How to Become Whole Through the Bittersweet with Susan Cain


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Susan Cain is an author who has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TedTalk has been viewed over 30 million times and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks. Susan is the author of the book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, which spent seven years on the New York Times Best Selling List and has been translated into 40 languages..

In this episode, Eric and Susan discuss her new book, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole.

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Susan Cain and I Discuss How to Become Whole Through the Bittersweet and …

  • Her book, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole
  • Why some people really love sad music
  • How brokenness points in the direction of transcendence
  • How to know if you tend towards a bittersweet state of mind
  • Why do some people turn pain into something beautiful and in other cases people are broken by life’s difficulties
  • The way of “even so”
  • Union between souls when sorrow is shared
  • Understanding the messiness and unpredictability of grief
  • The mystery of bittersweet
  • The divine nature of longing
  • How longing is different from craving
  • Being open to great states of transition as gateways in our life
  • Moving on vs. Moving forward
  • Poignancy
  • What it means to turn in the direction of beauty

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