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Beautiful Minds

Insights into intelligence, creativity, and the mind

  • Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?

    Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | August 2, 2015 |

    In 2004, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman came out with Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification . This volume was a significant contribution to psychology, a sort of antidote to the DSM 's focus on mental illness, and an important reminder to psychologists that humans aren't only full of illness. […]

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  • Imagination Institute Awards Nearly $3 Million to Advance the Science of Imagination

    Imagination Institute Awards Nearly $3 Million to Advance the Science of Imagination

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | July 14, 2015 |

    Imagination has many different components: idea generation, mental imagery, mental simulation, future thinking, pretend play, personal meaning-making, episodic memory, perspective taking, empathy, narrative generation, and narrative understanding.  Unfortunately, we spend so much time on standardized testing and measuring the ability to learn what is, we don’t track how much we’re developing the key competencies that enable us to imagine what could be . […]

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  • Mentors Matter: In Loving Memory of Nicholas J. Mackintosh (1935-2015)

    Mentors Matter: In Loving Memory of Nicholas J. Mackintosh (1935-2015)

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | July 9, 2015 |

    Today would have been Nicholas J. Mackintosh's 80th birthday. Nicholas passed away in February. To many, Mackintosh is well regarded as one of the most influential-- if not the most influential-- comparative psychologists of his generation. […]

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  • How Is Creativity Differentially Related to Schizophrenia and Autism?

    How Is Creativity Differentially Related to Schizophrenia and Autism?

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | June 10, 2015 |

    "There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad." -- Salvador Dali For some reason, the general public is fascinated by the link between madness and genius. A new paper , which has been garnering a lot of media attention, has stoked the flames once again on this age-old debate. […]

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  • Shades of Sensitivity

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | May 4, 2015 |

    The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. […]

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  • Tim Ferriss on accelerated learning, peak performance and living the good life

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 27, 2015 |

    Three time bestselling author and human guinea pig Tim Ferriss discusses how to become top 5% in the world with a new skill in just 6-12 months. Scott and Tim debunk the 10,000 hour rule, discuss general principles for accelerated skill acquisition, consider what it means to live the good life and take a sneak peak at Tim’s new show The Tim Ferris Experiment. […]

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  • Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

    Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 20, 2015 |

    Best selling author Ryan Holiday discusses how Stoicism can help us transform trials into triumph. It’s a pragmatic episode, full of strategies to invert obstacles and wrest opportunity from adversity. The conversation includes invaluable advice for aspiring creatives, research affirming the Stoic approach, how great historical figures have used Stoicism and more… In this episode you will hear about: The intersections of Stoicism, creativity and positive psychological research Ryan’s alternative track to success and the importance of mentorship How Steve Jobs employed Stoicism The importance of understanding reality objectively How blessings and burdens needn’t be mutually exclusive Passion vs. […]

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  • Are Social Daydreams Related to Well-Being?

    Are Social Daydreams Related to Well-Being?

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 16, 2015 |

    Daydreaming often gets a bad reputation. While yes– researchers have associated “lapses of attention” with memory loss and depression , here’s the thing: not all daydreaming is a lapse of attention . Sure, when we need to pay attention to the outside world, it can be helpful to quiet the inner monologue. […]

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  • Examining standardized testing with Anya Kamenetz

    Examining standardized testing with Anya Kamenetz

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | April 6, 2015 |

    Award-winning education writer Anya Kamenetz provides practical guidance for parents looking to understand standardized testing. She and Scott roll up their sleeves and delve deep into the nature, origins, drawbacks and future of our high-stakes testing culture. […]

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  • Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined Is Out in Paperback!

    Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined Is Out in Paperback!

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | March 24, 2015 |

    Here’s to the kids who are different, The kids who don’t always get A’s The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers, And noses that go on for days . . . Here’s to the kids who are different, The kids they call crazy or dumb, The kids who don’t fit, with the guts and the grit, Who dance to a different drum . […]

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