Transcend! Course

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“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a [person’s] life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.” ―Martin Buber

What does it mean to live a life well lived? Can science inform how you can live your own best life? I’m excited to take my popular Columbia University course online! This 8-week online course is grounded in the core principles of humanistic and positive psychology, and will cover essential human needs, including health, security, growth, mindfulness, self-esteem, connection, love, creativity, resiliency, purpose, flow, gratitude, awe, and other forms of transcendence. Throughout the course you will engage in experiential learning and practical exercises to help you nurture what’s best within you— and become a whole person. My hope is that in addition to enhancing your appreciation of how the scientific method can inform the good life, the activities and information in this course will also help you in your own personal journey to realize your greatest strengths and become more fully human— accepting and becoming flexible with the totality of who you are, so that you can become the person you most want to become.


All live course sessions will take place through Zoom on Sundays from 2pm-3pm Pacific West Coast Time.

Week 1: Introduction and Basic Principles of Wholeness

Week 2: Safety, Stress, & Adversity

Week 3: Connection

Week 4: Self-Esteem

Week 5: Exploration 

Week 6: Love

Week 7: Creativity

Week 8: Purpose & Transcendence

Each attendee will receive:

  • 10+ hours of recorded lectures
  • Eight weekly live group Q & A sessions with Scott Barry Kaufman (these Q & A sessions are your opportunity to discuss the weekly exercises and course material with real-time feedback from Scott and other course participants)
  • Great community with weekly “sailboat” sessions in which you will have an opportunity to form connections with a small group of students to help support each other throughout the journey
  • Exclusive workbook of “growth challenges” that will help you overcome your deepest fears and grow as a whole person
  • 1 copy of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization
  • Official Certificate of Completion indicating that you have learned the basic principles of humanistic and positive psychology


“Growth is a pathway to happiness, and happiness something you stumble across as you grow. This course is a must if you want to understand about human needs and how to be a whole human being.”

“This course was exceptional. The professor is engaging, humble, funny, and extremely knowledgable. His lectures kept your interest and the discussions were enlightening. I read the book before taking the class yet still got a lot out of it. It was also very nice to have access to a great group of students with similar interests. I recommend this class to anyone who is interested in self-growth and understanding their fellow humans.”

“The Transcend course offers the best of past and current psychological frameworks that help you to unpack the key areas of the hierarchy of needs. You’ll learn so much more than you’re anticipating, leaving you with plenty of exercises and self reflection to improve yourself and the way you live, ensuring you are the best version of yourself!”

“This course is one of the nicest things that happened to me during Covid. It’s thought- and growth-stimulating, pleasant, and just has a great vibe. I’d participate in a follow up deeper course or any other course Scott organizes.”

“SBK is a masterful instructor and expert and yet at the same time he is gentle, genuine, humble, and funny(!). He has all the “right stuff” to help a person feel important, valued, and self-efficient enough to have the courage to transcend into the person they truly would like to become, to cultivate intimate and meaningful relationships with others, and actualize their life’s purpose.”

“Transcend exceeded expectations in online education. A fascinating intimate deep dive into the work of Maslow, Seligman et al. and the evolution of Positive Psychology. Scott and his staff created incredibly detailed content sharing the science and studies that explain the opportunity for growth potential that exists for all humans. I truly enjoyed the course and book. Highly Recommend!”

“I can’t imagine anything more important right now with the challenges we face than people recognizing their potential for growth being able to bring their best selves to the foreground to do what is needed and thrive together. The Transcend course provides a realistic and achievable map for each of us getting there and practical exercises for every part of the journey. If this vision makes sense to you, then I highly recommend you check out this course. It is a very welcome source of light at the end of the tunnel.” 

“I highly recommend the Transcend course for anyone interested in going into depth in exploring new research findings in humanistic psychology, learning more about how to become a whole person, and considering how to reach one’s highest potential and find purpose and meaning in life. Scott Barry Kaufman is a humble, approachable, enthusiastic and brilliant teacher and guide on the journey.”

“Excellent program for anyone interested in developing being and authenticity.”

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