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

But This Job Isn’t Me!

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in The Next Step
What's a hidden reason that underemployment can be as bad for mental health as being completely unemployed?

Our Amazing Ability to Quickly Judge People's Personality

Even when we only get a chance to look at a person for a few seconds, our judgment of personality is fairly reliable. What is the reason behind this almost "magic" ability?

What Narcissists Won’t Tell You About their Past

Although no one’s memory is perfect, memory in people high in narcissism is particularly flawed, especially when it comes to their flaws. New research shows why they're so biased.

What Does It Mean to Have a Personality Disorder?

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on September 22, 2017 in I Hear You
Have you ever noticed a concerning trend in your relationships at work, with friends, and with family? Here's one way to think about what you might be bringing to the problem.

What Steals Our Sense of Humor?

By Anneli Rufus on September 22, 2017 in Stuck
What if we used to be funny, then stopped? Can we bring laughter back?

A Reflection on Creepy Mustaches and Creepy Hobbies

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
How you spend your leisure time may signal how uncomfortable others expect to be when they interact with you; in other words, your hobbies can be a way of flaunting creepiness.

Weight Loss, Dating, and Relationships

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Does the stigma against obesity even apply to people who have successfully lost weight? New research provides a look at how this kind of stigma can affect mating choices.

What's Up with the Mad Pooper of Colorado Springs?

Like the Energizer bunny, she keeps going...and going

Myth-busting About Open-mindedness

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Ambigamy
Becoming more open-minded isn't just saying you're open-minded or deciding to think out the box. It's disciplining yourself to follow out harder thoughts.

Sharing the Love: Research Shatters Myths About Non-monogamy

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Standard Deviations
New research employing personality theory and moral psychology shatters myths about consensual non-monogamy.

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust IV: Emotional Triangles

By Joan Cusack Handler Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Of Art and Science
The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

Praising Children May Encourage Them to Cheat

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Praise is important for emotional growth. But new research shows that the way praise is worded—even for three-year-olds—can have a significant impact on their moral choices.

The Epistemology of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

People in relationships with persons with Narcissistic Personality Disorder find it problematic; but the reasons are not apparent from psychological diagnosis alone.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.

A Profile of North Korea’s “Dear Respected Comrade Leader"

The Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics has developed a personality and leadership profile of Kim Jong Un.
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The Shadow in a Selfie

By Elizabeth Young on September 18, 2017 in Adaptations
Silence was the main means of communication about the deep, sharp tensions that sliced the fabric of family life.

A Grand Theory of Personality and Environment

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Five Percent
What matters, personality or environment? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.

With Trump on Your Mind, Explore What Makes a Jerk a Jerk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Have a pat answer for what to do about jerks? It's probably wrong. Here's a list of 10 common escape hatches that keep us from facing the question.

Why Millennials Need Quarter-Life Crises

By Caroline Beaton on September 12, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Our career is chugging along per usual when a simple question falls from the sky and shatters our okay routine: “Is this it?”

3 Things Your Tattoo Tells the World

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on September 11, 2017 in Head Games
Do people with tattoos exhibit different personality traits?

The Scourge of Selfishness

By Mark Leary Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Toward a Less Egoic World
Figuring out how to reduce selfishness would have big gains for society.

It's Harder to Spot a Psychopath Than You Might Think

The most widely used test to diagnose a psychopath comes under scrutiny in a new analysis of how well psychologists can agree in rating real clinical cases.

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust III

By Joan Cusack Handler Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Of Art and Science
The impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

Therapy for Borderline Personality: Why It Takes So Long

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
Understandable mistrust of the therapist, along with fear, shame and complex interactions with family members, make psychotherapy with BPD patients very complicated.

The Butthead Formula

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
To reduce conflict while curbing bad behavior, we really need a more objective definition of bad behavior. Here's an attempt at a neutral, objective definition of buttheadedness.

The Pitfalls of Popularizing New Science

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
I believe that it is important for scientists to popularize psychology. At the same time, I think that there are real dangers in popularizing science.
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What is "Spiritual Intelligence" Anyway?

If "spiritual intelligence" is a real thing, what might it consist of? Probably, elements of personality, intelligence, and altered states of consciousness.

Upscale “Shop ‘til You Drop” is for Poor Extraverts

By Kevin Bennett on September 05, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do low-income extraverts spend more on "high status" luxury goods compared to low-income introverts? New research shows how status-shopping interacts with personality.

Can Two Narcissists Ever Really Fall in Love?

It’s a well-known fact in the psychology of relationships that like really does attract like. New personality research shows that narcissism follows the same assortment pattern.