The Paradox of Intelligence: Heritability and Malleability Coexist in Hidden Gene-Environment Interplay

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 7, 2018 in Blog, Study Alerts

This integrative review advances the idea that gene–environment interplay underlies differences in human intelligence, and that the high heritability of IQ is not merely a product of genetic variation. Gene-environment correlations and interactions are obscured by typical research approaches, but their contribution to the development of intelligence explains a paradoxical body of evidence from recent […]

[Beautiful Minds] January 2018 Newsletter

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 2, 2018 in Blog

Hi All, Happy New Year! This year, I’m off on a journey. I decided to drop everything and put my entire being into a book project I really believe in. I feel such an emotional connection to this project, and think it can help a lot of people. So, starting January 3rd, I will be moving […]

The Possibility Index

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 24, 2017 in Blog

I recently had the pleasure of partnering with U.S. Bank to help bring greater awareness of the 2017 “Possibility Index“. This index measures how Americans are doing and feeling in their workplaces, homes and spare time, as well as how they talked about their lives online. The Possibility Index score represents the average of four […]

The Mindful Personality II: Exploring the Metatraits from a Cybernetic Perspective

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 23, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

The Mindful Personality II: Exploring the Metatraits from a Cybernetic Perspective Adam W. Hanley & Anne K. Baker & Eric L. Garland Abstract Relationships between dispositional mindfulness and the personality metatraits, stability and plasticity, remain unexplored despite continued efforts to more accurately characterize associations between dispositional mindfulness and personality. The metatraits are theorized to constitute […]

[Beautiful Minds] November 2017 Newsletter

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 2, 2017 in Blog

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All, Welcome to the November, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter! Here’s some updates on creativity, well-being, and the mind from October. Enjoy! Podcast Episodes The Power Paradox with Dacher Keltner Peak Performance with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness Making Good Decisions with Cheryl Strauss Einhorn The Art of Charm […]

Narcissism and Self-Esteem Are Very Different

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

As the mythology goes, Narcissus fell in love so much with his own reflection in a pool of water that he was unable to do anything else but admire himself. Eventually, he withered away and died staring at his reflection. Did Narcissus have excessively high self-esteem? Was that his main issue? Or was it something […]

STUDY ALERT: Are Measures of Character and Personality Distinct?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 25, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

Are Measures of Character and Personality Distinct? Robert E. McGrath, Ashley Hall-Simmonds, and Lewis R. Goldberg Two studies were conducted to investigate redundancy between the character strengths found in the VIA model of character and familiar personality facets. Study 1 used a community sample (N = 606) that completed a measure of character strengths, four […]

[Beautiful Minds] October 2017 Newsletter

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 2, 2017 in Blog

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All, I’m a writer. There, I said it. Welcome to the October, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter! Here’s some updates on creativity, well-being, and the mind from September. Enjoy! Books Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties by Scott Barry Kaufman — Now available for pre-order […]

There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 22, 2017 in Blog

I’d like to offer you two models of human development. The first is what you might call The Surrender Yourself model of development. According to this model, the lowest kind of happiness is having your basic food and health needs met. Then there is achievement– the pleasure we get from earned and recognized success. Then there is […]

STUDY ALERT: The Role of Passion and Persistence in Creativity

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 21, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

The Role of Passion and Persistence in Creativity Magdalena G. Grohman, Paul Silvia, Zorana Ivcevic, and Scott Barry Kaufman We examined the predictive power of 2 different conceptualizations of passion and persistence in relation to creative behavior. Specifically, we examined predictive power of the self-reported grit subscales (defined as a combination of passion/consistency of interests and perseverance) […]

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