All About Conscientiousness

Conscientiousness is not just about getting to the church on time, in a freshly-ironed outfit. It is 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 in success, but the off-the-charts conscientious may court perfectionism by setting their sites too high.

Recent Posts on Conscientiousness

The Facts of (Business) Life

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in A Sideways View
Is the Business School degree the ideal passport to health, wealth and happiness?

After the Germanwings Crash, 7 Lessons About Mental Illness

By Carrie Barron M.D. on March 30, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
Not all depressions are alike. Severe depression with psychotic features may elude a clinician as they are well masked or not present at the time of the exam. Symptoms ebb and flow, troubled people can be high functioning and we have much to uncover about the conditions of the Germanwings co-pilot.

What to Consider When Adding to Your Four-Legged Family

Choosing a new canine companion can be daunting. Should you adopt a shelter pet or buy from a breeder? Would a puppy or adult dog be a better fit for your life style and family? In this blog Dr. Stepita discusses what to consider before bringing your next furry family member home.

We Really Do Die Alone

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in Brick by Brick
When working to improve public health, there are often many things that we simply can't change. Social isolation has proven to be a robust and significant risk factor of poor health and early mortality. And there is something we can do about it.

How to Become the Person You Most Want to Be

Those who feel compelled to defend their egos tend to violate their deeper values

Leaders: We Love Humble Leaders But Idolize Narcissists

By Ray Williams on March 17, 2015 in Wired for Success
Research shows that humble leaders whose focus is to serve others are equally successful, but more importantly, capture the hearts and loyalty of others.

Make Your Dreams Come True, Be Extreme

If you push yourself to extremes and find out what your true talents are.

How to Completely Change Your Sex Life and Relationship

It's normal for a couple who has been together for a few years to fall into a stale and boring pattern. Our brains crave novelty. Stability and security is nice and comforting, but it’s not exciting. Instead of taking each other for granted and then going on Facebook looking up someone you dated high school, try being open and honest with each other. Hit the reset button.

Re-clarifying Terms of Conduct at the Start of Adolescence

It is natural, and normal, and healthy for the beginning adolescent to test to what degree the old family demands and constraints of childhood still apply. It is natural, and normal, and healthy for parents to respond in the interests of the young person's safety and responsibility.

What's The Matter With Anxiety?

By Nick Luxmoore on March 07, 2015 in Young People Up Close
Trying to treat the symptoms without understanding the meaning of the anxiety is a waste of time. If the anxiety could speak, what would it be saying?

An OCEAN Far Away: Big 5 Personality Factors in Star Wars

Which Star Wars characters characters are the most open to experience while others are set in their ways? Who's the most conscientious or lackadaisy? Who are the extraverts, who's most agreeable, and who's most neurotic? Help rate the characters in order to find out together.

It's a Wrap!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Head of the Class
How can we get students to review what they did wrong on exams and papers?

Looking for the Right Relationship? Make a Plan!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and you’re still alone. Or maybe you’re just wishing you were alone because clearly you’re dating a total loser. Or maybe you’ve decided to address your long-standing dating dilemma with a bold new approach. If you’ve opted for the latter, read on.

Helping Adolescents Keep Agreements

With more actively and passively resistant adolescents parents must work harder to get agreements made. Getting this habit of keeping agreements in place matters for healthy relationships with parents now, and for significant relationships later on.

He Who Loves Will Be Conditioned to Show it

Love is not a disposition but it can occur below conscious awareness.

Personality Traits of BDSM Practitioners: Another Look

A recent study provides some new insights into the personality traits of dominant and submissive BDSM practitioners. Dominant practitioners seem to be more calm and have a greater desire for control, while submissive ones may be more emotional and introverted. Some questions remain about how these findings compare to previous studies into this fascinating world.

Who's Telling The Truth?

By Russ Gerber on February 13, 2015 in Our Health
What will be your impact on the moral atmosphere?

Are You Raising a Couch Potato?

Do you ever wonder why some kids become unmotivated—why they would rather doze off in front of the TV instead of working toward a personal goal? Learn how initiative is developed and fostered through specific types of experiences—most of which happen outside of school!

How Big are Psychological Sex Differences?

By David P Schmitt Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Sexual Personalities
Are Men and Women Psychologically Different?

Deadly Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on February 07, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
The “American Sniper” phenomenon is breaking box office records. It's not just a war movie. The publicity machine is cranking, but something doesn’t feel right. What does it mean to “snipe” anyway? And why should a sniper-hero fascinate us? And for that matter, why do we have so much trouble thinking about it?

How Do You Like Them Apples?

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
Gay men still need role models. And Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has taken his place. A reluctant spokesperson, this powerful gay man leads one of the most innovative organizations on the globe, and leads the way for positive social change.

The Surprising Psychology of BDSM

‘Fifty Shades’ piqued your curiosity? Answers to five kinky questions.

What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
A lot of websites give you the chance to represent yourself with an avatar rather than a picture of yourself. Avatars are often cartoon-y pictures with facial features, clothing, and accessories that allow you to personalize your picture. The avatar you select can influence the way people interact with you.

Expanding on Penis Size

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in How We Do It
Correlation between erect and flaccid penis lengths is a statistical artifact. On average, extension through erection is the same in all men. The “plunger hypothesis”, that human penis shape is adapted to remove semen from rival males, is shown to be far-fetched. But stretched length of the penis may have a connection with the size ratio between index and ring fingers.

How Not to Ask for a Recommendation Letter

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Give and Take
The worst ways to ask for a recommendation

Which Type of Perfectionist Are You?

Research on perfectionism suggests that there are both adaptive and maladaptive forms of perfectionism.

Self-Motivate Successfully

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Making Change
Some people are masters of avoiding criticism; so much so that it’s the secret to their success. Unfortunately, such success is relatively hollow -- a temporary reprieve from the near constant challenges of proving themselves. There is a better way; an approach to success that allows people to be inherently motivated to pursue their dreams and enjoy the journey.

Don Jones: Make Art (Therapy), Not War

Don Jones was part of a unique generation of individuals who simultaneously arrived at the idea of “art therapy" in the 1940s. His legacy and impact on mental health practice began when he became conscientious objector during World War II; that juncture not only changed his life, it set him on a path to help found a new field and profession.

Ride the Wave of Winter

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in Attention Training
You may notice that the way you feel during winter has developed into a sort of a pattern over the years.