Voices in the Dark
About This Show
At Voices in the Dark we bring you powerful, mind- and soul-expanding conversations about real life psychology, philosophy, psychedelics, spirituality, social dynamics and much more.
We’re a podcast, a blog, and a community of likeminded individuals who want to become the best versions of themselves. We’re dedicated to never stop Learning How To Human.
Our mission is to entertain, provoke, inform, and make you question everything you think you know.
Have you ever been on the wrong end of 'office politics'?
Or lost out to less talented people who are better at 'playing the game'?
Join us as we our explore Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling study of the 48 Laws of Power, in which he lays bare the psychological principles that ultimately shape all human relations.
Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look at how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.
Most Recent Episode
The Modern Stoic #20: Stop Giving Advice, Start Making Connections!
5 days ago
This week: when and how to give advice; how people avoid seeing what's right in front of them; how to avoid getting overwhelmed in life; and what human connection and life are truly all about. Riffing on Letter 29 from Seneca, this episode is a corker. Advice is a dangerous game: when and how you give it can change your life. Don't waste energy and time trying to give advice to those who don't want to hear it. Not only would Seneca be pissed off at you, you'd be violating the most important of the 48 Laws of Power: Always Say Less Than Necessary. 'One must not talk to a man unless he is willing to listen' – Seneca There's also a deep arrogance in thinking 'if only they knew what I knew, they'd choose what I would'. Is that how you feel when someone else sticks their oar in? Still, keeping an open mind is one of the truest paths to wisdom. So how can we take on advice from other people without getting agitated, angry, or beginning to doubt ourselves? Dre's got a theory: Treat your mind like you're the general of an army – there's competing voices offering you counsel, but you make the decisions. You're not surrendering your mind or self to someone if you're willing to hear and perhaps choose to follow their advice, after considering all the options. We give you some powerful tricks to decode your own emotions – why are you reacting the way you're reacting? And how can you master the moment before you react and give yourself time to respond instead? Beyond the back-and-forth of opinions, though, what about real connection? We take a tangent from Seneca's Letter and dive into something we feel lies at the heart of human existence. Call it vibe, call it harmonisation, call it just plain getting each other. It's that feeling of deep connection and mutual recognition with other people, and it's what truly makes us human. With that connection as our guiding light, advice becomes a whole different game. What if we try not to give out advice, but draw the people we truly value along with us – showing an example, offering an open hand, giving them strength to fail and learn for themselves? Plus, Dre insists that THERE IS NO TRUTH and tells us he's plann