A transcript for this episode is available online in blog form at Transcript: Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. on Practical Tips for Balance & Sanity
Humanistic Psychologist, Scott Barry Kaufman, joins us to discuss what it looks like to become the best version of ourselves, even in the challenging times we’re experiencing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. He reveals that if we access our full potential, we not only are deeply filled with creativity, purpose and fulfillment, but we also are deeply connected to one another. He offers practical tips you can do today to advance your journey on the path to self-actualization. In this episode we discuss:
- How Kaufman re-imagined Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Practicing radical acceptance of the moment
- How peak experiences cause awareness and growth
- Making the most of time at home during social isolation
- The loneliness epidemic: Advice to foster connection amidst physical distancing
- Focusing on meaning over happiness
Our moments of deep fulfillment tend to come when we focus on meaning as opposed to happiness. -Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
Self-actualization is an on-going process. Growth comes with 2-steps forward and 1-step back. We’re being called into empathy for ourselves and each other. Listen now for practical tips to cultivate empathy, grow, and face your fears to access deeper fulfillment.
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is a humanistic psychologist who has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, NYU, and elsewhere. He received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M.Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. He writes the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which has received more than 10 million downloads. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic and Harvard Business Review, and his books include Ungifted, Wired to Create (with Carolyn Gregoire), and, as editor, Twice Exceptional and, as co-editor, The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence. In 2015, he was named one of "50 Groundbreaking Scientists Who Are Changing the Way We See the World" by Business Insider.
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