Social support is critical for coping with stress and staying healthy, but some forms of support are more helpful than others. Recent research suggests that our assumptions about what effective support looks like are not always correct.
Fear of loneliness, the stigma associated with being single, and certain cognitive biases can make settling seem like an appealing option. But research suggests that we are better off holding out. Read More
When we experience failure, it can be hard to take an honest look at where we went wrong without falling victim to harsh self-criticism. How can we confront our weaknesses in a more constructive way? Read More
There is no shortage of advice on how to recover from a bad break-up: Keep busy, don't contact your ex, go out with friends, listen to "I Will Survive" on repeat. But according to a recent study, something important is missing from this list. Read More
It's hard to go a day without encountering someone who has something you wish you had—a more successful career, better looks, a happier marriage. But envy is a vicious emotion that can erode self-esteem and damage relationships, both personal and professional. Here are some ideas for making sure the green-eyed monster doesn't get the best of you.
Sometimes we find ourselves in relationships that make us miserable more than they make us happy, relationships that we know in our hearts are not right, yet still have a hold on us. Here are some strategies you may not have considered before for ending things for good and getting on with your life. Read More
Outside of high school English classes, most people don't give much thought to pronouns, prepositions, and other "function words." They seem to be no more than fillers for the important content words. But it turns out that our usage of these invisible words has psychological significance, revealing something about power, personality, and romantic compatibility. Read More
In a recent interview, actress Cameron Diaz controversially said "I think every woman does want to be objectified." Decades of research has documented the many ways that objectification can be harmful. So why would anyone voluntarily choose to objectify themselves? Read More
During election season, some politicians made headlines for controversial statements related to rape and pregnancy. Many have questioned whether these statements reflect underlying belief systems that could be harmful to women and men alike. Recent research examines the implications of holding erroneous beliefs about rape. Read More
The us vs. them mentality seems to be an intractable part of human nature. But for some people, everyone is considered family, no matter who they are or where they're from. A new scale was recently developed to measure this personality trait and find out how it shapes behavior. Read More
Why are we drawn to certain people and not others? What makes us fall in love—and stay in love? Poets delve into the mystery of love with sonnets and musicians seek to capture its subtle essence in song. Social and personality psychologists, on the other hand, like to break love down into shapes, colors, and equations. Read More
As we grow up, we learn the hard truth that everything that feels good isn't necessarily good for us, and we come to equate pleasure with self-indulgence, sinfulness, and guilt. Focusing solely on superficial pleasures may not bring lasting fulfillment, but making room for the occasional indulgence can do us more good than we realize. Read More