Shades of Pride with Jessica Tracy

by Scott Barry Kaufman, February 14, 2018

“What is it in the human psyche that allows us to achieve, create, discover, and invent in ways that no other species can?”

This is a question Jessica Tracy explores in her book Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. Tracy is a professor of psychology, an emotion researcher, and a social-personality psychologist at the University of British Columbia. In our conversation we discuss the established and emerging research on:

  • The 2 distinct expressions of pride (hubristic and authentic), and how they relate to the routes to power (dominance and prestige),
  • The experience and expressions of shame, and how the emotion has made its way into the research on everything from narcissism to addiction,
  • The moral and self-conscious emotions, and the roles they play in decision making.

Thanks to Jessica for coming on the podcast and discussing these fascinating and important lines of research!

Oh, and here is Jessica demonstrating shame:

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