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Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Dr. 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.

The Psychology Podcast Scott Barry Kaufman

    • Social Sciences
    • 4.6, 867 Ratings

Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Dr. 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.

    196: Wendy Wood on How to Make Positive Changes that Stick

    196: Wendy Wood on How to Make Positive Changes that Stick

    In this episode I discuss habits with social psychologist Wendy Wood-- how to break the bad ones, create good habits, and how to make them actually stick.

    • 48 min
    195: Pete Carroll on Winning with Meaning and Purpose

    195: Pete Carroll on Winning with Meaning and Purpose

    In this episode of The Psychology Podcast I chat with Coach Pete Carroll about how to win with meaning, purpose, and love.

    • 48 min
    194: Michele Gelfand on How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World

    194: Michele Gelfand on How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World

    Today it’s great to have the cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand on the podcast. Dr. Gelfand is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gelfand uses field, experimental, computational, and neuroscience methods to understand the evolution of culture– as well as its multilevel consequences for human groups. In addition to publishing numerous articles in many prestigious scientific outlets, she is the author of Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World.
    In this episode we discuss:
    What are social norms? The difference between tight and loose cultures The advantages vs. disadvantages of tight vs. loose cultures Why did tight vs. loose cultures evolve in the first place? How chronic threat produces a tight culture Real vs. perceived (imagined) threats How cross-cultural psychology is expanding  The interdisciplinary expansion of the study of social norms How organizations can be tight vs. loose Why the ambidexterity of an organizational culture matters Why people welcomed ISIS in some contexts How to anticipate radical shifts in culture around the world in ways that can be predictable How people differ in terms of what is perceived a threat The potential for meaningful conversation across the political divide The importance of persevering in science How understanding differing cultural codes can help us navigate and negotiate them How can modifying a nation’s norms address protracted social problems? Why Michele is so excited to be in the field now more than ever How these contexts can breed negative behaviors Why we need to exert more control to achieve the Goldilocks principle Why we need to be mindful of social norms Why Michele is hopeful that we can recalibrate social norms that facilitate greater cooperation among cultures

    • 50 min
    193: Judith Orloff on Thriving as an Empath

    193: Judith Orloff on Thriving as an Empath

    “A little self-care goes a long way. Honoring your sensitivities is an act of self-love.”
    Today it’s so great to have Dr. Judith Orloff on the podcast. Dr. Orloff is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her new book Thriving as an Empath, along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal, offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people  Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has also spoken at Google-LA and has a TEDX talk.
    The gift of being different How empaths are “emotional sponges” How empaths can be misdiagnosed The importance of being aware of the “phases of nature” and the “cycles of light” Treasure your sensitivity Identify the signs of being overwhelmed with stimulation You are allowed to have peace The new paradigm of being a man The sacredness of commitment Why the past doesn’t control you The importance of setting boundaries The joy of not overthinking How to hold space for someone without having to fix them Getting in touch with the “magical part of your being” Being willing to feel loss in order to move on Go where the light is How to shield yourself from toxic people How to stop caring about other people’s opinions of us

    • 49 min
    192: David Yaden on The Science of Self-Transcendent Experiences

    192: David Yaden on The Science of Self-Transcendent Experiences

    Today it’s great to have David Yaden on the podcast. Dr. Yaden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine. His research focus is on the psychology, neuroscience, and pharmacology of transformative and self-transcendent experiences. He is currently focusing on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. His scientific and scholarly work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and NPR.
    In this episode we discuss:
    The applicability of self-transcendent experiences to the current moment The definition of self-transcendent experiences Andrew Newberg’s pioneering work on the neuroscience of self-transcendent experiences Abraham Maslow’s role in the history of the scientific investigation of self-transcendent experiences The “everyperson’s spiritual experience” The two main components of awe The main characteristics of awe Awe vs. flow The role of technology in triggering self-transcendent experiences The triggers of self-transcendent experiences The limitations of interventions to induce self-transcendent experiences How we can seek out little moments of awe, gratitude, and mindfulness How psilocybin can induce very intense self-transcendent experiences The potential for psychedelic therapy sessions The neuroscience underlying the therapeutic benefit of psychedelics How psychedelic experiences can impact our connection with close others David’s personal self-transendent experience Davis’ interest in studying intense interventions David’s study of the philosophy of psychology

    • 58 min
    191: Transcend with Scott Barry Kaufman

    191: Transcend with Scott Barry Kaufman

    On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, physicist Sean Carroll chats with Scott Barry Kaufman, host of The Psychology Podcast, about his new book Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, which is out today!
    In this episode we discuss:
    Why studying humans is more complicated than studying the universe The importance of having humility as a psychologist How Scott’s new book Transcend builds on the work of Abraham Maslow How Maslow never actually drew a pyramid What Maslow actually meant by his “Hierarchy of Needs” The dialectical between security and growth Scott’s new metaphor for the hierarchy of needs How humans can be greater than the sum of their parts Scott’s revised integrated hierarchy of needs Why attachment styles are continuums, not types Why the need for belonging is not the same as the need for intimacy The effects of loneliness on our physical health The latest science of introversion Healthy self-esteem vs. narcissism The “growing tip” Psychological entropy The need for exploration and information seeking The more cosmic aspect of love, or “B-Love” The need for purpose Why self-actualization is not achievement The form of purpose that can lead to transcendence Why nothing is absolutely good or bad

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

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867 Ratings

867 Ratings

Juliecatcharabbitt ,

Favorite Podcast

I’ve been listening to for years. Scott always has the best, most intriguing questions. He’s a bit dorky and goofy but that just adds to the program and shows his true nature, which is nice. He’s a brilliant person with great guests and questions that lead to insightful discussions. I have suggested this show to many, well done Scott! You’ve created a wonderful show that shares with the world your enthusiasm for fascinating psychology topics.

DJRR11 ,

Great Show!

Always enjoy this show and the episodes always feature great topics!

James Kanka ,

Very Positive and Interesting

Worth checking out, the host comes across as very approachable and excited to discuss psychology with people he respects. I appreciate that he challenges/digs to understand better.

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