[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) […]

I’m a writer. There, I said it.

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 5, 2017 in Blog

I’m a writer. There, I said it. *** That’s the short of it. The longer version is that I decided to jump into the great abyss, and take a risk on a dream. I have been quietly working on a project that excites me so much, and means so much to me, that I decided […]

Beautiful Minds Newsletter [September, 2017]

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 1, 2017 in Blog

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All, Welcome to the September, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter! Here’s some updates on creativity, well-being, and the mind from August. Enjoy! Talks A New Theory of Human Intelligence | TEDxZumbroRiver My new TEDx talk on redefining intelligence, maximizing human potential, and appreciating twice-exceptional children, is up! Please share […]

Today I faced the past, and it set me completely free.

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 27, 2017 in Blog

Something just happened to me that I need to process. So as I often do, I am writing to process. I was walking home on this beautiful, sunny day in Philadelphia (no, it’s not always sunny in Philadelphia, but it certainly was today). I was in such a great mood, feeling free, and alive, and […]

What Can Musicians Teach Us About Imagination?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 12, 2017 in Blog

What is the nature of music? What is imagination in music? What’s the role of intuition in music? What motivates musicians? What makes a great musical performance? What creates transcendence in music? What is the role of the audience? What are some recommended approaches for increasing creativity in music teachers and music students? These are […]

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