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James C. Kaufman on creativity and wellbeing

Reaching your Goals​

Career Podcast


Jul 18, 2023 - Johanna Herbst


About the Episode

Have you ever wondered how creativity can help you improve your wellbeing? This episode is also for you if you don't even believe that you are creative. We all have it in us! 

My guest this week, James C. Kaufman, will share his wisdom on creativity and wellbeing as well as how to ignite the fire of creativity! Curious? Then tune in!

James is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He has written or edited more than 50 books. These include the forthcoming The Creativity Advantage (Cambridge) and Lessons in creativity from musical theatre characters (with Dana P. Rowe; Routledge);as well as the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (with Robert J. Sternberg) and Creativity 101. 

James has won many awards, including Mensa’s research award, the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and APA’s Berlyne, Arnheim, and Farnsworth awards. He co-founded two major journals, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture. He has tested Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN; written the book and lyrics to the musical Discovering Magenta (which played NYC and has a cast album); and appeared onscreen, complete with white lab coat, in the comic book documentary Independents. 

 James lives with his wife, Allison, his sons Jacob and Asher, and a menagerie currently containing two dogs, an African Grey Parrot, five rats, and an axolotl in Connecticut in the US. 

Stay in touch with James:

#creativity #wellbeing #careeradvice #reachingyourgoals #delygate


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