Jan 29, 2024

#343: From Scarcity to Intentionality with Michael Easter

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addiction, Addictive Behavior, Authenticity, Boundaries, Conflict, Dating, Health, Mental Health, Purpose, Scarcity, Self-Love, Self-Regulation, Self-Worth, Transformation


In this episode, I welcome back Michael Easter, a bestselling author and esteemed professor. Michael shares what the Scarcity Loop is and how to move towards more intentional thinking and decision making. We discuss the detrimental effects comfort can have on our health, the mechanics behind addictive behaviors, and strategies for self-regulation in an increasingly addictive digital landscape. This is a great episode to heighten awareness around our everyday habits and what ways we could be more intentional moving forward.

Michael Easter is the author of The Comfort Crisis and Scarcity Brain, to be released in September 2023, and a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. When he’s not writing and traveling for his books, he writes the weekly 2% Newsletter.


0:00:00 Intro

0:03:11 Observing Human Behavior and Overconsumption in Las Vegas

0:09:24 The Scarcity Loop: Unpredictable Rewards and Repeatability

0:12:53 Pigeon Studies and the Attraction to the Scarcity Loop

0:16:31 Wired for Unpredictable Reward Games

0:19:42 Society’s Acceptance of Harmful Behaviors and Minimizing their Impact

0:23:24 The Lack of Immediate Consequences for Excessive Social Media Use

0:26:57 Embracing the Discomfort of Interrupting the Loop

0:27:16 Changing Behaviors: The Challenge of Consciousness

0:29:32 The Impact of Time Spent on Digital Media

0:33:04 Lack of Exposure to Diverse Thought and Experience

0:36:04 The Art of Capturing Attention

0:40:01 Negativity bias in media and its impact on worldview

0:46:36 Monetizing Opportunity and Rewards in Dating Apps

0:49:56 Cravings and the Evolutionary Drive of Scarcity

0:53:08 Pigeons and their Surprising Gambling Choices

0:54:44 The Need for Stimulation and Optimal Stimulation Theory

1:03:31 Anthropologists and Human Behavior

1:07:24 Realizing the Short-Term Benefits and Long-Term Consequences




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