Mitch Prinstein, PhD—University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

social dynamics

Show Notes

On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Dr. Mitch Prinstein, whose research on popularity and peer relations has established him as a thought leader in adolescent psychology. As director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mitch leads the Peer Relations Lab, which, for nearly twenty years, has studied why popularity plays a key role in childhood development and how it influences our lives as adults. We talk with Mitch about popularity in terms of likeability and status, its positive and negative impacts, and how parents can help kids navigate social dynamics in the twenty-first century.

Learn more about Mitch’s work at, or check out his book Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships. You can also watch his TEDx talk here.