Personality Pedagogy Newsletter Volume 5, Number 11, July, 2011

Hello and welcome to the fifty-ninth Personality Pedagogy newsletter highlighting what’s new at For more about the links below and approximately 2,270 other interesting links related to personality, please visit:

This month we are in full summer mode and the links below reflect our this: procrastinating, relaxing, contemplating the perfect summer day, and discussing the latest Harry Potter movie with friends. We’ll keep this newsletter short and sweet, to let you get back to your favorite summer activities.

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Marianne Miserandino
miserandino ”at” arcadia ”dot” edu

1. The Personality Pedagogy Monthly Newsletter

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2. Sleep type predicts day and night batting averages of Major League Baseball players

According to research presented by Christopher Winter at the Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, baseball players who are morning larks have a higher batting average than night owls for day games, but lower averages for night games.

3. Gender is Dead! Long Live Gender!

In this blog from NPR, Alva Noe draws on research on gender and gender differences which illustrates the power of social categories, identity, and stereotype threat in causing gender differences in personality. As real as these differences are in people’s everyday lives, Noe explains, they suggest that personality differences between the sexes are not innate and biological.

4. Researchers and Research Labs: Moffitt and Caspi

This extensive website of developmental psychology researchers Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi presents an overview of their research, links to publications, a section on what’s new, and more. Of particular interest is a special section on Gene X Environment effects, including empirical studies, theory and methods, public engagement, topics of debate, and summaries of their work suitable for classroom discussion.

5. This is Your Life (and How You Tell It)

Presents an overview of the work of Dan McAdams and others on how personality is revealed in the stories people tell about themselves. From ”The New York Times”, May 22, 2007.

6. Procrastination

Cartoonist Lev Yilmaz describes how his stuff (doesn’t) gets done in this entertaining video ”Tales Of Mere Existence: Procrastination”, to which many of us can relate.

7. Perfectionism: Impossible Dream

”Perfectionism may be hurting you in more ways than you think. Ultimately, productivity suffers” according to this old, but still relevant, summary from ”Psychology Today” from May 1, 1995.

8. The Many Faces of Perfectionism

A good overview of research findings on perfectionism which suggest that perfectionism is not adaptive and can contribute to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other problems. From the APA ”Monitor on Psychology”, Volume 34, Number 10, p. 18, November 2003, by Etienne Benson.

9. It’s Not Harry Potter

Rob Weir explains how to teach students to read journal articles by encouraging them to consider the following: purpose and reading strategy, main points and new claims, abstracts and introductions, habits of the writer, evaluating evidence, concrete examples, skimming and moving on and more.

10. Favorite Link Revisited: The Three Neurotic Personality Styles by Karen Horney

Do you know of characters who illustrate Karen Horney’s description of the three neurotic personality styles of compliant, aggressive, and detached? Here’s your change to contribute to ”Personality Pedagogy” by adding your suggestions to the table. You can also use the suggestions here to get your students thinking about Horney’s theory . . .  and also about their favorite characters from Harry Potter.


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