Episode 66: Chloé Valdary

On transcending our instincts, practicing what scares us, seeing where we coincide, and choosing our state.

After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth that uses pop culture as an educational tool in the classroom and beyond.

Chloé has trained around the world, including in South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. Her clients have included high school and college students, government agencies, business teams, + many more.

She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine and her writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall St Journal.

  • Chloé’s earliest teachers [3:05]
  • Theory of Enchantment’s guiding principles [5:12]
  • Timshel, Thou Mayest. East of Eden. Stoicism [13:03]
  • Non-violent protest. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Agape Love [22:00]
  • Meditating on your mortality. Practicing what you fear [28:44]
  • Criticism and care. Maya Angelou and Tupac story [31:18]
  • The Lion King and stoicism [37:40]
  • Contemplating the villain. Ways to practice [40:22]
  • What needs healing [49:47]
  • Favourite view [50:49]
  • Prayer [52:39]


Theory of Enchantment Courses
Theory of Enchantment website
Chloé Valdary on Twitter:
Why I Refuse to Avoid White People article
Harriet Tubman, Eloise Greenfield
Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
East of Eden, John Steinbeck https://amzn.to/35WwpB1
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday
Timshel, Mumford & Sons

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