John Bargh was born in Champaign, Illinois and went to school at his home town university, and then received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan. From 1981 to 2003 he was on the psychology faculty of New York University, and since 2003 has been on the faculty of Yale University where he is today the James Rowland Angell Chair of Psychology, and also Professor of Management. Bargh is the author of Before You Know It (2017, Touchstone) which summarizes his research career on the systematic and scientific study of unconscious influences over our choices, feelings, and behavior. Bargh has won several awards for this research including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Distinguished Career Awards from the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nijmegen.
My Goal of the Day: To get as much work done this morning so I don’t have any time pressure in the next few weeks. Also to finish it before noon so I can relax some the rest of the day
My Thought of the Day: All things considered, I’m a pretty lucky guy
My Action of the Day: Getting the laundry, cat litter, grocery shopping, and dishes done before my wife comes home from seeing her grandchildren so that I can pretend the place looked this good the whole time she was away.
What do you love most about Your City?
It (Guilford, CT) is actually a small town on the shores of Long Island Sound and it has such a variety of nice features – the ocean beaches, the old colonial houses, the hills and lakes farther north; close to urban centers but in the middle of farm country all at the same time. Pretty unique place. And the fall colors right now…
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
This is easy: Brownstone Restaurant in Guilford town.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Trying to get back to sleep but knowing I won’t
10:00 AM - Starting on my 5th cup of Peet’s coffee, or driving to teach my class at Yale, depending on the day
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
When at Yale I like to get the sushi take-out at Good Nature Market on Whitney Avenue (just a mile from where Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin).
7:00 PM - Watching Jeopardy with my family.
11:00 PM – None of your damn business!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee (4 or 5 strong cups) in the morning – from Peet’s of Berkeley and the K-Cup method; one Diet Pepsi in the afternoon and two if no one sees me.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
For six months of the year the ESPN Fantasy Baseball and CBS Fantasy Baseball Apps – I manage over 20 teams a year; in the off-season I play a lot of chess on lichess.com
What should everyone try at least once?
Raw Oysters – or Escargot – amazing how many people I know go “ewww” when they’ve never tried them.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In a big museum such as Metropolitan in New York or British Museum in London; or any good history book on my lap at home.
My Deed of the Day -- Steering eager applicants to psychology graduate schools to the program that fits their interests and life goals the best.
My Tip of the Day -- For everyone you talk to and interact with today: Look right at them while they are speaking, listen to them, just focus on them and don't think about anything else at the time -- and see what happens.
My Pic of the Day: