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Adrian Furnham

Professor Adrian Furnham is one of the world’s most productive psychologists and one of HR Magazine’s 20 Most Influential People in HR. Educated at the London School of Economics, Adrian obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University he completed a doctorate (D.Phil) in 1981.


About Adrian Furnham

Adrian was previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, and he was Professor of Psychology at University College London from 1992 to 2018. 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 is currently Professor of Management at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo.

He consults to many organisations in various different sectors (particularly airlines, banks, civil service), military and in many different countries (particularly continental Europe and Asia). He is also an experienced conference speaker delivering keynote speeches around the world.

He has written over 1300 scientific papers and 95 books. 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 established over 30 years ago.

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Speech Topics

Adrian’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

Vocational Preferences

Choosing and changing different jobs.
The consequences of job fit and misfit.
Passion at work.

Cognitive Ability and Emotional Intelligence

How to define and measure intelligence?
What is EQ?
Which is more important when and why?

Learning and Thinking Styles

How many styles are there?
Are some “better” than others?
Can you change your style?

Generational Differences at Work

How to describe the different generations.
The “problematic millennials”.
The aging process.

Psychopaths and Narcissists

All the personality disorders.
The dark triad.
The Psychopath next door.

Mental Health and Illness

How to define it.
Types and categories of illness.
Which therapies work and why?

The Psychology of Alternative Medicine

What is alternative medicine?
Who chooses it?
Does it work?
How to test it.

The Psychology of Happiness and Well-Being

How to define and measure it.
Happy and unhappy people.
Ten myths and ten pieces of advice.

The Future of Work

The problems of futurology.
New and old jobs.
Ten major world changes.

The Psychology of Teamwork

Team-role types.
Team vs individual decisions.
Healthy and unhealthy team dynamics.

The Psychology of Office Politics

What causes office politics?
Savvy as opposed to politics.
How to measure it.

The Psychology of Persuasion and Negotiation

Six strategies of persuasion.
The phases of negotiation.
Nudging and tricks to use.

The Psychology of Money and Motivation

Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
Money madness.
Financial literacy.

The Psychology of Time

Time types and cultural differences.
Views of the past and future.

The Psychology of Shopping

Types of shoppers.
Retail therapy.
The tricks of shops and websites.

The Psychology of Sigmund Freud

What Freud really said.
Psychology of dreams.
Oral, Anal and Phallic types.

The Psychology of Christmas

Christmas cards and letters.
Present giving and receiving.
Eating and drinking.

The Psychology of Humour and Laughter

What is a good joke?
Types of humour.
The functions of humour.

The Psychology of Culture Shock and Travel

Types of traveller.
Cultural differences.
How to cope with culture shock.

The Psychology of Creativity and Innovation

Can we define and measure creativity?
The creative person and process.
How to increase creativity.

The Psychology of Body Language and Lying

What is Body Language?
Verbal, visual and vocal communication.
Cues to lying.

The Psychology of Love and Attraction

Can we define beauty?
What men look for in women and vice versa.
Types of love.

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