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Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode we’ll feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of your self, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility! Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-psychology-podcast/support

The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman Scott Barry Kaufman

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Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode we’ll feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of your self, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility! Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-psychology-podcast/support

    Tal Ben-Shahar || The Science of Happiness

    Tal Ben-Shahar || The Science of Happiness

    Today it’s great to have Tal Ben Shahar on the podcast. Tal is a Best-Selling Author & Leadership Expert. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history. Today, he consults and lectures around the world to executives in multinational corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Tal is the founder of Happiness Studies Academy, an online program that provides the knowledge and the tools to generate happiness for individuals and school communities.

    Topics

    · Tal’s former career as a squash player

    · How Tal ended up teaching happiness at Harvard

    · Tal’s definition of happiness

    · How deep learning affects our relationships

    · How happiness impacts creativity

    · Tal discusses various types of well-being

    · How different cultures define happiness

    · Is it possible to “achieve” happiness?

    · How Tal's approach to happiness can lift up disadvantaged populations

    · Why depression levels are skyrocketing

    · The impact of social media on happiness

    · Empathy vs. compassion


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    John McWhorter || Nasty Words

    John McWhorter || Nasty Words

    John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy, and music history at Columbia University, and writes for various publications on language issues and race issues such as Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, CNN, and the Atlantic. He told his mother he wanted to be a "book writer" when he was five, and is happy that it worked out.

    Topics

    · Why John wrote a book on profanity

    · Why we call it “swearing”

    · Why people love the f-word

    · How profanity “lives in the right brain”

    · Why slurs sometimes become terms of affection

    · Why every culture has slurs

    · Why John thinks “the elect” is doing harm to society

    · How to balance contrasting perspectives on racism

    · John and Scott discuss the victim mentality

    · Discerning between fact and fiction in racial justice


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    • 58 min
    Judson Brewer || Unwinding Anxiety

    Judson Brewer || Unwinding Anxiety

    Today it’s great to have Jud Brewer on the podcast. Dr. Brewer is a New York Times best-selling author, addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He is an associate professor and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Center for Mindfulness at Brown University and the Executive Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Sharecare Inc. He has developed clinically proven app-based mindfulness trainings including those to help people with quitting smoking, emotional eating and anxiety. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017) and Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2021).



    Topics

    · Why Jud practices mindfulness

    · How to break unhealthy habits and addictions

    · What “everyday addictions” are

    · Can addictions be reversed?

    · Why we prefer cake to broccoli

    · The shortcomings of willpower

    · Jud discusses discipline and changing behaviors

    · The role of anxiety in habit formation

    · The science of curiosity

    · Understanding our cravings

    · What anxiety sobriety is


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    • 51 min
    Arthur Brooks || Love Your Enemies

    Arthur Brooks || Love Your Enemies

    Today it’s great to chat with Arthur Brooks on the podcast. Arthur is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.



    Topics

    · Arthur’s relationship to music

    · Arthur’s experience with silent meditation retreats

    · Arthur’s unique spin on the science of happiness

    · The importance of suffering

    · Arthur’s conversation with the Dalai Lama

    · How to treat people like assets instead of liabilities

    · Being needed vs. objectifying oneself

    · How to cultivate dignity

    · The importance of having “useless” friends

    · Why fear is the opposite of love

    · The difference between empathy and compassion

    · How religion and spirituality impact human happiness

    · How creativity contributes to happiness


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    • 59 min
    Noreena Hertz || How to Restore Human Connection

    Noreena Hertz || How to Restore Human Connection

    Today it’s great to chat with Noreena Hertz on the podcast. Noreena Hertz is a renowned thought leader, academic, and broadcaster, named by The Observer “one of the world’s leading thinkers” and by Vogue “one of the world’s most inspiring women.” Her previous bestsellers — The Silent Takeover, The Debt Threat, and Eyes Wide Open — have been published in more than twenty countries, and her opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Financial Times. She has hosted her own show on SiriusXM and spoken at TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and Google Zeitgeist.

    Topics

    · The impact of technology on our social lives

    · How to boost the health of our society

    · The importance of local communities

    · “The loneliness economy”

    · The healthcare burden of loneliness

    · Combating loneliness in the workplace

    · How to give and receive care

    · “Blue zones"

    · How creating community helps our wellbeing

    · How to create communities for the elderly

    · Innovative methods to combat loneliness

    · How artificial intelligence can address loneliness


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Christian Jarrett || The Science of Personality Change

    Christian Jarrett || The Science of Personality Change

    Today it’s great to chat with Christian Jarrett on the podcast. A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Christian is Deputy Editor of Psyche, a global digital magazine that illuminates the human condition. Christian has written about psychology and neuroscience for publications across the world, including BBC Future, WIRED, New York magazine, New Scientist, GQ Italia and The Guardian. He was the founding editor and creator of the British Psychological Society's Research Digest, presenter of their PsychCrunch podcast, and an award-winning journalist on The Psychologist magazine. His books include The Rough Guide to Psychology and Great Myths of The Brain. His latest book is Be Who You Want: Unlocking The Science of Personality Change. 

    Topics  

    [1:48] How Christian burst out of his shell  

    [4:32] The role of biology in temperament  

    [6:52] How working on your physical health can influence your personality  

    [8:11] How changing job roles can shape our personality  

    [10:07] How our peers shape our personalities  

    [12:17] The effect of stressors on a developing child’s personality  

    [17:16] The impact of a child’s environment on their personality  

    [20:04] The happy events in life that don’t positively affect personality 

    [23:46] The lemon juice personality test  

    [27:56] Christian’s thoughts on "cancel culture"  

    [31:03] Christian discusses personality disorders  

    [35:37] Why US presidents are more likely to display psychopathic traits  

    [39:30] Challenge mindset vs. threat mindset


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    • 50 min

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