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Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold on Choose Growth
Transcending trauma, fear, and self-doubt

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., (@scottbarrykaufman) and Jordyn Feingold, MD, (@jordynfeingold) join the Passion Struck podcast to discuss their new book Chose Growth: A workbook for Transcending Trauma, Fear, and Self-Doubt.

Scott Barry Kaufman, Jordyn Feingold, and I discuss how you can use their new workbook, Choose Growth, to guide you on your journey to growth and continual pursuit of self-actualization. The book expands on Dr. Kaufman’s previous book, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, by providing a collection of exercises that are grounded in the latest positive psychology research and humanistic psychology principles to overcome trauma, self-doubt, and fear.

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Growth is a lifelong, nonlinear process.

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In This Episode, Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold Discuss Their New Book Choose Growth:

Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold join me on the Passion Struck podcast to discuss their research-based workbook for turning difficult times into a springboard for overcoming trauma, self-doubt, and fear. They discuss how to do this through insight, healing, and new beginnings. We tackle fundamental questions such as Who are we? Do we have a higher purpose? And how do we not only live through but thrive in the wake of trauma, obstacles, and challenges?

  • How Jordyn and Scott met and why it changed Jordyn’s approach to medicine.
  • Scott discusses his popular science of living course at Columbia University.
  • Jordyn explains her passion for positive medicine.
  • What explore the concept of self-transcendence and Maslow’s work
  • Why life is not a linear journey but more like the path of a sailboat
  • The importance of anchoring yourself
  • Embracing high-quality connections
  • Why is big talk more valuable than small talk
  • How to develop healthy self-esteem
  • Expanding your comfort zone by facing fear
  • The power of exploration
  • Becoming a transcender and the keys to savoring life
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
  • And much more…
188 | Choose Growth | Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
188 | Choose Growth | Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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During the Passion Struck podcast interview, I asked Scott and Jordyn to share what they hoped readers would take away from Choose Growth.

Scott Barry Kaufman explains, “My answer is really almost like self-evident, It’s just really that one can choose growth. People don’t even realize that. They get caught in their loops. Right? They get caught every day. Like there’s a lot of learned helplessness. And a lot of this, by the way, I mean, we’re influenced by Martin Seligman’s seminal work on learned helplessness. Then how he went to learned hopefulness, which is where his work is at right now, as with our friend Dan Tomasulo.

He wrote an awesome book, which I wrote the foreword to called Learned Hopefulness. We want to instill a lot of learned hopefulness in people. If they’re in a life of learned helplessness, then I think that process is choosing the growth option.”

Jordyn Feingold explains, “I think my takeaway is twofold. One, we can’t do it alone. We have to invite and include others in the growth experience with us. Because we’re not solitary beings. We are deeply interdependent, and the needs for both connection and love as distinct needs very much both include other people and that it’s a journey of growth.

It is a journey without a destination. There is no definitive place we land when we say we’re done. All right, I’ve grown sufficiently I’m it’s time to stop, but that it’s a constant commitment and recommitment, and sometimes we have to take many steps back in order to reorient and get to the place where we’re going.”

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About Today’s Guests Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold

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Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist and humanistic psychologist exploring the depths of human potential. He is a professor at Columbia University and director of the Center for Human Potential. Dr. Kaufman has authored ten books and is the host of The Psychology Podcast.

Dr. Jordyn Feingold, MD, MAPP, MSCR, is a resident physician in psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, a well-being researcher, and a positive psychology practitioner. Her research and clinical interests involve protecting and promoting healthcare worker and patient well-being and incorporating positive psychology approaches into healthcare delivery.

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