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I'm a researcher, author, and speaker who is deeply interested in helping all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life.

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Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Discover the 10 Things Great Artists, Writers, and Innovators Do Differently

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Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman offers a new way of looking at intelligence.

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The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

Written by leading philosophers and psychologists, these essays integrate philosophical insights with empirical research.

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Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties

Cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to creating an environment where twice-exceptional students can thrive.

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The Possibility Index

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 […]

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[Beautiful Minds] November 2017 Newsletter

[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 […]

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Narcissism and Self-Esteem Are Very Different

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 […]

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

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 […]

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STUDY ALERT: Are Measures of Character and Personality Distinct?

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 […]

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STUDY ALERT: The Role of Passion and Persistence in Creativity

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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