Where Has Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Gone?

Personality disorders are highly disputed diagnostic labels. Passive-aggressiveness may not be a personality disorder, but the behavior pattern is well recognized in the workplace.

Hire Emotionally Intelligent People

It is not difficult to spot those who are, or are not, emotionally intelligent. Certainly emotional intelligence is a high benefit in the work place for all concerned

The Machiavellian Boss

How do we define and understand the Machiavellian approach to life? Is it a personality trait or a belief system? What does psychology have to say about this 500-year-old concept?

The Benefits of Adversity

How do you react when things go wrong? Some say we learn nothing from success but a lot from failure.

Are They Up to It? (And Up for It?)

There are two essential questions to ask when thinking of promoting people at work.

Resistance to Change

Why is changing your habits and your lifestyle so difficult? Nearly all diets fail because they stop. The only successful change program is lifestyle change.

Counter Work Behaviors

Bosses are really worried about bad behavior at work like theft, bullying etc. But why do employees sometimes misbehave?

People Who Interview Well

Are some people massively advantaged by the interview process and others seriously disadvantaged? Does this make it a poor selection device and if so, when and why?

I'm OK, You're OK

Transactional Analysis has important insights for us today.

The Anatomy of a Game Changer

The business world is obsessed with finding and nurturing real game changers. What are they like?

How to Become a Guru

Business Gurus make lots of money. Do they deserve the rewards and recognition that they get?

Appetite for Risk

Can we classify or categorize people according to the extent they enjoy risk taking?

To See Ourselves as Others See Us

Have you completed a JoHari Window? How easy is it for other people to get to know you? Do you really have self-insight into your strengths and weaknesses

Food at Work

Do you eat a sandwich or a salad in Dilbert cubicle or do you socialise in the canteen? Can your lunch or snack influence how you think and feel? And if so, what should you eat?

Why So Many Leaders Fail and Derail

There is a growing literature on the derailed executive. It outlines the paradox of leadership: that some of the factors that help you climb the greasy pole also cause failure!

The Devoted and Dependent Person at Work

Some people seem to be self-sacrificial at work? But is this behavior more a cry for help than dedication to others at work?

Faking It: Dissimulation, Dishonesty and Lying at Work

Rather than punish people for faking certain responses should we not reward them? Does it only depend on what, where and why we fake?

Personality and Income

Many things determine your salary: education, the job sector, the state of the economy. But also your personality: your motivation, how hard you work and your work relationships.

Try to Forget: The Psychology of Repression

What do the cognitive psychologists and the psychoanalysts say about repression?

The Psychology of Temptation

How often are you tempted to commit one of the deadly sins? What do we now think about this very old-fashioned sounding list?

Selecting a President

How would you do a job analysis of the office of the President? What traits are basic requirements? What should you look for regarding dark-side traits that you don't want?

Creativity and the Importance of the Incubation Period

Reports on creativity suggest that after working hard, the best advice is to stop. The "aha" experience often comes in the shower, while cycling to work, or walking the dog.

Stoicism: Being Indifferent to Pain or Pleasure

Many of the world religions suggest that being stoical is wise and virtuous. But many therapists suggest that rather than repress our emotions we should learn to embrace them.

The Remembrance of Things Past

How much do you remember from your childhood? Why is it that some very specific memories are so clear and fresh and that so much is forgotten?

Narcissistic People and Cultures

Is the supposed epidemic in narcissistic personality disorder a function of the way in which culture has changed?

Bullying at Work

What does it mean to be bullied? Why is it so ripe in some organisations yet so rare in others?


The ability to resist temptations of all sorts is thought to be morally beneficial and psychologically healthy. So can it be learned, and how does it work?

What Are Emotions For?

Why do we experience and show emotions? What are the advantages of being emotionally literate? How do we classify and measure emotions?

How to Avoid Holiday Stress

The family holiday can be a nightmare for everybody. How can you maximize pleasure, fun and enjoyment and minimize frustration, tension and stress?

The Icarus Syndrome: Why High Flyers Fail and Derail.

There is an unspoken truth about business leadership: as many managers and leaders fail as succeed. But why? Do high flyers that fall have a particular profile that explains this?