Personality's 'Big One' and the Enigma of Narcissism

Narcissism is a complex mix of adaptive and maladaptive traits

Letter from a Nurse Who Accidentally Killed A Patient

My advice on how to cope with having made a big mistake.

Why Financial Incentives Don’t Improve Performance

Bonuses Actually Demotivate and Harm Productivity

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

3 Kinds of Kids Parents Should Never Reward with Gifts

How to Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

Empathy works by analogy, mirror neurons, or embodied simulation.

8 Secret Body Language Cues That Can Control Your Behavior

How others can trigger your senses and emotions.

The Latest

Reader Roundup 2015

By Sharon Praissman on November 29, 2015 in Beyond the Egg Timer
From Law of Attraction to the scientific method, from coping with infertility to finding jeans that actually fit while pregnant with twins, these books will inform, inspire, and entertain you!

Being Friends With The Ex?

One of the most common questions after a breakup is, "Can we be friends?" Here's 8 reasons why the answer is probably, "No."

Is Trump’s Narcissism Really a Bad Thing?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Women Who Stray
We select leaders who tell us what we want to hear - that they have the answers and can fix things. Are we telling candidates we want them to be narcissists?

Gullibility Gulag

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in One Among Many
After a 7-year hiatus I ventured again into the free-wheeling fringe world of alternative discovery. This time, it was show-and-tell for a detachment of Russian knowledge workers. That had much to say about negative energy, and indeed, something did not smell quite right.

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain and vital for normal brain development and human behavior. It is a key cofactor in the making of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that affect neuron signaling, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and especially dopamine.

Misandry Again- Part 2

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Rethinking Men
The strange thing about misandry is its rapid rise. Until the 1950s men were generally respected, I think.

Misandry Again Part 1

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Rethinking Men
My earlier post, “Re-Thinking Misandry” (6 October 2010) generated considerable interest: some positive, some negative, some constructive, some remarkably obscene, and much of it debating male privilege vs female privilege: as in “Women and children first” and “At least you know the kid is yours.” Clearly both misogyny and misandry are alive and, well, sick...

Feeling Like a Fraud?

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Happy Trails
Here's one reason why.

Heavy Metal: Iron and the Brain

Iron deficiency is an incredibly common condition associated with higher levels of psychiatric and neurologic problems.

Ignoring Science Is Killing Us

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Excellent Beauty
Racism plagues our lives. We'd do well to take its evolutionary roots seriously.

15 Ways to Reclaim Romance, Love, and Intimate Pleasure

By Rita Watson MPH on November 29, 2015 in With Love and Gratitude
Embracing your heart's desire -- romantic love.
Mitchell Gunn, used with perfmission

Sports Just Don’t Make Sense

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in The Power of Prime
Sports just don’t make sense. They don’t always go the way we want them to. Sports can be so frustrating. To the point where it’s easy to wonder why we devote so much time and energy to it. Let’s look at why sports don’t make sense. Sports are complex. Sports are unpredictable and uncontrollable. Nothing comes quick and easy in sports. Progress isn’t steady.

Benefits To Bullying

By Jesse Marczyk on November 29, 2015 in Pop Psych
It is precisely because bullies are doing well that they are able to effectively bully others. This might also make them more attractive to members of the opposite sex.

How and Why Dogs Play Revisited: Who’s Confused?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A new book presents some interesting but untested ideas and beliefs about play behavior in dogs as facts. We know far more than the authors suggest and this essay reviews some of the detailed research that has been conducted on play in dogs and offers old and up-to-date sources for wide-ranging and critical discussions of play and other behavior patterns.

Think Pink for Girls

The Bank of Costa Rica announced the opening of pink banks for women with the slogan, posted on billboards all over San Jose, "NoWoman Is Complicated." I know where I am geographically, but I think I have fallen out of time to a much earlier century.

Objective Leaders: Rethink The Way They Think

By Elizabeth R Thornton on November 29, 2015 in The Objective Leader
Are your mental models serving you? How can you rethink the way you think for greater effectiveness!

Why Leaders Often Lose Loyalty... Unnecessarily

By Victor Lipman on November 29, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Though in this famous quote Maya Angelou wasn’t commenting on management or leadership specifically, she might as well have been...

The Harmful Hypocrisy Of "The Right To Life" Movement

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 29, 2015 in Saving Normal
"Right To Lifers" fight for the premise that all life is sacred when it is in the uterus, but show callous indifference to people once they are born.

Do Stronger Muscles Mean Better Brains?

It's not what you do with muscles - it's what you did to make them.

This Holiday Season: Say Nuts to Calories

By Michael Fenster M.D. on November 29, 2015 in You Are What You Eat
Quality over quantity; why the fixation on calories is ruining our health.

Review of Windt's book on dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Dream Catcher
Windt expertly and systematically reviews the latest research on the nature of dreams.

The Bloody, Secret Life Of Theories

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Language in the Mind
To the lay-person, the Academy is the venue where research is focused, with almost saintly zeal, on pursuing truth. But academic research is always framed in terms of a prevailing theory, which, like cultures, and people, are social phantasms, that come with baggage, good, bad and downright ugly.

Personality's 'Big One' and the Enigma of Narcissism

Narcissists can be charismatic yet also alienate others. Narcissism combines adaptive and maladaptive traits. This makes it difficult to reconcile narcissism with the theory that all personality traits express a single underlying dimension such as a general factor of personality.

Letter from a Nurse Who Accidentally Killed A Patient

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
My advice on how to cope with having made a big mistake.

Why Financial Incentives Don’t Improve Performance

By Ray Williams on November 28, 2015 in Wired for Success
Performance bonuses for individuals, particularly CEOs, has been the norm across all industries for decades. Yet, increasing evidence indicates this is not a smart practice, that may actually detract from individual and team productivity and motivation.

Emotional Connection With Work Increases Wellbeing - How So?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 in The New Resilience
Feeling emotionally engaged with your work appears linked with greater wellbeing and health, new research finds. But for this to occur, several qualities of the management culture that you experience are essential.

Thank You! Parisian PhD Candidate Ludvig Levasseur!

On occasion, we receive requests from PhD candidates for assistance in their research regarding time perspective theory and therapy. Last week, one such candidate emailed with a request that opened our eyes to the magnitude of a problem we've been unaware of: What is the potential cost savings of our talk therapy?

Radicalization of Young Muslims

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
Radicalization is a growing and terriffying problem from Paris to Canada and around the world. The radicalization process has been well studied by scholars and much is known about it. Publicising what is known can help us put prevention strategies in place. Risk reduction is found in interventions in violent homes and communities, reaching out to disinfranchised youth.

Mind Control: Psychology by the Numbers?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 28, 2015 in The Dolphin Divide
How addition and subtraction affect our behavior. Are we truly in charge of our own choices, or does simple math routinely intrude to manipulate our mental equations? Just who or what is in control of our minds?

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

Buying too many gifts for your kids during the holiday? Here's why you want to stop.