Podcast Recap (November 2018): The Universe, Meaning, Culture, Gratitude and Human Nature

November 30, 2018 in Blog

This month at The Psychology Podcast we discussed the origins of the universe and the search for meaning with physicist Sean Carroll, how the mind and culture evolve with evolutionary psychologist Steve Stewart-Williams, the importance of gratitude with author and self-experimenter A.J. Jacobs, and the laws of human nature with author Robert Greene. On the […]

What Happens When People Are Intentionally More Open to New Experiences?

November 22, 2018 in Blog

Since a large part of my research program is investigating the importance of openness to experience, I get asked all the time: Can openness be improved? I always hedge at this question, simply because there is such a dearth of research addressing this topic. I mean, we know the correlations. And there are a lot […]

Do You Have a Healthy Personality?

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“Healthy personality is a way for a person to act, guided by intelligence and respect for life, so that personal needs are satisfied and so that the person will grow in awareness, competence, and the capacity to love the self, the natural environment, and other people.” — Sidney Jourard In the 50 and 60s humanistic […]

STUDY ALERT: Does Left-Wing Authoritarianism Exist in the United States?

November 19, 2018 in Study Alerts

  Finding the Loch Ness Monster: Left-Wing Authoritarianism in the United States Lucian Gideon Conway, III, Shannon C. Houck, Luara Janelle Gornick, & Meredith A. Repke Although past research suggests authoritarianism may be a uniquely right-wing phenomenon, the present two studies tested the hypothesis that authoritarianism exists in both right-wing and left-wing contexts in essentially equal degrees. Across […]

What Does it Mean to Be Self-Actualized in the 21st Century?

November 7, 2018 in Blog

“There is now emerging over the horizon a new conception of human sickness and of human health, a psychology that I find so thrilling and so full of wonderful possibilities…” –Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being On June 8, 1970, Abraham Maslow was writing furiously in his notebook by the pool at his home […]