Scott Barry Kaufman is deeply interested in using psychological science to help everyone– all kinds of minds— live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. He likes to apply a variety of perspectives, including cognitive science, positive psychology, humanistic-existential psychology, personality psychology, and developmental psychology. A main takeaway from his work is that everyone is capable of creativity, the key is finding the thing that will let them shine the most.


 Things you will learn in this episode:

  • How do we measure someone who is gifted or exceptional? (1:55)
  • Why everyone has the same potential or wiring to be creative or imaginative (6:02)
  • Who we are is a culmination of habits that have become unconscious (11:35)
  • When trusting your intuition you trust your instincts more! (16:12)
  • Daydreaming is valuable, but how does it differ from mind-wandering? (19:19)


Deadly Quotes:

“Really it is a way of being in the world, it is a way of relating to the world. It is very foreign to them to relate to the world in a creative way and to question assumptions.” (6:12)

“I think that the really truly creative people are those that have found a way to truly exist as an individual in world that is so intent on conforming them”  (10:56)

“Creativity is such an individual almost sacred experience for a person and to come up with a standardized recipe really strips that away” (18:21)