Transcend Book by Scott Barry Kaufman

By Alex Harris October 05, 2020

Transcend Book by Scott Barry Kaufman

I highly recommend the new book Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman.

I am fascinated by how our minds work. That is why I research and try to interview the smartest people in grow. That includes psychologists, creative leaders and thought leaders. My favorite topic to research is related to self awareness. Especially learning new ways to improve your mindset based on real science and psychology. This new book Transcend was recommended to me by a friend and then I learn that Scott also hosted the Psychology Podcast. After listening to the audio book, I joined a workshop on Positive Voices where Scott dived deeper in his new book transcend. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. 

My book notes are below. Did you read the book? Let me know what you think or if you have recommendations for others books I may enjoy.

From wikipedia, learn more amount Scott Barry Kaufman:

Scott Barry Kaufman is an American humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and popular science writer. His writing and research focuses on intelligence, creativity, and human potential. Most media attention has focused on Kaufman's attempt to redefine intelligence.

After reading the book, I really identified with the concept of Healthy Authenticity.

What is Healthy Authenticity? 

Understanding, being and expected responsibility for your whole self. Self consciousness and wholeness. Face the unknown deep within yourself. 

Accept the totality of yourself and become better at trusting 

Trust the alive, unique and personal center of ourself.  

  • Does not mean telling everyone what you think or feeling
  • Does not mean telling everyone about your greatest accomplishments
  • The main components:
    • Self Awareness 
      • For better or worse I understand myself 
    • Self Honestly
      • I tend have difficulty with my short comings and block them out 
    • Integrity 
      • I am true to myself in most situations 
    • Authentic Relationships 
      • I want close others to understand me other than my Public  persona
      • I want others to understand my weaknesses


Transcend Book Scott Barry KaufmanScott 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. 

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Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D is the author of several books including Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization and host of The Psychology Podcast. As a humanistic psychologist, he explores the depths of human potential.

More books from Scott Barry Kaufman

Ungifted Book from Scoot Barry KaufmanUngifted: Intelligence Redefined

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In Ungifted, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman -- who was relegated to special education as a child -- sets out to show that the way we interpret traditional metrics of intelligence is misguided. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional wisdom about the childhood predictors of adult success. He reveals that there are many paths to greatness, and argues for a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person's personal goals, individual psychology, and developmental trajectory. In so doing, he increases our appreciation for the intelligence and diverse strengths of prodigies, savants, and late bloomers, as well as those with dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD.

Wired to Create BookWired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

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Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. 

Twice Exceptional BookTwice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties

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In an educational system founded on rigid standards and categories, students who demonstrate a very specific manifestation of intelligence flourish, while those who deviate tend to fall between the cracks. Too often, talents and interests that do not align with classroom conventions are left unrecognized and unexplored in children with extraordinary potential but little opportunity. For twice-exceptional (2e) children, who have extraordinary strengths coupled with learning difficulties, the problem is compounded by the paradoxical nature of their intellect and an unbending system, ill-equipped to cater to their unique learning needs.


The Psychology of Creative WritingThe Psychology of Creative Writing 

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The Psychology of Creative Writing takes a scholarly, psychological look at multiple aspects of creative writing, including the creative writer as a person, the text itself, the creative process, the writer's development, the link between creative writing and mental illness, the personality traits of comedy and screen writers, and how to teach creative writing. This book will appeal to psychologists interested in creativity, writers who want to understand more about the magic behind their talents, and educated laypeople who enjoy reading, writing, or both. From scholars to bloggers to artists, The Psychology of Creative Writing has something for everyone.

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