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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.

Apr 9, 2020

On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, physicist Sean Carroll chats with Scott Barry Kaufman, host of The Psychology Podcast, about his new book Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, which is out today!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why studying humans is more complicated than studying the universe
  • The importance of having humility as a psychologist
  • How Scott’s new book Transcend builds on the work of Abraham Maslow
  • How Maslow never actually drew a pyramid
  • What Maslow actually meant by his “Hierarchy of Needs”
  • The dialectical between security and growth
  • Scott’s new metaphor for the hierarchy of needs
  • How humans can be greater than the sum of their parts
  • Scott’s revised integrated hierarchy of needs
  • Why attachment styles are continuums, not types
  • Why the need for belonging is not the same as the need for intimacy
  • The effects of loneliness on our physical health
  • The latest science of introversion
  • Healthy self-esteem vs. narcissism
  • The “growing tip”
  • Psychological entropy
  • The need for exploration and information seeking
  • The more cosmic aspect of love, or “B-Love”
  • The need for purpose
  • Why self-actualization is not achievement
  • The form of purpose that can lead to transcendence
  • Why nothing is absolutely good or bad