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Popular - The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World-logo

Popular - The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World

Mitch Prinstein

A leading psychologist examines how our popularity affects our success, our relationships, and our happiness—and why we don't always want to be the most popular No matter how old you are, there's a good chance that the word "popular" immediately transports you back to your teenage years. Most of us can easily recall the adolescent social cliques, the high school pecking order, and which of our peers stood out as the most or the least popular teens we knew. Even as adults we all still remember exactly where we stood in the high school social hierarchy, and the powerful emotions associated with our status persist decades later. This may be for good reason. Popular examines why popularity plays such a key role in our development and, ultimately, how it still influences our happiness and success today. In many ways—some even beyond our conscious awareness—those old dynamics of our youth continue to play out in every business meeting, every social gathering, in our personal relationships, and even how we raise our children. Our popularity even affects our DNA, our health, and our mortality in fascinating ways we never previously realized. 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—and many of us still long for the wrong one. As children, we strive to be likable, which can offer real benefits not only on the playground but throughout our lives. In adolescence, though, a new form of popularity emerges, and we suddenly begin to care about status, power, influence, and notoriety—research indicates that this type of popularity hurts us more than we realize. Realistically, we can't ignore our natural human social impulses to be included and well-regarded by others, but we can learn how to manage those impulses in

A leading psychologist examines how our popularity affects our success, our relationships, and our happiness—and why we don't always want to be the most popular No matter how old you are, there's a good chance that the word "popular" immediately transports you back to your teenage years. Most of us can easily recall the adolescent social cliques, the high school pecking order, and which of our peers stood out as the most or the least popular teens we knew. Even as adults we all still remember exactly where we stood in the high school social hierarchy, and the powerful emotions associated with our status persist decades later. This may be for good reason. Popular examines why popularity plays such a key role in our development and, ultimately, how it still influences our happiness and success today. In many ways—some even beyond our conscious awareness—those old dynamics of our youth continue to play out in every business meeting, every social gathering, in our personal relationships, and even how we raise our children. Our popularity even affects our DNA, our health, and our mortality in fascinating ways we never previously realized. 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—and many of us still long for the wrong one. As children, we strive to be likable, which can offer real benefits not only on the playground but throughout our lives. In adolescence, though, a new form of popularity emerges, and we suddenly begin to care about status, power, influence, and notoriety—research indicates that this type of popularity hurts us more than we realize. Realistically, we can't ignore our natural human social impulses to be included and well-regarded by others, but we can learn how to manage those impulses in
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Psychology

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A leading psychologist examines how our popularity affects our success, our relationships, and our happiness—and why we don't always want to be the most popular No matter how old you are, there's a good chance that the word "popular" immediately transports you back to your teenage years. Most of us can easily recall the adolescent social cliques, the high school pecking order, and which of our peers stood out as the most or the least popular teens we knew. Even as adults we all still remember exactly where we stood in the high school social hierarchy, and the powerful emotions associated with our status persist decades later. This may be for good reason. Popular examines why popularity plays such a key role in our development and, ultimately, how it still influences our happiness and success today. In many ways—some even beyond our conscious awareness—those old dynamics of our youth continue to play out in every business meeting, every social gathering, in our personal relationships, and even how we raise our children. Our popularity even affects our DNA, our health, and our mortality in fascinating ways we never previously realized. 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—and many of us still long for the wrong one. As children, we strive to be likable, which can offer real benefits not only on the playground but throughout our lives. In adolescence, though, a new form of popularity emerges, and we suddenly begin to care about status, power, influence, and notoriety—research indicates that this type of popularity hurts us more than we realize. Realistically, we can't ignore our natural human social impulses to be included and well-regarded by others, but we can learn how to manage those impulses in

Language:

English

Length:

6h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:35