Jeremy Clifton is a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman, who is often regarded as the founder of positive psychology. After an initial career in urban economic development strategy, Jer has spent five years creating a foundational, empirically-derived typology of primal world beliefs, and his research examines many of these variables and their impact on well-being, personality traits and character strengths, professional success, depression, and voting behavior.
In this podcast, we explore how our primal beliefs about the world impact our levels of wellbeing, trust, and success at work.
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- [03:07] – Jer explains what his research is finding out about our primal world beliefs.
- [05:36] – Jer helps us to understand how primals differ from our other beliefs like growth mindsets.
- [06:58] – Jer outlines the 26 primal beliefs his research has uncovered.
- [09:56] – Jer helps us to understand what a ‘good’ primal might mean practically for us when it comes to our work and wellbeing.
- [12:37] – Jer explains what his research has found to date about the stability or our primal beliefs.
- [14:45] – Jer explores if our primal beliefs are shaped by nature or nurture.
- [17:53] – Jer shares his thoughts on whether workplaces should be trying to cultivate higher levels of specific primal beliefs like ‘good’ in order to improve wellbeing and success.
- [20:52] – Jer explores the potential impact of primals on psychological safety in workplaces.
- [24:49] – Jer completes the Lightning Round.
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