Ten Ways to Tell if You’re a Narcissist

When it comes to narcissism, you may be good at sensing the characteristic traits in others, but can you turn the mirror onto yourself, so to speak? These 10 key features will help you pick out, and possibly change, your narcissistic quirks.

Why Are Public Cell Phone Users So Annoying?

There’s just something irritating about people who talk on their cell phones in public places. Even though we all know it’s so irritating, many of us engage in this behavior anyhow. What’s behind public cell phone behavior and just as importantly, what effects can it have on how you’re perceived by others?

What to Do When Your Relationship Worries Get to You

Worrying about relationships is a reasonably common experience. There are always times when you’re not quite sure how it’s going. For some people, though, these worries can become obsessions especially when they feel threatened and inadequate. Research shows who’s most vulnerable to these worries and how to work to overcome them.

Hate Exercise? Love Having Sex? You're in for Some Good News

You might have heard that sex can be a good form of exercise, but wondered whether this is just wishful thinking. New research comparing sex and exercise shows that you can burn half the calories in the bedroom compared to the gym while feeling twice as good.

Your Body on Display: Social Media and Your Self-Image

Social media sites present you with countless opportunities to present, and describe, your body to everyone from your closest friends to the relationship partners you hope to have someday. By putting yourself on display for all to judge, including yourself, you may be raising your bodily self-consciousness to unhealthy levels.

Self-indulgence and the License to Sin

We often know that what we want may not be good for us, but that doesn’t stop many of us from indulging anyhow. Research on the license to sin and hedonic overconsumption shows that even if you’re good at inhibiting your impulses, it doesn’t take much to trigger your out-of-control desire to splurge.

The Ordinary Lies We All Tell, and What's Behind Them

Lying may be an intrinsic part of human behavior, but it’s not a behavior that most of us are very proud to have. According to the Emotion Deception Model, our feelings are at the heart of our tendencies to tell both small and large lies. Whether in your work life, friendships, or relationships in general, you can put this self-knowledge to good use.

The One, Most Important, Way to Cope When Things Go Wrong

It’s natural to become frustrated when everything seems to be going wrong. You can feel better and cope more effectively by practicing this one tried-and-true strategy to manage those everyday annoyances.

We All Need Role Models to Motivate and Inspire Us

When you hear the term “role model,” you’re likely to conjure up an image of a young child looking up to a parent, teacher, or older sibling. You may think we grow out of our need for these inspirational figures in our lives, but as it turns out, having a role model can provide important life lessons, no matter what your age.

Five Steps to Conquering Nightmares

Bad dreams and nightmares are not only unpleasant experiences but can interfere significantly with your sleep. The Emotional Cascade Model predicts that daytime worries can spill over into nightmares, affecting people who have difficulty regulating their feelings. New research shows how you can apply this model to achieve a more restful nights and better days.

For Better or Worse, Siblings Shape Our Close Relationships

Siblings represent our longest and, in many cases, closest family relationships. As children, siblings develop conflict styles ranging from constructive to dysfunctional. Given their formative roles in our lives, we might expect these conflict styles to carry over to adulthood. New research shows just how closely these relationship patterns are linked.

What Rising Divorce Rates in Midlife Mean for You

The graying of divorce statistics affects more than the midlife adults who have greater chances of ending their marriages through a breakup. The rise of divorce in the 50 and older population means that you, or someone you love, may be at risk for a host of problems in the years ahead. The good news is that there are ways to avoid become a victim of these statistics.

Who Is Likely to Be Unfaithful, and Why?

There are few relationship difficulties as stressful to endure as infidelity. New research on attachment theory in married couples suggests who might be most at risk and why. From this research, you can gain insight into predicting which warning signs to look for in both you and your partner to protect your closest relationship.

Achieve Your Goals by Tweaking Your Mindset

Feeling thwarted in achieving your goals? Wish you could derive more pleasure out of your daily grind? New research suggests some relatively minor adjustments that can help you overcome the motivational obstacles you may be putting in your own way.

The Surprisingly Good Decision-Making Ability of Narcissists

The known disadvantages of a narcissistic personality are well-documented in psychology. Egocentric, overly confident, and oriented toward self-gain, at least on the outside, they tend to make rash decisions that may backfire. It’s surprising, then, to find that when it comes to long-term gains, narcissists may actually have the decision-making edge.

Is Texting Stressing You Out?

Text messaging is a part of our everyday lives, but for some people, it can become more than a quick and easy way to communicate. Young adults are perhaps most likely to use this form of social messaging, however the middle aged (and beyond) aren't far behind. For the heaviest users, their constant need to text can take its toll. See how you can benefit from a break.

Why Do We Say Women Nag but Men Request?

Women who ask their men repeatedly to do what they want are called “nags.” The same behavior in a man is called "making a request." Research on gender effects in communication suggests some of the reasons the stereotype of the nagging wife exists and, importantly, how to avoid letting it create problems in your own close relationship.

Avoid the Fatal Attraction Effect in Your Relationship

Over time, people’s attraction to their closest intimate partner is bound to change. In the fatal attraction effect, partners are turned off by the very features that once turned them on. New research suggests how you can avoid the fatal attraction effect by following these 5 practical tips.

Clumsy? Put Away the Band-Aids and Take Out the Mind-Aids

Having an injury-causing accident can present an inconvenience if not downright threat to your feelings of well-being. However, some people seem to have more accidents than others. This brief quiz will help you find out just how accident-prone you are, and how with a little mind control, your band-aids will disappear into the back of your medicine cabinet for good

How to Avoid Your Five Most Common Memory Errors

Imagine how much happier your life would be if you never forgot anything important.These 5 common memory foibles are among the most annoying failures that we experience. Fortunately, using some of the latest memory research, these can be easily countered with a few simple, practical tricks of the mind.

7 Practical Strategies to Overcome Emotional Pain

Everyone experiences emotional injuries at some time in life, but no matter how many of these you’ve endured, it’s difficult to ease the pain. Guy Winch’s “Emotional First Aid” provides practical tips to help speed your recovery time from, and even prevent, 7 of the most painful.

15 of Psychology’s Greatest Masterpieces

Great artists do not intentionally decide to capture psychological concepts, but many of the most compelling masterpieces have clear connections to our inner experiences. Out of the myriad that demonstrate psychological themes, these 15 favorites will give you unique insights into such broad themes as love, the self, emotions, mental illness, development, and dreams.

Give Your Motivation a Makeover with a Little Psychology

Need to motivate yourself? You don’t have to be a behavioral psychologist to learn ways to use reinforcement to your advantage. Whether it’s getting rid of bad habits or developing new and better ones, by applying these basic reward principles, you’ll feel more like putting your energy into self-improvement.

Even an Introvert Can Nail an Interview

Interviews are stressful for almost everyone, but particularly so for people whose naturally introverted tendencies make them yearn for a paper-and-pencil test instead. Fortunately, introverts can shine in a high-stakes Q&A. Even extroverts can benefit from these 9 great tips.

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.