The Psychology Podcast
The Psychology Podcast
Om The Psychology Podcast
In each episode, we talk with inspiring scientists, thinkers, and other self-actualized individuals who will give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in. Scott Barry Kaufman explores the depths of human potential and tries to get a glimpse into human possibility in every episode.
Today we welcome back Ken Sheldon to the podcast. Ken is a Curator's Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Columbia, Missouri. He has written and edited over 200 academic books, scholarly articles, and book chapters. Among these, some of his most notable work include Optimal Human Being and Self-determination Theory in the Clinic. His latest book is called Freely Determined: What the New Psychology of the Self Teaches Us About How to Live. In this episode, I talk to Ken Sheldon about free will. Instead of questioning its existence, Ken is concerned with how we might use free will to help us reach our goals. Each person has the capacity to make good and bad choices, and to learn from the past. Although we are unable to know everything about ourselves, we can still make informed decisions. Believing that we have the ability to choose directly affects our well-being and values. We also touch on the topics of neuroscience, self-determination, and responsibility. Website: sheldonk.mufaculty.umsystem.edu/home Topics 03:09 Freely Determined 07:23 System 1 and System 2 09:02 Cybernetic freewill 12:12 Choices are not predetermined 17:36 Self-determination theory 20:20 The feeling of freedom 24:57 The evolution of the symbolic self 32:47 The default mode network in goal setting 40:57 The “Rewind the tape” argument 45:05 The problem of too much freedom 46:51 Determinism is detrimental 50:45 Living well together 53:28 Free will is an adaptation
Today we welcome Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus, and T.K. Coleman, known collectively as The Minimalists. Joshua and Ryan are Emmy-nominated Netflix stars and New York Times–bestselling authors. Alongside their podcast co-host, T.K., they help millions of people live meaningful lives with less. The Minimalists have been featured in Time, Architectural Digest, and GQ, and they have spoken at Harvard, Apple, and Google. Their podcast has more than 100 million downloads, making it one of the most popular podcasts in the world. In this episode I talk to Joshua, Ryan, and T.K. about minimalism. All too often, we are preoccupied with amassing wealth and possessions in an attempt to fill the void. Soon, we find that accumulating stuff doesn’t make us feel whole. Instead of turning to objects, the minimalists ask us to ponder “How do we live more with less?” When we can get rid of clutter in our homes, digital spaces, and relationships, we make room for what’s truly important. Joshua, Ryan, and T.K. talk about how minimalism has changed their lives, allowing them to feel more content, mindful, and generous. Website: www.theminimalists.com Twitter: @TheMinimalists Topics 01:46 Why minimalism? 08:27 Integrity and hypocrisy 13:05 Abundance begins from within 19:55 Minimalistic being 23:17 The “hell yes!” rule 27:20 Slow down to go faster 30:59 Confronting the void 42:38 Advertisements suck 48:21 Keep what brings joy and value 53:55 The secret to organization 1:01:03 The spontaneous combustion rule
Today we welcome John Vervaeke. John is an award-winning professor at the University of Toronto in Psychology, Cognitive Science and Buddhist Psychology. His academic interests include wisdom, mindfulness, meditation, relevance realization, general intelligence, and rationality. He is the author of Awakening from the Meaning Crisis Youtube series and co-author of Zombies in Western Culture: A 21st Century Crisis. In this episode I talk to John Vaervaeke about the meaning crisis. There is a growing number of people who are struggling to find purpose in life. Society seems to be losing touch of its humanity. John argues that we can address the meaning crisis by appreciating and grounding ourselves in reality. We can find relevance by deepening our relationship with the world and the people around us. In turn, this reverence affords us peace of mind, while recognizing the interconnection of all things. We also touch on the topics of transcendence, mattering, narcissism, spirituality and artificial intelligence. Website: patreon.com/johnvervaeke Twitter: @vervaeke_john Topics 03:30 Meaning and mattering 07:25 Relevance realization 13:33 Grounding and peace of mind 17:30 Horizontal and vertical transcendence 25:45 Wisdom is overcoming dichotomy 29:42 Measuring rationality 34:17 Zen Neoplatonism and Daoism 41:16 Spirituality is what remains 45:43 Care is essential to being human 49:20 The next Buddha is the Sangha 51:33 Reverence realization 58:45 The meaning crisis
Today we welcome Dr. Dacher Keltner, one of the world’s foremost emotion scientists. He is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the director of the Greater Good Science Center. Fun fact: he was the scientific advisor behind the beloved Pixar movie, Inside Out! He has over 200 scientific publications and six books, including Born to Be Good, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox. His latest book is called Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life. In this episode I talk to Dacher Keltner about the new science of awe. Emotions like fear and disgust have been extensively researched because of their roles in human survival. But Dr. Keltner argues that awe is also essential for well-being and community. Music, art, and nature are some of the antecedents that can induce a sense of wonder, inspiring us to be better by recognizing that we’re parts of a greater whole. We also touch on the topics of transcendence, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and creativity. Website: dacherkeltner.com Twitter: @GreaterGoodSC Topics 02:19 The science of awe 09:59 What triggers awe? 12:31 The neuroscience and physiology of awe 17:06 The essential features of awe 19:26 A prosocial approach to evolutionary psychology 25:16 Dr. Keltner’s personal search for awe 32:24 Nature and connectivity 36:16 Are we depriving children of awe? 38:20 Awe is a life detector 40:54 Awe and creativity 42:44 The dark side of awe 45:09 Cultivating the awe mindset 53:41 The unifying purpose of awe
Welcome to The Human Potential Lab! In this special series of The Psychology Podcast, I will be doing solo episodes answering your burning questions about the mind, brain, human behavior, and human potential. In the second episode of this series, I will be talking about creativity and how it differs from intelligence. Creativity can come in many different forms. It can be expressed through artistic compositions, through ingenious solutions to problems, or even through the combination of seemingly paradoxical ideas. Over the years, there’s been a large number of scientific studies which have sought to measure creativity. Not only that, but researchers have been able to identify what predicts divergent thinking and its association with certain personality traits. Other fascinating areas of investigation include the link between mental illness and creativity and the neuroscience behind the creative process. Today we will touch on all of these exciting areas. Website: scottbarrykaufman.com Twitter: @psychpodcast & @sbkaufman Topics 01:57 Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking 08:24 “Beyonder” characteristics 12:39 Personality traits associated with creativity 18:07 Ego strength of creative individuals 22:06 Creative people have messy minds 25:53 Neuroscience of creativity 32:39 The link between creativity and mental illness 34:59 Flow and the creative process 37:55 Combining originality and relevance
Today we welcome Gretchen Rubin, one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s a highly acclaimed writer, having sold millions of copies of her New York Times bestselling books. Her podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, has more than 220 million downloads. As the founder of The Happiness Project, Gretchen has helped create an ecosystem of imaginative products and tools to help people become happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. Her latest book is called Life in Five Senses. In this episode I talk to Gretchen Rubin about connecting to the world through our five senses. Our fast-paced, modern world keeps us constantly moving, making us feel disconnected from other people and our surroundings. Gretchen shares unconventional ways we can re-experience the world through seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching. She believes that tuning into life’s simple pleasures allows us to live each day with more appreciation and vitality. We also touch on the topics of mindfulness, creativity, learning, and individual differences. Website: gretchenrubin.com Twitter: @gretchenrubin Topics 01:57 The Five-Senses Quiz 08:25 The more we know, the more we notice 11:09 Life in Five Senses 14:34 We all have unique sensory worlds 19:21 Gretchen’s daily visits to the MET 24:40 The longing for immersive experiences 27:50 COVID has taught us to value our senses 32:10 The magic of ketchup 36:50 Connecting through sensory experiences 40:04 What is your ideal sensory surrounding? 50:21 The muse machine 55:19 Different ways of being and sensing
Today we welcome Sharon Salzberg, who is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. She is the co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society. Her podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed six million downloads and features interviews with thought leaders from the mindfulness movement and beyond. Her latest book is called Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom. In this episode, I talk to Sharon Salzberg about navigating real life. When we are faced with trials and tribulations, it feels as if we're alone. On top of that, our underlying assumptions about the world and ourselves can make us feel worse. Sharon shares with us useful tips that can help us deal with overwhelming emotions and pain. She believes that by cultivating these loving-kindness practices, it can help us feel more open and free, allowing our inner lights to shine forth. Website: www.sharonsalzberg.com Twitter: @SharonSalzberg Topics 02:17 From isolation to openness and freedom 05:36 Suffering from our unexamined assumptions 07:33 “Shaking hands” with our emotions 11:35 Looking within with love 15:38 Guilt, shame, and remorse 19:23 Loving-kindness exercises 23:33 “When we connect with others, we find ourselves” 27:07 The light within us all 30:34 The Dalai Lama’s visit to insight meditation society 33:15 Widening our window of tolerance 39:11 Allow yourself to feel joy 40:57 Dealing with illness and physical pain 48:00 Aspiration powers our journey
Today we welcome Dr. Anil Seth. He is the Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. His research has been supported by the European Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Dr. Seth’s 2017 main-stage TED talk is one of the most popular science TED talks, with more than 13 million views. His latest book, which has received numerous accolades, is called Being You: A New Science of Consciousness. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Anil Seth about the new science of consciousness. Although we don’t exactly know how or why consciousness exists, Dr. Seth thinks this shouldn’t stop us from exploring its properties. One of the things he explores in his research is the conditions for consciousness. Everyone has their own way of perceiving the world. Perceptual diversity exists and we would be misguided to try and standardize consciousness on a single dimension. We also touch on the topics of intelligence, panpsychism, free will, AI technology, and the after life. Website: www.anilseth.com Twitter: @anilkseth Topics 02:08 The hard problem of consciousness 07:02 The value of inner experiences 12:22 Experiencing is consciousness 15:51 Panpsychism 19:01 The condition for consciousness 21:38 Neuroscience of consciousness 27:32 Perceptual diversity 37:09 Perception Census 43:00 Can we measure consciousness? 49:13 Individual differences in experiencing 56:40 Experience of free will is not an illusion 1:09:24 Cybernetic free will 1:12:55 Can artificial intelligence produce consciousness? 1:24:24 The desire to persist
Today we welcome Kenneth Play and Madison Sloane Holland. Kenneth Play is an international sex expert and sex educator. Named “the world’s greatest sex hacker” by GQ, he has been featured by more than one hundred media outlets, including The New York Times, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post. He is the creator of the Sex Hacker Pro Series, and author of Beyond Satisfied. His work has helped millions of men gain lasting confidence and competence. Madison Sloane Holland is a sex and empowerment coach, intimacy expert, and co-host of the top-rated sex podcast, Pleasure Positive Living. In this episode, I talked to Kenneth and Madison about how to increase sexual pleasure. Most people fail to realize their full sexual potential, partly because sex education in America is fear and shame driven. As a result, people turn to different forms of media, which can create unrealistic expectations and insecurities. Kenneth and Madison dispel the most common sex myths and talk about how we can empower both men and women to take charge of their own pleasure. Websites: kennethplay.com & www.pleasurepositiveliving.com/guide Instagram: @Kenneth_Play & @sugar.sloane_madison Kenneth’s E-book: https://bit.ly/ScottKennethPodcast Kenneth’s free training on VICE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA3iQ1aR5IY Topics 04:22 What is sex hacking? 06:05 Shortcomings of American sex education 09:37 How block ourselves from pleasure 13:05 Transcendent sexuality and peak experiences 22:27 Pleasure for healing and intimacy 26:04 The orgasm gap 32:33 Erotic context matters 37:48 Male sexual empowerment 45:52 Myths about sexual pleasure 54:36 Going after our deepest desires
Today we welcome Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling. She is the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita of Biology and Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. Her books and scholarly articles are referenced widely in feminist and scientific inquiry. She has received grants and fellowships in both the sciences and the humanities. In 2020, she re-released Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality with updated research. In this episode, I talked to Anne Fausto-Sterling about gender/sex and the body. During the sixties, the term “gender” was introduced to make a distinction between a person’s biology and psychology. But Dr. Fausto-Sterling believes that these can never really be separate. Biology influences gender—and the opposite is also true. Culture and context can influence our hormones and body systems. We also touch on the topics of gender dysphoria, feminism, intersexuality, trans issues, and child development. Website: annefaustosterling.com Twitter: @Fausto_Sterling Topics 02:52 Dr. Fausto-Sterling’s background and expertise 07:58 Sexual invert, eonist, & transvestite 14:42 Gender identity disorder in the DSM 19:47 Transgenderism and non-binaries 21:49 The Five Sexes 25:27 “Gender is always changing the biology” 30:08 Redefining sex 34:54 Intersex inclusivity 40:29 Feminists labeled as TERFs 43:39 Sex should be functional 45:45 Moral panic about bathrooms, sports, jail 50:00 Addressing issues in context 55:50 Dynamic Systems Framework for Gender/Sex Development 57:54 Dr. Fausto-Sterling’s call to end sex differences research
Today we welcome Debra Soh, Marco Del Giudice, and Buck Angel. Dr. Debra Soh is a neuroscientist who specializes in gender, sex, and sexual orientation. She holds a PhD in neuroscience with scientific expertise in paraphilias, hypersexuality, and child sexual abuse prevention. As a journalist, her writing has appeared in several publications like the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many more. In 2020, she published her first book called “The End of Gender”. Dr. Marco Del Giudice is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He received his bachelors in psychology and doctorate in cognitive science from the University of Turin in Italy. He has over a hundred scientific publications on personality, motivation, attachment styles, psychopathology, sex differences, and other topics. In 2016 he was granted the Early Career Award of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). Buck Angel is an adult-film producer, performer and motivational speaker who also works as an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance from 2010 to 2016. Born as a biological female, Buck conquered a lifetime of adversity to undergo his transformation to become the healthy, happy, self-confident man that he is today. Buck created the first FTM adult website in 2003, and became the first FTM adult entertainer and film producer. In 2007, Buck made history again as the first transexual man to ever win the AVN transexual performer of the year award. In this episode, I talk to Debra, Marco, and Buck about the scientific realities of biological sex. There is considerable opposition against the idea that sex is binary. But denying science because it doesn’t seem to fit our gender beliefs can be dangerous. As ironic as it seems, when we acknowledge biology, we can accommodate more variation better than our preconceived, rigid social norms. Website: drdebrasoh.com , marcodg.net , buckangel.com Twitter: @DrDebraSoh & @BuckAngel Topics 04:08 Dr. Marco’s background and expertise 06:41 Dr. Debra’s background and expertise 07:48 Buck’s background and expertise 10:02 Shift from ‘transexual’ to ‘transgender’ 12:35 The separation of sex and gender 21:33 Why feminists reject biology 27:27 “It is transphobic to deny biology” 30:51 Extreme trans activism 40:00 Transgenders vs TERFs 43:07 Being gender fluid is trendy 44:18 Losing the nuances in gender 47:49 The evolutionary perspective of traits 55:05 Dismantling the definition of woman 58:46 De-transitioning and safe healthcare 1:07:03 The construction of gender identity 1:14:25 Social transitioning through pronouns 1:22:32 Non-binary and non-specific labels 1:28:42 Prioritizing truth over feelings
Today we welcome Dr. Carole Hooven. For the past six years, she served as a lecturer and co-director of undergraduate studies at Harvard’s department of Human Evolutionary Biology. She has received numerous teaching awards, and her popular Hormones and Behavior class was named one of the Harvard Crimson’s “top ten tried and true.” Currently, Dr. Hooven has moved to the Psychology department where she works as an associate at Steven Pinker’s lab. Her latest book is called T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us. In this episode, I talked to Dr. Carole Hooven about the science of testosterone. Why do males have higher rates of physical violence, take on more risk, and desire more sexual partners? Dr. Hooven’s research points to testosterone as the answer. Although sex differences may stem from biology, variations in behavior may be better explained by genetics interacting with culture. We also touch on the topics of evolutionary biology, gender dysphoria, gender-affirming care, and academic freedom. Website: carolehooven.com Twitter: @hoovlet Topics 02:49 Dr. Carole’s background and expertise 09:26 Sex differences in mental rotation 21:38 How hormones work 24:47 The uses and effects of testosterone 28:00 Testosterone, risk, and violence 31:23 Genetic and cultural differences 35:33 Trans women’s athletic advantages 38:51 Let scientists conduct research 44:22 Side effects of puberty blockers 49:31 Evidence-informed view of transitioning 56:30 There is no trans phenotype 59:22 The TERFs vs trans debates 1:03:28 Suppression of academic freedom 1:06:48 Untangle science from politics 1:09:15 Can we modify our chromosomes?
Today we welcome Aaron Rabinowitz and Callie Wright. Aaron is a lecturer in philosophy at Rutgers University. He hosts the Embrace The Void and Philosophers in Space podcast. He specializes in ethics, metaethics, and problems surrounding AI and personhood. He earned his M.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University. Callie is a freelance audio producer and the host of the Queersplaining podcast. They are non-binary trans person. In this episode, I talk to Aaron and Callie about gender and trans issues. When it comes to transgendered folk, we tend to focus on extreme examples that are far removed from reality. Some people think being transgender is a social contagion, while others reject the reality of gender altogether. Callie shares how transitioning has allowed them to become their most authentic self. Aaron sheds light on the issues of consent, autonomy, identity, and medical ethics. Both Callie and Aaron recognize that specific topics can negatively skew public opinion, which is why addressing misconceptions and highlighting the lived experiences of trans men, women, and non-binary individuals are crucial to the conversation. Website: voidpod.com & queersplaining.com Twitter: @ETVPod & @calliegetsit Topics 03:15 Introducing Callie 05:14 Introducing Aaron 08:27 Callie coming out as trans 17:06 Ideology over science 23:32 Transphobia is real 25:28 Social contagion and moral panic 33:29 Pushing the anti-trans agenda 35:56 “Have a trans child or a dead child” 41:13 Extreme trans activists 47:13 The gender critical movement 44:47 The world operates on gender, not sex 51:29 What does it feel like to be a trans woman? 55:50 Subjectivity of gender and identity 1:02:06 Why we gatekeep identities 1:06:30 Trans people in sports 1:23:58 Sex and gender differences 1:32:47 Gender-affirming care 1:39:44 Puberty blockers and transitioning 1:42:38 Medical ethics and barriers to access 1:49:21 Parental consent vs child autonomy 1:52:17 There is harm in waiting and seeing 2:07:55 Irreversible changes in puberty 2:11:43 Teaching gender in school 2:15:26 Wokeness is misappropriated 2:17:42 Final thoughts
Today we welcome Steven Kotler, the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is an award-winning journalist and one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. Steven is the author of eleven bestsellers including The Art of Impossible, The Rise of Superman, Bold, and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 50 languages, and has appeared in over 100 publications. His latest book is called Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad. Our moderator for this live discussion was Dr. Torrie Higgins, the Head Coach of the Flow Research Collective. Dr. Higgins is a deeply passionate, empathetic peak performance coach, consultant and educator whose coaching philosophy is rooted in the deep-seated belief that everyone has the potential to achieve success and growth. In her private practice, she has had the opportunity to coach a diverse range of clientele, from mountaineers preparing to summit Mount Everest and K2 to business leaders of Fortune 500 companies. In this live discussion, I talked to Steven Kotler about creativity, skill-mastery, and aging. Our society views aging as a process of decline, with our physical and mental capabilities worsening over time. Steve Kotler invites us to challenge our preconceived notions about aging by engaging in “impossible” activities that cultivate mastery and creativity. When we are able to incrementally push past our limits, we change our mindset about growing old which ultimately prolongs our longevity. We also touch on the topics of exploration, play, social connection, flow, neuroscience, wisdom, and embodied cognition. Website: stevenkotler.com Twitter: @steven_kotler Topics 04:55 Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad 10:46 Challenging our limiting beliefs 16:12 Narcissism vs mastery 19:40 Curiosity and exploration as motivators 22:24 Approach fear incrementally 27:18 Why we need “replacement friends” 38:44 Finding a training partner 42:54 Creativity and Aging: What We Can Make With What We Have Left 49:38 Intelligence, expertise, giftedness 52:31 “The pursuit of wisdom thrives on joy” 1:02:13 Dynamic deliberate play 1:11:25 Learning through embodied cognition 1:17:06 Flow and peak experiences 1:23:45 Creativity as a way of being
Today we welcome Eli Finkel. He is a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management. In his role as director of Northwestern’s Relationships and Motivation Lab (RAMLAB), he has published more than 160 scientific papers and is a guest essayist for The New York Times. The Economist declared him “one of the leading lights in the realm of relationship psychology.” His latest book is called The All-Or-Nothing Marriage. In this episode, I talked to Eli Finkel about how the best marriages work. The institution of marriage has evolved throughout the decades. People used to tie the knot for socioeconomic purposes, but nowadays we seek to fulfill our higher need for self-actualization in relationships. According to Eli, higher expectations are not necessarily bad for marriages if people can use them strategically. Eli also shares love hacks we can implement to improve our relationships with our partners. Website: elifinkel.com Twitter: @EliJFinkel Topics 02:54 Pleasure vs meaning in romance 05:49 There’s no rule for marriages 08:15 The pre-industrial mindset of marriage 10:39 Vertical integration of needs in a relationship 13:55 Expectations, goals, & fulfillment 17:53 The evolution of marriage 22:30 The All or Nothing Theory of Marriage 25:21 Mate evaluation theory and other studies 34:48 The value of love hacks 38:21 Positive attribution bias 39:36 Third-party reappraisal on conflict
In this live recording from The Comedy Cellar, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman has a discussion with Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff, and Rikki Schlott about why so much in America seems to be so messed up: Things like Gen Z, universities, social media, American democracy, and our sense of humor, grace, and decency. How can we lighten up, toughen up, and get less stupid?
Welcome to The Human Potential Lab! In this special series of The Psychology Podcast, I will be doing solo episodes answering your burning questions about the mind, brain, human behavior, and human potential. In the first episode of this series, I will be tackling a question I’ve been obsessed with virtually my entire life: What is Intelligence? Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wondered what it means to be smart. Does it simply mean high IQ? Are there other ways of being intelligent? Do multiple intelligences exist? What does it mean to be generally intelligent? As a kid I was placed into special education due to an auditory learning disability which I eventually outgrew. I would look around and see greater potential among all my friends in special ed than other people gave them credit for. This ignited my passion for understanding intelligence, which carried me through to college where I started to scientifically study this fascinating topic, and I have been studying this topic ever since. I understand that the science of intelligence can be a controversial topic, but in today’s episode I’m just going to focus on the facts and the science, and attempt to show you why this topic is so fascinating and so important to study for a broader understanding of how to unlock the potential of all people. Website: scottbarrykaufman.com Twitter: @psychpodcast & @sbkaufman Topics 01:28 What is intelligence? 02:43 History of IQ tests 05:06 The g factor 11:40 IQ and academic achievement 15:21 Theory of Multiple Intelligences 27:17 Theory of Successful Intelligence 30:06 Talent or intelligence? 32:46 Emotional intelligence 39:26 External factors affecting achievement 40:31 Gifted education 41:29 Theory of Personal Intelligence 45:45 There are infinite intelligences
Today we welcome the Shadow Expert, Dr. Connie Zweig. She is a retired therapist, writer, Climate Reality Leader, and Citizens Climate Lobbyist. She is the co-author of Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow and the author of Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality. Her latest book is called The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul, which has won both the 2021 American Book Fest Award and the 2021 Best Indie Book Award for best inspirational non-fiction. In this episode, I talked to Dr. Connie Zweig about embracing the shadow. We often associate the shadow with negativity, but it’s not necessarily bad or sinister. The shadow is composed of repressed feelings and messages in our unconscious, which can erupt out of control. According to Dr. Zweig, we must develop a conscious relationship with our shadow by doing inner work - especially as we age. As we near the end of our lives, it’s crucial that we conduct a life review to help us repair emotionally and spiritually. Website: conniezweig.com Twitter: @innerworkofage Topics 02:33 Dr. Connie’s interest and expertise 06:17 What is “the shadow”? 12:54 How to confront the shadow 14:22 The inner ageist 18:44 Letting go of “doing” 24:01 Elder is a stage, not an age 28:00 The purpose of a life review 32:09 Emotional repair 34:37 Depth psychology 39:50 Spiritual repair 47:12 From role to soul
Today we welcome Gabriella Kellerman, the chief innovation officer at BetterUp and the head of BetterUp Labs. She is also a Harvard-trained physician with expertise in behavioral and organizational change, digital health, well-being, and AI. As a thought leader, Gabriella has been published in The Atlantic, Scientific American Mind, JAMA, and the Harvard Business Review. Her first book is Tomorrowmind, which she co-authored with Professor Martin Seligman. In this episode, I talked to Gabriella Kellerman about prospection and future-proofing the workplace in the 21st century. According to Gabriella, the world is always changing. She argues that we can plan for uncertainty by cultivating creative leadership, building rapid rapport, and learning resilience. We also touch on the topics of imagination, kindness, and positive behavioral science. Website: gabriellarosenkellerman.com Twitter: @grkellerman Topics 01:44 Collaborating with Martin Seligman 03:54 What is prospection? 08:00 Creativity: ways of being divergent 10:36 Creativity hygiene 14:05 Creative strength spotting 16:42 The safety to matter and to innovate 23:59 Positive behavioral science 27:21 Key drivers of resilience 30:48 Instill resilience in the workplace 34:38 Gabriella’s background and expertise 38:37 Building rapid rapport 43:05 Positivity resonance 46:24 Accepting and coping with change
Today we welcome Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett. Dr. Perry Zurn is Associate Professor of Philosophy at American University. He is the author or coauthor of more than 75 publications in philosophy, political theory, trans studies, and network science and has given hundreds of talks at local, national, and international venues. His work has been generously funded by organizations like the American Philosophical Association, the Center for Curiosity, the Lee Somers Fund and more. Dr. Dani S. Bassett is the J. Peter Skirkanich Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Neurology, and Psychiatry. They authored more than 390 peer-reviewed publications, which have garnered over 38,000 citations. Dr. Bassett has received multiple prestigious awards from the American Psychological Association, Sloan Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation among others. They often collaborate on research about neuroscience, curiosity, and the humanities. Recently, they co-wrote Curious Minds: The Power of Connection. In this episode, I talk to Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett about curiosity. For them, curiosity is not just about gaining knowledge, it’s about connecting to the world and to each other. Each individual has their own style of connecting - they can be busybodies, hunters, or dancers at any given time. Perry and Dani also weigh in on how social media affects curiosity and how their network model of curiosity can improve education. Website: perryzurn.com & danisbassett.com Twitter: @perryzurn & @danisbassett Topics 02:27 Perry and Dani’s interest in curiosity 06:26 Curiosity is connection 12:45 Network science 15:18 Archetypes of curiosity 20:22 Deprivation vs interest-based curiosity 23:56 Social curiosity 29:47 Cycling through the different styles of curiosity 37:25 Is social media making us more curious? 40:51 Consciously practicing curiosity 42:32 Curiosity and learning
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