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Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

Customer Reviews

Misinformation galore.

I really, really wanted to like this podcast. But as a psychotherapist myself, I found myself cringing time and again as they shared incorrect and skewed ideas about psychology - at least during the first episode. I think they need a psych professional to help create the show, if they want to make it informative instead of misinformed. For one, one of the hosts makes a comment that totally stigmatizes going to therapy (I thought this show was promoting the importance of the invisible, not poo-pooing it).

Secondly, there is NO way of knowing if that first therapist “S" went to was what they call Freudian (which is not a kind of therapy people do, they are referring to something along the lines of depth psychology) and it’s a shame they concluded that, giving depth psychology a misled and bad name. A mindfulness or CBT based therapist could also be just as unethical and scared by a client. All we can determine is that she could get her license revoked for abandoning a client like that. I stopped listening at this point because I was so put off by all the misinformation they were sending out. (The “mindfulness based therapy” the last therapist did was not what I know to be mindfulness based therapy, she was just doing meditation.)

And lastly, I will say — I believe the best therapists use aspects of all the modalities she talked about. Different thoughts need different kinds of attention — or they need all those modalities at the same time. The idea is to “mindfully” witness your thoughts instead of just having them unconsciously. Then you can, mindfully, replace them AND you can follow them to see if there is anything meaningful attached.


As someone who has been dealing with OCD for over a decade, I was really excited for the first episode after hearing the preview. One of the hosts made the comment "not that I would ever need to go to therapy" which was really tacky. After just a little bit of research, you should have known that the stigma surrounding mental illness is part of the nightmare, yet you chose to perpetuate that negative stigma. I'm crossing my fingers that future episodes won't have the same vibe of exploiting someone's "strange" inner world just to create compelling radio. Please think about the listeners you're representing with these stories!

Vocal fry is killing me

The commenter below vdfhvc shares my problem. The content is great like all NPR podcasts, but host Alix Spiegel’s “vocal fry” is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I cringe when she gets to the end of every sentence knowing it’s coming. I don’t know if I can stick with this podcast because of it.

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  • Category: Science & Medicine
  • Language: English

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