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If you’ve enjoyed the People Who Read People podcast, I hope you’ll consider subscribing below. You’ll get ad-free episodes and a few other benefits but, most importantly, you’ll help me devote more resources to it, and help me promote it more to others. 

I think our human tendency to form into us-versus-them groups is the biggest problem we face, and my occasional focus on that topic is the main reason I consider my podcast work to be important. I hope you agree and see helping me with this work as worthwhile.

– Zach Elwood, host of the People Who Read People podcast

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Subscriber benefits:

  • Ad-free episodes
  • First access to new episodes
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  • Get updates and behind-the-scenes info

One of the things I enjoy the most about doing the podcast is the chance to ask questions about things it’s sometimes hard for me to find answers to. That’s why I let you see the planned interview questions and to send me your ideas for questions. I can’t promise I’ll ask them all, but if I do ask yours and if you’re okay with it, I’ll give you a shout-out.

Why I think my podcast is important 

Whether it’s poker tells or relationship tells or political polarization dynamics, what ties all the episodes of my podcast together is the goal of better understanding people. Reading people better can help us be more competitive at sports and games, and can help us gain practical advantages in our jobs and in other everyday situations. Understanding others also makes us more empathetic and less judgmental, and that in turn makes us more able to resolve conflicts, achieve win-win solutions, and just generally be happier. 

I often focus on the topic of our us-versus-them divides because I think it’s the biggest problem we face, while also being woefully under-examined in mainstream media (and it’s under-examined because we’re so polarized). I think my work on this topic is important because it helps people understand our divides more objectively, and I think if we’re going to escape worst-case scenarios we’ll need a lot more people to do that. 

To listen to more about why I do this podcast and why I think it’s important, check out this episode.

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