Inspiration allows us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations and is a strong driver of creativity and well-being. In recent years, fascinating studies on inspiration have emerged, allowing us to take something as seemingly elusive as inspiration and understand its operation and impact on other important psychological outcomes.
Work brings some people intrinsic joy. These people feel in control of their work, feel good about themselves while working, find their work to be in harmony with their other activities. Psychologists describe these folks as having harmonious passion. But there's another kind of passion...
On the one hand, creative achievers persevere over many years despite obstacles and criticism. On the other hand, they are disorderly, and don't care what others think. Creative individuals are not people pleasers. How can this be? How can creative people be both Conscientious and not Conscientious at the same time?
IQ tests have received a very large number of criticisms since their inception. One of the main arguments made against the use of IQ tests is that they don't measure creativity. But is this true? As it turns out, the potential for finding creativity on IQ tests depends a lot on how the test is administered.
At first blush, the existence of domain-general intelligence seems incompatible with the strong modularity view of the mind espoused by many evolutionary psychologists. An in-press article in the journal "Intelligence" offers a reconciliation.
We retrieved the data from Add Health on which Satoshi Kanazawa based his conclusion that black women are "objectively" less attractive than other races to see whether his results hold up to scrutiny. Here are our findings.
Satoshi Kanazawa is not the only evolutionary psychologist and by no means speaks for all of evolutionary psychology. 35 of the leading evolutionary psychologists of our time including Lars Penke, Steven Pinker, David Buss, and Geoffrey Miller respond to Kanazawa in the American Psychologist.