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How to remain productive and healthy into your later years
Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
People’s attitudes toward money are an important part of life, but rarely looked at in psychology. New research shows why being mean might actually pay off.
Being highly sensitive to rejection is thought to be a hallmark of borderline personality disorder. New research shows that it’s also acceptance that can lead to problems.
The idea that your eating is controlled by external factors, such as plate size or brand names, is now challenged by retractions of the original published studies.
The newest research on body language provides a simple way to decide who’s neurotic based on surprisingly obvious cues (hint: nail-biting and leg-shaking may be involved).
Staying positive when the people around you are stressed and unhappy doesn’t have to be impossible, if you put the findings of new research into action.
The key feature of people high in narcissism is their desire to look better than everyone else, but new research shows the 12 ways they manipulate you to agree that they’re great.
The memories you have of your own past can change over time, especially when they're emotion-laden. New research shows ways to improve your ability to reconstruct the past.
High school men interested in joining fraternities, may be the ones most likely to sanction violence against women once they enter college, as shown by the latest research.
Much has been made of the so-called midlife happiness curve, but yet another critique sheds doubt on its ubiquity. When you look closely at it, the curve becomes a wiggly line.
Thinking about a past event that is troubling can understandably contribute to depression. New research shows how imagery rescripting can help counteract those negative emotions.
When a relationship turns sour, you may want to get out as soon as you can. New research shows the motivational factors that make you actually more likely to stay.
If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable the first time you meet someone, it’s possible there’s a good reason. New research can help you understand this reaction.
As students and teachers begin the new school year, a new study on job motivation shows how teachers use “job crafting” to help adapt to change and remain invested in their work.
Some people are just not ready to become involved in a romantic relationship. New research shows how to understand commitment readiness and what it means for relationship quality.
Psychopathic traits in corporate leaders have come under scrutiny with each new scandal. New research shows there's a tale of two sexes in the psychopathy-leadership relationship.
When you think of attachment style, it’s likely in terms of relationships. New research shows that you can also become attached to places, especially where you work.
People high in the "Dark Triad" traits are not exactly known for their manners. New research suggests tips for improving their etiquette.
The newest personality trait is one that has actually been around for decades, but it's gaining renewed interest from late-breaking research.
Being good at small talk may not seem that important to you, but a new column provides insights into the valuable ways you can use it to improve your relationships.
New research on "mental time travel" shows the 7 most common mindset traps that can interfere with your happiness when you look forward to the future and remember the past.
Feeling comfortable in your own skin would seem to be an important contributor to happiness. New research shows body image also affects relationship quality.
Managing relationships with people who always think they’re right can be challenging. New research shows how to handle those who must show everyone how smart they are.
If you could read into the future of your relationship, what might you predict? New research shows the surprising role of conflict in predicting your relationship's longevity.
Many people assume that borderline personality disorder is a permanent condition — but new research shows the surprising ways that people with this disorder can, and do, change.
Being able to tell who’s lying from nonverbal cues remains the holy grail of research on detecting deception. New research will help improve your own ability to spot a liar.
The aptly named Type A Behavior Pattern typifies the desire to be “best,” based on a competitive, hard-driving style. New research shows the equally important role of being Type D.
People high in narcissism need to be the center of every conversation. New research shows what drives them to dominate and how you can intervene to get a word in edgewise.
Your belief in your ability to succeed defines your level of self-efficacy. New research shows why it’s worth building your self-efficacy to train your body and your mind.
Your memory of a dream may be only a fleeting image that fades quickly after you awaken. New research shows how you can put your dreams into memorable words.
The landscape of email etiquette is endlessly changing as research in this relatively new area evolves. The latest study shows 5 ways to make sure your emails hit home.
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her latest book is The Search for Fulfillment.
Want to know how to achieve life fulfillment? This blog will help you learn about how to apply psychology to your relationships, health, and well-being. My goal is to educate my readers on how to maximize your effectiveness in life.