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Jer Clifton

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Jer Clifton is currently a Doctoral Candidate in psychology under Dr. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania where Jer previously earned two Master’s degrees. His research examines primal world beliefs, also called primals. These beliefs concern the most basic qualities of the world as a whole, such as safe or ugly. After being born and raised in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Jer completed a BA in Philosophy at Houghton College where he first became interested in primals. He then spent seven years in program management and strategic planning for Habitat for Humanity International and other nonprofits. After returning to Academia in 2014, he spent four years creating an empirically derived typology of primals as well as a Primals Inventory to measure them, now in press at Psychological Assessment. His new research examines how primals relate to other variables, many of which primals strongly predict and theoretically influence, including wellbeing, personality traits and character strengths, success, depression, relationship quality, and voting behavior.