© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

How Personality Shapes Our Lives

Willi Heidelbach/flickr creative commons

Respected researcher and psychologist John Mayer says we can become the best version of ourselves by building our “personal intelligence” to understand ourselves and perceive what makes others tick.

According to Dr. Mayer, there is a wide range in ability among individuals to understand their own actions, and “perceive” others by:

  • Reading other people's faces and body language
  • Accurately weighing the choices we are presented with in relationships, work and family life
  • Judging whether our various personal life goals conflict or blend together well

As we build this personal or “broader” intelligence, as Mayer refers to it, we are reportedly able to strengthen our ability to problem-solve and predict the actions of others.
Join the conversation by email, on Twitter, or on Facebook.


  • John D. Mayer, author of Personal Intelligence: The Power of Personality and How It Shapes Our Lives, is professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire and a key innovator in intelligence research. He is co-creator of the internationally known Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test. (Dr. Salovey is president and professor at Yale University.)


  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • “Transitions,” El Ten Eleven

Lori Connecticut Public's Morning Edition host.
Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.
For more than 25 years, the two-time Peabody Award-winning Faith Middleton Show has been widely recognized for fostering insightful, thought-provoking conversation. Faith Middleton offers her listeners some of the world's most fascinating people and subjects. The show has been inducted into the Connecticut Magazine Hall of Fame as "Best Local Talk Show".

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content