On episode 50, we welcome psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman to learn about the steps of personal growth and development, the difference between a healthy ego and narcissism, and focus on the meaning of B-Love, as opposed to selfish love.
Abraham Maslow outlined the needs hierarchy, which most of us learned when we were kids. Safety, community, and self-esteem were conceived of as the foundations of us becoming self-actualized, the best versions of our ourselves. However, Maslow, before he passed away, added a final level, which he called self-transcendence.
Scott taught us about the meaning of being a well-integrated human being, and the importance of cultivating peak (or transcendent) experiences and B-Love, the love of others for its own sake, not because they can benefit us.
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is a humanistic psychologist who has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. He writes the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American and hosts The Psychology Podcast.
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