“It’s time for a more dynamic conceptualization of potential that takes into account each person’s unique package of personal characteristics, dreams, passions, goals, and development. That emphasizes the journey, not the product. That shifts from a single judgement day of standardized and decontextualized testing to an extended period of deeply personal engagement, problem solving, exploration, and revision.” – Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist exploring the depths of human potential. He is interested in using his research to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and self-actualized life. He is a professor at Columbia University where he teaches courses on creativity and well-being, and he is director of research at the 2e Center, Bridges Academy.
Scott likes to share his enthusiasm of psychology through his teaching, writing, speaking, and podcast. He writes the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which has received over 10 million downloads. Kaufman’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review.
Dr. Kaufman’s books include Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization (coming April 7, 2020), Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire), Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and, as editor, Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties and The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence.
Scott received a 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. In 2015, he was named one of “50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider.
Things Scott did in his past life:
Scott’s 2019 NeuroLeadership Summit talk on self-actualization and his new hierarchy of needs:
Scott’s latest TEDx talk on twice exceptionality: