The peculiar power of talking to strangers

Researchers share how connecting with a perfect stranger can make a difference to how you feel⎮28 min 58 sec

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Are you the kind of person who loves chatting to strangers? Like people in cafes, parks or the train?

Or does the thought of small talk make you cringe?

On All in the Mind this week, we cover a growing body of research on how talking to strangers can make you feel happier, more connected to your community and less lonely.

Listen to the podcast, The peculiar power of talking to strangers.


Joe Keohane
Author: The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World

Dr Gillian Sandstrom
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Essex

All in the Mind

Lynne Malcolm produced & presented this podcast series via, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio

All in the Mind is RN’s exploration of all things mental—a program about the mind, brain and behaviour, and the endlessly fascinating interactions between them. From dreaming to depression, memory to imagination, psychotherapy to psychopathy, emotion to obsession, All in the Mind explores the human condition through the mind’s eye. While many aspects of our minds remain seductively mysterious, new light is being shed on the way we think and the way we relate to each other all the time. All in the Mind brings together a diverse range of ideas and human experiences through the voices of great thinkers and powerful personal stories.