How to Live with Guts and Confidence with Amy Alkon

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 11, 2018

Today it’s great to have Amy Alkon on the podcast. Amy Alkon is a “transdisciplinary applied scientist”, who synthesizes research findings from various areas, translates the findings into understandable language, and then creates practical advice based on the latest science. Alkon writes The Science Advice Goddess, an award-winning, syndicated column that runs in newspapers across the United States and Canada. Amy’s latest book is Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living With Guts and Confidence.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The importance of action for overcoming your fears
  • How people-pleasing backfires
  • How you can use fear as a tool for change
  • How to “impersonate your way to being the real you”
  • Why authenticity is overrated
  • How to have a secure self-esteem
  • How to reduce shame
  • How Amy asked for feedback while she was dating
  • How to have the courage to say “no”
  • Why it’s better to have systems than goals
  • “The importance of “small wins”
  • Why dating is a numbers game
  • How to feel more empowered in your life


One Response to “How to Live with Guts and Confidence with Amy Alkon”

  1. asli says:

    I always enjoy your podcast, thank you! However… there’s something with all of these self-help writers trying to sell their books (and maybe in academia as well) where they create this pretense that they’ve stumbled on a brand new idea that only they can tell you about. Her claim at the start that therapists do not promote action but just have you whine is a bit bizarre.. has she heard of cognitive behavioral therapy? – where the easiest and first step we recommend is to change behavior, i.e. to take action.

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