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The Longing Lab

Amanda McCracken

Do you ever find yourself so fixated on longing that you can’t enjoy the present? Longing for a lover, an exotic destination, a lost loved one, or a past time in your life? The Longing Lab takes a deeper look at the science of longing and the culture that drives us to long for what we don’t have. You can expect insightful conversations with individuals uniquely qualified to talk about longing. Host, Amanda McCracken, has written or spoken about her own addiction to longing in national publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, & the BBC. The goal of the Longing Lab is to inspire individuals to make positive changes in their lives.
Episodes
Harvard social psychologist Ellen Langer on the mindlessness of longing and regret & the power of mindfulness on our health May 30, 2024
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Road safety advocate Eric Olson on learning to reframe the loss of his daughter April 30, 2024
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Psychologist Giulia Poerio on limerence and mind wanderingMarch 30, 2024
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Professor and Author Lisa A. Phillips on the relationship between unrequited love and longing February 28, 2024
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Psychologist & grief expert Mary-Frances O'Connor on how our brains learn from love and lossJanuary 31, 2024
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Psychologist Alexandra Solomon on how our current low accountability dating culture fosters a collective attachment disorder December 28, 2023
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Sociology professor Lisa Wade on the rules of hookup culture and how it stemmed from a stalled sexual revolutionOctober 31, 2023
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Break Free Together founder Linda Kay Klein on the damage caused by purity culture and what recovery involvesSeptember 28, 2023
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My Father's List author Laura Carney on how completing her late father's bucket list set her free from longing to belongAugust 18, 2023
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"The Wedding Doctor," psychologist Jocelyn Charnas on how longing for the "perfect day" prevents focusing on the relationship July 31, 2023
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Neuroscientist Zoe Donaldson on romantic pair bonds & what yearning looks like in the brain June 29, 2023
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Psychiatrist and prolonged grief expert Dr. Katherine Shear on how longing is the heart of grief May 31, 2023
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Journalist Florence Williams on the science of heartbreak and healing nature of aweApril 30, 2023
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Breast Cancer Survivor Cassie Fulmer Brown on longing, living, and lovingMarch 24, 2023
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Valentine Special: My husband Dave Butler on relationships, intimacy, and vulnerabilityFebruary 14, 2023
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Professional Ultra Runner Hillary Allen on finding value in yourself beyond performanceJanuary 30, 2023
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Decision Scientist Nika Kabiri on how longing influences our decisionsDecember 16, 2022
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Veterinarian Bob Irmiger on deciding to euthanize a pet & how longing impacts this decisionNovember 19, 2022
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Sober Sexpert Writer Tawny Lara on the benefits of booze-free sex & datingAugust 29, 2022
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Mt Everest Summiter & Executive Coach Vivian Rigney on Vulnerabilty, Authenticity, & LegacyJune 22, 2022
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Blind woman on self-denial & the longing she faces & fears with anorexiaMay 16, 2022
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Marshall Fire Survivor & Trauma Expert Melissa Lockman on the Grief of Losing a HomeMarch 22, 2022
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Romance Novelist Rachel McMillan on the Slow BurnJanuary 21, 2022
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The TrailerJanuary 17, 2022
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