The Evolution and Cultivation of Compassion for the Dark Side: A Q&A with Paul Gilbert

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 21, 2019 in Blog

The British clinical psychologist Paul Gilbert is founder of compassion focused therapy (CFT), a system of psychotherapy that helps people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing through compassion and self-compassion. Paul suggests that compassion can provide “the sensitivity to engage with the difficult things in life, including compassion for the […]

Who Created Maslow’s Iconic Pyramid?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 29, 2019 in Blog

Abraham Maslow’s iconic pyramid of needs is one of the most famous images in the history of management studies. At the base of the pyramid are physiological needs, and at the top is self-actualization, the full realization of one’s unique potential. Along the way are the needs for safety, belonging, love, and esteem. However, many […]

Introducing the Light Triad

by Scott Barry Kaufman, March 15, 2019 in Blog

“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” – Anne Frank “What’s one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?” – Ted Bundy Why are dark triad people so seductive? Why do they get all the research attention? I asked my colleague David Yaden in his office. […]

When Does Intelligence Peak?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, March 14, 2019 in Blog

When does cognitive functioning peak? As we get older, we certainly feelas though our intelligence is rapidly declining. (Well, at least I do!) However, the nitty gritty research on the topic suggests some really interesting nuance. As a recent papernotes, “Not only is there no age at which humans are performing at peak on all cognitive tasks, […]

Liberals and Conservatives Are Both Susceptible to Fake News, but for Different Reasons

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

Humans are motivated reasoners. When we see a news article that confirms something we think to be true or wewant to be true, we quickly “like” it and then share it vehemently on Facebook. Take thisnews story, for instance, which declares that “Cheese protects you from all causes of death, says science.”* Most cheese lovers probably didn’t […]

Are Intellectuals Suffering a Crisis of Meaning?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, February 8, 2019 in Blog

I’ve been wondering lately about the link between intelligence and meaning. People with high intelligence tend to adopt a critical attitude towards the world, and avoid relying on positive illusions. While these skills gain you accolades in school, are they really valued in today’s world? Anecdotally, I have spoken with a lot of extremely bright […]

There is No Nature-Nurture War

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 18, 2019 in Blog

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” […]

Are Psychopaths Attracted to Other Psychopaths?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

In 2005, Scott Peterson was convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and her unborn child. During the first hour on death row, he received a marriage proposal, and within a day the warden’s office was inundated with over 30 phone calls from women asking for his mailing address as well as letters from […]

The Neuroscience of Creativity: A Q&A with Anna Abraham

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

What is going on in our brains when we are creating? How does our brain look different when we are engaging in art versus science? How does the brain of genius creators differ from the rest of us? What are some of the limitations of studying the creative brain? The neuroscience of creativity is booming. There is […]

Podcast Recap (December 2018): Drunk Science, the Replication Crisis, Unsafe Thinking and Mental Health

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 31, 2018 in Blog

This month at The Psychology Podcast we discussed the connection between comedy and science with Shannon Odell, the replication crisis with Michael Inzlicht, the importance of unsafe thinking with Jonah Sachs, and how to care for your mental health with Kati Morton. Drunk Science with Shannon Odell Shannon Odell is a Brooklyn based writer, comedian, and […]

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