The Counterintuitive Science of Wise Interventions with Gregory Walton, PhD: PYP 267

Gregory Walton, PhD, has done some of the most groundbreaking social science research of the past decade. His “Wise Interventions” model utilizes brief, targeted experiences to permanently alter a mindset and create a cascading series of life events.

Example: a one-hour Wise Intervention for freshman students of color at a major university reduced the GPA achievement gap by 50% for the next three years.

Other examples include improving relationships between Israelis and Palestinians, reducing bullying in middle and high school, and helping students cope with stress.

The weird thing about these interventions is that they're so brief, and the effects not only last for years, but actually compound and grow over time.

Health researchers are now using Wise Interventions to change subjects' long-standing bad habits, which is how I got interested in Walton's work.

He's a busy guy, so I'm incredibly grateful for the 22 minutes he granted for this conversation. We covered:

  • social belonging interventions
  • declawing “stereotype threat”
  • the power of value affirmation
  • changing our states from NOT OK to OK for long-term behavior change
  • why writing is an important part of Wise Interventions
  • bringing yourself back to “your truest and broadest sense of who you are”
  • interrupting maladaptive thinking cycles (“I'm not good at math”)
  • telling new versions of our life stories
  • and much more…

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Gregory Walton's academic profile

“The New Science of Wise Psychological Interventions” – summary of research

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