Episode 4

What Can Existentialism Teach Us About Anxiety and Depression?

Our fourth episode discusses anxiety and depression with an attempt to answer the following question: What can Existentialism teach us about anxiety and depression?


Welcoming Our Guests

We were honored to welcome our panel of special guests eager to discuss age discrimination and its implications in today’s culture and society.

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Melissa Nadia Viviana is an existentialist author and Beat Philosopher who writes satire, memoir, philosophy of the mind, and existentialism.

She spent the past 8 months traveling through the U.S. with her Dalmatian and hosts two brand new podcasts: “The Beat Philosopher” which discusses memoir, psychology, and philosophy of the mind, and “Calm AF Existentialist” which explores Eastern Philosophy and wisdom.


Gordon Marino, PhD - Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf.

Having earned his PhD University of Chicago, MA University of Pennsylvania, and BA Columbia University, Gordon Marino ‘s areas of specialization include the History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Kierkegaard. Professor Marino is the author of The Existentialist’s Survival Guide, Kierkegaard in the Present Age and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, American Poetry Review, and many other periodicals. Marino is also the Curator of the Hong Kierkegaard Library.


Eric Zimmer, Behavior Coach and Host of The One You Feed Podcast

Eric is the host of The One You Feed podcast, which was named an iTunes Best of 2014 podcast and called "One of the Best Health Podcasts of All Time" by The Huffington Post. The One You Feed has been listened to over 2.5 million times. He also does extensive life-changing, one-on-one coaching work with clients.


Scott Stossel, National editor of The Atlantic magazine

Scott is a journalist and editor of The Atlantic magazine, and previously served as executive editor of The American Prospect magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, which has been short-listed for the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize, and the award-winning Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.


Yannick Jacob, Existential Coach

Yannick is an Existential Coach (MA), Positive Psychologist (MA), Coach Trainer & Supervisor, Mediator (conflict resolution) and the former Program Leader of the MSC Coaching Psychology at the University of East London (2015-2018). He specializes in happiness, optimal human functioning and all things wellbeing as well as the depths and complexities of the human condition and how they show up for people, particularly in the coaching room.


It seems that no one is immune to feeling anxious and even depressed during their lifetime. Some people are better equipped and have learned at a young age to be more resilient than others.


However, today, learning how to cope with these feelings is a personal responsibility and a path to freedom and personal growth. After all, one can wonder if pain is just a problem to solve or perhaps a message to translate?


Existentialism is, in a way, a form of learned optimism helping us make sense of something that happened or is happening now.


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