How To Live Your Most Creative, Fulfilled and Connected Life | How To Academy

Sun, 28 February 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


How To Live Your Most Creative, Fulfilled and Connected Life

Scott Barry Kaufman

Building on Maslow’s famous pyramid of needs, psychologist, author and host of the world’s #1 psychology podcast Scott Barry Kaufman offers a guide to fulfilling your human potential.

Many of us are familiar with Abraham Maslow’s famous ‘hierarchy of needs’ – a pyramid with food and water at the bottom and ‘self-actualisation’ at the top: the state of possessing deep self-awareness and fully realising your potential in life.

It’s an appealing metaphor: a story of achievement, of mastering life level by level until you’ve “won”. But in reality, life is nothing like a trek up the summit of pyramid. It’s more like a vast ocean, full of new opportunities for meaning and discovery but also danger and uncertainty. The human condition isn’t a competition; it’s an experience.

In this talk, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, integrating the latest research on attachment, connection, creativity, love, purpose and other building blocks of a life well-lived. He will present a new theory of self-actualisation that builds upon Maslow’s work while correcting for its weaknesses.

While self-actualisation is often thought of as a purely individual pursuit, Maslow believed that the full realisation of potential requires a merging between self and the world. We don’t have to choose either self-development or self-sacrifice, but at the highest level of human potential we show a deep integration of both.

Join us and discover ideas for connecting not only to your highest creative potential, but forming a deeper connection to others.

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Scott Barry Kaufman

Humanistic Psychologist

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is a humanistic psychologist exploring the depths of human potential. He has taught courses on intelligence, creativity, and well-being at Columbia University, NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. He hosts the #1 psychology podcast in the world— The Psychology Podcast— and is author and/or editor of 9 books, including Transcend and Wired to Create (with Carolyn Gregoire). In 2015, he was named one of “50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider.