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The Paradox of Pleasure

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain Media

Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Performing Arts

4.6 • 39.3K Ratings

🗓️ 10 July 2023

⏱️ 50 minutes

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All of us think we know what addiction looks like: it’s the compulsive consumption of drugs, alcohol, or nicotine. But psychiatrist Anna Lembke argues that this definition is far too narrow — and that a broader understanding of addiction might help us to understand why so many people are anxious and depressed. This week, we begin a two-part series that explains how and why humans are wired to pursue pleasure, and all the ways the modern world tempts us with addictive substances and behaviors.

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0:00.0

This is Hidden Brain. I'm Shankar Vedantam. In the hit television show Ozark, a bright financial advisor

0:07.8

finds himself suddenly working on the wrong side of the law.

0:11.8

What's our story for the kids?

0:14.8

Well, we could tell them the truth, Wendy.

0:16.4

How would that be?

0:18.5

Following a series of bad decisions by his business partner,

0:21.8

Marty Bird, played by Jason Bateman, begins working for a drug

0:25.9

cartel.

0:26.9

I want you to be ready to set up shop within a week.

0:29.9

And Marty, when I grab by you, house, there better be a for sale sign on their lawn.

0:39.4

Almost from the start, the bodies start to fall. People get thrown off balconies, people get shot, people are electrocuted.

0:49.6

When government officials get involved, more violence unfolds.

0:53.2

People betray one another.

0:54.8

They cheat each other.

0:56.2

They act in selfish and short-sighted ways.

0:59.5

Let me just jog your memory for a minute.

1:02.1

There was an innocent man who was murdered.

1:04.6

Gary, he was a good man.

1:10.0

You might say this is the genre of the drug movie or television show. You see it in

1:16.8

critically acclaimed TV shows like The Wire and Breaking Bad and in movies such as

1:21.7

traffic and scarface.

1:23.0

Shut a lot to my little friend.

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