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The Joy of Suffering and the Downside of Empathy with Paul Bloom [Video]

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 16, 2020

Today it’s great to have Paul Bloom on the podcast. Dr. Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. He is past-president of the Society […]

Stop Missing Your Life with Cory Muscara [Video]

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 1, 2020

Today it’s great to have Cory Muscara on the podcast. Cory is an international speaker and teacher on the topics of presence and well-being. He believes that when people are deeply fulfilled, they are a better force in the world for other beings, the environment, and their communities. For several years he taught mindfulness-based leadership […]

Become an Emotion Scientist with Marc Brackett [VIDEO]

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 19, 2019

“Emotion skills are the key to unlocking the potential inside each one of us. And in the process of developing those skills, we each, heart by heart, mind by mind, create a culture and society unlike anything we’ve experienced thus far— and very much like the one we might dare to imagine.”  — Marc Brackett […]

Humanizing Evil with Julia Shaw [Video]

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 4, 2019

“I firmly believe there is no person, no group, no behavior, no thing that is objectively evil. Perhaps evil only really exists in our fears.” — Julia Shaw Today it’s great to have Dr. Julia Shaw on the podcast. Dr. Shaw is a psychological scientist at UCL. She is best known for her work in the […]

The Neuroscience (and Neuroplasticity) of Intelligence, Creativity, and Genius

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 21, 2019

Today it’s great to have Dr. Rex Jung on the podcast. Dr. Jung is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, and a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, he has practiced neuropsychology in Albuquerque since 2002. His clinical work […]

Liberate Your Mind with Steven Hayes [Video]

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 7, 2019

***FIRST EPISODE OF THE NEW SEASON — WITH VIDEO!*** Today it’s great to have Dr. Steven Hayes on the podcast. Dr. Hayes is a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. The author of forty-three books and more than six hundred scientific articles, he has served as president of the Association for Behavioral […]

[Rerun] Dr. Elaine Aron on the Highly Sensitive Person

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 30, 2019

Dr. Elaine Aron is one of the world’s foremost experts on the highly sensitive person. She ought to be – she was its first researcher! In this episode, we cover this fascinating concept as it relates to a broad swath of psychological concepts like self-esteem, gender, love, leadership, personality, genetics and more. Roughly 20% of the […]

[Rerun] Why We Love, Lust, and Live with Helen Fisher

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 24, 2019

A leader in the psychology of human mating, and an expert on both the cultural and biological foundations of love, Helen Fisher shares science-backed information on attraction, mate selection, infidelity, the neuroscience of love and the effects of culture on our biology. There’s a wealth of interesting facts here and some surprising insight into humanity’s […]

[Rerun] Spectacular Ability in a Sea of Disability: The Psychology of Savantism with Darold Treffert

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 19, 2019

A leading expert in the psychology of savantism for over 40 years and the scientific advisor for the film Rain Man, Darold Treffert is a wellspring of knowledge on this fascinating yet often misunderstood condition. In this episode we cover the brain anatomy of savantism, its causes and some of the incredible abilities of famous […]

[Rerun] Todd Kashdan on Dancing with the Dark Side of Your Personality

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 10, 2019

Psychologist Dr. Todd Kashdan shares some unconventional research on how we can harness “negative” psychological characteristics to live whole, successful and fulfilling lives. Topics include the dark triad, emotional experimentation, mindfulness, education, evolution and what it means to live well. In this episode you will hear about: How feelings like anxiety, jealousy and selfishness can […]

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