Scott Barry Kaufman & Maya Shankar , The Psychology Podcast

Find the Potential in Change || Maya Shankar

31 Aug 2023 • 50 min • EN
50 min
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Today we welcome Maya Shankar to the podcast. Maya is a cognitive scientist and the creator and host of the podcast, “A Slight Change of Plans”. It was awarded as the Best Show of 2021 by Apple and received an Ambie award from the Podcast Academy in 2022. Maya has a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience from Stanford and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Oxford. She's a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music's pre-college program, where she was a private violin student of Itzhak Perlman. In this episode, I talk to Maya Shankar about change. Humans have a desire to attach roles to identities. But when events disrupt that, we may feel unsure of who we are. Having gone through huge shifts herself, Maya shares with us ways in which we can reconfigure our identities and pivot to pursue our goals in different ways. Change can be disorienting, but it affords us a deeper understanding of ourselves. Maya also believes it’s also an opportunity to re-examine our long held beliefs and values. We also touch on the topics of cognitive science, mindfulness, awe, and hope. Website: Twitter: @MayaUmaShankar   Topics 02:43 Maya as a violinist 06:00 Identity paralysis 13:02 Reconfiguring identity 18:08 A blind cook becomes a master chef 21:10 Post ecstatic growth 24:07 It’s okay to change values 28:38 Mindfulness and awe  34:15 Re-examining our values  38:29 Embracing a flexible mindset 40:49 Cognitive closure 44:51 Maya’s Slight Change of Plans 48:31 Pivot your goals See for privacy information.

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