S4 | E10: How Do You Find Meaning? +Kristian Aloma

Life is one giant quest to find meaning, and we attempt to understand it all in an hour. While we didn’t manage to cover every corner of the universe, we still got deep into several topics with Marketer Turned Social Scientist and Narrative Psychology PhD candidate, Kristian Aloma.

We explore:

+Reframing your narrative

+Taking on too many things at once

+How your family narrative dictates your personal narrative

+Writing the story in your head as it’s happening

+Immortality is in the memories we keep of the people we know

+Treat your life like a TV show

+You’re already living vicariously through the stories you consume

+Don’t let life push you around

+Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld’s constant study of human behavior

+The comedian’s view of modern culture

+The relationship of “moment” and “momentum”

+Why only posting your best moments on social media is a good thing

+Your baby photos are only of your best times

+Why should individuals bear the burden of the effects of social media?

+You have a choice to unfollow people online

+How our interpretation of data points is dependent on the narrative we want to tell

+Choosing your adjectives wisely

+Cultural baselines impacting our emotional states

+It’s okay to be sad


+Understanding your opinions versus a societal agreement

+Religion’s role in our understanding of the world

+Journalism and media’s impact on our worldview

+Dumbledore’s, “I believe one of our greatest sources of magic is the language we use.”

+The difference between economic class, and social class

+Beyonce’s Lemonade

+How Donald Trump lowers the barrier to entry of understanding through accessible stories

+Why ‘Hamilton’ is so successful

+Why we play the national anthem before sporting events

+How we use reactions to shape beliefs about ourselves

+Gender’s role in crafting a narrative

+“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right”

+The Emotional Man being the next frontier

+Building communities to shape stories


Find Kristian online

Twitter @krisaloma

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristianaloma




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Season 4 Show Theme:

Tia Einarsen, My Bones--https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-bones/id1078388013?i=1078388323 also available on Spotify