ten years, teaching leadership through story, theatre practice and ritual. He founded NaCOT- The National Centre for the Oral Tradition, and hosts the poetry series On the Border.

    If You’re Looking for More….

    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    This week supporters will hear:

    ⭐️ Creating a daily ritual for a deeper connection to life.

    ⭐️Three things William Ayot knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there

    Attend William Ayot and Simon Roe’s upcoming workshop in Feb/Mar 2023, Facing the Four Horsemen: Exploring Male Mysteries through Times of Change & Crisis

    Visit William Ayot’s website for information on bespoke rituals, poetry etc.

    Visit William Ayot and Juliet Grayson’s online library of poetry and talks on shame, men’s issues and relationships.

    Listen to Andrew’s interview with Simon Roe on Are You Leading a Life of Quiet Desperation?

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Life brings to all of us long periods where we feel lost or confused. We don't know how to get what we want, or even what it is that we want.

    The struggle to articulate the thing that might really make us “come alive” can be profound, even if we enter therapy.

    Charlotte Fox Weber is the author of Tell Me What You Want, a new book that explores how to identify and navigate our deepest longings.

    Andrew and Charlotte discuss the idea that we have 12 fundamental desires: to love and be loved; understanding, power, attention, freedom; to create, to belong, to win, to connect, to control; and to want what we shouldn't.

    Identifying how these desires play out in your life can be liberating and beautiful, even if you also realise that acting on them is impossible.

    Charlotte Fox Weber is a psychotherapist, author and the founding head of The School of Life Psychotherapy.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️ The troublemaking twins: pride and shame.

    ⭐️Three things Charlotte Fox Weber knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Charlotte Fox Weber’s new book, Tell Me What You Want

    Visit Charlotte Fox Weber’s website

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier.

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Throw away your FitBit, stop counting your daily steps, and instead learn to run mindfully. If you can find the three key elements of space, silence and patience, you’ll be far more able to tackle big problems at work and at home.

    William Pullen is a psychotherapist who helps clients using his revolutionary method of Dynamic Running Therapy. His work combines movement and talk therapy to harness the synergy of mind, body and spirit.

    In this episode Andrew and William discuss

    🏃🏾‍♂️How a good walk is different from a good run

    🏃🏽‍♀️The practice of “asking your run/walk a question”

    🏃🏻What the way someone walks can tell us about them.

    William also tackles a particularly thorny reader’s letter about what to do if you find that your smartphone use is taking over your life and spoiling your relationships.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️Running to improve your anger management

    ⭐️ Three things William Pullen knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Buy William Pullen’s book Run for Your Life: Mindful Running for a Happy Life

    Visit William Pullen’s website

    Watch William Pullen’s TEDx talk “Movement is Medicine”

    Follow William Pullen on Instagram @dynamicrunningtherapy and on Twitter @pullentherapy

    Get William Pullen’s iPhone app for Dynamic Running Therapy

    Listen to Andrew’s interview with Machiel Klerk on how to Ask Your Dreams for Help

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • How do you cope when life suddenly and dramatically falls to pieces?

    In March 2017 psychologist and author Niamh Fitzpatrick’s beloved sister Dara was killed in a helicopter crash.

    Soon afterwards, Niamh’s marriage disintegrated, and she feared she would also lose the house she lived in. Life as she knew it had ended and the cumulative loss was staggering in terms of impact.

    As a psychologist for many years, Niamh had helped hundreds of clients through the worst times in their lives. Her own experiences of loss and grief were nonetheless shocking and devastating, and she had to draw on the full extent of her skillset to survive and rebuild.

    Andrew and Niamh share a wide-ranging discussion of grief, including the importance of naming and honouring all your experiences of loss.

    Niamh Fitzpatrick is the author of Tell Me the Truth About Loss and also works as a psychologist and sports psychologist in Dublin, Ireland.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️ A sports psychologist's guide to recovering from injury and dealing with loss

    ⭐️Three things Niamh Fitzpatrick knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Buy Niamh Fitzpatrick’s book Tell Me The Truth About Loss

    Visit Niamh Fitzpatrick’s website

    Follow Niamh Fitzpatrick on Twitter

    Listen to some of our other episodes about grief and loss, including therapist David Kessler on Finding Meaning: the Sixth Stage of Grief and writer/politician Catherine Mayer on Embracing Life at a Time of Death.

    Read Andrew’s memoir about the loss of his partner My Mourning Year h

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • When women and men argue, women can often be more comfortable in expressing their feelings of hurt and anger.

    Men can feel distressed by this strength of feeling, and may pull away emotionally. They may feel a very strong urge to occupy the ground of rationality and objectivity, which in turn leads their partner to push harder, desperately seeking emotional connection.

    Dr Avrum Weiss is a US-based author and psychotherapist specialising in the internal lives of men. His writing and his work with couples help men and women understand each other more deeply and build a stronger connection.

    In this episode Andrew and Dr Weiss discuss the emotion of anger and how our childhoods can influence our adult experiences of it. They share insights from Dr Weiss’ book Hidden in Plain Sight: How Men’s Fears of Women Shape Their Intimate Relationships , and look at how men and women can better understand each other’s internal world.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️The seven fears of men in relationships

    ⭐️Three things Dr Weiss knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there https://bit.ly/TheMeaningfulLifeSubstack

    Buy Dr Avrum Weiss’ book Hidden in Plain Sight: How Men’s Fears of Women Shape Their Intimate Relationships

    Find Dr Avrum Weiss’ other books via his website https://www.avrumweissphd.com

    Read Dr Avrum Weiss' columns for Psychology Today

    Follow Dr Avrum Weiss on Facebook @AvrumWeissAuthor and on Twitter @avrum_weiss

    Read Andrew’s books on relationships and self-development

    You might also be interested in hearing Dr Matthew McKay talking with Andrew about Loving in the Face of Pain

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50: https://www.patreon.com/andrewgmarshall

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Better sex, building a stronger connection with your partner, coping with anxiety, and dealing with shame and fear: these were some of the big themes that resonated on The Meaningful Life in 2022.

    Tracey Cox, international sex therapist, author and Daily Mail columnist, was the very first guest on episode one of The Meaningful Life. She joins Andrew again this week to discuss their stand-out episodes from last year.

    Tracey and Andrew talk about how their favourite guests influenced their thinking, and what they’ll be taking forward into 2023.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️ Lessons in compassion

    ⭐️ Sex in long term relationships

    ⭐️Dealing with adult children

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Buy Great Sex Starts at 50: How to Age-Proof Your Libido by Tracey Cox

    Get advice on your sex life from Tracey Cox at www.traceycox.com

    Listen to Tracey Cox’s podcast SexTok with Tracey and Kelsey

    Follow Tracey Cox on Facebook @TraceyCoxSexpert, on Instagram @traceycoxsexauthor and on Twitter @TraceyCox

    Read Andrew’s books on relationships and self-development

    Listen to some of the 2022 episodes discussed by Tracey and Andrew:

    ⭐️Terry Real on the Five Traps that Undermine Your Love

    ⭐️Frederic Luskin on Forgiveness: What It Is and Isn’t

    ⭐️Cheryl Fraser on How to Stay in Love

    ⭐️Thom Rutledge on Embracing Fear in Four Steps

    ⭐️Kathleen Smith on Making Anxiety Your Friend

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Do you experience regular bad headaches, or a stomach upset that won’t go away? Do you have nagging aches you put down to getting older?

    Mind and body are two parts of the same system: problems like depression and anxiety almost always manifest in the physical body as well as the mind.

    The road to calm and joy is much faster if we can ensure to take care of mind AND body.

    Author and integrative psychiatrist Dr Henry Emmons looks at mental health problems like depression and anxiety by weaving together mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness teachings and other holistic approaches.

    Dr Emmons is also a sought-after presenter and consultant on integrating natural and mindfulness therapies in psychiatry, the interface between spirituality and mental health, and personal and professional renewal.

    We hope you enjoy this very early The Meaningful Life episode we’ve reissued for Christmas 2023: what better topic to get you through the holiday season than “the road to calm and joy”?

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Visit Dr Henry Emmons’ website to find out more about his books:

    The Chemistry of Joy

    The Chemistry of Calm

    The Chemistry of Joy Workbook

    Staying Sharp: 9 Keys to a Youthful Brain Through Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom

    Visit https://www.naturalmentalhealth.com a website co-founded by Henry Emmons to help people of all ages optimise their mental health and build resilience in mind, body, and spirit.

    You might also be interested in Andrew’s interview with Dr Kathleen Smith on How to Make Anxiety Your Friend

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

    Philosopher William James (brother of the novelist Henry James) seems way ahead of his time with this insight.

    Our guest this week is author and philosopher John Kaag. John credits William James with helping him through several existential crises, including bouts of despair as a young man, and two divorces.

    Andrew and John discuss:

    ⭐️The pressing choice in modern life of where to put our attention

    ⭐️How philosophy helps parents

    ⭐️The ways daily habits and routines entrap us

    ⭐️The problem of empathy and the challenge of honouring the inner lives of others.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️When is it justified to believe?

    ⭐️3 things John Kaag knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Buy John Kaag’s new book Be Not Afraid of Life: In the Words of William James

    Buy John Kaag’s other books:

    American Philosophy: A Love StorySick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are

    Follow John Kaag on Twitter @JohnKaag

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    You might also enjoy Andrew’s interview with Andy West on Inherited Guilt: How Philosophy Helped Me Heal

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  • Leaving a toxic relationship is really just the beginning: how do you then pick up the pieces and build a new life?

    Certified relationship coach Tara Blair Ball is a second-time guest on The Meaningful Life - her first interview on attachment theory was so popular that we invited her back to discuss her new book on surviving toxic relationships.

    According to Tara,

    ⭐️Personal responsibility is the key to change

    ⭐️Healthy relationships are built, not found

    ⭐️Whether you’re single or partnered, you can recover from toxic relationship patterns and learn a healthier way to relate.

    Tara draws on her personal experience of life with a toxic partner to help others learn how to create healthy relationships. In this episode, she and Andrew talk through her 7-step healing process.

    Tara Blair Ball is the author of several books on love and relationships. Her content on relationships and dating has been viewed more than 6 million times. Tara’s latest book is Reclaim & Recover: Heal from Toxic Relationships with a 7-Step Guided Journal.

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    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️How to overcome victim mentality.

    ⭐️3 things Tara Blair Ball knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

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    Buy Tara Blair Ball’s new book Reclaim & Recover: Heal from Toxic Relationships with a 7-Step Guided Journal

    Read Tara’s other books The Beginning of the End: A memoir about a broken relationship, addiction, and human frailty AND Stop Wasting Your Time on Women Who Don’t Want You.

    Take a look at Tara Blair Ball’s website

    Listen to Andrew’s previous interview with Tara Blair Ball on Attachment Theory

    Follow Tara on TikTok @tara.relationshipcoach or on Twitter @tarablairball

    Read Co-parenting with a Toxic Ex by Amy Baker

    Read Andrew’s books I Can’t Get Over My Partner’s Affair and I Love You But I’m Not In Love With You

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  • ⭐️What is something you could do right now to help your future self?

    ⭐️What is the most dangerous thing you have survived?

    ⭐️Who is a person you’re glad exists?

    These are the kinds of questions writer Amanda Deibert asks her Twitter followers everyday, and which she has now gathered into a beautiful gratitude journal called You Already Have the Answers.

    In this episode, Andrew and Amanda discuss the ways in which our lives are full of insight and wisdom, if we can only slow down and find a meaningful route inward. Most of us are much stronger and braver than we think.

    Andrew also explains how he came to get his first tattoo in his sixties, and Amanda shares some eye-opening stories illustrating how her early life experiences shaped her grounded, real-life approach to self-love and self-care.

    AND - we have our first listener competition. US and UK based listeners can win a copy of You Already Have the Answers by going to our podcast page and using our “Get Involved” form to submit an answer to the question “What Have You Learned and Put Into Action After Listening to The Meaningful Life? Entries due by close of day Thursday 15th December.

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    ⭐️How to take a leap of faith

    ⭐️3 things Amanda Deibert knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

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    Buy Amanda Deibert’s book You Already Have the Answers

    Follow Amanda Deibert on Twitter @amandadeibert

    You might also like to listen to Andrew’s interview with Chester Elton on How Gratitude Could Revolutionise Your Life

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  • Family secrets can live on for generations, shaping our lives in ways we may not recognise or fully understand.

    In this episode Andrew talks to Dr Galit Atlas, author of Emotional Inheritance: A Therapist, Her Patients, and the Legacy of Trauma about how our struggles in life are linked to the emotional inheritance we receive from our families.

    Dr Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in Manhattan.She is a clinical assistant professor on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis and faculty at the National Training Program (NTP) and the Four-Year Adult training program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York City.

    Dr. Atlas has published three books for clinicians and numerous articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Her New York Times publication “A Tale of Two Twins” was the winner of a 2016 Gradiva Award

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️How to repair a relationship with an estranged family member

    ⭐️3 things Galit Atlas knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

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    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

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    Visit Dr Galit Atlas’ website

    Follow Dr Galit Atlas on Facebook @GalitAtlas and on Instagram @galit_atlas

    If you’re interested in the drama triangle discussed in this episode, you might also enjoy Andrew’s interview with therapist Chris Partridge on Being a Rescuer

    You might also like to listen to Andrew’s interview with Julia Samuel MBE on Inherited Pain

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  • Prison makes a lot of life's big questions feel extremely urgent.

    Author Andy West explores such questions in his work teaching philosophy to prisoners - some of whom have minimal education; some of whom have acquired PhDs.

    Andy has also experienced the shadow of prison in his own life - witnessing the incarceration of his father, brother and uncle.

    We discuss prison and ideas of freedom, and use the story of Ulysses and the Sirens to test out ideas of who it is in our world who is the most free.

    Andy West is a London-based author and philosopher. His new book is The Life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Learning to Be Free

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    ⭐️Shame and Pandora’s Box: the lessons for today from an ancient myth.

    ⭐️3 things Andy West knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

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    Buy Andy West’s book The Life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Learning to Be Free

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    You might also enjoy Andrew’s interviews with Julia Samuel MBE on Inherited Pain, or with Joanna LaPrade on Surviving Dark Times.

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  • The end of life isn’t always a time of fear and suffering. Dr Christopher Kerr has cared for thousands of patients who, in the face of imminent death, speak of love and grace.

    Dr Kerr is the author of Death is But a Dream, in which he shares dying patients’ experiences of pre-death dreams and vision. These end-of-life dreams humanise the dying process and can also comfort the bereaved, who see their loved ones dying with a sense of calm closure.

    Andrew and Dr Kerr discuss how end-of-life dreams can bring love and forgiveness, restore meaning to suffering and mark a transition from distress to comfort and acceptance.

    Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD, is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer for Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. Dr. Kerr comes from a long line of physicians, of which he is now the fifth generation. His TedX Buffalo Talk, “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying” has three million views and was reported on by the BBC, The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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    ⭐️How to have a good death.

    ⭐️3 things Dr Kerr knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

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    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Buy Death is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End by Dr Christopher Kerr.

    Visit Dr Christopher Kerr’s website

    Watch Dr Christopher Kerr’s TEDx Talk “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying".

    Read My Mourning Year, Andrew’s memoir about the loss of his partner.

    You might also be interested in Andrew’s interviews with Dr Kathryn Mannix on “What You’ve Been Told About Death Might Be Wrong”, with Georgina Scull on “Regrets of the Dying” or with David Kessler on “The Sixth Stage of Grief”.

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  • If work leaves you feeling tense, unfulfilled or anxious, then it’s definitely time to make some kind of change. You probably know that already - but this week’s episode helps you think through where to start.

    This week’s guest is Phil Poole, a Berlin-based coach, entrepreneur, writer and leader. Phil and Andrew discuss:

    ⭐️Phil’s journey through burnout to finding a meaningful, joyful career

    ⭐️How to know if it’s really the job that’s the problem.

    ⭐️Making big life changes with the support of your partner/family.

    ⭐️Narrowing down your passion and building it into your work life.

    ⭐️Breaking the cycle of overthinking/rumination and taking positive action.

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    ⭐️How to discover who you really are and what you really want.

    ⭐️3 things Phil knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

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    Take the character survey Phil Poole discusses here (the option to take the survey will appear as a popup).

    Visit Phil Poole’s Coaching for a Different Life website

    Andrew also discusses burnout in the context of this interview with author and coach Dawn Kohler: When the Call to Be Yourself Can No Longer Be Ignored.

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall