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Stories by Scott Barry Kaufman

Shades of Sensitivity

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death...

May 4, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

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...

April 20, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Are Social Daydreams Related to Well-Being?

Daydreaming often gets a bad reputation. While yes– researchers have associated “lapses of attention” with memory loss and depression, here’s the thing: not all daydreaming is a lapse of attention...

April 16, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Examining standardized testing with Anya Kamenetz

Award-winning education writer Anya Kamentez provides practical guidance for parents looking to understand standardized testing. She and Scott roll up their sleeves and delve deep into the nature, origins, drawbacks and future of our high-stakes testing culture...

April 6, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Creative Life and Well-Being

The Creative Life is full of new possibilities, discoveries, exploration, experimentation, self-expression, and invention. It’s a habit, a way of being, a style of existing.

March 16, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Is an Optimistic Mind Associated with a Healthy Heart?

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” — World Health Organization (1946) Many poets, philosophers, and thinkers throughout history have recognized the intimate link between physical and mental health...

February 23, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How to change your habits with Dr. Art Markman

Dr. Art Markman discusses tools, tips and tricks for editing our behaviors and achieving our goals. It's an incredibly practical episode for those of us who want to lose that weight, write that book and change our lives...

February 16, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The science of raising happily productive kids with Dr. Dona Matthews

Expert Dona Matthews presents ample research regarding how to help children flourish into happy and successful adults. Scott guides the interview across a wide array of vital domains including creativity, flow, standardized testing, growth mindsets and the many myths about intelligence...

February 9, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Modern rudeness in Stone Age minds with Amy Alkon

Advice columnist and science writer Amy Alkon sheds light on the evolutionary roots of modern impoliteness. She shares research on how to cure rudeness and make the world a friendlier place...

January 26, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

“What is it like to be a psychopath?”

Cognitive neuroscientist Kent Kiehl discusses his research and personal experience working with "those without conscience." Scott and Kent demystify the historically fascinating illness as it relates to criminal activity, genius, evil, flourishing, the brain, gender and treatment...

January 19, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Messy Minds of Creative People

The creative process-- from the first drop of paint on the canvas to the art exhibition-- involves a mix of emotions, drives, skills, and behaviors.

December 24, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

What Forms of Creativity Turn You On?

It’s no secret: creativity is sexy. People all over the world rank creativity as a highly desirable quality in a partner, and people who are creative across a variety of fields report more sexual partners (similar results have been found in specific fields such as visual art, music, and humor)...

December 16, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
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