Can Intelligence Buy You Happiness?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 16, 2018 in Blog

In his classic 1923 essay, “Intelligence as the Tests Test It“, Edwin Boring wrote “Intelligence is what the tests test.” Almost a century of research later, we know that this definition is far too narrow. As long as a test is sufficiently cognitively complex and taps into enough diverse content, you can get a rough […]

Enough with the “Learning Styles” Already!

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 10, 2018 in Blog

The notion of “learning styles”– that teaching to students’ preferred learning style will increase learning outcomes– is one of those persistent “neuromythologies” in education that just won’t go away. Studies around the world have found that 90%–97% of teachers believe that there is an optimal delivery style for each learner. While a number of different […]

Why Do People Mistake Narcissism for High Self-Esteem?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 3, 2018 in Blog

The “charismatic air” of narcissists– from their flashy attire, to their self-assured behaviors, to their charming glances, to their witty humor– often makes a big first impression. At the same time, people seem to be really good at accurately perceiving narcissism in others based on minimal information (even just physical appearance is usually enough of […]

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

by Scott Barry Kaufman, 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?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, 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?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, 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 […]

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 […]

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