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Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

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Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode we’ll feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of your se...Show More
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166: Why So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders

47:11 | May 23rd

“There is a surplus of charismatic leaders with a fascinating dark side.” — Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Today it’s great to have Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic on the podcast. Tomas is the Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, a professor of business psycho...Show More
165: Hope is Fucked

1:17:24 | May 16th

“Whether you think you’re better than everybody or worse than everybody, you’re still assuming that you are different than everybody.” — Mark Manson Today it’s great to have Mark Manson on the podcast. His blog,, attracts more than tw...Show More
164: Rethinking Gifted Education

47:34 | May 9th

Today it’s a great pleasure to have Dr. Scott Peters on the podcast. Dr. Peters is an associate professor of educational foundations and the Richard and Veronica Teller Endowed Faculty Fellow of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater whe...Show More
163: Restoring the Playground

46:03 | Apr 25th

“Play is life force itself… when we can sense and amplify its most life-affirming, transformative impulses, it will point us directly to the Playground.” Today it’s great pleasure to have Gwen Gordon on the podcast. Gordon began her career building ...Show More
162: Everyday Creativity

44:38 | Apr 18th

Today it’s great to have Ruth Richards on the podcast. Dr. Richards is a psychologist, psychiatrist, professor at Saybrook University, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has published numerous articles, edited/written three pre...Show More
161: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

57:02 | Apr 11th

"We should be humble in the face of temptations to engineer society in opposition to our instincts. Fortunately, we do not need to exercise any such authority in order to have a good life. The arc of our evolutionary history is long. But it bends tow...Show More
160: Moral Outrage in the Digital Age

53:00 | Apr 4th

Today it’s a pleasure to have Molly Crockett on the podcast. Dr. Crockett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. Prior to joining Yale, Dr Crockett was a fa...Show More
159: Ignite Your Character Strengths

55:05 | Mar 21st

Today it’s an honor to have Ryan Niemiec and Robert McGrath on the podcast. Ryan is an author or co-author of nine books, an award-winning psychologist, international keynoter, and education director of the VIA Institute on Character. Robert is Profe...Show More
158: Closing the Critical Thinking Gap

53:48 | Mar 7th

“At a certain point, the outcome is the opportunity. We have to focus on the bottom line: what is it going to take to get kids ready?” — Colin Seale Today it’s great to have Colin Seale on the podcast. Colin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York ...Show More
157: The Flexibility of Female Sexuality

1:16:08 | Feb 14th

“There can be no autonomy without the autonomy to choose, without coercion or constraint, or in spite of it, who our lovers will be.” — Wednesday Martin Today we have Wednesday Martin on the podcast. Dr. Martin has worked as a writer and social rese...Show More
156: The Alter Ego Effect

57:00 | Feb 7th

“At the end of your life, you won’t remember the thoughts or intentions you had. You’ll remember the actions you took. You’ll judge yourself by how you showed up, by what you did, what you said, how you acted, and whether you performed the way you kn...Show More
155: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication

48:40 | Jan 24th

Finding your voice, learning how to say what you mean, and how to listen deeply: this is one of the most rewarding journeys you can take.” — Oren Jay Sofer Today we have Oren Jay Sofer on the podcast. Sofer teaches meditation and communication nation...Show More
154: Honoring the Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples

56:31 | Jan 10th

Today it’s an honor to have Richard Katz on the podcast. Dr. Katz received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught there for twenty years. The author of several books, he has spent time over the past 50 years living and working with Indigenous p...Show More
153: How to Care for Your Mental Health

44:23 | Dec 27th, 2018

Today I’m really excited to have Kati Morton on the podcast. Morton is as an entrepreneur, YouTube creator, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Santa Monica, CA. Morton has built a global mental health online community, and is au...Show More
152: Unsafe Thinking

46:16 | Dec 20th, 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...Show More
151: The Replication Crisis

57:27 | Dec 13th, 2018

Today we have Dr. Michael Inzlicht on the podcast. Dr. Inzlicht's  primary appointment at the University of Toronto is as professor in the Department of Psychology, but he is also cross-appointed as Professor at the Roman School of Management, and he...Show More
150: Drunk Science

36:51 | Dec 6th, 2018

Today we have Shannon Odell on the podcast. Odell is a Brooklyn based writer, comedian, and scientist. She co-hosts and produces Drunk Science, an experimental comedy show deemed “a stroke of genius” by Gothamist and a finalist in TruTV’s comedy brea...Show More
149: The Laws of Human Nature

1:13:05 | Nov 29th, 2018

Today we have Robert Greene on the podcast. Robert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery, and is an internationally renowned expert on power strategies. His la...Show More
148: A Gratitude Journey

43:52 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Today it’s a great honor to have A.J. Jacobs on the podcast. Jacobs is the author of Thanks a Thousand, It’s All Relative, Drop Dead Healthy, and the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and My Life as an Experim...Show More
147: How the Mind and Culture Evolve

56:37 | Nov 15th, 2018

"It's going to be Okay."-- Steve Stewart-Williams Today I’m delighted to have Steve Stewart-Williams on the podcast. Dr. Stewart-Williams is a New Zealander who moved to Canada, then to Wales, and then to Malaysia, where he is now an associate profes...Show More
146: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe

1:25:02 | Nov 1st, 2018

Today it’s an honor to have Dr. Sean Carroll on the podcast. Dr. Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. Recently, Carroll has worked on the foundation of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, and the emergence o...Show More
145: Motivation, Selling, and Perfect Timing

46:48 | Oct 25th, 2018

Today we have Dan Pink on the podcast. Pink is the author of six provocative best-selling books— including his newest: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. His other books include A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Pink’s books...Show More
144: How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

49:45 | Oct 18th, 2018

Today it’s a great delight to have James Clear on the podcast. Clear’s website,, receives millions of visitors each month, and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his email newsletter. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Time, ...Show More
143: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are

1:49:25 | Oct 11th, 2018

Today it’s a great honor to have Dr. Robert Plomin on the podcast. Dr. Plomin is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College London. He previously held positions at the University o...Show More
142: The Science of Sexual Fantasies

47:15 | Oct 4th, 2018

Today we have Dr. Justin Lehmiller on the podcast. Dr. Lehmiller is a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and author of the book Tell Me What you Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life. Lehmiller is an aw...Show More
141: Solving the Mysteries of Consciousness, Free Will, and God

1:05:54 | Sep 20th, 2018

Today we have Michael Shermer and Philip Goff on the podcast. Michael is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is t...Show More
140: Positive Relationships

47:33 | Sep 13th, 2018

Today I’m delighted to have Sara Algoe on the podcast. Dr. Algoe is associate professor of social psychology at the University of Virginia. Her expertise spans emotions, relationships, and health psychology. Her basic research questions illuminate th...Show More
139: The Coddling of the American Mind

50:39 | Sep 6th, 2018

“There are two ideas about safe spaces. One is a very good idea, and one is a terrible idea. The idea of being physically safe on a campus, not being subjected to sexual harassment and physical abuse, or being targeted for something specifically for ...Show More
138: The New Science of Heredity

40:29 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Today we have Carl Zimmer on the podcast. Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2004 he was written about science for the New York Times, where his column “Matter” has appeared w...Show More
137: Nature, Nurture, and Human Autonomy

56:28 | Aug 16th, 2018

"When you turn your back on reality you lose the ability to manipulate reality. One would think that is self-evident. I didn't go into this to not try to find the truth." -- James Flynn* Today it is an honor to have Dr. James Flynn on the podcast. D...Show More
136: Meaning, Purpose, and Significance

1:22:28 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Today we have Michael Steger on the podcast. Dr. Steger is a Professor of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. He studies the link between meaning in life and well-being, as well as...Show More
135: The Rise of Victimhood Culture

51:21 | Jul 26th, 2018

Today we have Bradley Campbell on the podcast. Dr. Campbell is a sociologist interested in moral conflict— clashes of right and wrong and how they are handled. Most of his work examines genocide, which normally arises from large-scale interethnic con...Show More
134: How to Live with Guts and Confidence

47:05 | Jul 12th, 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 bas...Show More
133: Humanism, Enlightenment and Progress

55:49 | Jul 5th, 2018

Today it’s a great honor to have Steven Pinker on the podcast. Dr. Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his...Show More
132: Open Wide and Say Awe

55:16 | Jun 21st, 2018

“How can we use these peak experiences to help people create community that is healthy and to be better human beings?” -- Katherine MacLean Katherine MacLean, PhD is a research scientist, teacher and meditator. In her academic research (2004-2013) at...Show More
131: How To Be Yourself

35:50 | Jun 7th, 2018

Today we have Dr. Ellen Hendriksen on the podcast. Dr. Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be there authentic selves through her award-winning Savvy Psychologist podcast, which has been downloaded over 5 mi...Show More
130: Finding Your Calling at Work

51:19 | May 24th, 2018

Today we have Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski on the podcast. Dr. Wrzesniewski is a professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management. Her research focuses on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts, such as stigmatized o...Show More
129: Fuzzy Categories

1:04:15 | May 17th, 2018

“Nature doesn’t care about our desire to have these clean political categories for legal purposes.” — Alice Dreger Today I’m really excited to have Dr. Alice Dreger on the podcast. Dr. Dreger is a historian, bioethicist, author, and former professor ...Show More
128: The Path to Purpose

43:00 | May 10th, 2018

Today it’s an honor to have Dr. William Damon on the podcast. Dr. Damon is Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence and Professor of Education at Stanford University. Damon’s current research explores how young people develop purpose in their c...Show More
127: How to Be an Optimal Human

1:02:50 | Apr 26th, 2018

“The happiest person is the person doing good stuff for good reasons.”  — Kennon Sheldon Dr. Kennon Sheldon is a psychologist at the University of Missouri who studies motivation, goals, and well-being, from both a self-determination theory and a pos...Show More
126: Creativity from Constraints

33:13 | Apr 19th, 2018

Today I’m delighted to speak with Patricia Stokes, an adjunct professor at Barnard College who studies problem solving and creativity/innovation. Stokes is author of the book Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough, which was info...Show More
125: The Jealousy Cure

42:55 | Apr 12th, 2018

It’s great to have Dr. Robert Leahy on the podcast today. Dr. Leahy completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School under the direction of Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive t...Show More
124: Cybernetics and the Science of Personality

1:13:59 | Apr 5th, 2018

Today I’m really excited to have Colin DeYoung on the podcast. Dr. DeYoung is associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in personality psychology but is especially interested in personality neuroscience. Besides...Show More
123: Wonder, Creativity, and the Personality of Political Correctness

39:31 | Mar 29th, 2018

Today we have Dr. Jordan Peterson on the podcast. Dr. Peterson has taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and business people, consulted for the UN Secretary General, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety...Show More
122: Genius Foods

45:01 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Today I’m really excited to have Max Lugavere on the podcast. Max is a filmmaker, health and science journalist, and brain food expert. He is also the director of the upcoming film Bread Head, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention thro...Show More
121: The Self, Identity, and Removing the Mask

57:51 | Mar 15th, 2018

This week I'm thrilled to welcome Mark Leary, Ph.D. to The Psychology Podcast! Dr. Leary is the Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University and author of The Curse of the Self. His research interests focus on social mo...Show More
120: The Devastating Opioid Epidemic

33:57 | Mar 8th, 2018

Today I’m delighted to have actress Kathryn Prescott on the podcast! Kathryn is an actor and photographer, originally from London. Ms. Prescott got her first big break when she was 17 playing Emily, a young lesbian with a homophobic twin sister, in t...Show More
119: A Theory of Awkwardness

24:58 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Melissa Dahl is a senior editor covering health and psychology for New York's The Cut. In 2014, she cofounded New York’s popular social science site, Science of Us. Her work has appeared in Elle, Parents, and Her new book, Cringeworthy, is...Show More
118: Shades of Pride

29:28 | Feb 15th, 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. Tr...Show More
117: Stress Proof

35:21 | Feb 8th, 2018

Dr. Mithu Storoni is a Cambridge-educated physician, researcher and author, interested in chronic stress and its implications on mental well-being, decision-making, performance, and brain health.  In her latest book STRESS PROOF – the scientific solu...Show More
116: Using Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts

40:28 | Jan 18th, 2018

Today I’m really excited to have James and Suzann Pileggi Pawelski on the podcast. James is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he cofounded the Master of Applied P...Show More
115: Psychedelics and the Founding of Transpersonal Psychology

50:26 | Jan 11th, 2018

James Fadiman is a Harvard-trained psychologist and writer, who is known for his extensive work in the field of psychedelic research. He co-founded, along with Robert Frager, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, which later became Sofia Univers...Show More
114: Existential-Humanistic Therapy

30:05 | Dec 27th, 2017

“Adventure and awe are key to the perpetuation of vibrant, evolving lives, and in combination with technological advances may bring marvels to our emerging repertoires.” — Kirk Schneider Kirk Schneider is a psychotherapist who has taken a leading rol...Show More
113: Spending Smarter

27:42 | Dec 20th, 2017

“Money is incredible, but some of the things that make it incredible make it difficult to use.” — Dan Ariely Today I’m excited to welcome Dan Ariely to The Psychology Podcast. Dan is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke Universi...Show More
112: America the Anxious

44:15 | Dec 6th, 2017

The process of being happy has become painfully comically neurotic" - Ruth Whippman This week I am delighted to welcome Ruth Whippman to The Psychology Podcast. Ruth is the author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nat...Show More
111: Not by Chance Alone

1:11:01 | Nov 22nd, 2017

"Life is full of lessons, and 'playing the hand you're dealt as well as you can play it' is a good one." -- Elliot Aronson Today I'm incredibly excited to welcome the legendary Elliot Aronson to The Psychology Podcast. Aronson is an eminent social ps...Show More
110: The Mask of Masculinity

39:52 | Nov 1st, 2017

I look at a man as a symbol of inspiration. Someone who looks to be of service along his journey. Someone who experiences fears but has the courage to face them and move forward anyway. Someone who’s loving to all people and creatures in world, inclu...Show More
109: The Art of Charm

42:21 | Oct 26th, 2017

Today I’m excited to welcome Jordan Harbinger to The Psychology Podcast. Jordan is an entrepreneur, talk show host, and world-renowned social dynamics expert. As co-founder of The Art of Charm, he has helped develop one of the leading self-developmen...Show More
108: Making Good Decisions

31:19 | Oct 24th, 2017

Today I'm glad to welcome Cheryl Einhorn to The Psychology Podcast! Cheryl is the creator of the AREA Method, a decision making system for individuals and companies to solve complex problems. She is also the founder of CSE Consulting and the author o...Show More
107: Peak Performance

41:52 | Oct 11th, 2017

This week I’m excited to welcome Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness to The Psychology Podcast. Brad writes for Outside, Runner’s World, NPR and has a column in the Huffington Post about health and the science of human performance. Steve Magness coaches ...Show More
106: The Power Paradox

41:22 | Oct 4th, 2017

"Power is given, not grabbed.” — Dacher Keltner Today I’m really excited to have Dr. Dacher Keltner join me for his second appearance on The Psychology Podcast! Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, an...Show More
105: Popularity and the Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World

29:43 | Sep 27th, 2017

Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D. is board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology, and serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Caroli...Show More
104: High Performance Habits

1:10:32 | Sep 20th, 2017

"What are the deliberate habits I can do consciously and consistently to keep getting better?" -- Brendon Burchard This week I'm delighted to welcome Brendon Burchard to The Psychology Podcast! After suffering depression and surviving a car accident ...Show More
103: “Questioning” the Four Tendencies

47:26 | Sep 13th, 2017

This week we're delighted to have Gretchen Rubin on The Psychology Podcast! Gretchen is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enorm...Show More
102: Rethinking Addiction

45:32 | Sep 6th, 2017

This week we're glad to welcome Maia Szalavitz to the podcast! Maia Szalavitz is one of the premier American journalists covering addiction and drugs. She is a co-author of Born for Love and The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, as well as a writer for TI...Show More
101: Science and Skepticism

54:24 | Aug 30th, 2017

This week we're excited to welcome Dr. Michael Shermer to The Psychology Podcast. Michael is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a New York Times bestselling author, and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He has also been a college professor...Show More
100: Why Buddhism is True

50:43 | Aug 16th, 2017

This week we're excited to have Robert Wright on The Psychology Podcast. Robert is the New York Times best-selling author of Nonzero, The Moral Animal, The Evolution of God, and most recently Why Buddhism is True. He has also written for The New York...Show More
99: Growing Grit in Teens

34:09 | Aug 9th, 2017

Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman is a clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, and author of The Grit Guide for Teens. She’s also authored numerous articles and workshops on topics such as cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, helping childre...Show More
98: Real Love

46:37 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Sharon Salzberg is a NYT best-selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. She also cofounded the Insight Meditation Society and is the author of 9 books, the most recent being Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. In ...Show More
97: Aging Meaningfully

39:54 | Jul 22nd, 2017

I’m really excited to have Christina Pierpaoli on the podcast. Christina is a graduate student in the Geropsychological doctoral program at the University of Alabama. Her research explores associations between chronic illness and psychological health...Show More
96: Awakening Compassion in the Workplace

53:17 | Jul 19th, 2017

Today I'm really excited to have Monica Worline and Jane Dutton on the podcast, co-authors of the new book Awakening Compassion at Work: the Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations. Monica Worline, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of EnlivenWork....Show More
95: Strengths-Based Parenting

47:52 | Jul 12th, 2017

Professor Lea Waters, PhD is an Australian academic, researcher, psychologist, author and speaker contributing to the field of Positive Psychology. Most people see improvements as eliminating what's wrong with us, but Lea's work in Positive Psycholog...Show More
94: The Latest Science of Attachment

1:17:11 | Jul 5th, 2017

Today we have one of the world's most preeminent attachment scientists, Dr. R. Chris Fraley, on the podcast! Fraley is a Professor at the University of Illinois's Department of Psychology and received the American Psychological Association's Distingu...Show More
93: Getting Grit

39:12 | Jun 29th, 2017

On today's episode of The Psychology Podcast, we speak with Caroline Adams Miller about how to to get more grit. Caroline is a certified professional coach, author, media personality, and keynote speaker & educator. In this episode, we discuss what i...Show More
92: How to Kick Ass

32:06 | Jun 27th, 2017

“If you just laugh at yourself, there is nothing to be scared of anymore.” Today we have executive, activist, and entrepreneur Sarah Robb O’Hagan on the podcast. O'Hagan is CEO of the fast growing indoor cycling company Flywheel Sports, where she is...Show More
91: Become 10% Happier + BONUS Meditation

40:13 | Jun 21st, 2017

Today we have ABC News Anchor Dan Harris on the podcast. Harris is perhaps the most unlikely meditation evangelist, ever. After a panic attack on Good Morning America, he wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir “10% Happier” about what led him to...Show More
90: Get Out Of Your Mind and Live a Vital Life

1:10:26 | Jun 14th, 2017

It is an honor to have Dr. Steven Hayes, the father of "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (ACT), on the podcast this week. In this wide ranging episode, we learn about the "third wave" of cognitive behavioral therapies, and how to have greater psych...Show More
89: The Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

34:52 | Jun 7th, 2017

Today we have Alan Alda on the podcast. Alan has earned international recognition as an actor, writer, and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, has received three Tony nominations, and is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame. Many people kno...Show More
88: Intelligence, Genes, Race, and Poverty

51:30 | Jun 1st, 2017

In this episode of The Psychology Podcast, Dr. Eric Turkheimer and I take a deep dive into some of the most complex and controversial topics in all of psychology. What is intelligence? How is intelligence measured? Is intelligence meaningful? Is IQ m...Show More
87: Upgrade Your Consciousness

50:31 | May 30th, 2017

Today’s guest on The Psychology Podcast is the polymath Daniel Schmachtenberger, a social engineer, evolutionary philosopher, and strategist. This episode discusses a wide range of consciousness-raising issues, including the biology of dysfunction, t...Show More
86: Functional and Integrative Medicine

41:27 | May 24th, 2017

On today’s episode of The Psychology Podcast, friend of the show Dr. Heather Moday shares her unique medical expertise to help us live healthier, happier and more productive lives. Dr. Moday is a board-certified physician who is passionate about chan...Show More
85: How to Be Awesome at Life

44:23 | May 17th, 2017

Eric Barker is the author of the widely popular blog, "Barking Up The Wrong Tree", and he has a new book out with the same title. Barker is known for his science-informed articles on how to be awesome at life. For today’s episode, we focus on a range...Show More
84: Increase Your Emotional Agility

59:37 | May 10th, 2017

Susan David is one of the world’s leading experts on emotional agility, an important psychological skill that can help us live a fuller life. In this episode, I speak with Dr. David about how to cultivate emotional agility, the paradox of happiness, ...Show More
83: Thriving in College (And In Life)

44:16 | May 3rd, 2017

Friend of the show Dan Lerner stops by to share the latest research on how to thrive in college (and in life). Our conversation covers a wide array of topics related to well-being in the college population, including some of the pitfalls of perfectio...Show More
82: The Neuroscience of Leadership

47:25 | Apr 27th, 2017

On today’s episode of The Psychology Podcast, we speak with a neuroscientist who specializes in optimizing workplaces for greater productivity and well-being. Our conversation covers a vast array of useful topics, such as habit formation, public spea...Show More
81: How to Captivate People

47:31 | Apr 25th, 2017

Vanessa Van Edwards is a self-described “recovering boring and awkward person,” whose latest book, Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, provides simple ways to decode people and level-up your relationships and networking abilities. It’s ...Show More
80: The Psychology of Creativity

45:49 | Apr 20th, 2017

For this episode of The Psychology Podcast, I chat with my brother from another mother, Dr. James C. Kaufman, as we take deep dive into one of humanity’s most coveted virtues - creativity. We profile creative genius, discuss different forms of creati...Show More
79: The Gifts of Disability

55:14 | Apr 18th, 2017

Over 50% of people will meet the criteria for a mental illness in their lifetime. On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we want to do our part to encourage people to seek assistance, while celebrating some of the unique strengths of people with ...Show More
78: Boosting Student Resilience

33:56 | Apr 13th, 2017

Dr. Brecher is a clinical psychologist who uses cognitive behavioral strategies to buffer students against the pervasive depression and anxiety present in higher education. We talk about her science-informed recommendations, which include positive ps...Show More
77: How to be a Happy Lawyer

56:50 | Apr 6th, 2017

On today’s episode of The Psychology Podcast, our executive producer Taylor Kreiss conducts a guest interview about lawyer well-being. His guest, Dan Bowling III, is a Duke law professor and a positive psychology expert using science to help lawyers ...Show More
76: Willpower, Violence, and Free Will

23:43 | Apr 4th, 2017

Roy Baumeister brings the methods of social psychology to bear on some of life’s deepest philosophical problems. In the second part of this two part series (see Part I), we cover the psychology of self-control, evil, sex differences, and free will. I...Show More
75: Identity, the Self, and the Meaning of Life

38:49 | Mar 29th, 2017

Dr. Roy Baumeister is widely considered to be one of the most influential and cited psychologists of our time. He's also a wonderful conversationalist, full of interesting research to share with our listeners! In this first half of our two part serie...Show More
74: Wait But Why? Unravelling Life's Biggest Mysteries

53:03 | Mar 22nd, 2017

We are huge fans of Tim Urban’s Wait But Why blog, so it was a great joy to speak with him for today's show. In this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we experience Tim’s patented wry wit and deep philosophical insight as we chat across a wide range...Show More
73: Love, Sex, Religion and Happiness

39:20 | Mar 8th, 2017

Modern day philosopher Alain de Botton has become world renown for his ability to provide compelling real world answers to some of life’s biggest questions. For this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we cover the philosophy and science of a range of...Show More
72: Mindfulness and Self-Authorship

58:56 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Mindfulness has become a hot topic recently, gracing the covers of magazines like Time and Scientific American. Yet despite its rising popularity, many people remain confused about what exactly mindfulness is or how to start their own practice! On th...Show More
71: Your Brain on Enlightenment

44:03 | Feb 28th, 2017

Dr. Andrew Newberg is widely regarded as a leading authority in the neuroscientific study of religious, spiritual and mystical experiences. For this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we engage in philosophically scientific meditations on the sublime...Show More
70: On Ecstasis and Extraordinary States of Consciousness

57:22 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal, authors of the new book Stealing Fire, come on the show to discuss the life changing power of ecstatic altered states of mind. The authors have worked with extreme sports athletes, Silicon Valley innovators, and maveric...Show More
69: Boost Your Focus, Drive, and Micro-Resilience

49:01 | Feb 15th, 2017

Bonnie St. John is a celebrated author, Olympian, leadership consultant, and Rhodes scholar who has overcome some tremendous odds to become “one of the five most inspiring women in America.” Needless to say, she’s a fascinating individual with some w...Show More
68: The Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

43:03 | Feb 3rd, 2017

What a pleasure it was to interview Dr. Dan Siegel, who has a wonderful ability to make complicated scientific concepts understandable and exciting. In this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we discuss topics surrounding the human mind - What is it?...Show More
67: Choose Yourself

45:18 | Jan 24th, 2017

Best-selling author James Altucher comes on the show to impart some practical wisdom for how to bounce back from failure. James talks about his own experiences going from multimillionaire to being broke, bankrupt and divorced. We provide a message of...Show More
66: We Might Be Living in a Simulated Reality

44:48 | Jan 18th, 2017

Are we living in a simulated reality? Are our smartphones essentially an extension of our minds? Could we achieve immortality via being uploaded to the internet? These are just a few of the philosophically fascinating questions we cover on this episo...Show More
65: How Millennials are Changing the World

53:50 | Jan 16th, 2017

Today on The Psychology Podcast, we discuss how the millennial generation is redefining success, breaking down barriers, and changing the world. Our Executive Producer Taylor Kreiss chats with Jared Kleinert, whose latest book features 75 vignettes f...Show More
64: The Power of Meaning

48:46 | Jan 10th, 2017

On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, friend of the show Emily Esfahani Smith sheds light on how we can craft a life that truly matters. Finding meaning in life is a crtitical existential good, and with today’s discussion we take a science backe...Show More
63: Finding Mastery

49:15 | Dec 20th, 2016

What a great pleasure it was to chat with high performance psychologist, and fellow podcaster, Dr. Michael Gervais! Listen in as we deconstruct excellence as it manifests in sports, creativity, well-being and other domains. Topics include passion, gr...Show More
62: Love, Power, Morality, and Awe

36:02 | Dec 13th, 2016

Dr. Dachner Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science center, as well as a professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley, so he’s in a special place to discuss some incredibly interesting positive psychological t...Show More
61: Creativity, Courageous Vulnerability and Wholehearted Living

35:54 | Nov 23rd, 2016

We are especially grateful (and giddy) to be sharing this episode with our listeners! Brene Brown's work really gels with our core interests here on The Psychology Podcast, and the resulting conversation contains some enthusiastic and empirically inf...Show More
60: Exercise, Mental Stamina, and High Performance

28:10 | Nov 12th, 2016

With this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we take a deep look into how exercise benefits us far beyond the time we spend in the gym. We adapt a quick fire style of questioning and cover a wide range of topics like how Olympic athletes set goals – ...Show More
59: Unlocking the Pathway from Imagination to Implementation

29:07 | Nov 3rd, 2016

It’s a special episode of The Psychology Podcast, as Stanford professor, international bestselling author, and leading creativity expert Tina Seelig stops by to discuss some of our favorite topics: Imagination, creativity, innovation & entrepreneursh...Show More
58: How to Live a Good Life

44:20 | Oct 26th, 2016

In this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we get pragmatic about how to live your version of the good life. We feature action strategies, based on the latest science from positive psychology, to maximize vitality, happiness, meaning, and positive re...Show More
57: Yes, And... The Psychology of Improv Comedy

45:39 | Oct 20th, 2016

Today we welcome Anne Libera and Kelly Leonard on the show for an especially fun and playful look at the world of improv comedy! Anne and Kelly are world class improv instructors and ambassadors who have a long history at The Second City, the world’s...Show More
56: The New Narcissism

45:06 | Sep 28th, 2016

In everyday conversation, we use the word “narcissist” to describe our ex-lovers and the jerks we encounter on the subway, but what does it really mean? On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, Scott has a fascinating discussion with Kristin Dombek...Show More
55: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

1:12:47 | Sep 13th, 2016

In this raw and uncut episode, Mark Manson imparts his wisdom on the art of not giving a fuck. According to Manson, the key to living a good life is “not giving a fuck about more; it’s giving a fuck about less, giving a fuck about only what is true a...Show More
54: Minds and Morality

39:31 | Sep 9th, 2016

Why are humanoid robots creepy? Why do ghosts always have unfinished business? Do all animals have a mind? Does our consciousness persist beyond our physical bodies? Might cryonics help us live forever?! These are some of the great mysteries of the h...Show More
53: Getting Smarter, Faster & Better

37:43 | Aug 30th, 2016

On this episode of the Psychology Podcast, we interview Pulitzer prize winning author Charles Duhigg about his latest book Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. Charles has a real strength for communicating scie...Show More
52: Reducing Racial Inequalities in Gifted Education

38:30 | Aug 15th, 2016

Dr. Davis is a career educator with over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, scholar, author and consultant. Her current work, a topic that is near and dear to the show, involves increasing equity of access to gifted education programs. In this...Show More
51: Developing Peak Performance

22:25 | Aug 6th, 2016

Sean Desai is the defensive quality control coach for the Chicago Bears and works with some of the world’s greatest athletic competitors. In this episode, we discuss his player development model, known as D.I.C.E., which emphasizes the importance of ...Show More
50: Life Experimentation

38:26 | Jul 31st, 2016

Four time bestselling author (and human guinea pig) A.J. Jacobs gets us laughing, and thinking, about the benefits of lifestyle experimentation. In this episode, we discuss A.J.’s courageous journey to learn everything about the world via reading the...Show More
49: Unraveling the Mysteries of Personality and Well-Being

35:27 | Jul 11th, 2016

Who am I? Am I just a product of nature and/or nurture? What does it mean to live a life of meaning and happiness? On this episode of the psychology podcast, Dr. Brian Little helps us explore these existentially significant questions. We discuss whet...Show More
48: The Ego is the Enemy

37:15 | Jun 21st, 2016

On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we interview bestselling author Ryan Holiday about the timeless life-advice he gleaned from researching his latest book: Ego Is The Enemy. Ryan shares insights from great individuals that eschewed the spotli...Show More
47: Deep Work

42:00 | Jun 10th, 2016

On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we feature a particularly lively exchange, as Scott and Cal attempt to decode the patterns of success, sharing their perspectives on deep work, deliberate practice, grit, creativity, talent, mastery, IQ, and...Show More
46: Helping Children Succeed in School and in Life

36:30 | Jun 2nd, 2016

We are happy  to welcome journalist and author Paul Tough on the show to discuss how we can help children from adverse backgrounds flourish. Paul began his deep dive into this topic 13 years ago for a New York Times piece, and he has been fascinated ...Show More
45: Reducing Anxiety Through Play

30:55 | May 31st, 2016

On this episode of the Psychology Podcast, we welcome renaissance man and psychology enthusiast Charlie Hoehn. Charlie has carved a unique path through this world that has led him to work with best-selling authors like Tim Ferris, Tucker Max and Rami...Show More
44: The Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory of Personality

32:13 | May 21st, 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 d...Show More
43: Intelligence, IQ Testing and Genetics

48:18 | May 3rd, 2016

Dr. Stuart Richie is an expert in human intelligencedifferencesand their relations to the brain, genetics, andeducation. Thisepisode distills some of the most important andinteresting ideasin intelligence, IQ testing, genetics and theiraffects on soc...Show More
42: Human Mating Intelligence

53:00 | Apr 28th, 2016

We welcome friend of the show Dr. Glenn Geher to discuss human mating intelligence. Glenn is an expert in the field of evolutionary psychology and has a wealth of fascinating research to share on the origins of species – if listeners have ever wanted...Show More
41: Releasing Your Inner Bonobo

45:11 | Apr 18th, 2016

Dr. Susan Block is a world renowned sex therapist, radio talk show host and expert on the culture of the bonobo great ape. Needless to say, this is an especially interesting episode! We explore how pleasure can be a guiding principle in the good life...Show More
40: Extraordinary Workplaces

29:54 | Mar 27th, 2016

Ron Friedman Ph.D. shares research from his latest book The Best Place to Work, about the art and science of creating an extraordinary workplace. Ron discusses how businesses can appeal to basic psychological needs like autonomy, competence and relat...Show More
39: The New Principles of Business Management

35:23 | Mar 21st, 2016

On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, Dr. David Burkus discusses the latest research in organizational psychology to help business thrive in our post-industrial world. In particular, we talk about his latest book, Under New Management, which rev...Show More
38: Discussing the nature of childhood prodigies

18:28 | Mar 7th, 2016

On this episode of the psychology podcast, we gain insight into the fascinating and mysterious psychology of prodigious children. Kimberly Stephens recently co-authored a book investigating the link between autism and extraordinary childhood talent c...Show More
37: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

48:49 | Feb 24th, 2016

Angela Duckworth researches self-control and grit, which is defined as passion and perseverance for long term goals. Her research has demonstrated that there are factors that can be more predictive of success than IQ. In this episode we cover some of...Show More
36: Uncovering the Habits and Routines that Make People Live Better

38:04 | Feb 14th, 2016

James Clear studies successful people across a wide range of disciplines to uncover the habits and routines that make them the best at what they do. In this episode, we speak with James about his behavioral psychology background to uncover practical ...Show More
35: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

33:54 | Jan 31st, 2016

A pioneering researcher in the psychology of self-compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff provides deep insight into the incredible healing power of being your own ally. In this episode, we cover some immediately useful ways to practice self-compassion and gain...Show More
34: How Happiness Can Accelerate Your Success

29:40 | Jan 25th, 2016

Dr. Emma Seppälä is a true friend of the show and we’re thrilled to speak with her about her new book, The Happiness Track. In this episode, we provide data-driven insight into how our overextension is hindering our success, and how cultivating happi...Show More
33: The Highly Sensitive Person

1:00:41 | Jan 18th, 2016

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 se...Show More
32: How to Live a Good Life

1:00:30 | Dec 21st, 2015

Tom Rath is a 6x national best-selling author who works on the psychology of well-being. This episode provides science-backed insight into how to live a good life. We cover the development of positive psychology. We discuss optimizing your energy lev...Show More
31: Final Messages on Leadership and Life from a Dying Coach, with Performance Psychology Expert

32:08 | Dec 6th, 2015

We’re incredibly grateful today to have Master of Applied Positive Psychology Paddy Steinfort on the show to discuss his inspirational experience with beloved Aussie Football coach Dean Bailey. Paddy’s new book, Breakfast With Bails, presents some of...Show More
30: Narcissism & Loving The People Who Love Themselves

33:08 | Nov 28th, 2015

The narcissists of the world will be happy to hear that they make for an extraordinarily interesting psychological discussion! On this episode we speak with an expert in the field, Dr. W. Keith Campbell, who has spent more than a decade studying narc...Show More
29: Understanding and Supporting People with ADHD

48:20 | Nov 9th, 2015

Statistically speaking, many of us know someone or even experience some of the difficulties associated with ADHD, but what are the essential characteristics of this often misunderstood phenomenon? On this episode of the Psychology Podcast, we gain a ...Show More
28: Learning How to Learn

57:43 | Oct 24th, 2015

On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we dive deep into the psychology of learning with one of its top experts, Barbara Oakley PhD. She shares some tremendously practical advice on how to optimize learning, boost memory and neutralize procrastin...Show More
27: How Video Games Can Make Us SuperBetter

56:12 | Oct 11th, 2015

Gamers rejoice! Bestselling author, video game designer, and TED talk superstar Jane McGonigal stops by to discuss her research on the positive effects of video gaming. She's a goldmine of science-backed information on how games can fight depression ...Show More
26: Celebrating Smart Girls in the 21st Century

55:00 | Oct 4th, 2015

Distinguished Professor Barbara Kerr, Ph.D. is a wellspring of knowledge on creativity, giftedness and optimal experience in the 21st century. This episode is a treasure trove of insight into the unique socio-cultural challenges, life-trajectories an...Show More
25: Extending Human Life: From Science Fiction to Science Fact

53:02 | Sep 27th, 2015

Visionary Liz Parrish shares some of the remarkable ways that genetic therapies are helping humanity transcend disease, aging and physical limitations. We discuss some of the current applications of gene therapy, what we can reasonably expect given t...Show More
24: "Spectacular Ability in a Sea of Disability”: The Psychology of Savantism

1:08:32 | Sep 20th, 2015

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...Show More
23: How Millennials are Changing the World for the Better

34:59 | Aug 29th, 2015

19-year-old entrepreneur and author Jared Kleinert discusses the unique opportunities and extraordinary accomplishments of the millennial generation. We are yet to look at this subject on the show and it was a delight to stop and consider Jared’s phi...Show More
22: The Quiet Revolution: Unlocking the Power of Introverts

48:12 | Aug 9th, 2015

Best-selling author Susan Cain shares her personal philosophy and the research that started a movement to empower introverts! For this episode, we wanted to share ourselves – We discuss our values, epiphanies and perspectives on the good life. We als...Show More
21: Understanding the science of introversion and extraversion

1:10:48 | Jul 26th, 2015

We have Dr. Luke Smillie on the podcast to elucidate the research and conceptualizations surrounding introversion and extraversion. Topics include psychometrics, well-being, cultural values, neurochemistry personality traits, nature vs. nurture and m...Show More
20: Hope, the Future and Flourishing

42:55 | Jul 5th, 2015

One of the world’s foremost experts on hope, self-proclaimed “hopemonger” Shane Lopez, sheds light on the incredible impact hope can have in our lives. We chat about flourishing, narratives of our future, passion and how hope may predict job and scho...Show More
19: Why We Love, Lust, and Live

43:37 | Jun 22nd, 2015

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 c...Show More
18: Straight Talk about IQ

1:06:31 | Jun 8th, 2015

In this episode we cover every topic in psychology, neuroscience and genetics (not literally, but it certainly feels that way)! Christopher Chabris shares his expert opinions on science journalism, general intelligence, IQ testing, intuition, creativ...Show More
17: Maximizing, satisficing and the paradox of choice

41:56 | May 25th, 2015

A legend in the field, economic psychologist Barry Schwartz talks about how having too many options can be paralytic and tiresome to the human psyche. Schwartz also discusses the destructive force of an “only the best will do” mentality. We contempla...Show More
16: How to Be Understood and Reach Your Goals

51:43 | May 11th, 2015

Best selling author and social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson discusses motivational styles and how we can ensure people understand who we truly are. It’s a particularly actionable episode, where the listener can learn strategies aimed at effecti...Show More
15: Accelerated learning, peak performance and living the good life

33:12 | Apr 27th, 2015

Three time bestselling author and human guinea pig Tim Ferriss discusses how to become top 5% in the world with a new skill in just 6-12 months. Scott and Tim debunk the 10,000 hour rule, discuss general principles for accelerated skill acquisition, ...Show More
14: Stoicism, Strategy and Creativity

1:06:45 | Apr 18th, 2015

Best selling author Ryan Holiday discusses how Stoicism can help us transform trials into triumph. It’s a pragmatic episode, full of strategies to invert obstacles and wrest opportunity from adversity. The conversation includes invaluable advice for ...Show More
13: Examining standardized testing

52:39 | Apr 5th, 2015

Award-winning education writer Anya Kamentez provides practical guidance for parents looking to understand standardized testing. She and Scott roll up their sleeves and delve deep into the nature, origins, drawbacks and future of our high-stakes test...Show More
12: Imaginary worlds and creativity

46:41 | Mar 22nd, 2015

Creativity scholar Michele Root-Bernstein discusses her work exploring the playful imaginative worlds of children and their correlation with creativity. Scott and Michele tease out the implications of imaginary worlds on education, giftedness, vocati...Show More
11: How “little bets” spur big creative successes

55:23 | Mar 8th, 2015

Award-winning author Peter Sims shares some heartening research on how people like Steve Jobs, Chris Rock and Frank Gehry use small experiments to lay the groundwork for big creative successes. It’s an encouraging episode for all the creative types o...Show More
10: How to change your habits

50:41 | Feb 16th, 2015

Dr. Art Markman discusses tools, tips and tricks for editing our behaviors and achieving our goals. It’s an incredibly practical episode for those of us who want to lose that weight, write that book and change our lives. Topics include why we tend to...Show More
9: The science of raising happily productive kids

39:29 | Feb 9th, 2015

Expert Dona Mathews presents ample research regarding how to help children flourish into happy and successful adults. Scott guides the interview across a wide array of vital domains including creativity, flow, standardized testing, growth mindsets an...Show More
8: Modern rudeness in Stone Age minds

49:11 | Jan 26th, 2015

Advice columnist and science writer Amy Alkon sheds light on the evolutionary roots of modern impoliteness. She shares research on how to cure rudeness and make the world a friendlier place. Scott and Amy get personal as they cover topics like living...Show More
7: "What is it like to be a psychopath?"

1:04:51 | Jan 18th, 2015

“Cognitive neuroscientist Kent Kiehl discusses his research and personal experience working with “those without conscience.” Scott and Kent demystify the historically fascinating illness as it relates to criminal activity, genius, evil, flourishing, ...Show More
6: Dancing with the dark side of your personality

1:01:07 | Jan 4th, 2015

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, ed...Show More
5: Givers, takers, matchers and fakers

50:27 | Dec 21st, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Professor and bestselling author Adam Grant presents some heartening research on how being a giver can lead to success. He and Scott chat about a plethora of topics, including the meaning of friendship, intro...Show More
4: Discussing the origins of extraordinary athletic performance

49:44 | Dec 6th, 2014

Bestselling author David Epstein presents research on the interplay between nature and nurture, how mentality propels success, how we assess potential, sex differences in sport, and why getting older doesn’t mean we can’t achieve greatness.
3: Talking Mastery and Social Intelligence

45:33 | Nov 16th, 2014

Five time international bestselling author Robert Greene shares his thoughts on creativity, finding your calling, social intelligence and his latest book about what it means to be a ‘Master’ of your craft.
2: Daydreaming and Mental Contrasting for Goal-Fulfillment

41:16 | Nov 16th, 2014

Psychologist Gabrielle Oettingen’s research on goal-setting and self-regulation animates discussion of some incredibly practical tools to help with constructive daydreaming, hurdling obstacles, implementation intentions and goal-fulfillment.
1: The Science of Growing Smarter

40:02 | Nov 16th, 2014

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul's fresh perspectives on intelligence and personality prompt a heart-to-heart about learning, intelligence assessments, growth mindsets and rethinking intelligence