Monthly Archives: April, 2017

The Neuroscience of Leadership with Friederike Fabritius

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 27, 2017

On today’s episode of The Psychology Podcast, we speak with Friederike Fabritius, a neuroscientist who specializes in optimizing workplaces for greater productivity and well-being. Our conversation covers a vast array of useful topics, such as habit formation, public speaking, emotional regulation and proper decision making. We talk about how some of these activities show up in […]

How to Captivate People with Vanessa Van Edwards

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 25, 2017

Vanessa Van Edwards is a self-described “recovering boring and awkward person,” whose latest book, Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, provides simple ways to decode people and level-up your relationships and networking abilities. It’s an especially practical episode, which features a handful of actionable strategies to be more effective in the social realm. We discuss […]

The Psychology of Creativity with Dr. James C. Kaufman

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 20, 2017

For this episode of The Psychology Podcast, I chat with my brother from another mother, Dr. James C. Kaufman, as we take deep dive into one of humanity’s most coveted virtues – creativity. We profile creative genius, discuss different forms of creativity, and talk about the links between creativity, IQ and mental illness. This episode […]

The Gifts of Disability with Gail Saltz

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 18, 2017

Over 50% of people will meet the criteria for a mental illness in their lifetime. On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we want to do our part to encourage people to seek assistance, while celebrating some of the unique strengths of people with brain differences. I speak with Dr. Gail Saltz about some fascinating gifts […]

Boosting Student Resilience with Dr. Diana Brecher

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 12, 2017

Dr. Brecher is a clinical psychologist who uses cognitive behavioral strategies and positive psychology interventions to buffer students against the pervasive depression and anxiety present in higher education. We talk about her recommendations to increase resiliency, mindfulness, character strengths, self-efficacy, optimism, gratitude, and more. We discuss the mechanisms through which these interventions work, some of the many […]

How to Be a Happy Lawyer with Dan Bowling III

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 5, 2017

On today’s episode of The Psychology Podcast, our executive producer Taylor Kreiss conducts a guest interview about lawyer well-being. His guest, Dan Bowling III, is a Duke law professor and a positive psychology expert using science to help lawyers become healthier and happier human beings. We address some of the disconcerting mental health statistics, discuss why lawyers suffer from […]

Social Psychologist Roy Baumeister on Willpower, Violence, and Free Will

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 3, 2017

Roy Baumeister brings the methods of social psychology to bear on some of life’s deepest philosophical problems. In the second part of this two part series (see Part I), we cover the psychology of self-control, violence, sex differences, and free will. In addition to Roy responding to the critics of his “ego-depletion” model of self-control, he also offers […]

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