Being Well Podcast: Choosing Our Best Selves with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman and Dr. Jordyn Feingold
January 9, 2023

We often know what we “should” do, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do it. Today on the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick and Forrest are joined by Columbia University professor Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman and well-being researcher Dr. Jordyn Feingold to explore how we can learn to consistently choose our best selves, overcome barriers to growth, and fully actualize ourselves.

About our Guests: Scott is a cognitive scientist, humanistic psychologist, professor at Columbia University, host of the popular Psychology Podcast, and the author of 10 books, including Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization. Jordyn is a resident physician in psychiatry, a well-being researcher, and a positive psychology practitioner. Together, they’re the authors of the recently released Choose Growth: A Workbook for Transcending Trauma, Fear, and Self-Doubt.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:40: Why the title Choose Growth?
  • 3:50: Balancing growth and discomfort
  • 7:20: The value of social support
  • 12:00: Growth from positive experiences
  • 14:15: Mindset
  • 15:40: 8 ways to choose growth
  • 16:35: Building self-esteem and distinguishing it from narcissism
  • 24:55: Becoming a transcender
  • 29:25: Transcending dichotomies
  • 34:15: Practicing self-compassion 
  • 36:50: The underlying ground
  • 41:30: Creativity and healing
  • 46:00: Daily positive medicine for collective growth
  • 50:15: Recap 

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