The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

What does the science say? Anna Lembke MD, Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University and author of "Dopamine Nation," says yes! She explains, in terms we can all understand, why this is the case.  How does your reward system work? How have human interactions been “druggified”? If Buddha said take the middle path, why is it that today we need to take the hard path?


Anna Lembke, MD’s book Dopamine Nation

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Joe De Sena’s Parenting book “10 Rules for Mental Toughness for Families”


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Host: Joe De Sena


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