July 13, 2023

EP. 171 — Maya Shankar

Cognitive scientist and host of the podcast ‘A Slight Change of Plans’ Maya Shankar joins Jameela this week to discuss what we attach to our identity, how there is a competitive advantage to being great listeners, what could be the antidote to loneliness and we find out the three types of empathy and discover maybe Jameela does have empathy after all.



Check out Maya’s podcast – A Slight Change of Plans – wherever you listen – and look out for her TED Talk (available from July 25th, 2023):



Who are you, and how do you transform in the face of change? Cognitive scientist Maya Shankar shares three questions you can ask to find out who you are when the world feels like it’s shifting under your feet. First: “How does this change change what you’re capable of?” Next, “How might this change change what you value?” And third: “How might this change change how you define yourself?” Shankar shares stories — and the science behind change — of people who stepped out of their comfort zones and rigid mindsets and found themselves changed for the better. Maybe through their experiences, and Shankar’s own story as well, a new, lesser traveled yet more rewarding and expansive path rich with possibility awaits.


Follow Maya on Instagram @drmayashankar

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Jameela Hello and welcome to another episode of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil, a podcast against shame. I hope you’re well. I hope you enjoy today’s chat. I think it’s exactly the kind of conversation we need at the sort of halfway point in the year where we’re sort of losing hope. All the hope that we had in January is starting to fade away, and we need that next boost of energy to get us through to the end of the year, which is coming so much sooner than I expected. I can’t handle how fast every year goes by. Anyway. Her name is Maya Shankar and she is a cognitive scientist who is the creator, executive producer and host of a podcast called A Slight Change of Plans, which is such a good podcast, by the way. And we discuss what being a cognitive psychologist actually means. I get to know Maya and her fascinating life story. We discuss the science of identity and identity paralysis and what we attach self-identity to. We talk about how to find identity stabil

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