psychology | April 08, 2020

Discovering the New Science of Self-Actualization: Scott Barry Kaufman Releases His New Book Transcend

Humanistic psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman wants to know: what are the scientific factors that lead us to creativity, growth, peak experiences, and deep fulfilment? His ongoing quest to discover the depths of human potential have culminated in his new book, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization (out now!).

Many people are familiar with Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. But what they don’t know is that this famous pyramid is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the 20th-century psychologist’s work. In his new book Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, Scott Barry Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off—his unfinished theory of transcendence—and infuses it with the latest research on connection, creativity, love, meaning, and other building blocks of a life well lived. We can create a life of purpose and fulfilment by becoming the best version of ourselves, or reaching what Maslow called “self-actualization.” But we can’t do it alone—realizing our highest potential requires a merging between our selves and the world. In Transcend, Kaufman shows us how we can gain insight into our individuality and nurture a deeper connection not only with our highest potential, but also with the rest of humanity.


“As a pioneer of humanistic psychology, Maslow is frequently referenced but rarely un­derstood,” writes Adam Grant. “Scott Barry Kaufman is here to change that. He does a first-rate job restoring the classic pyramid based on Maslow’s own revisions and updating self-actualization in light of contemporary science.” Angela Duckworth, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit, also sings Kaufman’s praises, calling the book a “masterpiece.”


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