This episode of Bulletproof Radio includes a surprising amount of laughter that makes the topic of intelligence and genius a fun listen.
Our guest is Dean Keith Simonton, Ph.D., a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California-Davis. He’s known as the “Maverick Psychologist” who has been defying the establishment all of his nearly half-century career in the areas of genius, creativity, aesthetics, and leadership.
In this lively conversation, you’ll learn that intelligence needs a sprinkling of grit, creativity and imagination to flourish into genius. You’ll find out that taking risks matters: “In order to make discoveries, in order to invent new things, you have to be willing to try things out and fail.” You’ll discover, too, that creators (typically introverts) and leaders (typically extroverts) use their smarts in significantly different ways.
“I think the problem is that when people think that they don't have a genius level IQ,” Dr. Dean says. “They may think they're doomed or they're not going to be able to achieve much.” But, “you can't let the IQ score determine who you are.” His most recent book gives a “genius checklist” of tips for anyone to follow.
Dr. Dean studies the cognitive, personal, developmental, social, and cultural factors behind eminence, giftedness, and talent. He’s researched some of the greatest figures throughout history and examined why their achievements—in science, philosophy, literature, music, art, cinema, politics, and war—have stood the test of time.
Be open to today’s experience (hint… it’s a personality predictor of outstanding achievement) and ...
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