Community//

PODCAST: The Craving Mind with Judson Brewer

Why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

In this episode of the School Your Soul Podcast I interview Judson Brewer MD PhD, who is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” combining over 20 years of personal experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research.

Dr. Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as a research affiliate at MIT. So this guy has no shortage of credentials.

His TED talk “A simple way to break a bad habit” has been viewed over 10 million times. And his book, “The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits,” explores how habits form, why they’re so hard to overcome, and the research that gives us hope they can be changed.

In your life – what types of behaviors do you reinforce?

It’s likely that the majority of us do not reinforce habits that lead away from stress. Once we learn how to use our stress compass – which we’ll talk about in this episode – we may realize that we are actually looking for happiness in all the wrong places. Dr. Brewer helps steer us back in the right direction.

Listen to Episode Here!


In today’s episode we explore:

  • How we develop habits – including addictions to our phones, social media, thinking and even love!
  • How we can reprogram our habits
  • The importance of mindfulness in this process
  • And much much more..

Listen to Episode Here!

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Courtesy of Dr. Judson Brewer
    Walking on Earth//

    Understanding the Science Behind Mindfulness

    by Reeva Misra
    Courtesy of Boiarkina Marina/Shutterstock
    Wisdom//

    An Addiction Psychiatrist Explains How to Use Brain Science to Break Bad Habits

    by Thomas Oppong
    Wisdom//

    Are You Looking to Break Your Bad Habits? These 5 Books Are Worth Your Time

    by Eric Barker

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.