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

The Four Qualities It Takes to Become a High Flyer

The highly successful in work, if not life, seem to share 4 common personality traits according to new research on the qualities that can position you to fly high and succeed.

Seven Daily Behaviors Conscientious People Avoid

By Caroline Beaton on May 22, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
For millennials struggling to adapt to the real world, as I did, embodying this trait could be the key to a successful, happy adulthood.

Wisdom From the Elders

To get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with. - Mark Twain

To Affirm or Not Affirm?

By Leena S. Guptha DO on April 25, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Struggling with negative thoughts? Use self-affirmations to rewrite the subconscious mind and start thinking positively!

Agitating for the Environment

One place to take on global environmental stewardship may be your own laundry room. Remarkably, the spotlight now is not on detergents or bleach, but rather on the apparel itself.

I Keep Good Stuff, You Hoard Junk: 10 Insights

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 22, 2017 in Creating in Flow
A diversity of odd habits and rituals for quelling anxiety lies along the continuum between normal and diagnosable. You may recognize some of these compulsions.

10 Best Tech Devices to Prevent Rape

By Susan Harrow on April 15, 2017 in The Body Blog
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has estimated that one in five women will be raped at some time in their lives. This is terrifying statistic that should have women ...

These 5 Life Skills Boost Well-Being as We Age, Study Finds

A new study identifies 5 life skills correlated with increased psychological, physical, and fiscal well-being. Notably, each of these life skills was found to be equally important.

Seeking Common Ground I: The Conservative Tradition

There are people today who believe that the past presents a worthy, indeed better, model for living. Past times were simpler, or at least more blinkered in their resolve.

3 Things Your Face Tells The World

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on March 31, 2017 in Head Games
Research reveals that our faces can betray who we are without our even realizing it.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Showing Up

Showing up for performances, events, agreed-upon dates, and in times of need shows love. Your presence can underscore reliability, willingness to receive, and a desire to give.
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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.

5 Ways Predators Prey on Politeness

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
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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 recognize 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.
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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.