Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
Professor of Columbia University, United States

Title: Maslow 2.0 The Hierarchy of Needs, Redefined

In his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation,” Abraham Maslow introduced the idea that human beings have a hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. In this talk, Scott Barry Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, expanding upon the unfinished theory and integrating new scientific findings, including Kaufman’s own research on creativity, love, personality, and well-being. Through his unique work on the subject, Kaufman reinvigorates the profound insights of humanistic psychology with the latest scientific findings from a wide range of fields, introducing them to a generation that consistently feels unsatisfied in their work, creative pursuits, and educational path. Students can be high achievers and yet still yearn for self-realization. The philosopher Erich Fromm said that there is “an art of being.” But as Kaufman persuasively shows, there is also a science of being, and this talk will help educators set students on the path to a life of optimal health, growth, wholeness, and real fulfillment.

Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist who is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. He is Director of Research of the 2e Center at Bridges Academcy and has taught at Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and NYU. Kaufman has over 60 scientific publications on intelligence, creativity, personality, and well-being. In addition to writing the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American, he also hosts The Psychology Podcast, which was named by Business Insider a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior.” Kaufman is author and/or editor of 9 books, including Transcend: The New Science of Self-ActualizationTwice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning DifficultiesWired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire), Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice. Kaufman received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and a M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. You can find out more at scottbarrykaufman.com.

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