EmpathyMedia Podcast
How to Create a Universe

How to Create a Universe

August 25, 2019

Journalist and author Nury Vittachi discusses his fascinating new novel with a quantum physics theme with Peter Armstrong.

Is Christianity Over?

Is Christianity Over?

January 30, 2019

Giles Fraser, priest and prophet of the airwaves, in conversation with Peter Armstrong.

Virtual Reality for Good

Virtual Reality for Good

December 27, 2018

Adam Groves and his colleagues are doing fascinating work to build VR experiences that can help children overcome the kinds of stress they are facing, particularly at school. This is a short first glimpse of their work, that we will hope to be following up in detail.

How real for us are our cyber-friends?

How real for us are our cyber-friends?

September 23, 2018

Phil Sheppard is an experience gamer who believes that the friends made playing games online together are not only very real but a hopeful sign for the future of how we can widen the scope of our empathy. 

Understanding ourselves in the context of our culture

Understanding ourselves in the context of our culture

September 3, 2018

An informal chat with an old friend of Anuradha Vittachi and Peter Armstrong's, the psychotherapist Chris Robertson. Since retiring from the organisation he co-founded, Re-vision, he's been exploring the ways in which therapy needs to move beyond the personal to the cultural, as we face new forms of alienation - everything from social media to climate change.

The Logic of Belonging

The Logic of Belonging

August 27, 2018

Dr Lilian Beattie, President of the UK Adlerian Society, reflects with Peter Armstrong on a lifetime's connection to the world of the psychological pioneer Alfed Adler.

The Power of Metaphor in Adlerian Psychology

The Power of Metaphor in Adlerian Psychology

August 27, 2018

At this year's Adlerian Summer School Peter Armstrong had the opportunity to sit down with one of the keynote speakers, Mia Levitt Frank, a psychotherapist and Director of the Adlerian School of Coaching in Israel. 

Cyber-psychology - insights from the thinking of Alfred Adler

Cyber-psychology - insights from the thinking of Alfred Adler

August 25, 2018

Alfred Adler's pyschology has insiqhts to offer to the most immediate issues we face in our increasingly digital world. Are we becoming additcted to our iphones - or even our podcasts? And what of the future when artificial intelligence threatens to make us humans redundant?

At this year's Adlerian Summer School Peter Armstrong had the opportunity to meet someone with fascsinating insights to offer - the Adlerian pyschologist, Professor Ursula Oberst.

Sri Lanka’s Little Gandhi

Sri Lanka’s Little Gandhi

August 7, 2018

What do you do when an army major arrives at your door, salutes and says: "Sir, I have orders to kill you."?

 What do you do when your village water supply fails and the government does nothing?

 It's sixty years since the man they call 'the little Gandhi', Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, affectionaly known as Ari, started the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka - putting people in 10,000 villages on the front line of social change. It's based on principles of non-violence and what he calls 'Buddhist economics'.

 When they met, Anuradha Vittachi started by asking about the background to the movement he founded.

A Lifelong Journey

A Lifelong Journey

August 1, 2018

The radical Cambridge theolgian, Don Cupitt, in conversation with Peter Armstrong. Why he believes the age of traditional Church religion is coming to an end, to be replaced by a religion of this life only.