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Robert Greene: A Process for Finding & Achieving Your Unique Purpose

Huberman Lab

Scicomm Media

Science, Life Sciences, Health & Fitness

4.923.3K Ratings

🗓️ 4 December 2023

⏱️ 191 minutes

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In this episode, my guest is Robert Greene, multiple New York Times bestselling author and expert on human psychology and behavior both at the individual and group levels and in the context of relationships, careers, and society. We discuss how to find, pursue and achieve one’s unique life purpose, and how to best learn from good and hard experiences along that journey. We discuss power dynamics in relationships, the different types of human communication and the interplay between seduction and vulnerability. We discuss how to find the right romantic partner, improve healthy self-awareness, the link between anxiety and creativity, and pick ideal mentors and role models. Robert also discusses his recent stroke and what he has learned from his near-death experience about motivation, urgency and appreciation for life. Listeners of all ages will benefit from Robert’s insights on navigating the process of building a deeply purposeful life and enhancing one’s relationship with the self, others and society. For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com. Thank you to our sponsors AG1: https://drinkag1.com/huberman ROKA: https://roka.com/huberman Helix Sleep: https://helixsleep.com/huberman Waking Up: https://wakingup.com/huberman InsideTracker: https://insidetracker.com/huberman Momentous: https://www.livemomentous.com/huberman Timestamps (00:00:00) Robert Greene (00:01:58) Sponsors: ROKA, Helix Sleep & Waking Up (00:05:56) Mastery (The Book), Purpose (00:08:26) Finding Purpose, Childhood, Learning & Emotional Engagement (00:18:00) Early Interests, Delight & Discovery (00:22:50) Love vs. Hate Experiences & Learning (00:28:25) Self-Awareness, Frustration, Excitation (00:31:47) Sponsor: AG1 (00:33:18) Sublime Experiences, Real vs. False; Authenticity & Time (00:43:57) Power & Relationships; Purpose & Mastery (00:55:51) Seduction, Vulnerability, Childhood (01:07:04) Sponsor: InsideTracker (01:08:05) Power Dynamics & Romance; Equality, Love Sublime & Connection (01:18:42) Vulnerability in Relationships, Creativity; Social Media, Justice (01:29:45) Outrage, Control, “Art of Ignore” (01:33:50) Masculinity & Femininity (01:42:16) Picking Role Models; Purpose & Mentor Relationship (01:51:07) “Alive” Thinking; Anxiety & Creativity (01:58:55) Convergent Interests & Romantic Relationships (02:07:19) Self-Awareness, Core Values & Romantic Relationships (02:15:27) Non-Verbal Communication & Relationships (02:24:58) Eyes, Voice, Intuition & Seduction (02:28:38) Virtual World, Social Skills, Non-Verbal Communication (02:32:19) Self-Awareness & Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Nuance (02:41:43) Human Brain, Plasticity (02:45:18) Stroke & Near-Death Experiences, Self, Time (02:55:49) Appreciation & Near-Death Experience, Urgency (03:01:36) “Death Ground” & Urgency (03:09:13) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter Disclaimer

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Welcome to the Huberman Lab Podcast, where we discuss science and science-based tools for everyday life.


I'm Andrew Huberman and I'm a professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine.


My guest today is Robert Green. Robert Green is an author who has written more than five best-selling books,


including The 48 Laws of Power, The Laws of Human Nature, and


Mastery. He did his bachelor's training at the University of California Berkeley


and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Robert Green's books are both unique and important


for several reasons, not the least of which


is that they explore the interaction between the psychology of self,


self-exploration, and the psychology of human interaction all rooted in


history and modern culture and at the same time in a way that pertains to everybody.


I first learned about Robert's work from reading the book mastery, which to my mind is a brilliant exploration and a practical tool for how to think about and pursue one's purpose.


Whenever I'm asked for book suggestions, I always include mastery in my top three recommendations.


During today's discussion we cover a wide range of topics including how to find and pursue and achieve one's purpose.


We talk about the selection of a life partner as well. and pursue and achieve one's purpose.


We talk about the selection of a life partner,


as well as romantic and other types of relationships.


We also discuss the topics of motivation and urgency


and this concept of death ground, which arose during our discussion of


Robert's recent stroke. Robert stroke rendered him certain limitations


but also has allowed him to explore how to write, how to exercise, indeed how to interface with life in general


in new ways that allow him to continue to expand his sense of purpose.


I'm certain that by the end of today's episode you will have gleaned


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