Some Facebook Hating May Be Good for Your Mental Health

People have many reasons to see what their Facebook friends are up to, but the social comparison process is right at the top of the list. Facebook haters wait expectantly for their friends to flop. They may be better off than Facebook "self-haters," however. New research shows your mental health can benefit by using the social comparison process to your advantage.

Sex, Power, Money, and All of the Above

Desires can run rampant in our psyches, but the three that perhaps trump all involve the rewards of sex, power, and money. Fortunately, not everyone desires these rewards to the same degree. Recent research on the common factors underlying the “dark triad” shows who does, and how the rest of us can learn to stay out of their clutches.

This is Your Brain on Parenthood

Claims that women who decide to have children are in some ways less intelligent than those who don’t have recently caused a furor among mothers, if not fathers as well. Not only do these claims make no logical sense, but they don’t fit with the fact that parenthood and interaction with children, in general, provides many forms of cognitive stimulation of its own.

Are Your Emails Unintentionally Rude?

Email offers a peculiarly impersonal way to interact with friends, family, and—importantly—co-workers. Because email lacks the added information presented by face-to-face communication, we may unintentionally be misinterpreted by others as dismissive, uncaring, or downright rude. New research suggests 5 ways to avoid these unintended consequences.

Make Your Self-Talk Work for You

We all talk to ourselves, but only some of this internal conversation can actually guide us toward being happier and more effective. By engaging in constructive self-talk, you can boost your self-esteem, motivate yourself, and respond to challenges. Learn from the pros how to make your self-talk work for you.

5 of Your Brain's Most Fascinating Games—Decoded

The television series “Brain Games” highlights some of the strange ways in which our brains play tricks on us. From simple memory tests to making complex choices, the actual studies behind these episodes provide key insights into the logic, and illogic, of our favorite bodily organ.

When Couples Separate, Who Will Survive the Breakup?

The ending of any relationship is emotionally trying, but when a long-term marriage ends in separation it’s your sense of self as well as your emotions that can suffer. Research on the self-concept of recently separated adults suggests ways to bolster your self-esteem throughout this potentially traumatic process.

The 8 Best Psychology Scenes from Your Favorite Movies

We all know of the great psychological thrillers, dramas, and comedies, but chances are that you’ve never realized how much psychology permeates many other films, from eternal classics to your favorite cult pictures. This set of 8 top scenes illustrates important principles that provide insight into the psychology of our everyday lives.

How the Best Couples Keep Their Romantic Spark Alive

It’s a well-known fact that with time, a couple’s sexual spark inevitably dims. However, not all couples experience this dimming to the same degree. Using a new approach to understand changes in sexuality over time, researchers now believe that sexual desire is driven by much more than simple lust would explain.

10 of Psychology’s Best Quotes and Their Surprising Sources

Great psychological writers, researchers, and theorists provide us with unique insights into the workings of the human minds. The timeless writings of the world’s most famous playwright, however, capture these insights in ways that might surprise you, especially when you find out who says them, and why.

Psychopaths in Fact, Fiction, and Your Everyday Life

The idea that everyone loves a psychopath may not seem particularly obvious, but the popularity of antisocial anti-heroes attests to our enduring fascination with these evil characters. Taking a look at a range of fictional psychopaths can provide insights into why we’re so easily swayed by these types in our real, as well as our fictional, lives.

Which of the 7 Types of Love Relationships Fits Yours?

How do you define your love for your partner? The triangular theory of love suggests that our relationships fit into a triangular shape with the three points representing poles along its three dimensions. Find out where your closest relationship fits into this model and from there, how you can optimize it for both your own happiness, and that of your partner

Narcissism in the News: Who Becomes Self-Centered, and Why?

Two psychologists studying the Millennials have recently come out swinging on the matter of how narcissistic our young adults really are. When you look carefully at their claims, you’ll see that there’s hope for our future after all. Not only may the 20-somethings be less self-centered than they're portrayed, but many uphold the values of selflessness and service.

Psychology Games Anyone Can Play

Psychologists don’t just like to play games, they also like to invent them. These brief quizzes will allow you to test your knowledge of everything from the psychology of learning to psychological disorders and therapy. You’ll gain self-insight and also be able to tell how well you’re applying psychology in your everyday life.

5 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Long-Term Relationship

Extramarital affairs, though disapproved in theory by most adults, occur in as many as one-quarter of all relationships. Research on relationship education shows that through relatively brief interventions, you can reduce the likelihood of infidelity and also overcome its effects should it occur in your relationship.

The PG-13 Guide to Your Dreams

We may not know what our dreams truly mean, but increasingly, researchers are finding out what we actually dream about. Recent research shows that dreams may not be the royal road to the unconscious, but they’re an interesting road nevertheless.

Pump Up Your Happiness by Strength-Training Your Emotions

Life presents us with numerous day-to-day challenges. The four steps of emotional strength training will allow you to handle almost any situation that would otherwise stretch and strain your psychological reserves.

What Goes on Behind the Narcissist's Mask

Anthony Weiner is just the latest public figure to fall victim to his own delusions of infinite power. Such public humiliation would destroy the ordinary human being. Somehow, these politicians, celebrities, and sports figure bounces back into the fray, redeemed if not reformed. The protective mask they hide behind may provide clues both to their errors and resilience.

What’s New in Health Psychology and What it Means for You

We’ve long known that mind and body interact, but new research in health psychology is showing how and why. Three real-life practical implications from this research can improve your physical and psychological well-being in important ways. Check out these latest findings to find out what they mean for you.

The Rarely Told True Story of Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment

The story of Zimbardo’s prison experiment is as legendary in psychology as the popular psyche. Yet the true story is rarely told of what really happened in that Stanford psychology building basement. From the details in the original article, we gain fascinating insights into power's corrupting influences.

The 4 Minute Workout: Too Good to Be True?

Many people claim to have no time for exercise, so the idea of a 4-minute workout sounds like a perfect solution; maybe even too good to be true. In fact, when you look at the studies behind the claims, it turns out that there are no shortcuts in the path to heart health. Getting in shape may take more than 4 minutes out of your day, but it will be well worth it.

The 4 Principles of Attachment Parenting and Why They Work

Myths abound regarding attachment parenting. A comprehensive review of state-of-the-art research shows, however, that its benefits outweigh the costs. Most importantly, attachment parenting isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. You can adapt this to your own lifestyle, and most importantly, the needs of your own children.

An In-Depth Look at How Introverts Think

Introverts tend to focus attention to their own inner experiences and therefore what happens around them takes more conscious effort. New research peeking inside the brain waves of people with differing introversion levels shows how personality and perception come together to influence how all of us interpret our life experiences.

Bedroom Secrets and Lies, and How They Affect Your Sex Life

You may prefer to keep your sexual secrets to yourself, but recent research shows that women who share their honest feelings can boost their partner’s sexual satisfaction and their own sexual functioning. Take this 12-item sexual communication scale to see whether you need to share more of your own bedroom secrets.

Are You Stuck in the Jealousy Trap?

In every close relationship, there’s at least some jealousy. However, jealousy that reaches pathological levels, called “morbid jealousy,” can ruin not only the relationship but also your mental health. New advances in treating such extreme jealousy provide ideas for ways to fix your own jealousy problems.

Five of Psychology's Most Practical Tips

Psychology has a wealth of ideas and knowledge to help people in their everyday lives. With the many new studies being published daily, however, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals. These five practical tips will give you valuable tools you can start using right away to improve yourself and your own life.

Is Finding Your Soulmate Enough to Ensure Happiness?

Many people are guided by the search for a soulmate as they move from relationship to relationship, always hoping to discover their ideal partner. However, waiting for that so-called ideal mate may have its downside. Research on people’s beliefs shows that you’re better off when you and your partner commit to the work-it-out view of relationships.

Gamble Much? How to Figure out if You've Got a Problem

Compulsive gamblers, understood now by psychiatry's DSM-5 as having “gambling disorder,” have an addiction as strong as any involving drugs or alcohol. Knowing the thought patterns that accompany this disorder might save you, or those close to you, from suffering the consequences of this threat to your mental health.

Surviving a Facebook-Cheating Partner

Social networking sites offer many forms of escape, many of which are perfectly harmless. Unfortunately, in online cheating, the escape into the virtual world is anything but harmless. The first study of Facebook infidelity shows there’s plenty not to “like” when you’re one of its victims.

Why Women Want Tall Men

What do you think is the ideal height for a romantic partner? Tall, short, or somewhere in between? Research with heterosexual young adults shows that both, but especially woman, prefer being in a relationship in which the male is taller. Short men eventually find short women and tall pairs with tall, so your happy ending may indeed be "in reach."

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