With winter in the northern climes comes an increase in the risk of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Short of a diagnosable disorder, others experience the winter blues. As it turns out, it’s not only the cold or the reduction in daylight but personality may also play a key role.
The myth that personality becomes set in stone early in life persists despite growing evidence that change is possible, and occurs throughout life. New research suggests a simple, and surprising way to jump start the process.
No matter how much siblings love each other, they’re bound to have their share of conflict, often over the attention of their parents. Whether you’re a sibling, or a parent of one, you know that sibling rivalry is real. Here are some insights to help you understand where it comes from and what the effects of parental favoritism can be over time.
When you stop and think about yourself, do you feel that you’re truly an adult, or do you still think of yourself as a “kid?” The journey to adulthood begins earlier for some people than others, but there are surprising ways to find out when and how people make this important life transition.
Narcissists, with their excessive self-focus and desire to satisfy their own needs, might seem to be the least likely to remain faithful to their partners. New research on infidelity and sexual narcissism shows that when it comes to infidelity, it’s the sexual narcissists in particular who tend to stray.
Feeling embarrassed or awkward is certainly a common experience, but for some people it seems to occur more frequently than for others. Research on the experience of people who’ve committed socially awkward acts shows that there’s only one way to make you, and everyone else, feel better.
Following the breakup of a close romantic relationship, both partners are likely to experience distress. However, when the breakup is one brought about by the partner, this distress often translates into rebound sex. Who's at risk and who isn't depends on a complex set of 4 relationship factors.
Change is, as they say, an inevitable fact of life. However, it’s not always so easy to make those changes that you most desire. By adopting the mindset of the "agile innovator,” however, those changes might be easier to tackle than you think.
For many people, having to deny someone else’s request becomes a difficult interpersonal problem. Being the naysayer in a group can also be harmful to your health, according to new research on conflict. These 9 tips will help you overcome these challenges.
The decision to end a relationship is never an easy one, and complicating the process is the question of when to make the break. Research on couples suggests that even those who break up at the “wrong” time may benefit from the support of family and friends.
People make excuses for all sorts of reasons, and although we’ve come to accept this as an ordinary fact of life, it doesn’t make it any easier to put up with ones from the people we love. These 5 tips will help reduce the likelihood that the person you love will use on one you.
The way we feel is, for better or worse, reflected by our nonverbal communication. The way you reveal, understand, and manage your emotions can mean the difference between successful and unsuccessful interactions from casual to intimate long-term relationships.
In women’s fantasies about the perfect wedding, it’s the dress as much as the person they’re marrying that takes center stage. At the heart of the wedding dress fantasy lies images we’ve all come to accept from Disney princesses. Not only what they wear, but how they act, also influence us more than we realize, though the movie Frozen might be changing it all.
The need to find meaning in your life might not be something you ponder on a daily basis but it lies at the root of your sense of worth. By answering these 5 questions, you can measure your progress toward that ultimate source of happiness.
Critics of social media argue that people who spend time on Facebook become social introverts due to their reliance on virtual rather than face-to-face interactions. However, a closer look at the research reveals that loneliness is the cause, not the result, of heavy Facebook use.
Every family has at least one secret, and some have many more than that. As difficult as it may be to do so, reaching out for help when your family’s secret involves mental illness may be the one best way to cope.
Although working out to improve your health is certainly a laudable goal, many people exercise to lose weight and body fat. The results of new research on exercise in women shows the surprising ways in which your workout patterns may be working against you. These 4 tips will help you beat your body at its own game.
In a close relationship, it’s natural for partners to expect to receive both emotional and practical care and support. People also judge whether their partners are “good enough” for them. These 19 items will tell whether a sense of emotional entitlement will spell doom or boom for your relationship’s future.
With the focus on producing narcissistic children in today’s media, it may seem less obvious to consider the possibility that narcissism works both ways. Being slightly narcissistic may, by definition, be a job hazard of parenthood.
When someone turns you down, whether for a small favor or a dinner date, it’s likely you’ll question or wonder whether there’s something wrong with you. Using these 10 tips, you’ll be more likely to get your original request to provide the response you desire in the first place.
When partners in a long-term relationship have fantasies of infidelity, is this the same as actual cheating? It’s possible to be unfaithful in fantasy and still have a rewarding and fulfilling relationship, as long as you understand the origins of your fantasies. They may even benefit your relationship.
Everyone can relate to relationship break-up strategies that failed miserably. The key to minimizing the pain is to adjust the strategy to your personality and that of your partner. It may even be possible for you to improve your relationship breakup strategy with a simple mental adjustment.
As much as many people would like to turn back the clock on their age, up until now it hasn’t been a very feasible goal. However, new research on the concept of fitness age shows that you’re more in control than you think of the way your body keeps track of time.
It’s no fun being the target of someone’s snobbery. These five tools are all you need to manage the unhappiness a snob can cause. You don’t have to out-snob the snob, but you can overcome the feelings of shame, envy, and inferiority that snobbery can trigger.
Narcissists may seem as though they’re completely in love with themselves, but at the root of their inflated egos are deeply-held feelings of inferiority. Arguments and criticism therefore bring out their worst fears. Perhaps instead of self-love we should think of narcissists as experiencing self-hate.
The road to self-acceptance may well be acceptance of other people, flaws and all. This 16-item test will tell whether you’re someone who others can turn to, no matter what, and they know they’ll be welcomed. More importantly, these items will also help you become more accepting of yourself and create your own no-judgment zone.
Whether it’s crossing your fingers or rubbing a rabbit's foot, most of us engage in some idiosyncratic behaviors that we believe will bring us luck. We can learn from research on sports fans about what’s behind our favorite superstitions and how to use this knowledge to our advantage.
People who are continually in crisis mode not only lead unhealthy lives but also create havoc for those who know or work with them. Psychology has some answers to help understand what’s behind it all and how to help them live calmer, more even-keeled and ultimately happier lives.
In a world full of inspirational quotes, it might seem that we're all looking for ways to become more motivated. As it turns out, some of us are more likely to get inspired than others. This 4-item test will show where you stand on the inspirational scale, and how becoming inspired can help you achieve your goals.
Popular opinion, if not common sense, tells us that it’s impossible to be too attractive or too intelligent. However, if you envy the looks and brains that some people seem to be born with, take heart. There’s a surprising downside to being born with too much in the way of looks and brains.
Want to know how to achieve life fulfillment? This blog will help you learn about how to apply psychology to your relationships, health, and well-being. My goal is to educate my readers on how to maximize your effectiveness in life.