Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization

Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization

by Scott Barry Kaufman
Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization

Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization

by Scott Barry Kaufman


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A bold reimagining of Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs—and new insights for realizing your full potential and living your most creative, fulfilled, and connected life.

When psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman first discovered Maslow's unfinished theory of transcendence, sprinkled throughout a cache of unpublished journals, lectures, and essays, he felt a deep resonance with his own work and life. In this groundbreaking book, Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, unraveling the mysteries of his unfinished theory, and integrating these ideas with the latest research on attachment, connection, creativity, love, purpose and other building blocks of a life well lived.

Kaufman's new hierarchy of needs provides a roadmap for finding purpose and fulfillment—not by striving for money, success, or "happiness," but by becoming the best version of ourselves, or what Maslow called self-actualization. While self-actualization is often thought of as a purely individual pursuit, Maslow believed that the full realization 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. Transcend reveals this level of human potential that connects us not only to our highest creative potential, but also to one another.

With never-before-published insights and new research findings, along with exercises and opportunities to gain insight into your own unique personality, this empowering book is a manual for self-analysis and nurturing a deeper connection not only with our highest potential but also with the rest of humanity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143131212
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 86,596
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is a humanistic psychologist who has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, NYU and elsewhere. He received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M.Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. He writes the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which has received more than 10 million downloads. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic and Harvard Business Review, and his books include Ungifted, Wired to Create (with Carolyn Gregoire), and, as editor, Twice Exceptional and, as co-editor, The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence. In 2015, he was named one of "50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world" by Business Insider.

Table of Contents

A Note on Pronoun Usage xi

Preface xiii

Introduction: A New Hierarchy of Needs xxiii

Part I Security

Prelude 3

Chapter 1 Safety 7

Chapter 2 Connection 35

Chapter 3 Self-Esteem 54

Part II Growth

Prelude 83

Chapter 4 Exploration 91

Chapter 5 Love 118

Chapter 6 Purpose 149

Part III Healthy Transcendence

Prelude 189

Chapter 7 Peak Experiences 193

Chapter 8 Theory Z: Towards the Farther Reaches of Human Nature 217

Live More in the B-Realm 245

Afterword: "Wonderful Possibilities and Inscrutable Depth," Reprised 249

Acknowledgments 253

Appendix I Seven Principles for Becoming a Whole Person 257

Appendix II Growth Challenges 279

Notes 310

Index 380

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