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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.

Feb 27, 2020

Today it’s really great to have Nir Eyal on the podcast. Nir is formerly a Lecturer in Marketing at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and also taught at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. His first book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, was an international bestseller. His current book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, reveals the Achilles’ heel of distraction and provides a guidebook for getting the best of technology without letting it get the best of us. Nir blogs at:

In this episode we discuss:

  • The one superpower that Nir would want
  • The root cause of distraction
  • What really motivates us
  • How distraction starts from within
  • How time management is pain management
  • What is the role of boredom in distractibility?
  • How to raise indistractible kids
  • How to remove the external trigger of kids
  • The critical question that people should ask
  • How can you prevent distraction with pacts?
  • How we can use precommitments to keep ourselves focused
  • How people overuse of the word “addiction”
  • The stigmatization of ADHD
  • Treating a kid’s use of technology the same way we think of a swimming pool
  • How children are “hypocrisy detection devices”
  • The importance of setting a good example for children
  • Self-determination theory and the rise of cell phone use
  • Can too much concentration, and too little daydreaming, be a bad thing?