Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is a professor of psychology at Columbia University, a columnist for Scientific American, the host of The Psychology Podcast, and author of many books, including Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). He studies creativity, intelligence, and humanistic psychology and focuses on how to remove the blocks that impede living well.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • How to remove the blocks that impeded your personal growth.

  • Why you should love the hater and embrace criticism.

  • How to distinguish healthy versus unhealthy thought patterns.

  • What improv comedy classes can teach you about living your best life.

  • How Scott measures and believes we can nurture intelligence.

  • And much more!

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Resources from this episode:

Scott's website

The Psychology Podcast

Beautiful Minds at Scientific American

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

Other books by Scott

Scott at Facebook

Scott at Twitter

Scott at Instagram

The Creativity Post

The Ketogenic Diet: A Detailed Beginner's Guide to Keto, by Rudy Mawer, MSc, CISSN, Healthline

Ask the Doctor: What Is Hypomania? by Michael Craig Miller, M.D., Harvard Mental Health Letter

Hypomania: The Misunderstood Mood by Sally Buchanan-Hagen,

COMT Gene, US National Library of Medicine

DRD4 Gene, US National Library of Medicine

What is Humanistic Psychology?, Encyclopaedia Britannica

What Does it Mean to Be Self-Actualized in the 21st Century? by Scott Barry Kaufman

Carl Rogers Biography (1902-1987) by Kendra Cherry, verywellmind

How to Be an Optimal Human by Scott Barry Kaufman

Intellectual Humility: An Interpersonal Theory by Maura Priest, Ergo

Improv Meetup Groups

Become 10% Happier with Dan Harris, The Psychology Podcast

Is Tranquility Right for Everyone? by Scott Barry Kaufman

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry Kaufman

How Can We Cultivate Grit and Imagination in the Classroom? by Scott Barry Kaufman

The Twice Exceptional Movement: Supporting Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties by Scott Barry Kaufman

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Creative People Are... by Scott Barry Kaufman

Is Our Society Manufacturing Depressed People? by Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W., Psychology Today

Max Lugavere's posts at Psychology Today

ADHD Is Fuel for Adventure by Florence Williams, Outside

Humanism, Enlightenment and Progress with Steven Pinker, The Psychology Podcast

Tim Ferriss on Accelerated Learning, Peak Performance and Living the Good Life, The Psychology Podcast

Talking Mastery and Social Intelligence with Author Robert Greene, The Psychology Podcast

Angela Duckworth on Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, The Psychology Podcast

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D.

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