You're Wrong About - Changing Your Mind

Episode Date: September 18, 2023

Here's one from our bonus vault: you sent in your stories about moments when you found yourselves changing your minds, and we listened. When do we do it? Why do we do it? What does it take? Here ...are some of your answers.Support You're Wrong About:Bonus Episodes on PatreonBuy cute merchWhere else to find us:Sarah's other show, You Are Good[YWA co-founder] Mike's other show, Maintenance PhaseLinks: the show

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Starting point is 00:00:00 Welcome to your wrong about, end of the summer edition. We hope that you're doing well up there and for you this week we have a re-release of a bonus episode that we did summer of last year. This episode was our first experiment in having a listener call-in type thing. We loved it so much that as you can see we've done it a few more times and are excited to do it more in the future. And this episode is on the subject of changing your mind. How do we do it? When do we do it? Why do we do it? And what does it take? We originally put this episode out on Patreon and Apple Plus subscriptions where we have our bonus episodes. We have a new one coming out soon where I will be talking with Blair Braverman about
Starting point is 00:00:57 Baby Island, if you know you know. And we put this out as a bonus because this was an experiment. It was something new we were trying. It was out of our usual format. And now put this out as a bonus because this was an experiment. It was something new we were trying. It was out of our usual format and now that this kind of thing isn't our usual format, we wanted you all to hear it. We'll be back with a brand new episode in two weeks. We can't wait to see then. Happy back to school, happy sweater weather, happy not going back to school and walking past the glue sticks and target knowing that you don't have to buy them, unless you want to. Welcome to You're Wrong About The Podcast, where sometimes Alex State is here.
Starting point is 00:01:44 Hello! I'm so happy to be here, Sarah Marshall. the podcast where sometimes Alex State is here. Hello. I'm so happy to be here, Sarah Marshall. I'm so happy to have you here. You came to me with an idea for a bonus episode of your wrong about that initially I was like, no, and then after about 12 hours, I was like, yes, let's do it. I think your rationale for saying no, initially it was right on, which was I'd initially said it's like, let's open a phone line so people can get in touch
Starting point is 00:02:09 with feedback and we'll turn the feedback into a bonus episode. And you, as a person who receives more unsolicited feedback day to day than I do, I can understand not wanting, you know, because of audience scale in gender, I think changes this a lot. So you as a woman who, again, has like an audience of large scale, it get a lot of unsolvable
Starting point is 00:02:35 feedback, I can understand why the idea of an open call for more of that would be off putting. But you, I think, had suggested, could we narrow this down in a way where we're not sort of asking for an inbox of fire? And then you had suggested, I'd love to hear about instances in which people have changed their minds. This is a thing that seems to happen
Starting point is 00:03:03 on a rare and rare instance. It was illuminating to find that the reasons that people change their minds happen for all sorts of reasons. Like you could find a card on the street and think that it's a sign for you to change your life in some way. Or something just extremely catastrophic and antithetical to your worldview happens and makes you reconcile that you have to pivot. Yeah, we love talking about pivoting in the 2020s. That's one nice thing about our culture.
Starting point is 00:03:34 Everyone has to pivot three times a year to keep chasing their health insurance around. This is true. What, so I am curious what made you decide that this is the prompt you wanted to go with? Well, I guess it's just the thing that I'm most curious about. The show is so much about trying to present people with all the available information, wiping away the mythology that grows on topics like mold. It's like going out and like cleaning mold off statues.
Starting point is 00:04:04 It's the secret garden. It's all off statues. It's the secret garden. That's all I want to do is the secret garden. I like to do you ever read the secret garden? No, I did not. It's the garden is a metaphor for the little girl's heart. So they repair the garden and their little souls, little British child souls. Beautiful. And so much of what's happened in America in the past few years has been disheartening to me partly because there's been this revelation about how much information, how many people are able to just ignore, like how there are so many people in America who can be presented with information that would seem to completely
Starting point is 00:04:44 support an obvious point. And can guess be like, no, I don't care what you're, let's fake, you're part of the deep state or whatever. And then how much non-existent information people are able to fabricate and how many people have a worldview ruled by conspiracy theories and so forth. And so I think I used to think that changing people's minds was like comparatively easy and you were like, here were the facts and they were like, oh my goodness, there are the facts. Well, this changes everything.
Starting point is 00:05:13 And instead it seems like at least half the time and that's like a generous assessment. People are like, so, and so I'm very curious about just like not taking this moment for granted and being like, instead of just expecting this of people, what if we looked at how it happens for people? Yes. I think it's an interesting exercise to engage with your audience of your wrong about specifically because to get beyond just learning that you were wrong about something and that being an important step obviously, you need to also be aware of the fact that changing
Starting point is 00:05:58 your mind is a good thing or can be a good thing and can be an important thing. And it is a key to growth. And I am a fan of Yoronga, it has been for a long time. And this show is great because it always shows me like different layers and dimensions of things that I hadn't considered before. But in a lot of ways, Yoronga can also serve as substantiating confirmation bias, because a lot of listeners are like, I knew it.
Starting point is 00:06:26 You know what I mean? It's not like, it's not like I had the opposite opinion. Right. It's not like I get so many listeners who are like, yeah, I always love time, yeah, harding. It is prepared to be totally thrown ass over T-cuddle by your reassessment of her. Totally. It happens. I think it happens sometimes with people that people aren't willing to offer grace to or people that come up in one way or another in the show that folks didn't realize they were kind of in on the pile on in one way or another. But there's a lot of people who are just like,
Starting point is 00:06:56 I knew that the media narrative was what it is. It's really great to hear someone not gaslight me about that and to encourage, you know, looking at the media critically in a way that is only recently in part of the popular dialogue. It's a lot of people being like, I always suspected it was capitalism all along. And now it's good to have evidence.
Starting point is 00:07:19 And also like a ton of people over time who have been like, I used to believe the opposite of this and I thank you. And but I would say that, yeah, like with our core audience is not like people who love Reagan who are eager to be told how much Reagan sucked. Right, right. What is the time in your life that you remember as like one of the most monumental mind changes. Well, I was going to tell the story about how I decided to become a lawyer and then decided not
Starting point is 00:07:49 to become a lawyer, which was a really interesting year. But instead, right now, I'm going to tell the story of how I discovered the two meaning of entertainment, which my allegory for this is there's a movie called Sullivan's Travels from I think the early 40s with Veronica Lig and Joel McRae. And it's about this, I think movie studio executive who has been very successful making comedies. And he's like, I'm going to take to the road and pretend to be a tramp without a dollar to my name. So I can learn what's happening in the real America and make a movie of this book by
Starting point is 00:08:25 Sinclair Bextine, who's like a combo John Steinbeck, Upton Sinclair parody, of course. And so he tramps around and he meets Veronica Lake's character. And he, at some point, naturally, is hit on the head and loses his memory and ends up on a chain gang. So the chain gang is welcomed into a church by a black congregation to watch movies. So they show a goofy cartoon. Sullivan has a revelation and realizes that he has to make comedies because everyone is suffering. And the true meaning of America is that everyone is suffering and needs to laugh. And I remember watching that in college and being like, I love this movie. What a great moral and then getting older and being like, I don't really believe that though. And then the last couple of years being like, no, I believe that. I believe that now. Like, I am Sullivan.
Starting point is 00:09:26 That's beautiful. What about you? So pre-year wrong about, we've been friends for over a decade and pre-year wrong about you, you've changed my mind about a number of things. And I know that you didn't ask me to come on to talk to you about times that you have changed my mind, but that has happened. One is I had never considered that Jack McCoy was a bad character. Until you know, or not a bad character, actually a great character, but like bad in his actions. A bad. And this is Sam Watson's character in the Law and Order series, who by the way, is returning for season 22 of one of the shows. Can't tell McCoy. Can't keep a good Irish man down. He's the hairy read of the Law and Order universe. You also changed my mind about everyone's just trying their best.
Starting point is 00:10:15 Like most everyone is just trying their best. I think for a long time, I have had pretty unintentionally pure technical Calvinist expectations of labor and morality and showing up and doing the thing. And that's been being undone in one way or another since I was like a punk kid, but I wasn't able to find the vocabulary for a lot of that until we started our friendship. And that's been meaningful to me. And then the third, when I was a kid and getting into punk,
Starting point is 00:10:45 I still had a lot of, I wouldn't say like right wing, but definitely like libertarian tendencies. And I made a scene and I handed it out. And some of, I think some of those tendencies were hinted to in some of the scene articles. And this guy, Dougan Murphy, who is still around and he runs these like kind of year- wrong about history tours of Portland, Maine. Nice.
Starting point is 00:11:08 He reached out and was, I believe, in an anarchist then, and is probably would still consider himself an anarchist. And he very gently was like, I absolutely understand how you have come to some of these conclusions. Here's some pushback. And here are the reasons why I think that those conclusions are wrong. I think you're coming from a good place.
Starting point is 00:11:31 I'm a punk. I love Zines. Like I'm glad this is happening. But here's where I'm at. And it fundamentally changed my openness to other ideas on the spot, changed my worldview or my willingness to pursue other worldviews very quickly. And I consider that one of the most important pivot points of my life. And how old are you like 15? 15, yeah. Yeah. Wow. I feel like a lot of your stories are about like people treating you as if you're capable of adult
Starting point is 00:12:03 thoughts from a young age. I feel like that's been influential. Those are always the standouts. I saw someone on Twitter who I think is involved in education in one way or another, say something of teenage boys that was scarily resonant, which was, it feels like the trend with white teenage boys is that with everything they encounter
Starting point is 00:12:29 and there already existing sort of worldview that is implanted and informed and everything they sort of run into online, et cetera. The natural pathway for them is to end up all right unless there is an intervention. I could have seen that happening for me if Dugan hadn't reached out and been like, Hey, like, I'm glad you're thinking. But it seems like you could add an extra step.
Starting point is 00:12:54 But it's, yeah, it feels like it's like you're sitting at the top of a water slide. And you don't know that potentially or just like, boy, this feels cool and refreshing. And then some older anarchist needs to be like, do you know that that's a water slide? Yeah, totally. So thanks, dude, again. Thanks, dude, again. Thank you to all the doggins. You're a doogan. Oh gosh, that's the goal certainly to be just an older anarchist. I mean, I think that just the philosophies of mine that you were just talking about are in harmony with that story because the, you know, my whole approach to looking at the things the things humans do, sometimes things that make you want to cover your eyes. One of the tenets of that is reminding yourself of the points at which
Starting point is 00:13:43 you are vulnerable or could have been vulnerable if things had gone differently for you and how you know the household you're born into the resources you have, the resources you don't have, the trauma you endure like almost all of this is just the luck of the draw. Aside from all the other reasons why it doesn't make sense to judge someone's entire character on their worst decision making. I don't know. I don't know what I do and don't need to excuse, but I was stupid at 15.
Starting point is 00:14:17 Yeah, most 15-year-olds are like, if not stupid, then at least naive or ignorant of something or another, right? That's fair to say. Absolutely. And I don't even mean that of like the views. I just mean it's like I only, you know, my entire universe. And I was bright, but I was stupid. Yeah, me too, exactly.
Starting point is 00:14:39 Yes. And like, it's a malleable time. I think that you're like very adult in some ways and very childlike in other ways. I'm very excited to hear what everybody has to say and everybody's stories. Let's get into it. Okay.
Starting point is 00:14:59 Howdy Sarah and you're wrong about fam. So the time I remember the most when I changed my mind was early in my marriage my husband was discussing his salary openly with his friends and I remember feeling extremely mortified like how could he be just saying his salary and he's just talking about his salary and it really really bugged me and so later because I am the person who is always right, capital A and R, I talked to him and I said, Hey, I'm really uncomfortable with you just voicing your salary like that. And you know, that's now that we're married, that's like part of my financial holdings as well. And so like, I just think we need to keep that information private. And he said, Oh, why?
Starting point is 00:15:41 keep that information private. And he said, oh, why? And in my head, I was thinking, come on, where are the good reasons? I know I have the good reasons in here somewhere. I feel strongly about this. So come on, Brain, just give me the good reasons. I know they're there. Yeah, unfortunately, it took me a day or two
Starting point is 00:15:58 to continue thinking about that to say, whoa, oh. There are no good reasons. Oh no, I just think this because it was what I was told. The more I thought about it, the more I came across all these super good reasons to always talk about your salary and to always be honest about how much money you make. So yeah, lesson is always be open to change and never just blindly believe anything your white boomer parents told you when you were growing up. Oh, and tell everyone your salary all the time because that's how we get the power back
Starting point is 00:16:36 from the bosses. Okay, love you. Bye. I changed my mind about astrology in the last couple of years, and I think I had this knee jerk reaction to the influx of astrology memes that cropped up around like 2016 onward. This is a very human thing, of course, that happens where one, a popular thing is so out of control with hype that an individual just retreats into a crab shell of pettiness. And along with that popular thing,
Starting point is 00:17:06 there is just an avalanche of technical information or a lore that an individual just can't be bothered to engage with for lack of interest. But I was also raised as what my dad might term a hardcore atheist by which it's meant that the ideology is not just, there is no God, but any claim to know or believe is intellectually inferior to the alternative and any tolerance of that claim or belief is also intellectually inferior. And that is a rotted way of thinking that I have not vibed with since I was a young teen, but I also never thought to apply it to my perspective on something like astrology. I thought people who were into it were also inferior, deluded, and wanted easy excuses for their toxic or even just annoying traits.
Starting point is 00:17:58 And what really brought me to a shift on that was learning that astrology is way more than the month you were born and a gemstone sold to you like a Disney princess or something. And to the astrology is a centuries old tradition of how he makes sense of ourselves in the myriad of beautiful, gross, contradictory things about ourselves. And three, the occult is a belief or the acknowledgement or conceptualization of a higher power is as meaningful a form of art or way of thinking or inhabiting the world as any other bullshit that I can think of.
Starting point is 00:18:38 The people who really shit on it, I think often worship at the altar of capitalism or quote unquote objective truth, which are both far more poisonous to the individual and collective body. So anyway, about a quarter of my time is now spent reading through astrology charts of politicians I hate and my favorite rom-com pairings. Julia Roberts is a Scorpio and Richard Gears of Virgo. I'm just saying.
Starting point is 00:19:10 Hello, but I thought you might be interested to know that this prompt has sent me flashbacks to my GCSE English exam and it had a creative writing prompt as the final question and this was the prompt. They were asking us to write about a time when we changed our minds was the prompt, they were asking us to write about a time when we changed our minds. And in this paper, I just drew a total blank. I couldn't think of anything that I'd changed my mind about. And I ended up doing the one thing our teachers literally said, don't write about this. They said, don't write about the beach because for some reason everyone writes about the beach, but I couldn't think of anything, so I don't even know how I made it, how I made it about changing your mind. I think I just said, I used to think
Starting point is 00:19:51 the beach was boring, but actually it's pretty. I, who knows? So just thought you might like to know that I'll be listening to this thinking of all the amazing things I could have written about. And I can't wait to to everyone's much better ideas. They are lovely podcasts, and lots of love from the UK. So, when the big time I changed my mind is when I went from thinking mystery science
Starting point is 00:20:17 theater was pointless to thinking it was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life. A couple times I've changed my mind would be, well, for context, I'm a food service scrub life-long most likely, and I have done naturally a ton of job interviews, and there have been a ton of times where I'll be almost to a job interview. I'm in my car, I'm in my little cute little outfit, you know, to be professional, almost there, and then I just turn around because the vibes are off and I can't explain it. Don't know why this happens, but sometimes you just feel it. You just know. So probably the most significant time that I've changed my mind, I guess, in life recently was a job thing. Coming out of school, I was still working in the field. I'd been working in since high school and really didn't want to do it. Then finally I get a job offer in my dream field
Starting point is 00:21:27 and I did it. I was really really good at it. I got promoted really quickly and I was super miserable the entire time. I was also dealing with my dad had terminal cancer at the same time. And I really wanted to stick with it because it had been so hard to get there. And because there were things about the work that I genuinely enjoyed doing, but it was just sort of this slow boiling point where I looked up one day and realized that I kept watching TV shows and being like,
Starting point is 00:22:01 oh, it's so weird how people think that happiness exists., I ended up going back into the field I had originally left and really finding something I enjoyed, I guess. My job now is something that gives me genuine pleasure, which is really nice and not super common. I am glad it turned out the way it did, I guess, to the extent that I can be. I'm glad to have ended up in the place that I'm at, but it's weird because I look back on it and I'm like, well, how much of that was not liking the work and how much of that was the life circumstances and how much of that was not liking the workplace specifically. But I think it was kind of eye opening for me in terms of realizing
Starting point is 00:22:46 that the thing you do for work doesn't have to be a certain level of professionalism or adult can just be something that you like doing. Enjoying your life is probably the most important thing. My name is Maggie and this is the story about the time I changed my mind on my entire career path. So I studied and undergrads. I got a biology degree with a minor in forensic science in my plan was I was going to be a forensic scientist. I wanted to be helpful. I wanted to, you know, do that classic thing that everybody thinks that they can do and change the system from the inside.
Starting point is 00:23:30 And I was very passionate about trying to help homicide victims' families, and particularly I was interested in helping clear the backlog of sexual assault kits that existed. And so that was kind of like my whole thing for all of undergrad. And then senior year, the last semester there in March or April when it was like down to the wire and people were already applying for jobs, we take this field trip out to a crime lab
Starting point is 00:24:02 in somewhere in southern Illinois. We do a walkthrough of it basically. And it just the weird obstinence of all of the like old law enforcement guys and all of the people that even worked in the lab was just like so apparent immediately. And I was so uncomfortable the whole time. The thing that like pushed it over the edge, like I was already on edge the whole time and then somebody asked a question of like, well, what happens if you get it wrong? And the guy just shut down and it's like, well, getting it wrong is not an option and blah, blah, blah. So I was like, oh, okay. So this is so soaked in the law enforcement mindset
Starting point is 00:24:46 that there's really no getting around this. And I am witnessing the carceral system up close in a way that I thought really naively, it would not be touched if you, you know, we were doing science, forensic science. And so I basically decided then and there after studying my entire undergraduate career to do this thing, hey, I'm not going to do that. So now I'm a bacteriologist.
Starting point is 00:25:16 It's pretty neat. Yeah, I changed my mind for the better and chose to be a scientist to help with communicable diseases, studying parasitic worms instead of contributing to our bogus criminal justice system and a bunch of bogus bunk science. Thank you so much for your time. I love the show so much. One of the most important things recently that I've changed my mind about is true crime content. I've always been a big fan, quote unquote, of true crime, consumed a lot of documentaries, podcasts, red books about the topic. And I always thought that it was for research purposes, kind of learning was for research purposes, kind of learning about killers, how their mind works and how they operate. And it's kind of, at first, you think it's kind of keeping you safe, because you know what to look out for
Starting point is 00:26:14 and other people. But then I read an article and actually, it pushes a lot of people who already have anxiety to feel even more anxious about other people around them. We're kind of looking out for subtle differences in people that can tell us whether they're good or bad, just by the way that they're acting. And I think a lot of the time, true crime content pushes the people who are seemingly liberal in every other aspect of their life into pushing for really stringent prison sentences and mandatory minimums which we know don't work and we know discriminate against people of colour more than they are used against white people. And once I started to notice those little issues that was brought up in
Starting point is 00:27:08 the article, I couldn't stop hearing it. And now I fully changed my mind on true crime content. I do not consume near as much as I used to before. I do still listen every now and again because it was a big part of my life. And if it's the right podcast, that actually does go into what happened and just what happened and doesn't kind of read into the extra stuff. I do think it can be quite useful to understand how things happened. But other than that, I think it's exploitative. I think it is causing a lot of anxiety, issues in people, and I think it's making those distrustful of people as a whole.
Starting point is 00:27:53 The most prominent example of this was at the start of 2020. I was firmly in the camp of, there are just some bad apples in the police and not all cops are bad. And it's just about weeding out those rotten apples. But after everything in 2020, I really started to educate myself. I tried to read up especially bi-poc voices and I changed my mind. And now I am firmly of the belief that we should abolish the police. You know, I always kind of figured myself as someone who was on the right side of history. And I'm a little bit ashamed. I couldn't reach that verdict sooner, but that's my story. I'm sure there are plenty others just like it.
Starting point is 00:28:52 I used to love old houses. I loved the interiors, the exteriors. I used to walk down a city row of these hundred-year-old cottages Untouched over the generations and I would feel this palpable sense of gratitude that either incidentally or through intentional policies They were around for me to say and my mom works in historical conservation, so I felt grateful for that too But I've completely changed my mind on the subject. You see, we have a very severe housing crisis in Australia, specifically a lack of housing, which has led to prices becoming extremely unaffordable. And one of the big, almost the biggest cause of this is that there are so many rich homeowners
Starting point is 00:29:48 who simply don't want the price of their house going down. And the various zoning restrictions or historical restrictions really allow these people who already own a home to drive up the price and if they own multiple homes they drive up the price of rent. And I always thought there would be some enlightened middle ground on this. I guess I hadn't really thought it through entirely, but my half-formed notion was, oh, there's got to be an inner city car park or some industrial warehouse that you could convert into apartments. It should be easy enough to just build enough apartments for people to live in and leave
Starting point is 00:30:39 those beautiful, aesthetic areas that I loved so much intact, but we need houses where people want to live and you can't trust a system that is by the homeowners for the homeowners. And every time I see a role of cottages now, I just think about how many people could live in this inner-city apartment block at a time when we need roofs over people's heads. Hi, Sarah. My name is Case. I was raised believing giving money to homeless people was morally wrong
Starting point is 00:31:26 and assuming they should just clean up and find a job because otherwise my money would be turned into their next drug purchase. It wasn't until I started dating my partner who taught me that one it doesn't matter what they spend that money on because one, it doesn't matter what they spend that money on because two, they are suffering, hurting, and needing so much more than I am, and that whatever I could give would go so far in their survival to allow them to be a little human. And I counter that now by always having lots of bills in my wallet to help folks whenever I can, because it will never hurt me more than how much it will help them. Hey, you're wrong about.
Starting point is 00:32:15 So for a long time, I would say that I don't want to have children myself, but I would consider having them with the right person. So a couple of weeks ago, I was reading this long discussion online about myths and regrets of motherhood. It made me change my mind about why I don't want to have children. I read a lot of comments by mothers who didn't really
Starting point is 00:32:39 choose to be mothers, women who felt conned into motherhood. So one of the comments said, you should ask yourself, would you do it on your own by yourself? Forget about your husband, forget about your support system. Would you still want to go through a pregnancy and have a child if you had to do it alone? And that common change my mind. And it made me realize that as amazing, as having a great partner is, it is not a good reason to have a child. It's great support, and it's good to have it. It surely helps. But it's not sufficient enough reasons to bring a child
Starting point is 00:33:21 into the world. If you lose a partner, if something happens to your relationship, if something happens during your life, you had this for another person and you didn't really want it, I hope this helps. I remember being in a restaurant with my good friend and a kid was acting up because they're children and we both looked at each other and this was probably early 2000s we didn't have any kids we both looked at each other and I'm like man some kids just need a good like a good spanking a good whatever we're both the children of immigrants this was just how we grew up, you know, sometimes a kid needed a good whack, a fast-forward. I have two young kids and I have not hit them. I will not
Starting point is 00:34:12 hit them. We don't spank. We don't do any of that. And I don't think that was an active decision or a thing I made up my mind about until I had children until start doing all this research or things you just didn't know about and now you're like, oh, everything I thought about how you raise a child or how you interact with children or how you best lead them is definitely maybe wrong or not what I thought it was. I think it really helps that there's like a whole generation of people actively trying to dismantle what their parents did
Starting point is 00:34:51 or how they thought was just the normal way and continue to change their mind about it. Of course, people, children, should have privacy and I shouldn't really police every single tone and their emotions are growing. It really makes sense. It was just something that I had to actively change my thinking about. And we'll probably continue to change as my kids get older. It kind of makes you think, well, what else am I thinking about Ron? Hi.
Starting point is 00:35:24 My name is Megan. What else am I thinking about Ron? Hi, my name is Megan and I wanted to talk about a time that I changed my mind about something. And I would say about nine or ten years ago, I had a good friend who had made a decision that she was going to have a home birth. She wanted to have her baby at home. I had just had my baby there previously and decided that this was a crazy thing for someone to do. I just could not fathom what in the world she was thinking of. And I really felt that way. I felt very rooted in the fact that she was making a decision that could be harmful to her and her baby. And looking back, even in this memory now, I'm realizing that I probably said some of those things to her directly, such a good friend,
Starting point is 00:36:12 where I just felt like this is crazy. And after she had her baby, I remember going to see her that afternoon, and she was at home in her bed, nursing her baby, just looking wonderful and lovely, and eating food from her kitchen. And I kind of had this moment of just, this is lovely. I'm now a midwife, I actually do deliver babies in the hospital, but I'm a huge advocate for women who are low risk and healthy and good candidates for having a baby at home.
Starting point is 00:36:47 That actually, it's safer in this country to avoid going to a hospital if you are a good candidate to stay out of the hospital. I went a complete just 180 from feeling like you're going to kill your baby if you have your baby at home. It's now feeling like if you want a healthy baby and a healthy delivery and you're an appropriate candidate, being at home is probably the better option. So that's my story. Thanks. I'm here. I'm a longtime Lucerne at the podcast. I didn't enjoy the sex I was having with men, though I pretended to often for my own safety. And it was definitely made worse
Starting point is 00:37:30 when like even this multiple mental consent was taken away by my ex. So after a series of less toxic relationships with men following that one, I changed my mind about men in general and I came out to my parents as who I am, which is a lesbian, change my mind as well about wanting a fixed relationship in life and decided that I'm going to be my own primary partner in all of this because at the end of the day, I belong to me.
Starting point is 00:37:59 Hi Sarah, I change my mind all the time, but I will say one of the biggest times I changed my mind on something that I was really hard set on is when I started going to therapy a few years ago and met my therapist Bernie. One of the patterns he saw me was I was conditioned from many vantage points in my life to be a pretty affable helper personality. And I didn't know how to turn that off. And sometimes that would result in me becoming a very serviceable and manipulated person in a lot of my relationships. And you know, when you are in friendships or relationships with people who take advantage of that,
Starting point is 00:38:51 you start to get beaten down in ways, especially in your communication skills, at least I was. And he pointed out to me, you know, Rachel, when you were in this kind of personal assistant mode, you feel like you have to read between the lines of what people are saying to make them happy in ways that are not your responsibility. You know, you do not have to take anything they say outside of face value.
Starting point is 00:39:22 And that was eye opening for me. I was like, wow, because up up until that point I thought I had to be everything to everyone all the time and then I realized I can't sustain a life that way. I'm not a mind reader. I shouldn't have to be and people who treat me that way that I should as if I should are not people I should be willingly engaged in a with, and that's open doors for me, and made my life a whole lot better. I'm Tom wrote about a professor of psychology when I was at the end of my undergraduate
Starting point is 00:40:01 education, say 96, something like that. I thought a lot about what I ought to do next, whether I might go into literature, become an English professor, literature professor, or something like that, or into psychology and to science. And I thought a lot about it, and I developed this opinion of the only ethical thing to do was to go into science because in science I could discover facts and facts would be how I could improve the world and improve people's lives. And therefore the only ethical thing to do would be to go into science
Starting point is 00:40:38 since I had some capacity to do that. And I've changed my mind about that. So I'll change my mind. One is that I learned how difficult it is in science to, first of all, find out something that's definitely true. And second of all, to get something that's true back out into the world in a way that definitely helps people. It's not impossible that it's hard, maybe especially in psychology. Two, I learned about the reproducibility crisis in psychology, where it turned out that
Starting point is 00:41:15 a fair number of people were doing psychology in such a way that they basically ended up writing stories with some numbers attached. They didn't mean to, and hopefully we're doing better now. But a fair amount of what I learned in graduate school turned out to be a nice story as opposed to something that had a lot of evidence behind it. And the third thing was that one time while I was jogging, it really occurred to me that like many other times I was jogging and well listening to a story and that listening to that story really felt like it was doing some good for me which is of course something that psychologists could study but largely haven't and largely don't have the resources to.
Starting point is 00:42:11 And so I concluded that knowing what the right ethical field to go into and thinking that I knew what that was in 1996, it's not so much a mistake, it's just something that you can't really know all that easily. Hello, my name is Rachel. My sister is a four years older than me. We've always been really close and about maybe when I was seven or eight years old, we were at this restaurant with my family and I always got chicken tenders and fries. I was a picky eater when I was little. And so we were putting everything into go boxes as we were wrapping up dinner.
Starting point is 00:42:46 And we would draw on the boxes with crayons, while we were waiting for our parents to finish up the bill. So I'm drawing on my box and I write Rachel's chicken. And then my sister took the box and was drawing on it. This is her whose four years older than me. And she wrote, Moo. And I said, why did you just write Moo on my chicken? I wasn't, the logic wasn't there.
Starting point is 00:43:06 And she looks at me and she goes, Rachel, chicken comes from cows. I'm younger than her. I'm like seven or eight. And I look at her and I'm like, no, it doesn't. But she's my older. I'm like, am I wrong? Is she wrong? I had genuinely no idea in this moment who was right. And so I turned to my parents and I'm like, Hannah thinks chicken comes from cows. And they look back at me and they're like, what? Turns out after some investigation, Chick-fil-A just thoroughly confused her
Starting point is 00:43:35 because their mascot is a cow and it says eat more chicken. So she thought chicken came from cows because Chick-fil-A cows were always telling her to eat more chicken and honestly, I can't really blame her. And she got you wronged about by me. And that was a pretty funny moment that I definitely never let her live down. Hello, my name is Tasha. I live in Brooklyn and oh my god so many things I could talk about. But one thing that came to mind was Miley Sarri says 2013 VMAs performance, which is the one where she twerk on Robin Thick, launched a thousand memes, captivated the world in a way that I just
Starting point is 00:44:12 don't think would be possible now, and then also the backing ball video. So my read on this is a teenage girl with a ton of interlaced misogyny who's very like hashtag not like other girls. and her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, husband, her husband, husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, her husband, husband, I know what I'm doing. I know I'm shocking you. What really struck me about this is just the self awareness that I think is like not afforded women. I think when women do these kinds of stunts, it's just always assumed that the joke is on then, that they can't like possibly be self aware of it. And then also with like the wrecking bull video, she says, I know, I think people are going to hate it. And then also with the wrecking bull video, she says, I know I think people are gonna hate it. They're gonna see my ass and be like,
Starting point is 00:45:09 oh my god, I can't believe she did that. That plus the retrospective and puritanical culture, like the amount of hypersexuality and her body that she had just makes me in hindsight be like, damn, why was this such a big deal? And I'm not trying to sidestep like the legitimate criticism she faced around cultural appropriation because like I do believe there's merit to that. But the amount of pressure obsession that was put on her and just the assumption that she couldn't have been thinking any of it through, because
Starting point is 00:45:41 why would women do something so silly? Anyway, that was my read on that. Thank you so much. Hi Sarah, this is Robin, also known as Pumina Q from Twitter, the one who always tags you in like cute tiny things and horny seventies cookbooks. Anyway, I've changed my mind about tons of different things over the course of my life. And I've also changed my mind about changing my mind and whether or not it's a good thing. So I grew up evangelical and the key to getting into heaven and being a good person and making sure that your kids get into heaven or good people is like maintaining this set of very specific, pretty rigid, correct beliefs like no matter what. So growing up, changing your mind wasn't framed as like growing or adapting to new information or things like that. It was framed as losing your faith
Starting point is 00:46:37 or being inconsistent, all of which is supposed to be bad, right? But two things stand out. You can change your mind and still have consistent values. In fact, that might even be a hallmark of it. So like, you love your neighbor, you love your kids, and you're constantly learning how to do that better in more practical ways. I also wish that we were all a little more comfortable just being wrong about things and knowing that that doesn't mean that we're stupid or bad. A lot of resistance that I see to learning seems to be because people are scared that like, oh, if I'm wrong about this, then I guess I'm just a bad person and everyone's done with me forever, but that's not really true. Being wrong about stuff
Starting point is 00:47:16 doesn't mean that I was bad. It doesn't mean that other people are bad. It's really what you do once you have evidence that you were wrong about something important. Like, are you able to love the truth and the people around you more than you love the sense of security of being right about things? Anyway, thank you for telling me all the things that I've been wrong about over the years. I've learned a lot from your show and I love it. Bye. I was raised by very conservative parents who always voted Republican. And when I was young, I often paraded talking points back to them because it made me feel smart. It made them praise me.
Starting point is 00:47:53 And it wasn't until I moved away from home at the age of 18, and I began to learn more about the world. And I was exposed to a wider variety of people. And I realized that they were not the monsters that my parents had made them out to be. And my political beliefs have completely changed. And I'm very grateful for that. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to be exposed to the wider world. And now that is probably the greatest change I've ever made. I believe I changed my mind and I changed my heart too.
Starting point is 00:48:31 So I was raised in a pretty Christian household and homeschooled for my entire life. I was also raised by a mom who at the time really hadn't figured out a modern technology and also didn't really understand like my unfettered access to books of the library. So something that I changed my mind about was when I was younger, I was taught that conversion therapy was a valuable option. You know, people will kind of speak at
Starting point is 00:49:05 my church who were victims of conversion therapy, you know, talking about how great it was for them. And at the time I was like, yeah, that, you know, seems to working out good for them. You can live your life not in sin. Easy, easy, great. But as I got older, started kind of making choices for myself, I went on kind of an internal campaign to read more diverse books. And so one of the things that I did was I found a list about LGBTQ recommendations. And one of the books was the Miseducation of Cameron Post. I had that book and had this fictionalized first hand
Starting point is 00:49:51 account of what it was like to realize that you're queer and then also be forced to go to conversion therapy and just how damaging that was and abusive and it really changed my perspective and my belief in you know people using and promoting conversion therapy. Yeah, I'm pretty ashamed of the thoughts that I used in beliefs that I had when I was younger but I was also just really happy that I was fortunate enough to have kind of the unfettered access to the internet to find lists of those books and then also not a really restrictive library card. So at my moment, no, I was reading that, I would have definitely been in
Starting point is 00:50:41 trouble, but luckily she didn't, and I get to be a better person because of it. Hello, my name is Rachel. So growing up, I've always been extremely stubborn, very independent, I'm asking anyone in my family, and so growing up, I always thought to myself, I would never be in an abusive relationship because I'm just too stubborn. And it wasn't because I thought people who were abused by their partners were weak or anything like that, I understood that they were manipulated and controlled. I just thought that I was too stubborn to ever fall under someone's control. Well, fast forward to me being 18, bread, new, and college. And I met this guy on, and it ended up being a very abusive relationship, mostly just emotionally. But I didn't even realize that it was domestic violence until after the relationship when a therapist told me about the domestic abuse
Starting point is 00:51:37 cycle. And I knew a bit of abusive relationships were, but I had no idea about the abusive cycle, and it just all made so much sense. And I couldn't believe that I had fallen into it, but he manipulated me so much. And I thought I loved him so much that I never considered abuse, which is news slash how a lot of people in abusive relationships are. They love their partner so much. They don't consider how they're treating them as abuse. And something about the domestic abuse cycle is that the victim can get caught up in it and like, not necessarily be abuse of themselves, but can partake in some of the abuse that happens because they're fighting back.
Starting point is 00:52:17 So it's really important, I think, for people to know what the domestic abuse cycle is and what it looks like because that is such an insight into abusive relationships and how they work. And had I known that, maybe I would have actually seen what was going on at the time. So that's my, you're wrong about. I was wrong that I would never end up in an abusive relationship.
Starting point is 00:52:37 And unfortunately, I don't want anybody to relate to this, but I think people could relate to it. And I think it's really important just considering that Amber heard and Johnny Depppp trial that's going on. It's important for people to know what an abusive relationship even is. It's not just someone yelling or hitting. It's a cycle, a continuous cycle that people get trapped in. Nobody ever means to get trapped in this cycle. It just happens. I changed my mind about love when my husband threatened my cat.
Starting point is 00:53:08 I used to believe that love, once you'd gotten married, was forever. I wanted to spend my older years with the same person I'd spent my younger years with. I believed in always. And I knew that sometimes, when men are unhappy, they are angry. I knew that the man I loved got angry sometimes, but he showed me anger I'd never seen before after we got married. He told me he hated me. He called me disgusting, and he called me a burden. And he asked me to give up more and more parts of my life, my job, my friends, my family. And I gave them because I believed that love meant making one person happy. my life, my job, my friends, my family. And I gave them because I believe that love meant making one person happy. When his anger was directed at me, I thought, well, love is forgiveness.
Starting point is 00:53:57 But when he angrily said, you're lucky I didn't kill that fucking cat. I decided that it was time for me to get a job. And now that I have a job, I intend to pay my own rent. And as of today, I live alone with my cat. I changed my mind about love. It does not exist forever. It exists as long as it is taken care of. And that's our episode. Thank you so much for listening. Thank you for being with us. Thank you for sharing your story.
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