5 Greatest Psychology & Persuasion Experts to Follow on Twitter

Very few people know it, but I have an unfinished Master’s level counseling psychology degree. As many of my blog’s readers (and marketers, in general), I too am greatly fascinated by everything connected with how our mind works and how brain influences what we do, and how we do it. Since it’s Friday again, I’d like to bring you a #FollowFriday type Twitter list, and focus on some of the greatest persuasion and psychology folks today.

Here is my list (sorted by the number of followers each of them has at the time of this post):

1. Daniel Pink@danielpink – Author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko,  and Free Agent Nation.

2. Malcolm Gladwell@malcgladwell – Canadian staff writer for New Yorker Magazine, author of such bestsellers as The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures.

3. Dan Ariely@danariely – Professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational.

4. Terry O’Reilly@ageofpersuasion – Director of Pirate Radio & Television, host of the award-winning CBC Radio One/Sirius Satellite radio show, “The Age of Persuasion”, co-author of The Age of Persuasion.

5. RobertCialdini@robertcialdini – Author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion and Influence: Science and Practice, Co-author of Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive and Social Psychology: Goals in Interaction.

BONUS: Paul Ekman @paulekman — One of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, author of Face of Man, Telling Lies, Why Kids Lie, Emotions Revealed, editor of the third and fourth editions (1998 and 2009) of Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

If I have left out someone who must be mentioned here, please post their info and/or Twitter name below.

8 thoughts on “5 Greatest Psychology & Persuasion Experts to Follow on Twitter”

  1. Geno,

    You’ve got the theoreticians on the list. You should add some of the more pragmatic ones in Sales, Closing, NLP and Hypnosis to the list.

    It’s a long list, but there are ancients like:
    J. Douglas Edwards in sales: http://network.clomedia.com/forum/topic/show?id=2382421%3ATopic%3A13337 and
    Milton Erikson in Hypnosis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_H._Erickson
    Tom Hopkins
    NLP from Bandler & Grinder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming

    One of my colleagues and friends, Shari Levitan, is becoming one of the top sales trainers in the world. Find her at http://www.getlevitin.com/ and http://www.epercipio.com.


    1. Marc, thank you for your comment. But do these have regularly-maintained Twitter accounts to follow? If so, I’d appreciate you mentioning their Twitter names as well. Many thanks in advance.

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  3. These maybe great psychologists (I’ve read books by half the list), but these are NOT great Twitter feeds. A couple of these feeds haven’t been updated in months. The others don’t seem to offer any engagement with followers, just bland daily link posts. A shame that this page is a top result in my search for “great psychology twitter feeds.”

    1. That (the frequency with which they tweet now) unfortunately is beyond my control… 🙂 Also, out of the 6 I mentioned in this 8-month-old post, it looks like 5 are tweeting pretty regularly, no?

  4. @drjudithbeck
    Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is President of Beck Institute in suburban Philadelphia and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Judith Beck is the daughter of the father of Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Dr. Aaron Beck.
    Dr. j. Beck is an excellent writer and clinician and the Beck Institute is internationally respected.

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