The In-Crowd

Longing to be in the group? You'll enjoy health benefits when being part of the clan. But, sometimes, it's not always best to join the in-crowd.

Five Keys to Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Ninety Percent of High Performers Possess High EQ

The Same Thing that Makes Us Love Makes Us Hate - The "Us-Them" Quiz

By Stanton Peele
Quiz yourself on your acceptance of other points of view

Of Oscars, Orangutans & Oxytocin, Friendship Tales

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
From humans to fruit bats, you gotta have girlfriends

A Lonely Child? Not in Today's World

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
Difficult to be lonely in this digital age.

The Neuroscience of Rejection

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Why feeling left out feels so bad

Barack Obama: The Bedrock Confidence of Mr. Inside-Mr. Outside

By Stanton Peele
Barack Obama defies self-esteem sociology with his resilience

Birds of a feather smoke and drink together

By Jaime Derringer Ph.D.
Why are we so similar to our friends?

Does wealth undermine your ability to savor everyday joys?

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D.
Wealthier individuals report decreased tendencies to savor mundane joys of life.

Finding Your Team

By Cami Ostman M.S.
We all need community and a sense of belonging.

The Price of (Other People’s) Fame.

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D.
Why do people pay an absurd price for celebrity objects?

Celebrity vs. Charisma: What’s the Difference?

By Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
What makes people charismatic?

Seven Ways to Say “No” and Keep Good Relations

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Set your boundaries without feeling guilty.

Is Your Language Making You Broke and Fat?

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D.
How language can shape behavior (and how it can't)

The Seesaw between Independence and Belonging

By Loretta G. Breuning Ph.D.
Trade-offs between belonging and independence never end. Enjoy the ride.

Must You Be a Cave-Dwelling Hermit to Write a Novel?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Utter isolation is a fond fantasy for many creative types.

Human Nature Abhors a Vacuum, Too

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Beware! the need for stimulation can impair your judgment

Attachment vs. Detachment: Finding the Psychological Golden Mean (Part 2)

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.

How do we distinguish between healthy--and unhealthy--attachments?

When People Use Willpower to Harm Themselves

By Meg Selig
How can you turn "wrong-way willpower" into "right-way willpower?"

Getting Rejected or Excluded: Can It Make You Smarter?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Rejection can make you sensitive in a smart way

Craving Connection

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr.
We desire relationships because they make us feel important

A Legacy Is More Intimidating than any Opposition

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D.
The virtuous circle is the essential feature of any dynasty.

The Narcissistic Ex, Part II

By Mark Banschick M.D.
How to deal with exes who can't get over themselves

Why Facebook is killing God

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
Religion has no answer for narcissism