Four Simple Questions That Dispel Unhappiness with Byron Katie

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Your mind is a spin doctor. It's continually engaged in proving to you that every thought you have is true - even the thoughts that cause you pain. Byron Katie has discovered that each of us maintains a web of beliefs - about our parents, our partners, our neighbors, our government - that are entirely untrue, and yet they're the foundation for much of our unhappiness. Her insights come from her own struggle with despair and self-loathing, where she discovered, "When I believed my thoughts, I suffered. When I questioned my thoughts, I didn't suffer. This is true for every human being." Now she has found a way we can unearth the beliefs that cause us pain and come face to face with the reality they hide. In this fascinating conversation she works with three actual cases to demonstrate her technique for transforming conflict into inner peace. With a series of simple questions, she shows us how to discover what's really true so that we can diffuse conflicts, relieve stress and dissolve our fears. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Byron Katie has traveled the world teaching her method, known as The Work.

She is the coauthor, with her husband Stephen Mitchell, of:

  • Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (Three Rivers Press 2002)
  • A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are (Harmony Books 2007)

To learn more about the work of Byron Katie go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can make friends with the thoughts that make you unhappy
  • Why your own thoughts may be causing you more stress than your enemies
  • How you can use four simple questions to find your way out of conflicts with loved ones
  • What you can do to resolve a painful past
  • How you really can change the world by changing the way you see it
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 5/13/2004      Program Number: 3047