Artwork by Polina Washington.

What are the ideas, thoughts, and habits that rupture, or interrupt, our ability to feel at home?

Through the lens of my own past addictions to alcohol and crime fiction, I explore the dark side of habits in this episode — the anxious, internal routines and dialogues that we are constantly performing and re-performing to keep ourselves from feeling safe, to suppress our self-expression, and to feel unloved.

Questions we’ll explore in this episode:

  • Why do we choose to consume media that makes us feel unsafe?
  • How does shame factor into our bad habit, or addiction-oriented, loops?
  • Can not feeling at home become a habit? Do we get used to the familiarity of not feeling comfortable?

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