Why Do Narcissists Lose Popularity Over Time?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 29, 2015 in Blog

Narcissism has been something of a mystery to psychologists. With narcissists, things tend to be extreme: the good is really good, and the bad is really bad. Narcissism expert W. Keith Campbell compares interacting with narcissists to eating chococate cake: “When I eat chococlate cake, 20 minutes later I’m under my desk wanting to die. When I eat broccoli, in 20 minutes I feel good. […]

Creative People Are…

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. […]

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined Is Out in Paperback!

by Scott Barry Kaufman, March 24, 2015 in Blog

  Here’s to the kids who are different, The kids who don’t always get A’s The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers, And noses that go on for days . . . Here’s to the kids who are different, The kids they call crazy or dumb, The kids who don’t fit, […]

The Great Secret

by Scott Barry Kaufman, February 28, 2015 in Blog

My entire childhood I felt as though everyone other than me– parents, teachers, other students– were all in on some great secret. Once I grew older, and started challenging assumptions about myself and the world, I started to realize that it was *I*, who in fact, was in on the great secret. The great secret […]

The Tears of a Clown: Understanding Comedy Writers

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 12, 2014 in Blog

What are comedy writers like? Stylistically, professional humorists and other funny individuals span a variety of flavors of humor. There is some evidence that they are more creative and verbally intelligent and adept at self-monitoring. Those who tell jokes for money tend to have had to overcome adversities in life and seem to use humor […]

Robin Williams’ Comedic Genius Was Not a Result of Mental Illness, But His Suicide Was

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

Of course, the media is writing a lot today about the link between mental illness and creativity in light of Robin Williams’ suicide. Here’s the thing: Williams’ comedic genius was a result of many factors, including his compassion, playfulness, divergent thinking, imagination, intelligence, affective repertoire, and unique life experiences. In contrast, his suicide was strongly […]

Letter from a “Gifted” Kid

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 14, 2014 in Blog

Last year I gave a talk in Vancouver on testing, intelligence, and potential. Most of the audience consisted of parents and educators. But it’s not their questions that stuck most in my mind. I was especially struck by the points made by a young kid. I told him if he wanted to write something to […]

Once Again: Black Women are NOT (Rated) Less Attractive

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 2, 2013 in Blog

I’m frustrated by Satoshi Kanazawa. Again. It was bad enough that Guardian journalist Sadhbh Walshe recently gave Kanazawa’s pseudoscience the light of day: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/07/smart-women-not-having-kids. But no, she thought it would all be OK with this caveat: “Kanazawa’s judgement has been called into question in the past, regarding a study in which he found that black women are less […]

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 30, 2012 in Blog

[This article was co-authored with Kevin McGrew]

Our society has clear expectations regarding students who don’t fit the norm. In a 2004 national survey reported in Education Week, 84% of 800 surveyed special and general education teachers did not believe that students in special education should be expected to meet the same set of academic standards articulated for students without disabilities. These beliefs are important, as they guide policies that either encourage or hinder students with disabilities from receiving the same opportunities to flourish as everyone else. Read More

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 8, 2012 in Blog

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” — Salvador Dali Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius? While not necessarily mad, creative minds are often chaotic, untethered and unhinged. These thought processes enable a creative person […]

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