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Emotional Needs for Challenge: Podcast 137

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This podcast is the narrated version of my article The Dark Side of Your Emotional Needs – Challenge.

What can a lack of meaningful creative challenge do to people? Part seven in this series explores the detrimental effects of this unfulfilled need.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Are you a high or low gainer?
  • Does overstimulation lead to boredom?
  • The siren call of the unmet need
  • Rationalizing, justifying and lying to ourselves
  • Imagination: a tool for self-harm?
  • Mayhem and murder for kicks

Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:


  1. See Howard, P. J., Ph.D., The owner’s manual for the brain. pp. 25–26, 726. GA: Bard Press, 1994, 2000. See also Eysenck, H. J., The biological basis of personality. Springfield, IL: Thomas, 1967.
  2. See Carr, N., The shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains. NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.
  5. See:
  8. Alfred Hitchcock’s (almost) one-take 1948 movie ‘Rope’ was based on the Leopold and Loeb case. See also
  11. See Solzhenitsyn, A., The Gulag Archipelago. Paris, France: Éditions du Seuil, 1973.

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