Rescuing psychology | The Big Five Personality Traits | Shouldn’t it be the Big Ten?

Let's look at the enigmatic “Big Five Personality Traits" again. They aren't new. The idea began in United States Air Force in the 1950s, then psychologist J.M. Digman proposed the "five factor model" of personality in 1990. Human resource departments in large corporations have been using it for a long time to assess potential employees. … Continue reading Rescuing psychology | The Big Five Personality Traits | Shouldn’t it be the Big Ten?

Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?

Sometimes psychologists try to explain autism using 'theory of mind'. Books on psychology devote whole chapters to theory of mind, but to keep a lid on this idea, I'll just quote Dictionary.com: the ability to interpret one’s own and other people’s mental and emotional states, understanding that each person has unique motives, perspectives, etc. Those … Continue reading Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?