Find Your Purpose Using Science

Feb 2, 2015

This workshop offers research-based methods for finding purpose and meaning in life from a reason-based perspective. It is part of our broader offerings at Intentional Insights ( The workshop is presented by Gleb Tsipursky, Co-Founder, President, and Chief Insights Officer at Intentional Insights.

4 comments on “Find Your Purpose Using Science

  • Hmm? I have mixed thoughts about this video/approach…..
    I’ve done plenty of “self-improvement” inside and outside a spiritual/religious context so the material within the presentation is not new to me. Even spiritual circles will use Viktor Frankl. I’m also familiar with Eric Maisel an atheist psychologist whose work brought me much clarity throughout my deconversion.

    In general, I think this is a very good start for this therapist. For me personally, as a woman, I find the format a bit too analytical and not very emotionally engaging. To follow through with the focus on science…. It is found that coupling an experience with emotion, helps to impact person by helping them to remember. We see a truck careening towards us…the fear we feel is then etched onto us like stone. Chances are we will remember the incident for years to come while forgetting what we ate two hours earlier. Love, joy or any other intense emotion coupled with an experience works wonders for our memory. If we are deeply concerned over existential questions and wish to discover our purpose and meaning in life, it seems as if there needs to be some sort of catalyst or way to tap into our deeply cherished memories of what fulfills us. Think of all the ways the religious capitalize on our emotions to make something stick. Intuitively, they know it works.

    I found it interesting that the participants brought up questions regarding the definition between purpose and meaning. One man depersonalized the session by relating it to Evolution rather than focusing on how purpose and meaning affects himself. Notice how the responses are on an intellectual, analytical level rather than a level of self-awareness, reflection, and personal impact. I am not saying that this is in any way wrong. It is definitely more academic and impersonal compared to my experiences. I give it an “A” for content, but feel something was lacking in execution.

    I will say one thing of note. For the twenty or so years I did this kind of stuff…and hundreds… maybe thousands of people that I’ve met that have done this kind of stuff… I have never seen a situation in which men were dominant in the room. Nope. and if you don’t believe me, I’ll pull up some statistics to show you that women are usually dominant if not nearly exclusive in these types of talks, situations…. So it makes me wonder, who they are and how they came to this talk. If they searched this out and came on their own, I must say I am completely impressed and say Bravo to Gleb T. If this gets men used to psychological situations, I’m all for it. If they listen and reflect later in their own privacy, then well done.

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  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the workshop I led!

    I’m glad that you found the intellectual research content at an “A” level. I also appreciate your feedback about your desire for more emphasis on emotional elements in the search for meaning and purpose in life. I talk about the emotional elements more extensively in this blog post on rituals and celebrations as part of life’s meaning and purpose. Also, the more intellectual approach certainly helped appeal to the more masculine audience, which you noted you were surprised and impressed by.

    The men did not simply reflect in their own privacy. They gave videotaped feedback about their workshop experience. Here is one example, and here is another. As you’ll see, they gained quite a bit from attending and reflecting on their life meaning and purpose.

    After I presented the workshop, I also developed a free online course based on the workshop. I welcome you and others to check it out, and let me know what you think!

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    Annabelle says:

    Please. Please somebody contact me so I can be of assistance. I make presentations for a living. I will gladly do this man’s. Such a deserving message shouldn’t be paired with such awful slides.

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  • I’m glad you found the message deserving, thank you for your kind words. I would love your help improving the slides for this presentation! My email is gleb[at], please get in touch with me about helping out. Thank you!

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