The New Kommers

Cody Kommers
Psychology, travel, and the science of meaningful experience.
Created 15 Mar 2021
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  • 24 Reasons Not to Go to Graduate School
    13 Sep 2021 • 13 min read
    Someone once told me they believed that, as an undergraduate, everyone in your life should discourage you from pursuing a PhD. Perhaps you listen to their wisdom and move on to find happiness somewher...
  • 24 Reasons Not to Go to Graduate School
    13 Sep 2021 • 13 min read
    Someone once told me they believed that, as an undergraduate, everyone in your life should discourage you from pursuing a PhD. Perhaps you listen to their wisdom and move on to find happiness somewher...
  • Americans Applying to UK PhDs: A Guide
    06 Sep 2021 • 15 min read
    When looking at PhD programs in psychology, I submitted applications to schools in the US and the UK. I didn’t know anyone who had done their PhD at Oxford or Cambridge, and I figured the application ...
  • Requiem for the Fuck Around Century
    03 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    In early Spring 2020, I interviewed a sociologist named Mark Granovetter about his life and career. To say that Granovetter is a sociologist is a bit like saying “Stephen Hawking is a physicist.” Gran...
  • The Department of Social Relations
    30 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    “The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.” - William James. Inscription on the first floor of William James Hall, for...
  • Gordon Allport: The 20th Century's Psychologist (Pt 4)
    27 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    … Continued from Part 3. “How should a life history be written?” This was in many ways the refrain of Allport’s career. The question kept coming up because it was the one problem he could never seem t...
  • Gordon Allport: The 20th Century's Psychologist (Pt 3)
    25 Aug 2021 • 11 min read
    … Continued from Part 2. Gordon Allport was the progenitor of two major subfields of psychological research. The first was summarized in his 1937 text Personality: A Psychological Interpretation. In 1...
  • Gordon Allport: The 20th Century's Psychologist (Pt 2)
    23 Aug 2021 • 15 min read
    … Continued from Part 1. One of the most widely discussed books in academic circles during the Cold War was C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, published in 1959. Snow was bot...
  • Gordon Allport: The 20th Century's Psychologist (Pt 1)
    20 Aug 2021 • 15 min read • 2 0
    Born in Montezuma, Indiana, in 1897, Gordon Allport was not a New Englander. He was not bred into the Harvard tradition, nor was he uniformly smitten with it; but by the end of his career he would hav...
  • How to Write an Effective Cold Email
    30 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    I always say that the most important part of my podcast is the cold email. About 80% of the show’s quality is getting interesting people to come on it. The other 20% is me shutting up long enough for ...
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