Dr. Dan welcomes author and colleague Scott Barry Kaufman to today’s show to discuss Scott’s newest book Twice Exceptional (*Bonus: Dr. Dan is also a contributor!). Today’s enlightening interview is about the new book, Scott’s lifelong personal learning journey and work, and the science of studying intelligence and success (especially as it relates to giftedness and twice-exceptional individuals).
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, is also a researcher, speaker, and podcast host. He’s is passionately interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Scott is a professor of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and author and/or editor of 7 other books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review, and he writes a blog at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds. Kaufman is also host of The Psychology Podcast.
In today’s interview Dr. Dan and Scott Barry Kaufman talk about exciting research using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life.
They also discuss how for twice-exceptional (2e) children, those kids who have extraordinary strengths coupled with learning difficulties, have difficulties in educational settings because of the paradoxical nature of their intellect and the unbending system which is ill-equipped to cater to their unique learning needs. The book Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties provides cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to creating an environment where twice-exceptional students can thrive.
Scott’s Parent Footprint Moment about his own Mom is personal and powerful — and is even more meaningful to him now that he is an adult.
Finally, perhaps the big takeaway from today’s show is that when we bring greater flexibility in our approach to education, we open up a wider notion of what it means to be academically successful for all students.