Legendary Psychologist Dr. Seymour Epstein on the Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory of Personality

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 21, 2016

An intellectual hero of the show, 91 year old Seymour Epstein is the creator of one of the most well-respected theories in personality psychology: the Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory of Personality (CEST). In this episode, we discuss how Epstein discovered his calling, what the field of psychology was like in the 1940s, his experience taking a class with Abraham Maslow, his interaction with Gordon Allport, and how he came to create his dual-process theory of personality. We also talk about implications of the theory as it relates to religion, politics and clinical psychology. It was a pleasure speaking with this giant in the field. Enjoy the show!

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“I am a Professor Emeritus in Psychology. I am a clinical. personality, and research psychologist. My major interests are in constructing a unified theory of personality, introducing a new conceptualization of the unconscious mind, constructive thinking as the source of emotional intelligence, and stress, and coping.” Blurb taken from Dr. Epstein’s LinkedIn.com


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