Confidence Matters Just as Much as Ability

Differences in performance may not have to do so much with actual ability, as confidence in that ability.

The Dark Side of Creativity

Creativity is not always ethical.

Tucker Max's Psychological Profile

Tucker Max took my lengthy psychological battery of personality and reasoning tests. Here are his shocking, and nuanced results.

Who Enters Flow?

Flow- the mental state of being completely present and fully immersed in a task- is a strong contributor to creativity. But who enters flows?
Is High Ability Necessary for Greatness?

Is High Ability Necessary for Greatness?

To reach the highest levels of greatness requires ability. But is high ability necessary, or can one compensate for deficiencies by drawing on strengths?

Intelligence Is Still Not Fixed at Birth

Recent research confirms that intelligence fluctuates quite a bit in adolescence.

Psychedelics Open the Mind

I always thought there was something psychedelic about Apple products. Recent research suggests that Jobs' trips in the 70's may have indeed opened up his mind.
Why Inspiration Matters

Why Inspiration Matters

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.

How To Increase Your Harmonious Passion

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...

Sexual Lyrics Predict Pop Music Popularity

While there are a large number of reasons why songs rise in the charts, lyrics also play an important role and one unavoidable theme in the lyrics of pop songs is reproduction.

Want People to Know Your True Self? Show Your Best Self!

When I think of self-presenters, I conjure up images of slimy used car salesmen and telemarketers on TV at 3 in the morning. A new study suggests I'm being unfair to self-presenters.

Does Creativity Require Constraints?

If I asked you to draw a person from planet aardvark, would you be more creative if (a) I gave you no examples, or (b) gave you a few examples of what aardvarkians look like?

Is Conscientiousness Compatible with Creativity?

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?

A Call for New Measures of Asperger’s and Schizotypy

Our current methods of distinguishing between Asperger's and Schizotypy in the general population are woefully incomplete.

Is Your Passion for Work Leading to Burnout?

While passion seems clearly desirable, recent psychological research suggests that not all forms are adaptive. In fact, some forms can be downright detrimental.

How Our Senses Influence Creativity

Tickling the senses can lead to greater creativity.

Why is Narcissism Adaptive in Youth?

A new, developmental study of narcissism reveals benefits in youth. But why is narcissism adaptive among young adults?

Bad Boys Have Lower Standards

How do bad boys rack up so many sexual partners? Recent research suggests a possibility: they lower their standards.

Why Nagging Women and Silent Men Drive Each Other Crazy

Nagging women and silent men don't mix. Psychological science explains why.

Finding Creativity on IQ Tests

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.

What's a Shy, Geeky, Nice Guy to Do? The Case of Rebecca Watson

What shy, geeky, nice guys can learn from the Rebecca Watson incident.

Conversations on Creativity with Tucker Max

Blogger and author Tucker Max on sex, attraction, evolutionary psychology, narcissism, creativity, and greatness.

The Dark Triad and Impulsivity

New research suggests that the members of the Dark Triad (Machiavellianism, subclinical psychopathy, subclinical narcissism) are related to impulsivity in different ways.

Is General Intelligence Compatible with Evolutionary Psychology?

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.

Why Isn't Everyone As Proud As Gay People?

What we can all learn from gay pride!

Humor as a Route to Social Status

Is humor a route to social status?
How Renaissance People Think

How Renaissance People Think

How do polymaths think?

Black Women Are Not (Rated) Less Attractive! Our Independent Analysis of the Add Health Dataset

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 Does Not Speak for All of Evolutionary Psychology

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.