All About Personality

Questions of personality have vexed mankind from the dawn of personhood: can people change? How do others perceive me? What is the difference between normal and pathological behavior? One's personality is so pervasive and all-important that it presents a clinical paradox of sorts: it is hard to assess our own personality, and impossible to overlook that of others.

Recent posts on Personality

Road rage: A Second "Free-Range" Intervention

What is real power? It is acting like the biggest dog on the road.

Spotlight on Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in The New Normal
How motorsports is spotlighting personality and brain function

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

Weird Beliefs

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
You have some weird beliefs, beliefs that do not fit well with all your other everyday beliefs. To you, though, these beliefs are not weird at all. What explains this?

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?

If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. So why is it so easy to fall into the pit of obsessive rumination?

Beyond Sobriety: Reclaiming Your Potential

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in A Shift of Mind
Can people move past the imprint of having been an addict? Does having to continue to see yourself through the snapshot of old behavior impede your personal growth?

3 Ways to Be More Authentic in Your Intimate Relationships

Feeling that you can be authentic in your relationships is certainly one of the keys to fulfillment. New research gives you the tools to test how well you measure up.

Are You Easily Conned?

Machiavellians love to con others. If you allow yourself to be deceived, they’ll figure you had it coming.

Who’s the Boss in Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Compassion Matters
Equality is one of the most important elements of a relationship, and yet, countless couples fall into dynamics and roles that are inherently unequal and generate a lot of problems
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What Happens When a Malignant Narcissist Starts to Unravel?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on August 21, 2016 in Off the Couch
Miriam thought her new boyfriend Harry was handsome, charming, smart and funny. But suddenly, he wasn't. What had happened?
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Tune in to Your Inner Olympians

By Margaret Moore on August 20, 2016 in Life Changes
Are you wondering how to organize inside out? Here's a new model of the human psyche, an adult version of the Pixar movie, Inside Out.

Treating Road Rage: A Free-Range Approach

How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage

The Fragility of the Extreme Narcissist

For an extremely fragile narcissist, being told he screwed up makes him feel so badly that he can’t even entertain the fact that he may have made a mistake.

Is Donald Trump an Alpha Male?

Do we need to be more precise in applying terms such as “personality disorder” and “alpha male” to political candidates?

Does Your Child Have a “Peace Seeker” Personality?

By Elizabeth Wagele on August 16, 2016 in The Career Within You
"Peace seekers" go with the flow, are laid back, and try to avoid or prevent conflicts and confrontations.

The Devoted and Dependent Person at Work

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in A Sideways View
Some people seem to be self-sacrificial at work? But is this behavior more a cry for help than dedication to others at work?

Who Are Psychology's Geniuses? Part 2

I offer a few more nominations for psychologists whose contributions deserve to be called ingenious, and some analysis of what makes them stand out. See if you agree.

5 Secret Ways You Keep Yourself (and Your Partner) Faithful

Have you ever wondered about the unconscious behaviors we perform in order to stay faithful? And to keep our mates faithful? Find out which of these behaviors you perform.

8 Common Narcissist Lies

Be on the lookout for these, before you’re exploited!

7 Toxic Behaviors of Highly Aggressive People at Work

Aggressive co-workers create problems you might never expect.

How to diagnose borderline personality disorder

In terms of knowing their diagnosis, borderline patients are often left in the dark. Here is a way to make a respectful approach.
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How to Get Unstuck When You Are Indecisive

Here's a client dialogue centered on strengths work. See what happens when a strength is spotted and is used to manage a problem.

Narcissist or Sociopath? Similarities, Differences and Signs

Narcissists and sociopaths are often confused for one another, can be tough to spot, and can wreak havoc on your life. Here are 7 reasons why that's so and how to see them coming.

Does Trump Suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Human Beast
Narcissism is a personality dimension as well as a clinical diagnosis.

"Man Plans and God Laughs"

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 10, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
We all experience successes and setbacks, loves and losses, pleasures and pain: How we face disappointments with courage and successes with grace are measures of our humanity.
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Be Introverted, Not an Introvert

By Sophia Dembling on August 09, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Labeling yourself "an introvert" suggests a fixed behavior hewing to a set of guidelines; considering yourself "introverted" is a starting point for self-discovery.

Are There Any Geniuses in the Field of Psychology?

Does psychology have any geniuses comparable to the geniuses of computer science (such as Alan Turing or Jack Kilby - who won a Nobel prize for inventing the silicon chip)?
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Would You Choose to Live Your Life Over and Over?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 09, 2016 in Fixing Families
Would you want to live your life, moment by moment again? This is Nietzsche's question and challenge. His thoughts on how to embrace your life

Dog People Are Popular While Cat People Are Single

Data based on 160,000 Facebook users shows interesting differences in lifestyle, personality and personal preferences between dog people and cat people.

3 Reasons Why People Who Feel Entitled End Up Miserable

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A recent study explores why expecting more than we deserve leads to disappointment and damages relationships.