Ep: 169 – Validity – How Can You Tell a Good Test from a Bad One?

MichaelPersonality, Research and Stats, Testing2 Comments

In episode 168 I discussed reliability but the real test of a test’s “mettle” – or how confident you can be in the results – comes when you subject it to lots of validity tests. You’ll learn a lot about validity if you take a psychology class. High validity is what separates the many fun-to-take but essentially meaningless tests you’ll … Read More

Ep: 166: The Secret Life of Pronouns – an Interview with James Pennebaker

MichaelEmotion, Gender/Sexuality, Personality3 Comments

What do you reveal about yourself in the way you use the smallest and seemingly most insignificant words you use every minute? That’s the focus of Dr. James Pennebaker‘s fascinating book and one of the most interesting psychology books of 2011: The Secret Life of Pronouns. If you’re fascinated by language then you’ll find this episode especially interesting. When we’re … Read More

Episode 140: Psychoanalyzing Jack Lalanne

MichaelMotivation, Personality, Therapy6 Comments

In this episode I put Jack Lalanne “on the couch”. I take selections from several of his vidoes and see what they reveal about his personality. He was clearly passionate about exercise, but what drove this passion? What was his underlying motivation? I suggest that his relationship with his father was crucial to his passion for exercise and fitness. Join me as I do a little armchair psychoanalysis of Jack Lalanne.

Episode 107: Freud, Projective Tests and …. Poetry

MichaelMotivation, Personality, Testing10 Comments

How do the Rorschach, the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and the House, Tree, Person tests work? Do you reveal something about yourself when you tell stories about pictures or tell what you see in an inkblot or even when you do something as seemingly innocent as drawing a a picture of a house? Find out in this episode of The Psych Files.

Episode 82: What’s the Best Personality to be a Waiter?

MichaelPersonality2 Comments

What kind of personality do you need to be a good waiter/waitress? In a previous episode we talked about the tactics: touching customers, drawing smiley faces on bills, crouching down to the customer’s level, etc. But these strategies don’t always work, so what kind of person do you need to be?