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Podcast Profile: The Academic Imperfectionist

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90 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 18 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

The Academic Imperfectionist combines philosophical analysis and coaching insights to help you dump perfectionism and flourish on your own terms. Your host is Dr Rebecca Roache, a coach and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of London.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Philosophical analysis • Coaching insights • Overcoming perfectionism • Self-compassion • Productivity tips • Handling failure • Tackling imposter syndrome • Emotional resilience • Work-life balance • Goal setting

The podcast "The Academic Imperfectionist," hosted by Dr. Rebecca Roache, blends philosophical analysis and coaching insights to address common personal and professional struggles, particularly around perfectionism. Across its episodes, the podcast aims to help listeners accept imperfection, enhance productivity, and achieve a balanced life on their own terms.

Themes of self-compassion versus self-criticism are prevalent, with numerous episodes focused on managing one's inner critic and navigating feelings of guilt and shame. The podcast also explores how societal and self-imposed expectations can lead to unhealthy perfectionist tendencies and how these can be mitigated by adopting more realistic and kind self-perceptions.

Productivity and personal value are major topics. Lectures on improving work habits discuss the importance of rest, tackling procrastination, and understanding the psychological barriers that impede productivity. Episodes frequently stress the need to celebrate small wins, practice self-care, and recognize one’s unique contributions rather than constantly comparing oneself to others.

Philosophical insights are occasionally employed to offer a deeper understanding of personal issues. References to historical and contemporary philosophical thoughts provide listeners with a nuanced perspective on topics such as self-compassion, autonomy, and personal identity.

The podcast also addresses practical challenges in professional and personal growth. It covers managing workloads, setting realistic goals, knowing when to 'quit' appropriately, and finding motivation despite setbacks. Emotional well-being is another significant focus, with discussions on handling envy, resentment, and the value of waiting patiently for success.

In essence, "The Academic Imperfectionist" is designed to help listeners navigate the complexities of ambition, self-worth, and personal growth by blending practical advice with philosophical inquiry. The episodes aim to guide listeners toward a healthier, more balanced approach to both their professional and personal lives.


Episodes:
#90: The surprising productivity of rest
2024-Jul-12
19 minutes
#89: Doubting your willpower is holding you back
2024-Jun-28
19 minutes
#88: How to be a quitter
2024-Jun-14
18 minutes
#87: You're overlooking your unique value
2024-May-31
20 minutes
#86: Every Academic Imperfectionist episode, summarised
2024-May-17
19 minutes
#85: The fundamental attribution error is ruining your life
2024-May-03
15 minutes
#84: The underappreciated value of waiting for success
2024-Apr-19
20 minutes
#83: How to be happy
2024-Apr-05
23 minutes
#82: Stop policing yourself
2024-Mar-22
19 minutes
#81: Are you trying to live a final draft life?
2024-Mar-08
19 minutes
#80: What are you so afraid of?
2024-Feb-23
16 minutes
#79: My imperfect but adequate working day
2024-Feb-09
28 minutes
#78: Fix your self-compassion with the metaphysics of personal identity (and an Aeropress)
2024-Jan-26
24 minutes
#77: Mediocrity is underrated!
2024-Jan-12
16 minutes
#76: This is what positive change feels like
2023-Dec-08
23 minutes
#75: Your progress tunnel vision
2023-Nov-24
18 minutes
#74: When taking on more can energise you
2023-Nov-10
16 minutes
#73: How to practise being instead of doing
2023-Oct-27
18 minutes
#72: Bend so you don't break: a stress survival guide
2023-Oct-13
18 minutes
#71: The best time to write is the worst time to write
2023-Sep-29
20 minutes
#70: How to write
2023-Sep-15
29 minutes
#69: How to read
2023-Sep-01
28 minutes
#68: Plato (and Barbie) on perfection
2023-Aug-18
18 minutes
#67: You owe your success to your flaws
2023-Aug-04
18 minutes
#66: The only productivity hack you need
2023-Jul-21
21 minutes
#65: Reflections on a recent failure
2023-Jul-07
19 minutes
#64: Reject work/life balance!
2023-Jun-23
17 minutes
#63: In defence of your comfort zone
2023-Jun-09
17 minutes
#62: Guilt! Guilt! Guilt!
2023-May-26
16 minutes
#61: Your productivity standards are like a 1980s fad diet
2023-May-12
20 minutes
#60: Self-acceptance or self-improvement?
2023-Apr-28
17 minutes
#59: Hold your nose and do the scary thing
2023-Apr-14
21 minutes
#58: When you're doing everything everywhere all at once
2023-Mar-31
19 minutes
#57: Understanding your productivity shame
2023-Mar-17
21 minutes
#56: You're not weak-willed, according to Socrates
2023-Mar-03
19 minutes
#55: Inertia and your overthinking dick brain
2023-Feb-17
19 minutes
#54: Soothe the overwhelm with the 1% question
2023-Feb-03
16 minutes
#53: When happiness tanks your productivity
2023-Jan-20
14 minutes
#52: Hack your fear of failure
2023-Jan-06
15 minutes
#51: Is looking after yourself just another thing to fail at?
2022-Dec-16
15 minutes
#50: You hate doing it because you think you're doing it wrong
2022-Dec-02
16 minutes
#49: Say no to FOMO
2022-Nov-18
13 minutes
#48: Stop trying to run a marathon at sprint pace
2022-Nov-04
15 minutes
#47: Is your life story dragging you down?
2022-Oct-21
13 minutes
#46: How to ace job interviews
2022-Oct-07
25 minutes
#45: Consistency is important, but what is it?
2022-Sep-23
19 minutes
#44: The idea of 'quiet quitting' is dangerous
2022-Sep-09
16 minutes
#43: You don't know how you're feeling
2022-Aug-26
18 minutes
#42: Are you waiting for permission?
2022-Aug-12
19 minutes
#41: Dealing with uncool emotions: envy, jealousy, resentment
2022-Jul-29
22 minutes
#40: Why I took SO BLOODY LONG to write my book
2022-Jul-15
25 minutes
#39: 'Thick' ethical concepts and your sneaky inner critic
2022-Jul-01
21 minutes
#38: Freud, sublimation, and your toxic attachment to your inner critic
2022-Jun-17
15 minutes
#37: You should spend more time thinking about your anxiety
2022-Jun-03
17 minutes
#36: What if it doesn't need to be so hard?
2022-May-20
21 minutes
#35: Why am I putting off doing that ridiculously undemanding thing?
2022-May-06
20 minutes
#34: In praise of half heartedness
2022-Apr-22
14 minutes
#33: I'm supposed to be doing what I love - what's gone wrong?
2022-Apr-01
18 minutes
#32: You need a mindset audit
2022-Mar-18
19 minutes
#31: Hedonism and other paradoxes
2022-Mar-04
18 minutes
#30: Rejection stings less when you channel your inner toddler
2022-Feb-18
20 minutes
#29: You need to date your career choices, not marry them
2022-Feb-04
19 minutes
#28: Moore's paradox: When what you believe about yourself doesn't make sense
2022-Jan-21
17 minutes
#27: Your new year resolutions survival guide
2022-Jan-07
16 minutes
#26: Why writing is like sleeping
2021-Dec-10
20 minutes
#25: You don't know what 'success' means until you know who you are
2021-Nov-26
17 minutes
#24: Your inner critic is not a videogame boss
2021-Nov-12
14 minutes
#23: The way you're trying to motivate yourself is all wrong
2021-Oct-29
16 minutes
#22: Dealing with uncertainty
2021-Oct-15
20 minutes
#21: Let's talk about lists, plans, and goals
2021-Oct-01
14 minutes
#20: Don't just write it - ferment it!
2021-Sep-17
17 minutes
#19: Not writing is an essential part of writing
2021-Sep-03
18 minutes
#18: There is no such thing as self-sabotage
2021-Aug-20
16 minutes
#17: The importance of wasting your time
2021-Aug-06
16 minutes
#16: Stop moving your goalposts
2021-Jul-23
15 minutes
#15: Help! I have brain fog!
2021-Jul-09
15 minutes
#14: Become your own biggest advocate, with Immanuel Kant
2021-Jun-25
14 minutes
#13: How to work as efficiently as you procrastinate
2021-Jun-11
18 minutes
#12: Delete your scarcity mindset
2021-May-28
16 minutes
#11: Why you have impostor syndrome, and what to do about it: remembering Katherine Hawley
2021-May-14
19 minutes
#10: Dealing with your inner reviewer 2
2021-Apr-30
17 minutes
#9: Cancel your productivity anxiety
2021-Apr-16
17 minutes
#8: The nostalgia illusion
2021-Apr-02
12 minutes
#7: How can I flourish in an unjust world?
2021-Mar-19
13 minutes
#6: Live the dream!
2021-Mar-05
13 minutes
#5: Bitch, do you even dream?
2021-Feb-19
15 minutes
#4: How to hack your assertiveness with Aristotle
2021-Feb-05
17 minutes
#3: Rage against the positivity
2020-Oct-30
16 minutes
#2: But I haven't earned a rest!
2020-Oct-20
16 minutes
#1: Toxic gratitude
2020-Oct-16
13 minutes