WHOOP VP of Performance Kristen Holmes sits down with leading evolutionary psychologist Dr. Bill von Hippel for a discussion on what makes us tick as humans and how that plays a role in our mental health. Dr. von Hippel is the author of the book The Social Leap, and explains how the experience of our ancestors shaped the way our minds and bodies react to stressful situations, positive and negative emotions, and social settings.
Kristen and Dr. von Hippel discuss how the stress response systems our bodies developed millions of years ago can sometimes prove challenging in the modern world, social comparisons and the role they play in both happiness and unhappiness, and why we think about the future and how honing your ability to stay in the present can help you get into a flow state.
2:30 – Beginnings of humanity
4:28 – Pursuit of happiness
7:57 – Social comparisons and mental wellbeing
12:02 – Healthy motivation
12:48 – Stress
17:50 – Framing the right mindset
23:56 – Staying present
27:23 – Getting into flow states
29:07 – Stress responses and negative feelings
32:29 – Self-control
34:54 – Willpower
37:27 – Limitations of human capability
39:11 – Social media and mental health
41:02 – Mindfulness practices