Do You Have a Healthy Personality?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 22, 2018 in Blog

“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?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, 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?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, 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 […]

Podcast Recap (October 2018): Sexual Fantasies, DNA, Habits, and Perfect Timing

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 31, 2018 in Blog

This month at The Psychology Podcast we discussed the most taboo sexual fantasies with Justin Lehmiller, the importance of going “with the grain” of you nature with Robert Plomin, the importance of choosing the best environment to create habit change with James Clear, and  the importance of timing for virtually everything you do in your […]

The One Personality Trait That is Ripping America (And the World) Apart

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 28, 2018 in Blog

“First there was the “Me Generation” then “Generation Me”. Now we have empirical evidence that we live in what will become known as the “Asshole Age” otherwise known as the Twitter Era…” — Personality Psychologist Brent Roberts on twitter “Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled […]

Can You Quantify Awe?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 20, 2018 in Blog

The state of awe is an unusual and complex emotion, mixing emotions that don’t tend to go with each other, such as ecstasy and fear. Surely such a complex emotion that is so deeply personal, cannot be quantified or captured in any scientific manner, right? Well, maybe it can. While the concept of awe and […]

What Would Happen If Everyone Truly Believed Everything Is One?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 8, 2018 in Blog

“We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness.” — Albert Einstein “In our quest for happiness and the avoidance of suffering, we are all fundamentally the same, and therefore equal. Despite the characteristics that differentiate us – race, language, religion, gender, wealth and […]

Can Introverts Be Happy in a World That Can’t Stop Talking?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 5, 2018 in Blog

The subtitle of Susan Cain’s bestseller “Quiet” is “The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” The idea that introverts can still flourish despite the cultural message of the “extravert ideal” clearly resonated with a lot of people. However, until recently, the science of well-being really didn’t support this idea. Study after […]

Podcast Recap (September 2018): Coddling, Positive Relationships and Free Will

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

This month at The Psychology Podcast we discussed the importance of viewpoint diversity with Jonathan Haidt, the key elements of positive relationships with Sarah Algoe, and whether we’ll ever be able to figure out the mysteries of consciousness, free will, and God with Michael Shermer and Philip Goff. Have a listen below! The Coddling of the […]

Grit: Bringing Passion Back

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

“I think the misunderstanding — or, at least, one of them — is that it’s only the perseverance part that matters. But I think that the passion piece is at least as important. I mean, if you are really, really tenacious and dogged about a goal that’s not meaningful to you, and not interesting to […]

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