Unsafe Thinking with Jonah Sachs

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 19, 2018

Today we have Jonah Sachs on the podcast. Jonah is an author, speaker, storyteller, designer, and entrepreneur. He is the author of Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell— and Live— The Best Stories Will Rule the Future, and most recently, Unsafe Thinking: How to Be Nimble and Bold When You Need It Most.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is safe unsafe thinking?
  • The power of intuition for creativity
  • Does your subconscious have free will?
  • Dual-process theory and creativity
  • How can you challenge and change yourself when you need it most?
  • The importance of context for creativity
  • The different phases of the creative process
  • The importance of rocking the boat
  • The benefits of collaborating with your enemies
  • How can you stay motivated when changing habits is so hard?
  • What’s the difference between flow and deliberate practice?
  • The difference between values and identity
  • Making a safe culture for risks
  • How to gamify dissent


6 Responses to “Unsafe Thinking with Jonah Sachs”

  1. Steve Carter says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the podcast, it is very helpful in discussions of new materials, as a psych professor, I particularly enjoy discussions on new research and publications, I use the information to select readings for myself, and to keep my lectures fresh, so regards.

  2. Megan Seiler says:

    I have meaning to get onto your website for well over a year now since discovering your podcast on I tunes AND tell you how much I enjoy the show. Such great topics. Just an amateur interest in psychology but particularly positive psychology as I teach in a school where our disapline approach is Positive Behaviour for Learning. Would love to hear explorations of this topic. I am a part time organic market garden farmer so I listen to the show out in the field in Queensland Australia . Thank you so much for the mind food whilst I am producing food for other people! Thanks again !

  3. Kyle Dougherty says:

    I really enjoy the podcast, guests and information, and am very thankful for it. However, I thought Mr. Kaufman seemed even more blazed than usual on this episode. Him bursting into the impromptu, “this is how we do it!” song, along with referring to the guest as “brother” multiple times without knowing why, were funny but odd moments. I sometimes worry the guest will feel disrespected, but they take it well and Mr. Kaufman does have moments of genuine thankfulness/appreciation.

    Once again, I really appreciate the podcast, and Mr. Kaufman gets a lot of excellent guests and engrossing interviews from them. He often supplies great comments too with his wide knowledge of studies, facts, figures, and theories from the world of psychology. I’m just sometimes left wondering how much pot he’s smoking before or during the recording.

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