Only children get a bad rap. They are often perceived as selfish, spoiled, anxious, socially inept and lonely. And my profession, psychology, may be partly to blame for these negative stereotypes. Indeed, Granville Stanley Hall, one of the most influential psychologists of the last century and the first president of…Continue readingMyths About Only Children Debunked
In the field of psychology, the image is canon: a child sitting in front of a marshmallow, resisting the temptation to eat it. If she musters up the willpower to resist long enough, she’ll be rewarded when the experimenter returns with a second marshmallow. Using this ‘marshmallow test’, the Austrian-born…Continue readingPersonality Is Not Only About Who But Also Where You Are
Predicting success isn’t as straightforward as University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth thought. Duckworth has done pioneering work in the area of grit; a characteristic often described as putting passion and perseverance toward important long-term personal goals. In a prospective longitudinal study of more than 11,000 West Point cadets, the…Continue readingWhat Factors Besides Intelligence Predict Success?
Many behaviors may not be a product of who you are, but where you are, according to new research with children from four countries. “We tend to think of qualities like patience as an innate part of who we are but virtually all of what we know about how these…Continue readingAre Personality Traits Products Of Our Location?
People who are motivated to develop the best in themselves and others tend to reason just as wisely about their own problems as they do for others, new research from the Association for Psychological Science shows. From conflicts at work to romantic dramas, we are typically better at working through…Continue readingValuing Virtue Predicts Wiser Reasoning In Personal Conflicts
Studies show that there are several factors which develop and sustain a person’s resilience: The ability to make realistic plans and being capable of taking the steps necessary to follow through with them Confidence in one’s strengths and abilities Communication and problem-solving skills The ability to manage strong impulses and…Continue readingFactors Related To Psychological Resilience
What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of being shown something new, something different, something the artist saw that we did not? As Pablo Picasso put it: Others have seen what is…Continue readingDo Creative Personalities Really See The World Differently?