24 May Being Well Podcast: Self-Transcendent Experiences
What does it mean to “transcend the self?” Today Dr. Hanson, Forrest, and Dr. David Yaden explore self-transcendent, or “peak,” experiences, which the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow defined as “moments of highest happiness and fulfillment.”
About our Guest: David is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine who studies the varieties of spiritual and self-transcendent experiences from the perspectives of psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, he’s interested in understanding how these experiences can result in long-term changes to well-being and how they alter the fundamental faculties of consciousness.
If you’ve had a self-transcendent experience you would like to share, visit David’s website The Varieties Corpus. Data collected from the site is used for scientific research or public education.
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3:00: The two key characteristics of self-transcendent experiences.
4:30: “Everyday” versions of peak experiences.
8:00: Self-transcendence and psychopathology.
11:00: David’s account of self-transcendence.
13:50: The lasting impact of peak experiences.
17:00: Is there a “place” where self-transcendence occurs in the brain?
20:45: Making use of peak experiences.
28:00: Should we seek peak experiences out?
36:00: Relaxing the sense of self.
41:30: A message to your younger self.
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