episode #368

Cancel Culture, Conformity & Self-Censorship with Africa Brooke


Africa Brooke tackles the intricate topics of self-censorship and self-sabotage in this thought-provoking episode. Along with Dr. Stephanie, Africa delves into the internal conflicts that prevent us from speaking our truths, both online and offline.

“You’re presenting a version of yourself to people. You’re not actually allowing people to see who you truly are.”
– Africa Brooke

This engaging conversation covers the importance of questioning over answering, the biological roots of conformity, and the dangers of cancel culture. Africa Brooke’s eloquent insights on the power of voice and nonverbal communication will inspire you to find and express your true self.

Episode Overview:

0:00 Intro/Teaser
0:54 Unpacking Self-Censorship and Self-Sabotage
4:15 The Impact of “Leaving the Cult of Wokeness”
7:17 The Dangers of Self-Censorship
9:37 The Complexity of Speaking Up
11:38 The Intricacies of Fear and Conformity
13:52 The Importance of Diversity of Thought
16:45 The Facade of Surface-Level Diversity
18:25 Recognizing Diversity of Thought
24:01 Navigating Demands for Opinions
25:37 Balancing Understanding and Expertise
29:12 Allowing Space for Understanding
32:38 Biology of Conformity
34:09 Real Consequences of Speaking Up
34:44 Conformity and Belonging
48:36 Success Through Failure
1:00:42 The Power of Voice
1:06:08 Shedding Old Beliefs
1:09:07 Compassion for Past Selves

Resources mentioned in this episode:

An open letter: why I’m leaving the cult of wokeness by Africa Brooke

Africa’s previous appearance on Better!

A change of heart toward Jordan Peterson

Find out more about Africa at africabrooke.com


Africa Brooke is a globally recognized consultant, mentor, and speaker. She specializes in helping people in and out of the public eye navigate personal and professional challenges relating to self-sabotage and self-censorship.

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