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.

6 Ways to Break Free from the Trap of Jealousy

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."

Two Warning Signs that Your Relationship May Not Last

We bring our personalities into all our relationships. For some, these personalities create difficulties that can threaten the length, and quality of the relationships we care about the most. Recent research on personality disorder symptoms as predictors of divorce shows how to identity and perhaps change the odds of their causing the end of your long-term relationships.

101 Great Insights from Psych 101

Whether a student of psychology or just a fan, this quick review of Psych 101's greatest insights will take you from the basics of what psychology is all about through neuroscience, emotions, motivation, development, dreams, personality, abnormal, social, and more through quick summaries from the classics to findings hot off the psychology presses.

Afraid of Being Laughed At? You’re Far From Alone

Anyone who’s been the target of a joke can relate to people who have an extreme fear of being laughed at. Called “gelotophobia,” this type of anxiety can significantly interfere with people’s enjoyment of social relationships, not to mention self-esteem. A study of over 22,000 adults in 73 countries reveals just how common this phobia is around the globe.

What's Your Vacation Personality?

Vacations are supposed to give us a break from our everyday lives. However, some people seem to be better than others at getting the most out of their time off. By diagnosing your “vacation personality,” you’ll get the most out of your experiences, both while you’re away and when you return home.

Fat Talk and Your Self-Image

Are you a fat talker? You are if you're constantly talking negatively about your body’s shape and size. Research shows how fat talk can make even a normal-weight woman feel dissatisfied and shameful about her body. The good news is that fat talk doesn’t have to hurt you, as long as you know how to challenge it.

The One Argument that can End your Long-Term Relationship

Of all the reasons that couples argue, money is the most damaging to the course of a long-term relationship. Recent research on predictors of divorce and low relationship satisfaction shows that of all the topics in a marriage, arguments about money are the most serious. Love and money may go hand in hand more than we realize.

Who Watches Reality Shows, and Why?

From toddlers in tiaras, to top models to pawn stars, reality television presents an insider’s view of the common and not-so-common experiences of everyday life. These shows present viewers with the opportunity to get a peek into behind-the-scenes views of other people’s lives. Recent research shows ways that you can learn whether, and why, you’re truly a TV voyeur.

Is Birth Order Destiny?

Myths and stereotypes about birth order in the popular literature shape our beliefs about how a person’s order in the family influences everything from life success to attitudes, values, and goals. Three recent studies provide new insights into this perennial issue and will help you understand the role of birth order in your own life.

Despite Popular Opinion, Psychopaths Can Show They Care

People high in the trait of psychopathy, in which they show callous disregard for others, may seem to have no interest in benefiting the lives of others. However, a recent study of college-age psychopaths-in-the-making shows that they can be primed to identify with a cause larger than themselves. A caring psychopath doesn’t necessarily have to be an oxymoron.

9 Types of Compliments and Why They Work (or Not)

It is wonderful to receive a true compliment, but confusing and perhaps annoying to receive one that fails to hit the mark. Psychology’s research on the topic is surprisingly a bit scattered on the topic, but putting it all together, these 9 tips will help you get, and give compliments that are sure to please.

A Man's Drive for Muscularity and His Views about Women

The drive for muscularity reflects a man's desire to fit the cultural ideal of men as strong and dominant. New research shows that the men most dissatisfied with their body images are also most likely to feel negatively toward women. Whatever your gender, you can benefit from rethinking your views about male-female roles, and in the process more fully accept your own body.

What the DSM-5 Changes Mean for You

Virtually every variation in human behavior appears somewhere in the DSM-5.This makes it fascinating reading and gives it extremely wide scope. The publication of the DSM-5 is causing psychology, psychiatry, and the general public to rethink what we mean by disease. It's important to know how the DSM-5 will affect all of us, both for worse and- we may hope- for the better.

Why Are Narcissists So Darn Sexy?

Narcissists seem to specialize in putting others under their spell. Many emit a kind of charisma of self-confidence and self-assurance that causes them to dominate a room, if not a relationship. As a result, it’s easy to be attracted to them, often at our own peril. Intriguing new research shows why we find them so appealing and suggests ways to resist their pull.

Five Ways to Tame Your Wild Side

We’ve all experienced the downside of acting impulsively. Whether it’s a risky business venture, a wild night out on the town, or a casual hookup that ended badly, by acting without thinking first, we may live to regret a poor set of decisions. Research on impulsivity shows both how this type of behavior may be caused, and suggests ways to tame your rashness.

A Top 10 List of Psychology’s Big Questions, and the Answers

Psychologists may be defined as people who answer a question with a question, but as it turns out, we have some pretty intriguing questions ourselves. In fact, we also have answers to many of these questions. This top 10 list of questions shows how, across a wide range of areas, psychology deals with- and helps answer- many of life’s great mysteries.

The Lingering Psychological Effects of Multiple Sex Partners

The psychological consequences of having multiple sex partners were long thought to include greater rates of anxiety and depression. As it turns out, however, new research from a study of young adult New Zealanders shows that alcohol and drug problems are the most likely long-term consequences of frequent sexual encounters.

Your Helping Instincts May Be Stronger Than You Realize

Reaching out to help others in need may be one of our most basic human tendencies. Despite the attention that psychology gives to the bystander effect, or the tendency to ignore others in distress, research on small children shows that starting at a very early age, most of us are eager and willing helpers.