S2E45 A Slight Change of Plans - an Interview with Dr. Maya Shankar
We all encounter a change of plan at some point in our lives. In this episode, Brian interviews cognitive scientist Dr. Maya Shankar to understand who we are and who we become when faced with change. Topics discussed include: How change profoundly impacted Maya’s life, why humility is so important and how being more openminded can help build resilience.
YOU WILL LEARN:
· Common psychological strategies for navigating change.
· Why people really dislike uncertainty.
· How to cultivate a mindset to thrive in change.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
A Slight Change of Plans
“The Language Instinct,” by Steven Pinker
“Back to the Future”
NOTEWORTHY QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE:
“The specifics of this moment may be unprecedented. But our human ability to navigate change is nothing new.” – Dr. Maya Shankar
“There is a universality in the way that we as humans navigate change.” – Maya Shankar
“Change in one area of our lives often has profound spill-over effects into other areas of our lives that we simply can't predict at the outset.” – Maya Shankar
“At a minimum, there will be growth because change necessarily involves a loss of identity of some kind.” – Maya Shankar
“When you are more openminded, you are seeking awe and that actually helps you cultivate a more resilient personality in the face of change.” – Maya Shankar
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