Personality Traits

What was B.F. Skinner really like? A study parses his traits

March 20th marks the birthday of famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, who would have turned 108 today. Besides Sigmund Freud, B.F. Skinner was the most famous and perhaps the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. But his own “radical behaviorism”—the idea that  behavior is caused solely by environmental factors More

How the Military Can Change Personalities, Slightly

Miller-McCune: What life experience is more immersive than marriage, more prolonged than college, more tightly regimented than the average job? Ah yes — military service, which starts with recruiters boldly announcing their intention to make a new man of every trainee. Surely drill sergeants believe they can change personalities. But More

Wird man beim Bund zum Mann?

bild der wissenschaft: Das Militär prägt die Persönlichkeit – und umgekehrt “Die Bundeswehr lässt junge Kerle zu echten Männern reifen” – dieser Ausspruch hat offenbar einen wahren Kern, zumindest wenn man “Männlichkeit” auf der Basis traditioneller Rollenerwartungen definiert. Denn laut einer Studie unter Beteiligung von Wissenschaftlern der Universität Tübingen beeinflusst More