What is Self-Actualization Coaching Training?

September 1, 2023 in Blog

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO APPLY THE LATEST SCIENCE OF HUMAN POTENTIAL TO YOUR COACHING PRACTICE? While the coaching industry has taken great strides over the years towards integrating more evidence-based coaching approaches, there is still a lot of work to be done. Many coach training programs still lack strong foundations in science, and do […]

Top Psychology Podcast Episodes of 2020

December 4, 2020 in Blog

From political psychology to ethical porn to sports psychology to therapy to race issues to mindsets for coping during a global pandemic and having success in one’s life, The Psychology Podcast had you covered in 2020. Here’s a sampling of some of the top podcast episodes from this year. Caroline Webb || How to Have a […]

10 Principles of Whole Love: A Humanistic Guide to Cultivating Growth and Wholeness in Your Relationships

October 11, 2020 in Blog

“We must understand love; we must be able to teach it, to create it, to predict it, or else the world is lost to hostility and to suspicion.” – Abraham Maslow, The Psychology of Being In his article “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person“, the philosopher Alain de Botton noted that “choosing whom to commit […]

The Anatomy of Assholes

September 9, 2020 in Blog

A lot has been written about assholes over the years (for example, see Bob Sutton’s terrific book on surviving assholes in the workplace). But what is an asshole, really? What are the traits and characteristics of those whom we typically deem “asshole” in polite society? How do we differentiate between different asshole types? Who are not assholes? In this post, I’ll […]

Maslow on IQ

August 24, 2020 in Blog

“My main point is that [IQ tests] leave out the unconscious, the depths, the inner principle. They leave out the impulse-life, the emotions, the intuitions, the wisdom of the unconscious, the poetic and esthetic, the values… the wisdom of the heart… It is certainly useful to have intelligence tests… they… can be quite useful. But […]

The Nerdy Dopamine Pathway

August 8, 2020 in Blog

Do you get excited and energized by the possibility of learning something new and complex? Do you get turned on by nuance? Do you get really stimulated by new ideas and imaginative scenarios?  You may have an influx of dopamine in your synapses, but not where we traditionally think of the dopamine flowing. In general, […]

Unraveling the Mindset of Victimhood

August 5, 2020 in Blog

Quick: Rate how much you agree with each of these items on a scale of 1 (“not me at all”) to 5 (“this is so me”): It is important to me that people who hurt me acknowledge that an injustice has been done to me. I think I am much more conscientious and moral in […]

Do dark empaths exist?

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Many of you have heard of the “dark triad” of personality traits: narcissism (exaggerated sense of entitlement, superiority, and grandiosity), Machiavellianism (exploitation and manipulation), and psychopathy (cynicism, callousness, thrill seeking). Also, many of you have heard of the “empath“, those who automatically feel the emotions of others and who get overwhelmed with too much stimulation, intimacy, […]

Fearing Growth: The Jonah Complex

July 20, 2020 in Blog

The humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow was deeply interested in how the suppression of healthy ambition can stunt self-actualization, and the tendency for people to fear growth. In an unpublished essay from 1966, Maslow noted that in our society we learn “to put on a chameleon-like cloak of false modesty or humility.” Maslow argued that in order to avoid punishment […]

Anders Ericsson: A Personal Obituary of a Legend

July 15, 2020 in Blog

The psychologist Anders Ericsson passed away on June 17th at the age of 73. This passing of a legend in the field has deeply emotionally affected a lot of people in the field (for instance, see these beautiful obituaries by David Epstein and Nick Byrd). I had prior drafts of this obituary, but decided to […]