Jonathan Rottenberg is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida where he’s the director of the mood and emotion laboratory. He’s also the author of the book, The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic“, which he and Eric have discussed before. In this interview, they discuss some of the studies and research he’s involved with specific to those who go on to flourish after having depression. Why do they? What can we learn from them? There’s hope and practical wisdom in this episode for you.
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In This Interview, Jonathan Rottenberg and I Discuss…
- His book, The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
- Thriving after depression
- The studies and research he’s involved with
- People who thrive after depression
- The destructive and recurring nature of depression
- The typical low expectation for those with depression about life moving forward and how it should be different
- What is mental “health”?
- Psychological well being
- Experiencing positive emotions
- Experiencing negative emotions to a lesser degree
- Feeling of balance in life
- Having meaningful relationships
- Feeling a sense of autonomy over your life
- How happy should we expect to be?
- Having elements of wellbeing amidst struggling with depression
- The 3 things that seed a low mood: events, temperaments, and routines
- Ways that people can work with depression more skillfully
- Having a different relationship with your negative thoughts
- Having connections with others
- Research on flourishing
- How much control do we have over our state of flourishing?
- That it’s never too late
- There is hope
- Our culture that idealizes euphoria
- The role of our basic temperament
- Factors of wellbeing other than emotion and mood
- The organization he helped found, Depression Army
- The interesting and transformative experience of depression
- That his depression has been defanged and it doesn’t break the skin anymore
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