Ethan Kross is a professor at the University of Michigan and Ross School of Business. He is the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory.
We all talk to ourselves all the time. This kind of inner dialogue can be a good thing, helping us focus and work through problems, but it can also go off the rails, turning into worry and negative rumination. My guest today calls this negative self-talk "chatter," and in a book of the same name he outlines how to get a handle on it. His name is Ethan Kross, he's a psychologist and the director of the Emotion & Self Control Lab, and we begin our conversation with the way introspection can be both good and bad, and the function of the voice in our heads. We discuss why negative emotions make us want to reach out to other people, and how this impulse can be harnessed in either a positive or detrimental way. We then unpack how managing the way we talk to ourselves really comes down to zooming out and getting distance from the self, and how this can be accomplished with a variety of tools, from engaging in a kind of time travel to going out into nature. Get the show notes at See for privacy information.
S6 E8: In this episode, meet Olympic athlete and filmmaker Alexi Pappas, award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross, and owner of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, Kim Meeder. Go behind the mic with these authors to learn what inspired them to write and share their stories and ideas—and what it was like recording their audiobooks. Bravey by Alexi Pappas: Chatter by Ethan Kross: Hope Rising by Kim Meeder:
I’m sure you’ve seen construction crews sandblasting. Next time you see that - run!. This episode begins with a discussion on the problem with being around sandblasting. And it is a serious problem. Source: Dr. Paul Blanc author of “How Everyday Products Make People Sick” ( You know that voice inside your head? It tells you all kinds of things both good and bad. It can be a coach or a critic. Where does that voice come from? How can you use that voice to help steer your life in a positive direction? Joining me to discuss this is award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross. He’s a professor at the University of Michigan and author of the book Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It ( Meetings are often described as a “necessary evil” at work. A lot of us dread them because they often don’t seem to accomplish much and waste a lot of time. But maybe it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s certainly the view of my guest Mamie Kanfer Stewart. She is founder of a company called Meeteor ( which helps companies improve the quality of meetings and she is co author of the book Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings ( Listen as she offers some great strategies to make your meeting more productive and engaging. When was the last time you checked your tires? Your tires can lose about half their pressure before they even start to look flat. Having underinflated tires can cause all kinds of problems and cost a lot of money. Listen as I explain how often you should check and how much air to put in them. Source: PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Download Best Fiends FREE today on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Discover matches all the cash back you earn on your credit card at the end of your first year automatically! Learn more at Bundle your policies and save! It's Geico easy! M1 Is the finance Super App, where you can invest, borrow, save and spend all in one place! Visit to sign up and get $30 to invest! The Jordan Harbinger Show is one of our favorite podcasts! Listen at , Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you enjoy podcasts. Let SelectQuote save you time and money. Get your free quote at today.     Download Best Fiends FREE today on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Go to to get 15% off your first order! KiwiCo is redefining learning, with hands-on projects that build confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills.  Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with promo code SOMETHING at  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dr Justin Coulson speaks with Doctor Ethan Kross about teaching our children (and ourselves) how to learn to harness self control.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
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