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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 24, 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 occupations, virtual work, or absence of work, and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.
Topics incude:
- The definition of meaning
- The four main sources of meaning
- Spirituality as a potential source of meaning at work
- The way work allows us to transcend the self
- The definition of calling
- How to find your most meaningful calling
- The importance of “self-resonance”
- The difference between consequences and motives
- What is job crafting and how can it help you increase your calling?
- Is job crafting contagious?
- The benefit of collective, team-level job crafting
- The impact of virtual work on job crafting
- How does meaning shape job transitions?
- The effects of occupational regret on people’s lives