Adrian Furnham
Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he has been Professor of Psychology at University College London since 1992. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College. He has recently been made Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009)

He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books including The Protestant Work Ethic (1990) Culture Shock (1994), The New Economic Mind (1995), Personality at Work (1994), The Myths of Management (1996), The Psychology of Behaviour at Work (1997), The Psychology of Money (1998), The Psychology of Culture Shock (2001)The Incompetent Manager (2003), The Dark Side of Behaviour at Work (2004), The People Business (2005) Personality and Intellectual Competence (2005) Management Mumbo-Jumbo (2006) Head and Heart Management (2007) The Psychology of Physical Attraction (2007) The Body Beautiful (2007) Personality and Intelligence at Work (2008) Management Intelligence (2008) Dim Sum Management (2008) The Economic Socialisation of Children (2008) 50 Psychology Ideas you really need to know (2009) The Elephant in the Boardroom: The Psychology of Leadership Derailment (2010) People Management in Turbulent Times (2009) The Psychology of Personnel Selection (2010) Body Language in Business (2010) Bad Apples (2011) Leadership: everything you want to know (2011) People Management in a Downturn (2011).

Professor Furnham is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is among the most productive psychologists in the world. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy. He has been a consultant to over 20 major international companies, with particular interests in top team development, management change
performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership derailment. He speaks regularly at academic and business conferences and is noted for his motivational speaking.

He is also a newspaper columnist previously at the Financial Times, now at the Sunday Times. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to national and international radio and television stations including the BBC, CNN, and ITV. More details in the latest ‘Who’s Who’.

Since 2007 he has been nominated by HR magazine as one of the 20 Most Influential People in HR. He was nominated to the 7th most influencial thinker in 2011. He speaks regularly at academic, business and training conferences around the world being well known as approachable, well-informed and entertaining. He also runs in-house workshops for various blue-chip companies

Like Noel Coward, he believes work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. He rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) very early in the morning and does not have a mobile phone. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre. He hopes never to retire.

Entries by Adrian Furnham

On Valentine's Day - How to Tell If Someone Really Fancies You

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (00:00)

Are you a 'romantic paranoiac'? Defined in Alain De Botton's 2006 book Essays in Love, as a tendency to misread sexual interest in the body language and conversation of others. Men, much more than women, see sexual intent in the opposite gender's friendly gestures.

Working out who really fancies us...

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Manchester United and the Psychology of a Losing Streak

(1) Comments | Posted 11 January 2014 | (00:00)

With a recent League Cup defeat, Manchester United have lost three games in a row, for the first time since 2001, accomplishing this by identical 2-1 losses.

There is a psychological theory explaining losing and winning streaks in sports, which might account for why losing streaks in sports can...

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Could the Mayor of Toronto Learn From the Latest Psychology of How to Deliver the Perfect Excuse?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (09:26)

The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, recently reportedly explained his taking of crack cocaine, as down to being in a 'drunken stupor'.

Following the release of a video portraying an agitated Mr Ford vowing to rip out someone's throat, poke out his eyes and ensure his victim is dead during...

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Has the Two Minute Silence on Remembrance Day Lost Its Original Meaning?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 November 2013 | (06:12)

The famous two minute silence of Remembrance Sunday is a moving tribute to those who lost their lives defending this country in military conflict.

The silence allows for private reflection, and yet also creates an exceptional sense of solidarity. Boundaries of age, sex, class, and religion, are set aside...

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Who's on Top? The Personality of Women Who Commit Infidelity Is Different

(1) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (10:32)

The allegations at the 'phone-hacking' trial that two editors of national newspapers conducted a secret affair for six years, coincides with the publication of new psychological research, suggesting links between ambition, success and infidelity.

John Prescott's affair with Tracey Temple, his diary secretary, Robin Cook's infidelity, Kimberly Quinn's affair with...

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Can Psychologists Predict Whether Just-Christened George Is Heading for a Happy or a Meaningful Life?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (19:18)

Parents, friends, relatives and God Parents gather for a christening - which like a wedding and other religious rituals is associated not just with happiness, but also imbued with meaning.

But are a happy life and a meaningful life the same thing? Can pursuing one lead to...

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Does 'Pure Evil' Exist? Psychologists Investigate the Devils (and Angels) Amongst Us

(29) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (01:00)

Are these examples of pure evil? Anders Breivik bombed buildings in 2011 killing eight people, then shot 69 others, mostly teenagers. He showed no remorse and took pride in his actions. In May 2013, three women and one six-year-old girl were rescued from kidnapper, Ariel Castro, having been held in...

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Psychological Research Suggests More Deep Flaws in Latest Search Strategy for Madeleine McCann?

(114) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (01:00)

The Metropolitan Police have issued two new 'e-fit' images of a man wanted for questioning over the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann.

Release of the new images coincides with the broadcast of a new televised reconstruction of events on 3 May 2007. Investigators now claim the timeline and "accepted version...

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Could The Daily Mail Be Right - Do We Inherit Our Parents' Politics?

(60) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (01:00)

The row between the Daily Mail newspaper and Ed Miliband continues to escalate.

The Daily Mail thesis appears to include that the beliefs of Ralph Miliband, an eminent Marxist academic, who died in 1994, might have prejudiced the politics of sons Ed and David Miliband.

Ed Miliband has responded:...

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Psychologists Find the Colour Red Holds the Secret to Attraction

(8) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (01:00)

New psychological research suggests a significant sex effect for the colour red. This colour might be unique in rendering young women more sexually attractive to men.

The latest study, conducted by two psychologists, Sascha Schwarz and Marie Singer from the Technische Universität Dortmund, and the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany,...

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Is Andy Murray's Personality Part of the Game?

(2) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (12:05)

Whenever Andy Murray wins, he is characterised by the London media, as a battling Brit, but whenever he loses, he is portrayed as a sour, aloof, remote, grumpy, ill-tempered Scot.

But for all the media criticism of his personality, is it possible that his legendary reserve has in fact been...

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As One of the Killers of James Bulger Is to Be Released, Could a Similar Tragedy Happen Again?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (12:13)

It is widely reported that Jon Venables, one of the two perpetrators originally found guilty for the killing of James Bulger, could be about to be released from prison. Venables had previously been paroled, but was returned to jail for accessing child pornography.

James's mother Denise Fergus tweeted in response:...

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Psychologists Suggest Deep Flaws in Latest Search Strategy for Madeleine McCann

(5) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (01:00)

The recent discovery of three women in Cleveland, Ohio, who had been abducted for such an extended period, has rekindled hopes that others long-missing could still be found. The search for Madeleine McCann appears to have been re-invigorated, coinciding with the recent publication of an 'age-progressed' photograph.

But new data...

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How to Sell Fake Bomb Detectors - Psychology Explains How James McCormick Succeeded for So Long?

(3) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (14:24)

James McCormick has been convicted of three counts of fraud after selling fake bomb detectors and jailed for ten years - the judge declaring the multi-millionaire businessman had blood on hands.

The 'Advanced Detection Equipment' was based on a golf ball finder device and sold for up to £27,000 in...

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Does Anyone Still Believe in Hard Work? New Research Reveals Whether the Work Ethic Exists

(9) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (01:00)

Working hard is intrinsically a good and moral thing to do - the so-called 'Work Ethic' - does this really exist? Is the work ethic even regarded as a good thing any more? 'Work-life balance' is all the vogue, so perhaps the 'work ethic' destroys family life and over all...

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Research Reveals Margaret Thatcher's Cunning Use of Psychology - Was This the Key to Her Success?

(7) Comments | Posted 16 April 2013 | (01:00)

Margaret Thatcher's electoral success could be linked to her superior performance before TV cameras, compared to her main adversaries of the era.

Psychologists Peter Bull and Kate Mayer from the University of York analysed in unparalleled depth Thatcher's performances in the main TV interviews of the day.


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North Korean Nuclear Poker - Who Is Winning in the Battle of the Mind Games?

(10) Comments | Posted 11 April 2013 | (01:00)

North Korea has been described as the most secretive nation on earth - yet in order to negotiate successfully with an adversary, it's essential to get inside their heads.

Professor Victor Cha from Georgetown University in the US was Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council -...

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At the Edinburgh International Science Festival: Aliens as Revealed by Hollywood

(2) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (00:40)

Janne Korhonen from the Department of Organization and Management at Aalto University in Finland has just published an academic paper exploring whether we should really be trying as hard as we currently are, to make contact with extra-terrestrial intelligences; our assumption that aliens 'out there' would be benign, could be...

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The Vital Importance of Being Funny While Flirting: New Research Reveals the Optimal Attractiveness Strategy

(2) Comments | Posted 16 March 2013 | (00:00)

Mary Louise Cowan and Anthony Little from the University of Stirling have just published one of the most comprehensive psychological investigations into the role of humour in flirting. The study explains why being funny is closely linked to being fancied.

Previous research on ads placed in Lonely hearts columns finds...

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Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce: The Surprising Psychological Lessons We Can Learn From Them

(6) Comments | Posted 13 March 2013 | (00:00)

It's difficult to remember given all that's happened with Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne, that this epic case began with an apparently innocuous speeding offence.

But Huhne's driving licence was already so over-burdened with points, more would have tipped him over the limit, with possible shattering consequences for his...

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