My co-author Barry Carter is very interested student of the psychology of performance, which started with poker and has expanded significantly with the numerous books he’s read on the subject. As we expand the scope of the podcast, he will be joining us occasionally to interview some interesting minds from the world of psychology.
Today he interviews Jonathan Gottschall, a scholar at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, who specializes in literature and evolution. His most recent book, “The Professor and the Cage,” follows his journey from academic to MMA fighter. Through it he explores the evolutionary psychology of fighting and bravery as he prepares to step into the Octagon himself.
Barry raves about this book and believes it is a must-read for anyone wanting to learn more about masculinity, bravery and evolutionary psychology.
- Why bravery is a skill, not an innate trait, and how it can be improved
- The importance of having a ‘quest’ in life
- What masculinity means and why it has been stigmatized
- The evolutionary roots of ritual combat, and why poker could be considered a modern form of dueling
- Why too much comfort can be harmful
We highly recommend you check out The Professor and the Cage, and you can follow Jonathan Gottschall on Twitter.
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