The decision to trust (vs. not) is recurring and of vital interest. People use all the cues they can get to make this decision, including invalid ones. If we could only tell the difference between the trustworthy and the untrustworthy by just looking at them. But we cannot.
The ability to detect deception, defection, and lies is the hallmark of social intelligence. Prosocial individuals (trustors, cooperators) have both higher and lower social intelligence than self-regarding individuals. How can it be?
Continuing the quest to understand the personalities of fictional TV characters we turn to How I Met Your Mother. If Barney is awesome, what does that mean in terms of The Big Five? We throw in the Dalai Lama and the observers’ selves to get context.
Coordinating one’s actions with the actions of others is hard when there is no communication. It is even harder when we are trying to do whatever the other person is not doing, that is, when we try to achieve negative coordination.
Questions of psychological interest pop up everywhere. My approach to blogging is promiscuous, opportunistic, and heterodox. I comment on a variety of issues, ranging from animal behavior to the human experience of guilt and happiness to philosophy of science. I draw on personal experience, recent public events such as movies or media debacles, and of course the peer-reviewed archive of our field.