Hello and welcome to the sixty-ninth Personality Pedagogy newsletter highlighting what’s new at http://personalitypedagogy.arcadia.edu. For more about the links below and approximately 2,513 other interesting links related to personality, please visit: http://personalitypedagogy.arcadia.edu.
Self-regulation. Willpower. Ego control. Self-control. Call it what you will, but this month we have gathered enough of it to establish a new page devoted to this hot topic. This brings the number of topic pages to 60, which along with our 24 pages on specific theorists covers a lot of personality psychology! Just in case these 84 pages are missing something, we welcome your suggestions of links to include and new topic pages to add.
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Open Culture, ”the best free cultural & educational media on the web”, presents a link to this recording of Freud on for the BBC December 7, 1938. Includes the text of his statement, written in his own handwriting. (runs 1 minutes 57 seconds).
The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, all leading global nonprofit organizations working to advance brain research, created this web site to ” share what neuroscientists know, explore what they don’t yet know fully, and discuss how today’s research advances understanding”. Written for a general audience, the site presents short articles and summaries of current research on the brain and nervous system.
NPR and TED talks created this compilation of TED talks on a single topic. For this one, three speakers offer some big ideas for achieving happiness: Barry Schwartz on ”Does having options make us happier? (11:58); Kathyrn Schultz on “Why should we embrace regret?” (17:54); and Malcolm Gladwell on “What does spaghetti sauce have to do with happiness?” (18:44).
”Urgent appointments, tight work timetables and hectic social schedules structure modern life, and they very often clash with our intrinsic biological rhythms. The discrepancy results in so-called social jetlag, which can damage one’s health. Among other effects, it can contribute to the development of obesity,” according to a new study published in ”Current Biology” and summarized here in ”ScienceDaily”, May 10, 2012.
According to Elizabeth Day, writing for ”The Observer”, ”They work longer hours, face economic insecurity and suffer worse health. Now their feckless ways are lampooned in the media. A controversial new book argues that men increasingly face a prejudice that dare not speak its name.” Published May 12, 2012.
”The sayings “variety is the spice of life” and “happiness isn’t getting what you want, but wanting what you get” seem to have a psychological basis, according to” research by Kennon Sheldon and Sonja Lyubomirsky published in ”Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin” and summarized here in ”ScienceDaily”, May 7, 2012.
According to neuroscientist Sophie Scott in this TED talk, ”It has to do with breathing … as well as emotions, and the voice. Studying the mechanisms of laughter, she discovered it’s a social, universal expression not just in humans but even chimpanzees and rats. Brain scans revealed the areas of the brain active during laughter (interestingly, similar to yawning, another socially contagious expression). Her lab also examined polite, posed laughter vs. uncontrollable mirth, and revealed how we tell the difference.” (runs 13 minutes and 27 seconds).
”Give me the child at 3 and I will give you the adult compulsive gambler. That is the striking finding of a new study” published in ”Psychological Science” and summarized here in ”ScienceDaily”, April 23, 2012.
The U.S. military is implementing a resilience-building program designed by Martin Seligman and colleagues to help train personnel to think more optimistically through attributional retraining and to develop the capacities for gratitude and generosity using principles of positive psychology. Read about this work in this article from ”Time” magazine online, April 19, 2012.
Shrink Rap Radio: A Psychology talk and Interview Show (Podcast; Show #301, April 20, 2012). In this episode, Dr. Dave talks with Kelly Sullivan Walden about Joseph Campbell’s model of the hero’s journey as it applies to dreams. (1:08:51)
Shrink Rap Radio: A Psychology talk and Interview Show (Podcast; Show #303, May 4, 2012). In this episode, Dr. Dave talks with Jungian Analyst Dr. Jeffrey Raff about his views and experiences with synchronicity. (1:08:51)
Shrink Rap Radio: A Psychology talk and Interview Show (Podcast; Show #301, May 11, 2012). In this episode, Dr. Dave talks with Jungian Analyst and mythology scholar Arlene Diane Landau exploring the dark side of the Venus Aphrodite archetype. (1:08:23)
Recent research summarized here in the ”Barking Up the Wrong Tree” blog post by Eric Barker, May 11, 2012, suggests that greater self-compassion will increase motivation.
Eric Barker in his ”Barking Up the Wrong Tree” blog post of January 23, 2012, presents this list of things you can do to increase your self-control based on the latest empirical data.
Eric Barker in his ”Barking Up the Wrong Tree” blog post of May 8, 2012, summarizes research which suggests that this old adage is indeed true, a follow up to his December 16, 2011 post on the same issue.
Psych Central’s founder and Editor-in-Chief John M. Grohol interviewed therapists Daniel J. Tomasulo, Ph.D. & Marie Hartwell-Walker on how to build resilience. In their original video from May 12, 2012 (which runs 5 minutes, 33 seconds) they offer 5 suggestions and in a follow up from May 21, 2012 (running 4 minutes, 10 seconds) they offer more.
I noticed that the obituary of Johnny Carson is filled with personality descriptors making it a useful illustration of the five factor model of personality, personality stability, personality change, and personality coherence. (For the full description of how to utilize this obituary as a case study see Miserandino, M. (2007) Heeeere’s Johnny: A Case Study in the Five Factor Model of Personality, ”Teaching of Psychology, 34(1)”, 37-40. Also see a May 2012 NPR interview with documentary filmmaker Peter Jones on ”Johnny Carson: ‘King Of Late Night,’ A Man Unknown” (runs 9 minutes, 33 seconds).