We are especially grateful (and giddy) to be sharing this episode with our listeners! Brene Brown’s work really gels with our core interests here on The Psychology Podcast, and the resulting conversation contains some enthusiastic and empirically informed banter that is sure to inform and delight. We geek out over some counter-intuitive findings, like how incredibly compassionate people have a tendency to set the most boundaries and say “no.” We discuss the power of being vulnerable and how the data suggests that it is one of the best predictors of courage. We chat about how trying to be cool is the enemy of truly being cool, how we can enrich future generation’s learning with wholehearted living, and how ignoring our creativity defies our essential nature. It’s ~45 minutes of two experts in the field sharing data, and themselves, and it’s one of our favorite episodes yet.
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“Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Brené’s 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks on TED.com, with approximately 6 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation. Brené’s newest book is, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012). She is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007), and Connections (2009); a shame-resilience curriculum being facilitated by helping professionals across the globe.” Blurb taken from amazon.com
On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we feature a particularly lively exchange, as Scott and Cal attempt to decode the patterns of success, sharing their perspectives on deep work, deliberate practice, grit, creativity, talent, mastery, IQ, and cultural misconceptions about passion and finding one’s calling. The discussion has a fun and curious tone; it is a research-informed exploration of what it really takes to succeed in the 21st century. We had a great time recording this episode and we think you will really enjoy it.
“Cal Newport is a writer and a professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of five books and runs the popular advice blog, Study Hacks, which attempts to decode “patterns of success” in both school and the working world. His contrarian ideas on building a successful, meaningful life have been featured on TV, radio, and in many major publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Post.” -Blurb taken from Amazon.com
Statistically speaking, many of us know someone or even experience some of the difficulties associated with ADHD, but what are the essential characteristics of this often misunderstood phenomenon? On this episode of the Psychology Podcast, we gain a contemporary understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from an expert in the field, Dr. Mark Bertin. Dr. Bertin has a great deal of experience working with individuals and families living with ADHD. We discuss the diagnosis as it relates to creativity, information management, executive function impairment, stress, mindfulness and more. There’s a great deal of practical advice here for those looking to understand and support people with ADHD.
One of the world’s foremost experts on hope, self-proclaimed “hopemonger” Shane Lopez, sheds light on the incredible impact hope can have in our lives. We chat about flourishing, narratives of our future, passion and how hope may predict job and school success. There are some compelling statistics here that we hope will get you focused on cultivating… more hope!
In this episode you will hear about:
How intelligence may only account for ¼ of the variance of our success in life
How hope is worth a whole letter grade in school and a day of productivity on the job
Hope, happiness and health
Deconstructing the hope construct
Hope grit and self-determination
How creating your passion is better than following your passion
How past performance is not the only predictor for the future
How strengths and passion can be a better indicator of success then GRE scores
“Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over what their future can become and to teach them how to aim for the future they want in school, work and life. He is also one of the most vocal advocates of psychological reform of America’s education system. He helps schools function less like impersonal factories and more like dynamic human development centers that help students achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want – including a good job and a happy family.” -Blurb taken from shanelopez.com
Three time bestselling author and human guinea pig Tim Ferriss discusses how to become top 5% in the world with a new skill in just 6-12 months. Scott and Tim debunk the 10,000 hour rule, discuss general principles for accelerated skill acquisition, consider what it means to live the good life and take a sneak peak at Tim’s new show The Tim Ferris Experiment.
In this episode you will hear about:
How super human results only require the right set of questions and a better toolkit
How an intelligent approach can cut skill acquisition down from years to months
Determining the right person to emulate when learning new skills
Questioning assumptions and practices that are taken for granted as “the best”
The importance of considering outliers
Using “micro” exercises to teach powerful “macro” principles
Some common mindset blocks that keep people from optimal skill development
Tim’s exercises to keep things in perspective and improve well-being
Tony Robbins’ advice to Tim about noticing the small things
Balancing appreciation vs. ambition
Tim’s philosophy of what it means to live the good life
Tim’s recommendations for getting started with meditation
Tim’s thoughts on the education system and how he’s gotten involved
“Timothy Ferriss is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more). Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim’s books — The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef — have been published in 30+ languages. His popular blog http://www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers…” Blurb taken from Amazon.com
Best selling author Ryan Holiday discusses how Stoicism can help us transform trials into triumph. It’s a pragmatic episode, full of strategies to invert obstacles and wrest opportunity from adversity. The conversation includes invaluable advice for aspiring creatives, research affirming the Stoic approach, how great historical figures have used Stoicism and more…
In this episode you will hear about:
The intersections of Stoicism, creativity and positive psychological research
Ryan’s alternative track to success and the importance of mentorship
How Steve Jobs employed Stoicism
The importance of understanding reality objectively
How blessings and burdens needn’t be mutually exclusive
Passion vs. purpose
How modern psychology is affirming the truths of timeless philosophy
Psych research that could help creative professionals
The effects of meditation on creative output
The high ROI habits that help Ryan’s creativity
“Contemptuous expressions” and stripping things of the legends that encrust them
Scott and Ryan’s views on the importance of living as your authentic self
The importance as a writer of having something valuable to say
“Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company.” –Blurb taken from Ryan’s blog
Award-winning author Peter Sims shares some heartening research on how people like Steve Jobs, Chris Rock and Frank Gehry use small experiments to lay the groundwork for big creative successes. It’s an encouraging episode for all the creative types out there thinking they have to have it all figured it out from the get go. Also, Scott and Peter banter across a wide spectrum of topics including improving education, the empathy deficit in America, deliberate practice and the importance of marching to the beat of your own drummer.
In this episode you will hear about:
How big name creatives use small scale experiments to find and improve ideas
The many benefits of being a black sheep
The philosophical frameworks big companies use to innovate
The vital importance of deliberate practice and forming a growth mindset
How creative success requires the ability to persist through failure
Developing healthy life expectations: you don’t have to have it all!
Pixar’s “Plusing” technique to craft their beloved film plots
The Darwinian model of creativity
The drive to be unique vs. the drive to belong
Crafting a social group that cultivates your desired attributes
A most heroic undertaking: to be yourself in a homogenized world
The practical ability to teach yourself new skills
Peter’s thoughts on measuring creativity and creativity in different fields
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.