“The self is incompatible with freedom, the way most people understand it, because the self is a constraint,” says social psychologist and professor of organizational behavior Brian Lowery. “The ‘you’ you’re talking about is actually the relationships you have, the social interactions you have and the cultural context you exist in."In this Quick Thinks episode of Think Fast, Talk Smart, Lowery sits down with podcast host and lecturer in strategic communications Matt Abrahams to talk about his new book, Selfless: The Social Creation of You. Lowery argues that there is no essential “self” — our selves are creations of those we interact with — exploring what that means for who we can be and who we allow others to be. He also shares research on how asking deeply personal questions can be a tool for deepening relationships. Brian Lowery is the co-director of the Stanford Institute on Race and the host of the podcast, Know What You See.
Brian Lowery is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and a social psychologist by training. He received his doctorate from UCLA in 2001 with a minor in statistical methods.
How was the idea of race created? What function did it serve? Is race understood the same everywhere?
American society has undervalued Black lives. What will it take for America to live up to its principles of liberty and justice for all?
Today, it seems much less uncomfortable to talk about what it means to be white. What does it mean to be white? Who gets to be white and why?
Challenges to the environment disproportionately affect communities of color. Have healthy environments become a privilege?
How do we account for the continuation of this educational divide, what are its consequences, and what, if anything, can we do about it?
The planning decisions we made in the past haunt us in the broad inequities we experience today. How can we make better decisions for the future?
Music connects us, but like many things also seems to fall along racial cleavages, telling us where and to whom we belong. But, creativity rarely respects arbitrary barriers.
The history of race can be seen in our diets and the hands that touch the food we eat--68% of farm workers and 50% of food service and preparation workers are people of color.
Games are serious business. From the schoolyard to professional leagues, sports are a ubiquitous presence in our society.
Is healthcare a privilege or a right? What factors contribute to the disparities in health among racial/ethnic and gender groups?
How might we reimagine work with a view to better equity post-COVID? Featuring Brian Lowery and Aquilina Soriano Versoza.
As we continue to adapt to COVID, who will own the decision power to reimagine work?
In a republic and capitalist economy that depends on an educated citizenry, how should we reimagine education at this critical time?
How many more ways are workers held captive by work? Who will see the benefits of this new flexibility? Is the office done for good?
What does the future of worker protections look like? How can we protect dignity and fairness in work?
How did the gig economy adapt through the pandemic? Might it provide a model to reimagine work post COVID?
While the form of this debate has changed with the times, the underlying question remains the same: who is responsible?
As the wealth divide continues to deepen and class and race inequities are exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American dream of upward mobility has been called into question.
Given the ever-more connected world we live in, how should we reimagine the economy?
Climate change, a pandemic, inequality, all demand that we examine the economic systems and structures we are operating within. In this time of unprecedented change, how might we reimagine work?
As polarization, misinformation, and doubt in science rise, what will be the consequences for people and the world?
As the era of Web 2.0 came to dominate, so too did tech companies’ influence on our lives.
We live in a time of mass data gathering, not just on the part of private corporations, but also by governing bodies the world over.
Data and information monopolies in the information era
Speech and content moderation on the internet
Governing & democracy in the information era
The future of technology, web3, and crypto
What information, technology, and actions do we need to rise to the climate change challenge? How are decisions around climate made?
With the bounds of AI and other technology being pushed further each day, what will our collective future look like?
We’re independent! We make our own choices and do our own thing, and march to the beat of our own drum. Right? Turns out, not nearly as much as we thought. In today’s conversation, Jessi visits with Brian Lowery. He’s a social psychologist who runs the Leadership for Society program at the Stanford Business School. His new book is SELFLESS: The Social Construction of “You.” And he’s here to explain that we are all influenced by others, just as we are influencing them, too. Brian shares his philosophy of the social self alongside thoughts on how we can make big changes to ourselves and our communities - by being more consciously in community.
What is the self? What are we talking about when we say we know ourselves? Scientists believe the brain defines who we are, but Brian Lowery suggests that the self goes beyond our physical being, rooted in our relationships and interactions with other people.
In this episode, we bring an esteemed panel together to discuss a shocking statistic about return-to-office work: only 3% percent of Black professionals want to come back.
The Invisibility of White Privilege with Brian Lowery, PhD
Opinion: To my white friends, the time for talk has passed. Now is the time for work.