Remote Personality Profiling

Biographers, Business people, Investigative Journalists and Security Agencies are all interested in Profiling People for different purposes. There is certainly a great deal of information on the web but the question is what to look for and how to put it all together.

Impulsivity: Good or Bad?

There can be some serious advantages to reacting fast to things around one. But there can also be serious disadvantages to being unplanful and unprepared. What does it mean to be impulsive?

How to Evaluate the Queen of England

The job of being the Queen of England is quite unique. The British are indeed fortunate in having a splendid and dedicated monarch on the throne. But how to evaluate this exceptional job?

The Anti-Psychiatry Movement

The 1960s and 1970s saw the growth of the Anti-Psychiatry movement. What was that all about? Where do we stand on some of these issues today?

Love your Boss

Can we learn from the psychology of relationships research how to get on much better with our boss? After all she or he can have a very significant effect on your life. It is certainly better to have them as a friend and ally rather than an enemy. So what can you do to improve your relationship?

The Psychology of Conspiracy and Cover-Ups

Who is being most naïve, those who tend to believe in conspiracy theories or those who don't? What are the characteristics of those who tend to have a conspiracist view of the world?

The Advantages of Being an Outsider

Most people are members of some minority group. Rather than seeing this as a disadvantage there are reasons to believe it can give people valuable insights and skills.

Choosing to Be Child-free

More and more people in the west are choosing not to have children. Is this a puzzle for evolutionary psychologists? What does the research say on this topic?

The Art and Science of Haggling

Often the most popular skills based courses are those on negotiation. They teach among other things the gentle but very important arts of haggling and persuasion: in short how to get a good deal. Why is it so important and what is the fundamental psychology of haggling?

The Psychology of Imprinting

There are fascinating stories of how animals get attached to those of a quite different species because of critical period imprinting. Can this process begin to help us understand why we are attracted to very different kinds of people?

Feedback Phobia: Why Do So Many Appraisal Processes Fail?

Why do so many people hate their work appraisal process which is often based on managers giving their reports feedback to help them improve?

Why Choose Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

Why do so many people turn to CAM when there is often little good disinterested scientific evidence that it works other than a placebo effect?

The Attractiveness of Personality Traits

Some traits are more attractive than others. But there are downsides to all extreme scorers. Is there a downside to being a sociable extravert or a highly agreeable person?

Ice Breakers: How to Warm Up a Training Group

There are some really interesting psychological games and exercises which can help you get any group going? Here, four of the best are described

The Facts of (Business) Life

Is the Business School degree the ideal passport to health, wealth and happiness?

How to Spend the Time You Have Left

Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Are you living life to the full? Are you spending your time wisely?

Ten Things to Help You Be More Creative

Can you really teach creativity? If so, what is it we need to do?

Myths and Misconceptions in Psychology

In their wonderful book Lilienfeld and colleagues list 250 myths and misconceptions from the world of psychology. In a study we tested to what extent ordinary people thought them to be true. The results are surprising.

Interview Lies: Typical Untruths Told in Selection Inteviews

Some say the problem with using personality tests for selection is that people lie on them. But what about lying in interviews? Who, when, why and how do both interviewers and interviewees tell lies of various types to try to create a good impression.

Delivering Bad News

Whilst it is usually both easy and enjoyable giving people good news, it is often very difficult delivering bad news to people. What do we know about the process and the best way to do it?

Detecting Darkness: How to Spot Leaders Who Will Derail

We know that leadership derail is both common and costly. We also know that there are many very good psychometric tests, which can help identify those who will derail. But so many selectors are afraid to use them. Why?

The Mind of the Authoritarian

It was around 70 years ago that the famous book entitled THE AUTHORITARIAN PERSONALITY was published. What was the central theory and how is it considered today

The Placebo Effect

How do you know a treatment is really working or if all effects are due to the placebo effect? How do scientists research and try and control for the placebo effect?

The Psychology of Dreaming

Is the psychology of dreaming a forgotten backwater? There are many claims made about how, when and why to interpret dreams but are they true?

The Catch-Phrase Technique

People often won't tell you what really motivates them. Many can't tell you because they do not have insight into their motives. Over the years, psychologist have tried to invent simple and efficient techniques that assess what people really think. One such is the catch-phrase technique.

How to succeed at work

How can you be really savvy at work? What advice would you give to someone just starting a job

An Expert Guide to Lies and Liars

We are all both good liars and hopefully good lie-detectors. Much of social life involves behaviours that are designed to cover up facts and create a particular impression. It makes sense to try and distinguish the types of lie that most people tell on a regular basis

Student Evaluations: Fudging the "Happy Sheets"

One way to see how good, or popular, a training or lecture course is, is to look at the evaluations of those who have been on the course. It is a form of customer satisfaction. These are becoming more important for the way courses are financed and therefore those who deliver them are eager to find ways to increase their positive ratings. What do the cynics suggest?

The Psychology of the Selfie

What factors should you take into consideration when posting a selfie on the web? What do photographs say about you?

Apostles and Terrorists: The Anatomy of Customer Loyalty

What makes you a blindly loyal customer of some restaurant or branded food-stuff? What do you do if you get really bad service or buy a product which is a dud? Organisations love the brand-loyal apostle who sings their praises. And they are rightly in fear of the media savvy brand-terrorist who wants to let everyone know how unhappy they have been with their purchase.

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