EPISODE 404: The New Science of Self Actualization

When I feel frustrated with my place in the world, it’s often because I feel I’m not living up to my full potential. I have more to offer, more to give – and yet I’m not making it happen. Maslow defined this desire to become our best self as the need to self-actualize.

But how do we do this?

Achievement triggers the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Our brain lights up with happy chemicals as we become our best selves, and the opposite is true when we play small.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist whose work focuses on creativity, talent, self-achievement, and actualization.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How people with obvious challenges and even disadvantages can often out-perform their gifted colleagues
  • Why standardized tests often fail to predict actual potential
  • How to look past intelligence and talent and focus on you vs. you
  • Why you have to transcend yourself to self actualize

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and popular science writer. His work focuses on intelligence, creativity, and human potential. He’s the author of a number of books, including his most-recent: Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization.

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