If you haven’t hopped on the podcast bandwagon yet, you’re really missing out. If you’re still spending your daily commute listening to unbearable morning FM jockeys instead of psychology podcasts, you’re doing it wrong. The world of podcasting has been growing since it officially debuted on Apple’s updated OS (that’s operating system for you old fogies) in June of 2005 and doesn’t appear to have an end in sight.
Uninterrupted with local yelling car salesmen, you can actually get lost in the conversation and eventually start feeling like you’re sitting right across the table from some of the greatest psychological minds of today. Because of this new form of media, people are learning more than ever about their favorite subjects. And because us Mobsters love learning some psychology, we’ve made a list of the top 25 psychology podcasts just for you!
Now, one caveat here. These aren’t necessarily in order, so feel free and pluck 2 or 3 you think you may like before you yell something at me like “Eric, you’re a hideous liar!” Now go fill your ears with some new wave talk radio and become a junkie like me, I promise you’ll get high. Afterward, let me know what you listened to and what you thought in the comments below!
The top 25 psychology podcasts
First thing’s first, Invisibilia is Latin for “the invisible things.” Now that we’ve established that, this NPR-produced podcast tops the list with its superb NPR-styled edits and cut-ins. Alix, Lulu, and Hannah will build your interest, keep it peaked, and leave you thinking all day. You’ll hear some incredible stories from unique people, and you’ll question some of your soundest philosophies. Here is a tidbit from their site as to what the podcast is about:
“We weave incredible human stories with fascinating new psychological and brain science, in the hopes that after listening, you will come to see new possibilities for how to think, behave and live.
In Invisibilia’s first season, which premiered in January 2015, Lulu and Alix dug deep into our innermost minds. They examined our dark, disturbing thoughts and whether those thoughts are related to our inner wishes, our fears and how they shape our actions, and our need for belonging and how it shapes our identity and fuels our emotions over a lifetime.
In the second season — premiering on June 17, 2016 — Alix, Hanna and Lulu will delve into the ways everyday objects can shape our worldviews, the effects we have on each other’s well-being, and the various lenses we don..
Invisibilia is a glimpse into a world you can’t see.”
David McRaney has been chewing cookies in my ears for probably close to a couple years now and holds the reigns for being my favorite in this entire epic list of psychology podcasts. His recent look into fallacies somehow made logic fun, and his consistently strong interviews with leaders in some of psychology’s most interesting areas keep you coming back wanting more. I’d highly recommend this one!
STBYM is a HowStuffWorks podcast that’s been running strong for several years now, and often explores topics far beyond the mind. From sex to space, it’s not strictly a psychology podcast, which is nice. Plus, the subject matter will always keep you interested and wanting more. If you’re the more dorky science type, you’ll fall in love with this sci-fi loving podcast.
Another NPR banger, this psychology podcast uses people’s stories to show how unconscious activity is at play. Here’s an excerpt from their site (linked in the title):
“The Hidden Brain project helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.”
This APA (American Psychological Association) psychology podcast comes fresh with new guests every month speaking on some topics they’re most passionate about. Here’s their description:
“Speaking of Psychology is an audio podcast series highlighting some of the latest, most important and relevant psychological research being conducted today.”
This psychology podcast’s tagline boldly states “All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous”, but it may be a lie. With over 500 episodes and counting, they may actually give you more than enough psychology to be dangerous. It’s a fun little podcast if you’re into psychology.
Not necessarily a psychology podcast per se, I included this bad boy because logic really goes hand-in-hand with our favorite subject. Rationally Speaking delves into reason and explores some of our most covert fallacious thoughts and habits. Don’t take my word for it, here’s what they have to say:
“Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience.”
About once a week Lynne Malcolm talks about our brains and how they affect our behavior. Dissecting topics across a football field sized continuum, this podcast give it a listen whether you’re into anything from mental illness to mind-reading. Here’s what the show’s site says about this psychology podcast:
“An exploration of all things mental, All in the Mind is about the brain and behaviour, and the fascinating connections between them.”
Since 2011, MILL has been pumping out hour-long episodes that play out in conversation form between the host Paul Gilmartin and a guest. The goal is to just talk about their emotional and mental struggles, whether big or small, and take you on an entertaining ride through each person’s unique mind. This psychology podcast is a previous award winner and never fails to engulf you on an emotional ride while your earbuds are in.
Although this podcast expands beyond just the psychological realm, it is included in our list because it focuses on a lot of psych-related ideas while exploring science as a whole. Check out what their site has to say about it:
“Each week the Inquiring Minds podcast brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.”
A name can usually only say so much about something, however things are pretty clear here. This podcast is a psychology podcast hosted by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman that mainly focuses on talking to guests about mind, brain, behavior and/or creativity. Here’s what the site has to say:
“…We give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode will feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of your self, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility…”
The Art of Charm has been focused on a ton of major media publications, and there’s a reason why. Let’s just let the charming people over at this psychology podcast tell you why you should give it a listen:
“You’ll learn our top strategies to improve your career, confidence, lifestyle and love-life from top experts like life and business-hackers Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi and Noah Kagan to Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, Olivia Fox, The Art of Charm team and more.”
Our second HowStuffWorks podcast on the list, this show does an excellent job at not just focusing on the brain, but how or why things happen. With recent topics like Why do we sleep?, Why do men have nipples?, and Are Pop Rocks dangerous?, it’s easy to see why these (on average 5 minute) episodes keep people coming back for more. Again, it’s not just one of our favorite psychology podcasts, but also a great way to think about times psychology plays into our everyday lives.
This psychology podcast focuses on switching mindsets and reminds you how important of a tool, or hindrance your mindset can be. If you’re into positive psychology, or mindset psychology, this is your bag, give it a try. Here’s what their site has to say:
“Our mindsets determine the way we see the world. Because it’s so easy to stay stuck in fixed mindsets that prevent us to learn new things, it’s vital to intentionally cultivate growth mindsets.
Creating experiences to expand the possibilities is the purpose of this podcast…”
Hosted by Jimmie Morris, this psychology podcast focuses on psychiatry, psychology, and mental health. Now, obviously that encompasses a huge area of study, so there’s a little something for everyone here. Jimmie is a certified psychotherapist as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor who runs a practice out of San Antonio, Texas. With different guest authors, therapists, thought leaders, etc. this makes for an easy listen on whatever subject you are privy to.
The Psych Files is a Psychology podcast hosted by Michael A. Britt. The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior, though students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.
“Some facts about the podcast:
- The premier academic Psychology Podcast since January 2007.
- Consistently in the top 10 of the iTunes Higher Education category and the top 50 of the Education category.
- Each episode is downloaded more than 25,000 times.
- Over 4,500 episodes are downloaded every day.
- Total downloads for all the episodes are over 13 million worldwide.
- This website is linked to by thousands of high schools, colleges and universities around the world.
- Typical listeners are college students and their professors, critical thinkers and life-long learners.”
The Mindful Kind lives up to its name. In this I mean it’s a podcast about being mindful of course! An often overlooked area of psychology, mindfulness is one of the best tools I have ever come across as far as regulating your emotions and keeping that ugly ego in check. The practice is usually so useful, you’re left wondering how no one really ever talks about this. Luckily, now we can listen to others talk about the great mind-transcending tool in a more scientific way. Dirty hippies beware, you may stay back a little, semi-clean hipsters, you know you want to listen, go ahead.
Chosen as one of iTunes’ best podcasts in 2014, this is an easy choice for one to try if you aren’t listening to it already. After the psychology podcast won one of the Best Podcasts of The Year awards, Apple said:
“The Savvy Psychologist uses an evidence-based approach and a sympathetic ear to tackle life’s challenges, helping you to be happy, relaxed, and most importantly, yourself…If you aren’t listening to Dr. Ellen Hendriksen every week, you’re missing out.”
I can’t say it any better than what this psychology podcast already says for itself, check it out:
“The Overwhelmed Brain blog and podcast is a personal growth portal designed for critical thinkers. In other words, put away your crystals, throw your affirmations in the junk drawer, and start believing it’s OK not to think positively all the time.
Always do what works for you, and not necessarily what you’re told to do.
But do it armed with knowledge.
“Critical thinking” is about questioning your own beliefs. When you question what you believe in, you either reinforce what you know to be true, or find out the truth – causing you to make better decisions for yourself. Either way, you win! You will improve regardless of the outcome.
And when you combine critical thinking with personal growth, you not only learn and grow faster, you understand how to repeat the process, and teach it to others. Learning about human behavior in general is a fascinating, life-long process. But learning how to repeat successful behavior is a recipe for happiness.
So, whether you are curious about the complexities of relationships, mystified by the unpredictability of human behavior, want to know more about mindsets and emotional states, or just want some plain old-fashioned personal growth advice without all the fluff, it’s here.
From human behavior to communication. From work and relationships to stress and health. There’s always an interesting episode to listen to. You are amazing! So if you ever need a reminder, just tune in.”
The Anxiety Slayer podcast focuses on different self-help methods for anxiety. If you have ever known someone struggling through issues dealing with anxiety, or have yourself, just pick up one of these episodes and you won’t want to put it down. So many people search for relief from stress and anxiety yet rarely realize there are some really cool alternatives out there to hit some of life’s hardest pitches. Try out an episode now and learn some techniques to an easier mind.
Brought to you by Scientific American, this psychology podcast hits you with a quick 60 seconds of fun-science-filled action about our mental processes and why we do some of the dumb shit we do, or the cool stuff, there’s always that too. Anyway, don’t have time to sit through a 60-minute spiel from Malcolm Gladwell? Throw on one of these files, and let your ears intake a minutes worth of new, fascinating knowledge!
Consistent since 2008, this show takes the cake for plethora of content. However, these psych-lovers from Seattle know a thing or two about not just consistency, but how to do things. Over time processes improve, right? At least in theory? Well, if it rains true, this podcast is now like a fine Italian leather crafted shoe straight from Europe itself. Really though, this psychology podcast explores some really fun topics, and they do it with a sort of grace that shows 8 years in the making. Our list of psychology podcasts just wouldn’t right without this one, trust us, just give it a shot!
A self-proclaimed psychology and psychotherapy podcast. Let Dwight Hurst and panel take you on a trip in the life of a therapist for a day. From the other side of the couch, you’ll hear a discussion from therapists with different views on topics across a broad spectrum.
Another podcast coming at you from the perspective of psychologist, We All Wear It Differently is a psychology podcast that aims to entertain and inspire early career psychologists. If you’re a psych undergrad or grad student looking for some help, look no further. This podcast is aimed specifically in your direction and offers some advice I wish I would have had through my undergrad. Their site says they:
“…entertain and inspire by illustrating the diverse world of psychology through conversations with colleagues, peers and mentors.”
What could be more overlooked in this beautiful world of psychology more than something we do multiple times every day, yet rarely talk about? That’s right, food psychology is real folks, and the Food Psych Podcast aims to show you just what it’s all about. If you’re interested in learning how our food intake affects our body, this is your jam. If you struggle with eating disorders, or have an unhealthy psychological view of your body, be sure to take a listen to this psychology podcast. Here’s what their site says:
“Food Psych is a podcast about intuitive eating, body image, eating disorder recovery, and Health at Every Size.”