134 – Cultivating healthy minds, Self-fullness, dietary guidelines, guilt and coherent narratives


To cultivate healthy minds, we need to achieve clarity about a lot of systemic issue. As we do, we can actualize our potential, seeking to meet needs for enriching connection, intrinsically motivating purpose, and profound meaning. Unfortunately, our culture largely promotes an ethics of sacrifice, so integrating one’s authentic Self can be challenging amidst ideas of selfishness and selflessness. Self-fullness honors the spectrum of human needs. Nutritional needs continue to be sacrificed by governmental dietary guidelines; once again, we can question them, so that our physical health doesn’t suffer. In place of the moralistic judgment of guilt, we can understand our fallibility, attune to remorse, connect to needs, and make amends via restorative justice. Living an emotionally autonomous existence and living with unprocessed trauma can be transformed into healing visibility of one’s emotional life with others.

Inside the Coronavirus…

Scott Barry Kaufman on the Psychology of Transcendence – Sean Carroll Mindscape podcast episode 91
Scott Barry Kaufman – Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization – Science Salon podcast episode 111

Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization by Scott Barry Kaufman
Stories by Scott Barry Kaufman – Scientific American

Nonviolent Communication inventory of universal human needs

Draft Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Ignores Concerns, Continues Nutritionally Inadequate Advice based on Weak Evidence

Two books by Nathaniel Branden containing the important questions about childhood

Question #14. Did your parents’ behavior and manner of dealing with you tend to produce guilt in you?

Parenting from the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

bumper music
Kosheen – All in my head (Planet Funk Remix)