Monthly Archives: November 2014

Introducing The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

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It’s my great pleasure to introduce 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 your self, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility!

Why this podcast? Well, I really enjoy talking to interesting and creative people, learning from people, and debating and discussing different perspectives. What better way to do that then have a regular podcast where I get to share the fruits with others? Also, I feel like there are SO MANY podcasts that keep featuring the same guests over and over again, when there are so many awesome people out there doing work in psychology who rarely get appreciated or noticed. Sure, I’ll be having some of the more well known guests on my show. But I will also be featuring lots of folks who deserve a voice.

HUGE thanks to Elisheva Schwartz for encouraging me to go ahead and do a podcast already, Jane Reznik and Taylor Kreiss for their support and feedback, and Jerome Avendano for his editing.

Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast.

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Talking Mastery and Social Intelligence with Author Robert Greene

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Five time international bestselling author Robert Greene shares his thoughts on creativity, finding your calling, social intelligence and his latest book about what it means to be a master of your craft.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How to become a master of your craft
  • Robert’s own struggle to find his uniqueness that led to his success
  • Robert’s newest book-project on sharpening social intelligence skills
  • The importance of matching daydreaming with reality for creativity
  • The importance of a willingness to fail for achieving success
  • The ‘Dark Triad’ = narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy
 

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“Robert Greene is an American author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and Mastery.” -Blurb from Robert’s site http://powerseductionandwar.com

Daydreaming and Mental Contrasting for Goal-Fulfillment with Gabriele Oettingen

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Psychologist Gabrielle Oettingen’s research on goal-setting and self-regulation animates discussion of some incredibly practical tools to help with constructive daydreaming, hurdling obstacles, implementation intentions and goal-fulfillment.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • The ‘WOOP’ framework for goal-setting and goal-realization
  • How simply thinking positively about goals can actually hinder efficacy
  • The right way to use prospection to energize action, define obstacles and implement a plan
  • Gabriele’s personal philosophy of using science to better our lives
 

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Gabriele Oettingen is a Professor of Psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg where her research revolves around how we think about the future, and how this affects our behavior, cognition and emotions. She has written almost 100 articles for scholarly journals and for popular news websites like The Harvard Business Review and The NYTimes online. Her latest book Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation is an introduction to how prospection ought to be grounded in reality to motivate change and desire-fulfillment.

The Science of Growing Smarter with Annie Murphy Paul

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Science writer Annie Murphy Paul’s fresh perspective on intelligence and personality prompt a heart-to-heart about learning, intelligence assessments, growth mindsets and rethinking intelligence.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Nature vs. nurture and the dynamic nature of personal identity
  • How intelligence/personality are more situationally influenced than we tend to think
  • The follies of IQ testing
  • The virtues of computational thinking
  • How grit/duty intermingle with motivation/interest to drive learning
  • Practical learning methods
 

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“Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. A contributing writer for Time magazine, she writes a weekly column about learning for Time.com, and also blogs about learning at CNN.com, Forbes.com, MindShift.com, PsychologyToday.com and HuffingtonPost.com. She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She is the author of The Cult of Personality, a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests, and of Origins, a book about the science of prenatal influences. She is now at work on Brilliant: The New Science of Smart.” -Blurb from http://anniemurphypaul.com/