Bio

Dr Christian Jarrett is the author, editor or contributor to ten books, spanning psychology, neuroscience, self-help and productivity. His latest is Be Who You Want: Unlocking The Science of Personality Change.

Christian’s earlier books include This Book Has Issues, 30 Second Psychology (over 100,000 copies sold worldwide), The Rough Guide to Psychology, and Great Myths of The Brain – together they have been translated into twelve languages to date.

With a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, a masters degree in neuroscience (both funded by scholarships from the UK’s Medical Research Council) and a first-class honours degree in psychology, Christian is recognised as a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Today, Christian is the Deputy Editor of Psyche, a global digital magazine that illuminates the human condition through psychology, philosophical understanding and the arts.

For 16 years, Christian was the Founding Editor of the British Psychological Society’s acclaimed Research Digest blog – the site he created in 2005 – and presenter and producer of the associated PsychCrunch podcast. For nine years he also worked as an award-winning journalist for The Psychologist magazine.

It was after completing his PhD, and a short spell working as a research fellow at The University of Manchester, that Christian decided to embrace a career disseminating psychology and neuroscience research to the public. Over the years, alongside his editorial roles and authoring books, he has written about the human mind and behaviour for countless publications around the world, including authoring his own Brain Watch blog for WIRED, a Brain Myths blog for Psychology Today, a neuroscience column for New York magazine, a personality column for BBC Future, and an anxiety advice column for VICE Tonic. His writing has also featured in GQ Italia, New Scientist, BBC Science Focus, The Guardian, The Times, Womankind, 99U, Aeon, Big Think, The Telegraph, Outdoor Fitness, BBC WorkLife and many more publications.

Christian has made countless appearances on international radio and podcasts; presented at international business conferences; given seminars at leading universities; and spoken on the subject of personality change in many venues, from London bars to Harrow boarding school.

His latest book, BE WHO YOU WANT, Unlocking The Science Of Personality Change, was published internationally to critical acclaim in May 2021.

What People Say

You are a gift to psychology.

Professor David Myers

You probably informed and amused so many more people than you’d ever imagine.

Dr Claudia Mollidor

The psychology community is immensely richer for your contribution, and we all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.

Professor Alex Haslam