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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.

Jul 18, 2019

Today we have Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on the podcast. Dr. Tsipursky is passionate about promoting truth, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. He is a tenure-track professor at Ohio State, serves as the volunteer President of the nonprofit Intentional Insights, is a co-founder of the Pro-Truth Pledge, and the author of a number of a number of books, most notably the #1 Amazon bestseller The Truth Seeker¹s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide. He is currently working on a book on relationships and cognitive bias.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Gleb’s humble worldview
  • How humans are not adapted to evaluate reality clearly
  • “The backfire effect”
  • How to make better choices aligned with reality
  • When should we rely on our gut?
  • How we so often fall prey to the “fundamental attribution error”
  • Ways we can recognize the thinking errors that prevent us from seeing reality more clearly
  • How friends can be the enemies of wise choices
  • The irrationality of political decisions
  • The importance of differentiating between the truth and personal values
  • How Gleb derives his personal values
  • Why people lose so much money in the stock market
  • Why you don’t want to invest in a mutual funds
  • Why the mainstream media be careful when they criticize conservatives
  • The one thing Trump got right in Charlottesville
  • How to convince your enemies to collaborate with you
  • How Gleb escaped the darkness of mental illness through his rational approach to living
  • How we can protect our happiness against emotional traps
  • Gleb’s “Pro-Truth Pledge” (
  • How you can live the life you want to live