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Elevating psychological science & uncensored advice | with Dr. Mitch Prinstein

Psych Mic

Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D. is the Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association. He is a husband, a father, board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology, and serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the former Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Mitch’s Peer Relations Lab has been conducting research on popularity and peer relations for almost 20 years, and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations, resulting in over 100 scientific works, including a slew of scientific journal articles, book chapters, a set of encyclopedias on adolescent development, and even a textbook on the field of clinical psychology.Mitch is deeply committed to science and training in clinical psychology. He is the author of a guide called "Mitch's Uncensored Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology," which has helped thousands of students navigate the grad school process - please check it out if you are considering this path! His popular book, Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World, explores why popularity plays such a key role in our development and how it still influences our happiness and success into adulthood. It has been reviewed by esteemed peers such as Adam Grant, Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, and Phil Zimbardo.He and his research have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Time magazine, New York magazine, Newsweek, Reuters, Family Circle, Real Simple, and elsewhere.Sample questions/topics from this episode:Why did you apply to both law school and psych grad school?Why clinical psychology?Why do sub-disciplines of psychology have a hard time talking to one another?How did you become interested in researching peer relations?How do you advise students to find their own great mentors?Why do you love teaching and research?How do you choose when you are excited by so many opportunities?How did you develop the writing skills to be able to communicate your research with a mass audience?Why did you write the book, Popular?How can we be better as a field in disseminating psychological science, and what are the barriers to that?What is your role as the CSO of the APA? If you could tell your 22-year-old-self anything in the world, what would it be?GRAD SCHOOL:What are some common concerns that you see that psychology students have as it relates to professional development?How do you demonstrate potential in your graduate school application?What red flags do you see in graduate school applications?How much does school reputation matter for future career success?What advice do you have for people who want to go to clinical PhD programs but are not interested in research?What type of person would you advise not to go down a tenure track?To submit questions for future speakers and to get even more career tips, follow @psych_mic on Instagram and visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter.Music by: Adam Fine 

1hr 23mins

8 Jul 2021

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Mitch Prinstein | The Power of Likability in a Status Obsessed World

The Unmistakable Creative Podcast

Your happiness and success are tied to your popularity. And it goes all the way back to high school. In today's episode, Mitch Prinstein helps us to explore the correlation between popularity and happiness by sharing secrets to boosting your likability through things such as understanding what makes people tick; developing empathy for others; making people feel good about themselves; using humor in moderation and many more ways!Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D. is board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology and serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his research have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Time magazine, New York magazine, Newsweek, Reuters, Family Circle, Real Simple, and elsewhere.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


21 Jan 2021

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The Dad Pod Podcast

"What have you done today to make others feel included & valued?"The guys learn the importance of asking our kids (and ourselves) that question with Mitch Prinstein (author, educator, scientist, dad), discussing his best-selling book, Popular. "I read it cover to cover," says Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, in her review of Popular. "I learned as much about the science as I did about myself."+ Bobby admits to stealing his daughter's Halloween candy - aside from the pieces he lets her eat for breakfast... & Dave shares strange documentary recommendations.


12 Nov 2020

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Mitch Prinstein | Ep #35


A VERY SPECIAL GAWKWARD EPISODE!This week host Kelsey Pribilski had the opportunity to interview Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Psychology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of the book Popular. In this episode they discuss the different types of popularity, the effects it can have on mental health, and the importance of likability. If you haven't gotten a chance to read his work yet- no worries! This interview covers a wide range of topics explored throughout the book. Be sure to follow Mitch on twitter (@mitchprinstein)! Popular is available wherever you get your books! Produced, Shot & Edited By: Kelsey Pribilski Instagram: @gawkwardpod @kelseypribilski Email: gawkwardpodcast@gmail.comFacebook: Gawkward PodcastMusic By: Heath Allyn @heathallynSound Mixing By: Dave Novak @davetothenovakWebsite: Gawkwardpodcast.com


8 Oct 2020

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Episode 17: A lesson from Mitch Prinstein's book, Popular

Billboard Happiness

This week, Laura & Jerome talk about Mitch Prinstein's book, Popular: Why being liked is the secret to greater success and happiness. This episode hits really close to home for Laura, because as every parent of a middle schooler knows that this is the time when kids really start "keeping score." And of course with social media, keeping score is real (and doesn't even need the quotation marks!). Prinstein's basic premise is that kids (and people) should strive for likeability, not popularity, if they want to live happier, healthier lives for the long run. Fascinating topic, great advice from Dr. Jerome. Resources:Popular by Mitch Prinstein


12 Feb 2020

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How Parents Can Help Kids Navigate Social Dynamics with Dr. Mitch Prinstein

The Grow Kinder Podcast

On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Dr. Mitch Prinstein, whose research on popularity and peer relations has established him as a thought leader in adolescent psychology. As director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mitch leads the Peer Relations Lab, which, for nearly twenty years, has studied why popularity plays a key role in childhood development and how it influences our lives as adults. We talk with Mitch about popularity in terms of likeability and status, its positive and negative impacts, and how parents can help kids navigate social dynamics in the twenty-first century. Learn more about Mitch’s work and his book Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships, at www.mitchprinstein.com.


2 Aug 2019

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#34 Why Being Popular Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be with Professor Mitch Prinstein

Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

“We are biologically programmed to care what others think of us”Who doesn't want to be more popular? Leading psychologist, Professor Mitch Prinstein explains why perhaps we should be careful what we wish for… More than childhood intelligence, family background, or prior psychological issues, research indicates that it’s how popular we were in our early years that predicts how successful and how happy we grow up to be. But it’s not always the conventionally popular people who fare the best, for the simple reason that there is more than one type of popularity: the first based on status and the second based on likeability. Although we are hardwired to crave status, research indicates that this type of popularity hurts us more than we realise. In fact, research shows that people who were popular in high school were more likely to suffer from addictions, problems in relationships and had a higher risk of depression, anxiety and loneliness in later life.We discuss how popularity taps into our basic need to survive and examine the surprising links to our health and lifespan, offering important insights for all of us about how we can cultivate the right kind of popularity. This conversation is more relevant today than ever before. In a world that pushes us to pursue power, and click our way to online status, it has become too easy to be lured towards a type of popularity that can harm us, and our children. This is a truly eye-opening conversation – I hope you enjoy it! My upcoming book 'The Stress Solution' covers these topics in detail. You can pre-order it on Amazon.Show notes available at drchatterjee.com/popularityFollow me on instagram.com/drchatterjee/Follow me on facebook.com/DrChatterjee/Follow me on twitter.com/drchatterjeeuk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

31 Oct 2018

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147: The Secret to Success Is Likeability Rather Than High Status with Mitch Prinstein

Get Yourself Optimized

Mitch Prinstein joins me in this episode to explore why it’s so important to be likable instead of high status. Mitch is the author of Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships. He’s also board-certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Mitch shares his thoughts on how we can increase our likability, online romantic relationships, time spent on social media, and much much more! Find Out More About Mitch Here: Mitch PrinsteinMitch Prinstein at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill@mitchprinstein on TwitterMitch Prinstein on WikipediaMitch Prinstein on LinkedInMitch Prinstein on Facebook In This Episode: [01:29] - Mitch talks about his book, and what inspired him to write it. [03:45] - We hear more about the distinguishment between likeability versus status, and where that leads. [06:15] - How do we take specific practical application of this likeability factor of popularity and improve our likeability and influence in our social spheres, and make a bigger impact? [08:39] - Mitch discusses how we can assess whether we’re going down the wrong track, and points out the importance of looking at our relationships to assess our likeability. [12:26] - We go through a few different use cases where likeability trumps status in terms of impact for the person and the community. [16:17] - Stephan talks about an epiphany he had related to his kids. Mitch then responds and elaborates on Stephan’s point. [19:03] - We hear about a powerful framework that Stephan learned from Pia Mellody. [23:25] - Isn’t it important to see that we live in a friendly universe, instead of one that’s cold and dark and desolate? [28:16] - Mitch shares his thoughts about what age he would want his child to start using social media and a smartphone. [31:10] - Stephan points out that whether we like it or not, kids will have access to porn and disturbing images. [34:14] - Mitch explains one of the reasons why he’s been talking to many kids around the country. [37:47] - What does a dysfunctional marital relationship look like for someone who spent way too much time on social media and digital device? [39:47] - Mitch explores one of the limitations of our electronic and media-related communications. [42:47] - One of the problems with the way that popularity is being cultivated today through social media is that it’s about being popular with a group of people you have no intention of ever meeting. [45:24] - Mitch shares his thoughts on online romantic or sexual relationships where there’s no intention of meeting in person. [46:44] - What should we be doing to increase our likeability? [49:00] - We learn about some empathy-building exercises that we can do. [54:51] - Stephan shares some similar approaches to what Mitch has been describing. [57:42] - What next steps would Mitch recommend for listeners? Links and Resources: Mitch Prinstein Mitch Prinstein at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill @mitchprinstein on Twitter Mitch Prinstein on Wikipedia Mitch Prinstein on LinkedIn Mitch Prinstein on Facebook Joseph Allen at the University of Virginia Tony Robbins Dr. John Demartini on the Optimized Geek Pew Research Center CaptainSparklez PewDiePie Amy Africa Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt on the Optimized Geek Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Byron Katie on the Optimized Geek


14 Jun 2018

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Mitch Prinstein: ...about popularity

Nobody Told Me!

Mitch Prinstein is the UNC director of clinical psychology and the author of Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World. He and his research have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Time magazine, New York magazine, Newsweek, and many others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


13 Feb 2018

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CM 084: Mitch Prinstein on How Popularity Shapes Our Lives

Curious Minds at Work

Why are high-school memories of popularity so strong? Because they still shape our lives today. Mitch Prinstein, author of the book, Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-obsessed World and Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explains how teen popularity impacts adult happiness, our health, and our relationships. And surprisingly, not just for unpopular, but for popular people, too.And, according to Mitch, if you thought there was only one kind of popularity -- the high status kind -- then you are seeing only half the picture. There is actually another kind -- one based on likability -- that plays a key role in our lives. In fact, understanding what sets these two kinds of popularity apart -- for ourselves and our organizations -- can mean the difference between being a mediocre and an outstanding leader.In this interview we discuss: The connection between adolescent brain development and our desire for popularity How memories of our popularity as teens stays with us in adulthood, for better or worse The difference between likability and high-status popularity and why it matters How and why high-status teens can suffer from relationship, mental health, and addiction problems as adults How bosses who bully may have achieved high-status popularity as teens The ill health effects low likeability, low status teens experience as adults How our bodies are attuned to our experience with popularity as teens Why likeability and kindness trumps high status when it comes to popularity How our brains get a signal for social pain when we perceive we are excluded or unpopular How perceived unpopularity can trigger in our bodies an unhealthy inflammation response How the more sensitive we are to physical pain the more sensitive we can be to social pain and rejection How likeable people tend to hang back and observe before talking How likeable people say things like: I wonder if . . . , rather than: We should . . . The fact that our memories of popularity from our teenage years influence how we see the world, including what we attribute actions of others to When someone stands you up or shows up late, do you blame yourself or blame them? Our popularity when we were younger influences how we view popularity for our children Anxious and insecure mothers often have popular children because they pay attention to how their children interact with peers and tend to coach their children in proactive ways How parents can help their children to achieve likeable popularity by modeling what it looks like and scaffolding support through young adulthood How our likability as young people has a greater influence than many other factors when it comes to our health and well-being as adults How the kind of popularity we associate with social media, like likes,is not the kind of popularity that serves us well as social human beings How the extent to which others like something online can lead us to engage in more risky behavior How the ways we interact with social media are changing what we value and care about Why the more we connect online for status, the lonelier and more isolated we can feelLinks to Topics Mentioned in this Podcast@mitchprinsteinhttp://www.mitchprinstein.com/Naomi EisenbergerTake Pride by Jessica TracyMartha PutallazIf you enjoy the podcast, please rate and review it on iTunes - your ratings make all the difference. For automatic delivery of new episodes, be sure to subscribe. As always, thanks for listening!


31 Jul 2017