Charles' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Montreal Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Oakland, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Other: Montreal Team

CHARLES GARFIELD

Psychologist
Shanti and UCSF School of Medicine

“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Passion Individualism Transitions Pride

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

asking questions, cancer, formula, illness, life's work, math, moon landing project, people, psychology, science, self discovery, space, Sputnik

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was young, Russia launched Sputnik 1, America pushed kids into science and technology fields in response.
  • Was working on the moon landing project—“a ticket to a career”—and decided he didn’t want it.
  • Didn’t care as much about the project as he cared about the people that were working on it.
  • Once it was clear that he loved studying people, he did everything he could to pursue it more, learn more.
  • Says too many people follow “formulas” that pretend to be correct; doesn’t think it’s that crazy that he went from science to psychology.
  • Joined the staff at the University of California, San Francisco’s cancer institute.
  • Most proud of the first thing he did: walked up and down a floor of dying patients and realized they were lonely and scared.
  • Founded Shanti project, which had volunteers work with seriously ill and dying patients, the first of its kind.

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