Personality Pedagogy Newsletter Volume 5, Number 4, December, 2010

Hello and welcome to the fifty-second Personality Pedagogy newsletter highlighting what’s new at For more about the links below and approximately 2,163 other interesting links related to personality, please visit us.

What’s new this month? We’re excited that loyal reader Michael Britt of The Psych Files podcast  just launched a new app for the iPhone and iPad. ”PsychExplorer” promises to keep you up to date on the latest news, research, blog posts, videos and tweets in the field of psychology. Personality Pedagogy is one of the featured sites feeding new links to this app.

In the spirit of new beginnings, we suggest you visit our second link (below) on ”101 Things You Can Do the First Three Weeks of Class”. We’re sure you’ll find something there to get your new year off to a good start and keep it that way for a few weeks.

This month, we also continue our new feature: Favorite Links Revisited. In this feature we’ll be calling your attention to some of our favorite links from Personality Pedagogy that are worthy of a second look.

As December draws to a close, we are reflecting on the end of one year and the start of the next. Having just finished ”Not by chance alone: My life as a social psychologist”, the 2010 biography of social psychologist Elliot Aronson, we have been discussing the metaphor his brother used and upon which Elliot reflects at the end of the book: Life is like a roller coaster ride. The funny thing is what when Elliot was younger what he thought of as the ”best part” of a roller coaster ride kept changing so that now, reflecting back on his life, he realizes that the ”best part” is often the whole ride.

This has certainly been a year of ups and downs for us here at Personality Pedagogy as we are sure it’s been for many of our readers. We wish you and yours a Happy New Year and a happy start to the next quarter/semester/year teaching personality psychology!

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Marianne Miserandino
miserandino ”at” arcadia ”dot” edu

1. The Personality Pedagogy Monthly Newsletter

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2. 101 Things You Can Do the First Three Weeks of Class

This list, compiled by Joyce T. Povlacs of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a catalog of suggestions for college teachers who are ”looking for a fresh way of creating the best possible environment for learning”.

3. Are You Too Pessimistic About Your Personality?

”New research finds friends think we’re less neurotic and more conscientious than we imagine” according to this summary from ”PsyBlog”, November 22, 2010.

4. Narcissism in High-Functioning Individuals – Big Ego or Severe Disorder?

”[T]here are certain personality disorders that are easier to spot for the non-professional, because they dramatically hinder the normal functioning of individuals in society. While common people tend to be able to spot a common and identifiable disorder like major depression, which may prevent individuals from going to work and going out, for example, they rarely put a name on certain types of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, often dismissing it as just a ”big ego” problem.” according to Veronica Pamoukaghlian of ”BrainBlogger,” who discusses the under-diagnosis and describes various types of narcissism in this summary from November 9, 2010.

5. The Personality of Chronic Fatigue

”Studies suggest that chronic fatigue may not only have the power to change a person’s personality” on traits like extroversion and neuroticism ”but that certain personality traits may also put a person at higher risk of developing chronic fatigue” according to this summary of two research studies by Julnar Issa of ”BrainBlogger,” October 22, 2010.

6. ‘Messiah’ give you chills? That’s a clue to your personality

According to research by Emily Nusbaum and Paul Silvia in the October issue of the journal ”Social Psychological and Personality Science” and summarized by Brian Alexander in this blog, people who are high in in the trait of Openness are more likely to experience chills while listening to music, regardless of musical genre.

7. The Happiest Place on Earth by Ed Diener

From the Baylor Academics Channel on YouTube: ”The world authority on happiness and well-being research, Dr. Ed Diener, of the University of Illinois discusses the happiest and unhappiest places on earth according to the latest research in a conversation with Professor Michael B. Frisch of Baylor University,” November 05, 2010 (runs 14 minutes and 43 seconds)

8. What You Need To Be Happy by Professor Ed Diener

From the Baylor Academics Channel on YouTube: ”The world authority on happiness and well-being research, Dr. Ed Diener, of the University of Illinois discusses what you need to be happy according to the latest research in a conversation with Professor Michael B. Frisch of Baylor University,” November 22, 2010 (runs 11 minutes, 53 seconds).

9. Psychoanalysis shapes consumer culture: Or how Sigmund Freud, his nephew and a box of cigars forever changed American marketing.

”Women sporting cigarettes as a symbol of female empowerment and the ubiquitous bacon-and-egg breakfast were two public relations campaigns inspired by Freudian ideas. The link between theory and practice was Edward L. Bernays, the acknowledged father of public relations and nephew of Sigmund Freud,” according to this article from the APA Monitor by Lisa Held, December 2009, 40(11), 32.

10. Buddha’s Brain: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, & Wisdom

Shrink Rap Radio: A Psychology talk and Interview Show (Podcast; Show #249, Oct 16, 2010). In this episode, Dr. Dave talks with neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, who works at the intersection on the brain, positive psychology and meditation. Hanson believes that when the brain changes the mind changes; when the mind changes the brain changes; and you can use your mind skillfully to change your brain and your mind for the better (1 hour, 12 minutes, 47 seconds).

11. Alfred Adler’s Immigration Card

The 1999 Library of Congress exhibit (see next entry) on ”Freud: Conflict and Culture” includes this image of Alfred Adler’s Immigration card.

12. A Favorite Link Revisited: Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture

This online exhibit based on the 1999 Library of Congress exhibit ”features vintage photographs, prints, manuscripts and first editions. Also displayed are home movies of Freud and objects from his study and consulting room–including materials from his desk, the chair in which he sat when listening to patients, a model of his consulting couch, and pieces from his own collection of antiquities. Selected film and television clips, and materials from newspapers, magazines and comic books are interwoven throughout the exhibition to highlight the pervasive influence of psychoanalysis on popular culture. Exhibit items are drawn largely from the collections of the Library of Congress, supplemented with loans from other important holdings, especially those of the Sigmund Freud-Museum in Vienna, and the Freud Museum in London.”


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