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#12 • Nile Seguin

September 12, 2013

This week’s question: Who are you?

This week’s quote:  “I have a gross chaw.”

Nile Seguin and I quiz each other on identity, and get surprisingly deep. Eavesdrop on a post-show, late night convo and think about your own damn self. Who are YOU?


13 Responses

  1. Maddie says:

    So I’m your secret fan (not so secret now dun dun duuun) down in New Zealand! I have never got the impression you have your shit together actually, but I think that’s why I like you so much. As a 23 year old who definitely doesn’t have it sorted in the slightest right now, I take comfort in hearing someone older than me, who is intelligent and kinda hilarious be so honest about how they see themselves, flaws and all. I don’t feel so much pressure! You just seem so reeeal. I also feel like this was not the first podcast you revealed truths about yourself, so maybe that’s why I have the impression I do or don’t have the impression Nile had. Whatever, you guys cheered me up tonight and had me chuckling away in the dark, so thank you 🙂

    • Brontis says:

      I think we all sort of have this idea that other people must have their shit together. I mean how else does the world keep from spinning out of control? I’m a 30 something, (32 I think? Maybe 33. I try not to count) and I’m in school, doing a double major in Psychology & Philosophy with a 3.9 GPA, Independent since 18, with decent savings, a comfortable job and a career in writing that I’m just starting. My friends and family always ask me how I do it, how do I keep my shit sooooo together. And my reply is always “I’m not even sure I’m wearing underwear today.”

      • Maddie says:

        I agree! And that’s why I feel such relief when people admit those things about themselves. Like a reminder that I’m not the only one. Why do we always forget that this is true though if we logically know it? It’s like “am I really not the only person to not figure my own brain out!?” Well duh…

        • Brontis says:

          This is one of those intersections where Psychology & Philosophy meet, in that since it is only possible to experience the way our minds work and not others, we have a hard time understanding that other minds might work the same way. It would have require a departure from the stream of our thought processes. Descartes believed that any knowledge outside of one’s own mind is an unsure element, basically that since we can only be sure of what we think and that we (the individual) exists, it becomes difficult to the point of impracticality to assume others even think/act/do at all. They’re all actors in the play that is our inherent self-absorption.

          • Maddie says:

            Ahhh it is all so fascinating! I am in fact going back to Uni next year to study Psychology. Sources have informed me that it only really gets interesting towards the end of your degree though, when you’re finally granted licence to question things and up until that point it’s pure regurgitation. Have you felt like this? I guess they probably see it as imperative that one has a thorough knowledge of current and historical Psychological theories before one can even begin to imagine thinking for oneself. Did that make any sense? I don’t even know 😛

  2. Maddie says:

    This is how little I have my shit together.. since I posted that 10 mins ago all I can think is “why did you say that Maddie? What a dickish thing to say blah blah..” is that my super ego talking? The parent part, the authoritative part? (The worrrst part). You know, I think it is! Dammit.

  3. Maddie says:

    Let the world see my personal crisis smeared across your comments page in all it’s self-flagellating glory! 😉

    • Brontis says:

      Happy to hear you’re studying Psych! I’ve always had a blast with it. It’s true that many universities start you off with the basics, but it can all be interesting, and you don’t have to wait until later degrees to question things. I started college at about 28, but I had been reading and studying Psychology as a hobby since about 22. I read a ton of books and brought that knowledge into the classes I took. Reading Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky’s work years before I took Developmental Psych really helped me tackle that class and gave me an edge on others who hadn’t even heard of the two. It’s what you make of it, really. Oh and FYI, some of the nuttiest people I know are Psych majors. They’re so much fun!

  4. lotsofsandwichfeelings says:

    I feel like I learned an important life lesson: Get your significant other hammered and let her talk to friends/entire Internet. If she still doesn’t give away any details on any private arrangements (other than purple shampoo), buy her another drink and keep her for always and ever!

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