“I teach students that everything is up for questioning; just make sure you hold the same standard for things you believe in and care about as for the things you dislike. And if you can hold to that truth, then this is the appropriate way science should progress.”
Continuing this theme, we discussed the nuances of communication and language use with our audiences and how emotional intelligence and the art of curiosity play into the outcomes of all learning and teaching opportunities. People rise to the occasion when we remove conscious and unconscious bias as best as possible and treat all audiences as intelligent regardless of the perceived context. Todd shares the need to be as subjective as possible and look for ‘Insider Status’ in research studies.
Todd shared that one of the criticisms he has of psychology, in general, is that many researchers are focusing on singular themes, and in truth, he believes they are all in concert; they interact with each other. He considers what he does as synergising research areas and says, “I try to look for zigging when everyone else is zagging.”
Sue and Todd discussed the role of formal academic qualifications in the field of Positive Psychology and wellbeing. Although they both highly value research and knowledge, some great questions were posed: How much weight should we be placing on university or academic degrees? What is the link between cognitive intelligence and creativity?
This led our discussion to conformity, a running theme in Todd’s approach. Is it time to buck tradition? Have formal qualifications become a signal of conventionality in academic society, and are we overlooking the importance of industry experience