In Episode 11, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Dr. Brock Bastian – Professor, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. Brock is a social psychologist whose research focuses on pain, happiness, and morality. 

His book, The Other Side of Happiness, was published in January 2018. 

Brock completed his PhD in 2007 and since then has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. 

His work has been featured in outlets such as The Economist, The New Yorker, TIME, New Scientist, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, and The Huffington Post, among many others.

He has delivered popular talks, such as at TEDx StKilda, The Ethics Centre Sydney, and Effective Altruism Australia; and appeared on radio shows such as The Minefield

In this episode, they explore:

  • Why pain is good for us
  • How believing in the role luck plays in life allows you to take more risks
  • How being curious is really important in managing our emotional world
  • Why leaders need to share their failures more often
  • What helps teams build trust
  • How to lead organisations through tough times

As always, there are some great thought experiments such as:

  • Guess the source of my pain
  • Defend, Live, Party! What hybrid animal would you choose?


What Human Animal Hybrid would you rather fight/hang out with/have at home? Read his article 

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