Erick Godsey is a podcaster, Jungian enthusiast, storyteller, myth-weaver, and dream interpreter extraordinaire. In this episode, he returns to the Thought Room to discuss the research he is doing on antidepressants and depression for a new book he is co-authoring with Aubrey Marcus.

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(Book) Feeling Good – David Burns 

(Erick’s podcast) The Myths That Make Us

(Erick’s first appearance on The Thought Room) Surrendering to the Dragon: A Dance with Ayahuasca

(Erick’s journaling course) Kathedra


Topics Explored: 

> 5:00 Spirals of forgetting and remembering

> 6:30 Tuning the instrument of your soul

> 10:00 When Erick was Jung-er

> 12:00 New discoveries on the effectiveness of antidepressants and the history of the APA and DSM

> 17:30 The long-term effects of taking psychiatric medication

> 23:00 Hallie’s battle with depression

> 26:30 The resistance to these discoveries

> 34:00 What are these medications actually doing?

> 35:00 The role of the placebo effect 

> 38:00 The Active Placebo Hypothesis

> 44:00 Antidepressants for the severely depressed

> 50:00 The power of stories and the media 

> 58:00 How our systems influence the way we live

> 69:00 Erick’s foundation for how to live his life


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Special thanks to Emmy-Award winning composer Kodomo (Chris Child) for allowing us to use his brilliant track Concept 1 as our theme song.

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