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Brian Lowery on How You Discover Your Authentic Self

Welcome to an intriguing episode of the Passion Struck podcast! Get ready to embark on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery as we dive into the mysteries of our very being. I’m excited to introduce our guest, Social Psychologist and Stanford Professor Brian Lowery, a recognized expert in social identity and human behavior. Our conversation centers around Lowery’s latest book, Selfless: The Social Creation of “You.”

In a world where understanding ourselves is a constant pursuit, we’re about to explore the intricate tapestry of selfhood. Join us on this captivating journey where we navigate the complexities of thoughts, emotions, and actions that shape our essence. We explore the nuances of identity, shattering conventional boundaries and discovering the fascinating interplay between our lives and the wider universe.

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Courage is not just persevering in the face of adversity, but also being willing to admit the need to grow and learn. It’s standing up for what you believe while remaining open to other perspectives.

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Beyond Boundaries: Navigating the Intricacies of our Authentic Self with Brian Lowery

Does this sound familiar? You’ve been told that finding your true self is as simple as following societal norms and expectations. But despite conforming, you still feel a sense of emptiness and disconnection. The pain of not authentically expressing yourself and feeling lost in your own identity is palpable. It’s time to uncover the real connection between social circles and self-identity, so you can confidently navigate social interactions and achieve personal growth.

In a world where self-understanding often feels elusive, we take a profound dive into the intricacies of selfhood. Join us as we navigate the labyrinth of thoughts, emotions, and actions that shape our very existence. Brian’s new book “SELFLESS: The Social Creation of ‘You'” serves as our guiding compass on this transformative expedition. We peel back the layers of societal expectations, self-imposed limitations, and roles we inhabit, allowing our authentic selves to emerge from the shadows. Get ready to challenge preconceptions, question boundaries, and embark on a quest that will forever alter your perspective on who you truly are.

Join us as we embark on this profound exploration of selfhood, inviting you to reflect, question, and journey into the boundless depths of understanding. Stay tuned for an enlightening conversation that might reshape how you perceive yourself and the world around you.

By listening to Brian Lowery and John, you will be able to:

  • Embark on a transformative journey of self-understanding
  • Challenge preconceived notions of identity
  • Gain valuable insights into the interplay between self and society.
  • Understand the impact of social media and outside influences on self
  • Understand the impact of social identity on human behavior
  • Learn how introspection and self-reflection can lead to personal growth and transformation
  • And much, much more!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]!
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More From My Conversation With Brian Lowery on How You Discover Your Authentic Self

Do you desire a deeper understanding of yourself and the power of social interactions on your identity? Are you seeking personal growth through increased self-awareness and the ability to navigate social circles confidently? Brian Lowery shares solutions to unlock these transformative results for you.

Significance of social interactions in molding identity

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In an increasingly interconnected world, Brian Lowery underscores the profound impact social interactions have in shaping an individual’s identity. He elaborates on the concept of ‘relational identities,’ formed and defined by relationships with others as insights to self-definition. Herein lies the impact of each unique interaction, as he believes tackling various perspectives and interplaying dynamics of each interaction offers opportunities for personal transformation and growth.

The essence of bold leadership for personal advancement
Bold and effective leadership often emerges from continuous self-reflection and embracing personal growth, as highlighted by Brian Lowery. He stresses that leadership requires admitting one’s need for growth, being receptive to varied notions, and demonstrating bravery in facing challenges. Extending this notion, he further emphasizes utilizing quantifiable data in meaningful ways to improve people’s lives significantly.

Significance of social interactions in molding identity
In an increasingly interconnected world, Brian Lowery underscores the profound impact social interactions have in shaping an individual’s identity. He elaborates on the concept of ‘relational identities’, formed and defined by relationships with others as insights to self-definition. Herein lies the impact of each unique interaction, as he believes tackling various perspectives and interplaying dynamics of each interaction offers opportunities for personal transformation and growth.

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  • Enroll in Stanford’s Leadership for Society course to learn how to be a courageous leader and positively impact society.
  • Explore the Behavioral Change for Good initiative led by Katie Milkman and Brian Lowery, which uses data to help individuals make better decisions and improve their lives.
  • Reflect on your own sense of self and consider whether you are hiding behind a mask or presenting your authentic self to the world.
  • Embrace the idea that we all have multiple selves and that our behavior and identity can vary depending on the context and the people we are with.
  • Engage in self-reflection and introspection to better understand your own motivations, values, and beliefs.
  • Seek out diverse perspectives and engage in open and respectful dialogue to challenge and expand your own understanding of the world.
  • Consider how your sense of self is shaped by your relationships and the communities you are a part of.
  • Embrace vulnerability and humility as key components of courageous leadership, allowing for personal growth and learning.
  • Pre-order John R. Miles’s book, Passion Struck, releasing on February 6, 2024.
  • Listen to the special episode featuring Seth Godin and his new book, A Song of Significance.
  • Listen to the interview with Scott Simon about his book, Scare Your Soul.
  • Listen to Passion Struck’s interviews with New York Times bestselling authors Gretchen Rubin and Seth Godin.
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About Today’s Guest, Dr. Brian Lowery

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Brian Lowery holds the distinguished position of Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior, at the prestigious Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Lowery’s visionary leadership shines through within academia as he spearheads the innovative program “Leadership for Society.” This program equips leaders with the skills to effectively engage with diverse audiences on critical societal matters, fostering a more inclusive and informed discourse.

Furthermore, Lowery is a driving force behind the establishment of Stanford’s groundbreaking Institute on Race. This visionary initiative is committed to advancing cutting-edge research and practical solutions to achieve racial justice, reflecting Lowery’s dedication to addressing pressing social issues head-on.

Lowery’s research trajectory is marked by two distinctive themes. The first explores how individuals perceive and comprehend inequality, dissecting the intricate relationship between these perceptions, attitudes, and actions. The second thread delves into the reciprocal nature of human interaction, investigating how external influences shape our identity while we simultaneously contribute to the shaping of others. This comprehensive exploration encompasses subjects as diverse as the intricacies of social identities—such as race and gender—and the profound ways in which our interactions with others imbue our lives with meaning and purpose.

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John R. Miles is globally recognized as an expert in intentional behavior change, leadership, personal mastery, and veteran advocacy. He founded and serves as CEO of PASSION STRUCK®. This media company boasts a significant social media following and tens of millions of annual views on its podcasts and YouTube channels. His podcast, Passion Struck with John R. Miles, sets records and has held the top spot among alternative health podcasts. Furthermore, John is the author of the upcoming book “Passion Struck,” which is set to be published in early 2024.

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