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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 will feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility! Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast.

May 10, 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 civic, work, family, and community relationships. He examines how people learn to approach their vocational and civic lives with a focus on purpose, imagination, and high standards of excellence. Damon also has written widely about how to educate for moral and ethical understanding. Dr. Damon’s most recent books include The Power of IdealsFailing Liberty 101, and The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life.
In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover the following topics:
- The definition of purpose
- The role of values in purpose
- The difference between purpose and meaning
- Vicktor Frankl’s “will to meaning”
- How purpose is a late developing capacity
- The difference between purpose and resiliency
- The paths to purpose among young people
- Methods for developing purpose
- Moral commitment among moral exemplars
- Purpose among leaders
- The importance of taking "ultimate responsibility" in life
- How we are leaving young people unprepared in a civic society