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Transcend

The New Science of Self-Actualization
Written by: Scott Barry Kaufman
Narrated by: Scott Barry Kaufman
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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A bold reimagining of Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs - and new insights for realizing your full potential and living your most creative, fulfilled, and connected life.

When psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman first discovered Maslow's unfinished theory of transcendence, sprinkled throughout a cache of unpublished journals, lectures, and essays, he felt a deep resonance with his own work and life. In this groundbreaking book, Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, unraveling the mysteries of his unfinished theory, and integrating these ideas with the latest research on attachment, connection, creativity, love, purpose and other building blocks of a life well lived.

Kaufman's new hierarchy of needs provides a roadmap for finding purpose and fulfillment - not by striving for money, success, or "happiness," but by becoming the best version of ourselves, or what Maslow called self-actualization. While self-actualization is often thought of as a purely individual pursuit, Maslow believed that the full realization of potential requires a merging between self and the world. We don't have to choose either self-development or self-sacrifice, but at the highest level of human potential we show a deep integration of both. Transcend reveals this level of human potential that connects us not only to our highest creative potential, but also to one another.

With never-before-published insights and new research findings, along with exercises and opportunities to gain insight into your own unique personality, this empowering book is a manual for self-analysis and nurturing a deeper connection not only with our highest potential but also with the rest of humanity. 

Includes a PDF of growth challenges to begin your personal journey, as well as seven principles for becoming a whole person.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Scott Barry Kaufman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“The concept of self-actualization and the transcendent values, which include justice, beauty, meaningfulness, and wholeness, provide a blueprint for a better world. This very well-written volume not only captures Maslow’s work but infuses it with the spirit of inspiration. This book is a major advance in psychology." (Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania)

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  • Shannon Tripp
  • 2020-06-24

Exactly what I wanted, and needed

I discovered Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs eight years ago, when I was trying to understand the constant state of fight or flight that I was experiencing. Nothing in my life felt safe, yet I was reaching for an existence that was akin to self actualization, and I felt like a fraud. I felt as though the bottom would fall out from underneath me at any moment. And I knew I had to make drastic changes to the stability of my entire life.

I embarked on a journey to sure up my existence, to focus on basic survival needs first, and continue to build from there. Eight years later, I have experienced too much to share in this review, but it has all brought me to this book, to this moment. What Dr. Kaufman has shared with us confirms things that I believed, but hadn’t yet confirmed myself because I’m still walking them out.

I finished this book in tears, and with so much encouragement and hope. I’ve known that I was on the right path, but now I see that path is far more rich and nuanced than I could ever have imagined.

Thank you for this book. I am so thankful to have found it.

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  • Mr. Avid
  • 2020-05-06

Couldn't finish.

Unfortunately, I couldn't finish it because of his monotone voice. Writing a book and narrating it are two different things.

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  • Nathan Simmons
  • 2020-04-20

Deeply Inspiring

This book provides an overview of a scientifically backed way of becoming the you that you really want to be.

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  • Robert A Anders
  • 2020-08-05

Really a lot of great information, but the voice!

This book is a weatlh of well thought out information, interesting and thought provoking.
Though, each evening that I sit down to listen... Scott's voice puts me right to sleep. I would not want to discourage other listeners. Perhaps your experience will be different. But, the dialog is so deep... and Scott's delivery is so even... I doze off every time!
I'm going to buy a traditional paper copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-25

This book transcends all expectations

I just finished listening to The book in the reading of the author himself, by the way splendidly read.
It is rare to encounter a book that is so whole, so rigorously researched, inspiring, human and beautiful all at once. Can’t recommend it enough for everyone that ever wondered about existence, their own inner life and psychology or just human life in general. I guess that must be everyone.
I am buying this book now in hard cover to be able to read again, and again and take notes!

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  • CMP
  • 2020-07-21

The next step in advancing mainstream enlightenment

I enjoyed the history and story from Maslow’s perspective through his unpublished work, as well as the broader conversation around his early philosophy and journey to advance understanding of human needs, purpose, and spiritual experiences.

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  • Scottdoughty
  • 2020-06-09

A phenomenal learning experience

I loved every minute of this recording. so many incredible ideas culminated into an easy listen thanks to Scott’s excellent writing and narrating. I was mesmerised to learn so much of contemporary human potential ideals originate in Maslow’s research. This book is wonderful!

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  • Danielle
  • 2020-06-07

Book of a lifetime

I first learned of Scott Kaufman during a webinar addressing grit, uncertainty, and resilience during a pandemic. I found Scott to be extremely personable with a bubbly, unbridled sense of humor. I also found great insight in his perspective, and I picked the book up immediately. I liked that he narrated the audio version, since I had already resonated with his personality, so I chose the audio version. I then proceeded to devour the audio book in a matter of days, throughout which my eyes welled up with tears many times.

This book is an unbelievably lucid, rigorous, and loving map for any of us who feel pulled toward our best life. I have yet to read such a brilliant reconciliation of eastern and western philosophy with the wellness of not only humanity, but of the world of which we are a part. Read this book. If you let it, it just might change you for the better.

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  • 343Programs
  • 2020-06-04

Maslow for the 21st century

I have read a lot of books on psychology. This is one of the best. There are a lot of very technical books which are good, but have never recommended to other people. I have recommended transcend for to several people.... I think it’s exactly what our society needs now.

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  • Gayle Scroggs, PhD
  • 2020-05-23

How to live life's breadth, width depth and height

Maslow's humanistic psychology has never been more relevant. In his book, Scott Barry Kaufman brings it to life as he shares Maslow's journey to the farther reaches of human nature. Yet he does more by integrating research to give humanistic psychology a solid foundation. the most inspiring book I've read since Authentic Happiness.