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Beat Your Genes Podcast


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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) 900-2601 or send in a question through

On-Demand Episodes

Gaining your edge in life (replay during the holiday)

Restriction leads to binges? Healthy mom wants her family to eat healthy. 2 callers: Girlfriend has a question about her boyfriend. Parent asks about child's grades and about genetic determinism.

Why do boys pick on girls, giving gifts, people you dislike

Facial cues, Guess the personality, non-food potential pleasure traps

Anorexia, Paternity testing, Selecting for pair bonds on a dating profile

Radical Honesty, Genes vs Environment, Reconnecting w an old friend

1. Why do many older people complain of younger people "ruining" the world. Is this contempt built into us as we age? 2. Evo Psych makes sense, but how should a therapist apply this knowledge to a client/patient? 3. If I'm born a... more

The Psychology of Humor (replay)

Why we feel unhappy sometimes, What is the meaning of life, What is intuition?

In today's episode, Amy calls into the show because she feels depressed. Dr. Lisle talks to her during an on-air session as they try to figure out the source of her mysterious depression and what to do about it.