All About Conscientiousness

Conscientiousness is not just about getting to church on time, in a freshly ironed suit. It's a fundamental personality trait that influences whether people set and keep long-range goals, deliberate over choices or behave impulsively, and take seriously obligations to others. Conscientiousness is a key ingredient for success, but the off-the-charts conscientious may court perfectionism by setting sights too high.

Recent posts on Conscientiousness

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Is Using Profanity a Sign of Honesty?

A recent paper suggests that profanity may be a reflection of emotional honesty and candor. However, closer examination of the studies' results casts doubt on this idea.

Killing Us Softly

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
From our brains to our veins - the real problem with politics.

Predators Prey on Politeness: 5 Spring Break Travel Tips

Think you can spot a predator while traveling? Here are 5 tips to make sure you can. Take these precautions to ensure that your Spring Break travel is both satisfying and safe.

Students' Grandmothers More Likely to Die During Finals Week

The "dead granny" effect: Research shows that midterm and finals weeks are the deadliest of all for students' grandmothers.

A Man and His Dog

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story

Are You a Morning or an Evening Person?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Media Spotlight
While circadian preferences can change over the course of our lifespan, it is important to recognise how important morningness and eveningness can be in how we think and behave.

The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence

How long should you stick with searching for ideas – and why?

Accountability With Physical Fitness Goals

If you do a review of what has worked for you in the past, what can you discover about how to set the stage for success with your goals?

The Erosion of Civility

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Startup Your Life
Have you been berated by a stranger? Do you snap when things don't go your way? Here's why restoring civility to everyday life is crucial for mental sanity and social functioning.
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Are Some Scientists Serious About Denying Free Will?

A brief look at the issues of consciousness and free will.

A Life-Pivoting Change of Identity

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
Hunger for pride can become dangerously addictive. Abandoning pride and being proud no matter what, don't solve it. Instead, change what you're proud of.

7 Ways to Annoy the Boss (and Why You Should Avoid Them)

Striving for success in your career may mean nothing more than succeeding at work. Getting those good job ratings can be in reach if you steer clear of these pitfalls.

Love Week

By Frances Kuffel on February 13, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
Today, on the eve of St. Valentine of Terni’s martyrdom 1700 years ago – for trying to convert Emperor Claudius – is International Self Love Day.

Split: Horror with a Side of Split Personality

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 01, 2017 in Reel Therapy
Read on to learn how the split personality phenomenon can be considered at the unhealthy end of the identity spectrum.

How to Maintain Your Sanity During Politically Insane Times

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
If you’re feeling chronic stress over the U.S. political situation, you are not alone. Here are some smart survival tips.

What is the number one predictor for personal success?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on January 21, 2017 in Brain Waves
What is the biggest predictor of success? Discover 8 skills that will lead the way.

Dear Mr. President: New Anthology of Letters from Teens

By Jennifer Haupt on January 18, 2017 in One True Thing
Letters to President Trump from diverse students nationwide express a wide range of concerns as well as compassion.

When Martin Luther King, Jr Addressed Social Scientists

In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr., addressed the APA convention at the invitation of SPSSI. Read the full text of his still relevant remarks in this special blog post.

Famous Religion on the Brink of Extinction

It is difficult to transmit a religion for long, if all of its members abstain from sex.

Saying “I’m Sorry”

Many people seem to find saying “I’m sorry” an extremely difficult thing to offer. Here are four guidelines for an effective apology.

Learning to Drive through Video Games

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in Talking Apes
New research shows that time in front of a computer screen can lead to better performance behind the wheel.

3 Inspiring Stories of Everyday Compassion

By Jennifer Haupt on December 30, 2016 in One True Thing
These folks have made the world a little brighter for others in totally different ways.

A Process Junkie's Guide to Putting a Lid on It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 30, 2016 in Ambigamy
If you're psychologically curious, you may tend to invite more process talk than is useful or healthy. Here are some ways to be available for processing without encouraging it.
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The Paradox of Conscientious Prisoners

Criminals are usually lower than normal people in conscientiousness, yet a new study finds that prisoners are higher in this trait. What can explain this apparent paradox?

When Everything's Going Wrong at Work, Practice Patience

By Caroline Beaton on December 18, 2016 in The Gen-Y Guide
Practicing patience is both hard and highly possible.

Storytelling Enhances the Influence of Science-Based Writing

By Christopher Bergland on December 16, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Writing in a narrative style—that includes storytelling and sensory language—makes scientific studies on climate change more engaging and impactful, according to a new study.

Rolling Out the Green Carpet: Yet Legal Does Not Mean Safe

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
The Green Revolution has resulted in a misconception that legal marijuana is safe under all circumstances. Potential consumers are advised to read up before they light up.

A Decision-Making Hack for Life's Forks in the Road

As we wrap up 2016 and head into a new year, is there a fork in your own road that you need to see with greater clarity and focus? Here's a decision-making "hack" that may help.

Thanks for The Small Stuff: It Makes a Big Difference

Eye-contact and a smile. That's human contact at its most basic—something for which we should all be grateful.

Grit and How to Grow It

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”