Essential Reads

Perfectly Wrong: Why Perfection Can Destroy Your Motivation

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Motivate!
Perfection is elusive and fleeting, yet a coveted desire for many. There comes a time when striving for excellence results in obsession and anxiety leading to damaging behaviors.

She's Such a Kind, Malicious Narcissist

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Executive Ego
There's a paradoxical form of narcissism that involves compulsive giving. Essentially it's a way of bribing people into attachment.

Secure Attachment: The Norm in Interethnic Relationships

How accurate are negative stereotypes about individuals who form long-term relationships across ethnic lines? Attachment studies suggest that the stereotypes are false.

Distracted from Life

Too much self-thought distracts you from the things that really matter.

More Posts on Personality

Learning About Privilege

Privilege is usually completely invisible to those that benefit from it. By virtue of being born into certain groups, we find ourselves receiving unearned rewards.

Is It Narcissism or Sociopathy?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What is the nexus between narcissistic and antisocial personality?

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Don't let your friends take you for a ride! Learn how to avoid letting them manipulate you into making bad decisions.

President Trump's Most Dangerous Enemy

By Paul Siegel Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Freud Lives
President Trump reveals his mind just about every time he says or does something extreme.

Fear-Based Anger Is the Primary Motive for Violence

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Anger is not a primary emotion. It is a secondary emotion or reaction. Fear or terror is the root of all anger.

A Loner’s Jottings

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in How To Do Life
Thoughts on a life mainly alone.

What Is Wrong With Donald Trump?

By Madelon Sprengnether on July 13, 2017 in Minding Memory
There’s an industry devoted to the psyche of President Trump.

Craving More Meaningful Trips?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Guest blogger and constant traveler Steven Barber reviews an unusual travel guide, one that helps you figure yourself out in order to plan and take better trips.
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What Does the Body Remember?

By Diana Raab PhD on July 10, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
The body remembers more than we think. We might be amazed what we'd learn if we listened to its messages.

Bright Minds, Anxious Hearts: 9 Secrets of a 'Magnet Mind'

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in The Shrink Tank
Passionate for learning, emotionally intense, frequently indecisive, and highly achievement striving. What happens when gifted kids grow up to become bright, sensitive adults?

Telling "Little White Lies"

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Media Spotlight
For all that we value honesty, people still lie for a variety of different reasons. A new research study examines the role that compassion plays in lying for a good cause.

Three New Findings on Intelligence and Giftedness

Some brand new findings on human intelligence and giftedness from the International Society for Intelligence Research.

13 Easy Ways to Be Happy Everyday

Does happiness elude you? Well, it starts with your daily habits.

Dysfunctional Family Role: The “Loser”

Some adults who are actually perfectly normal act out in ways which ensure that they will always fail in life. They remain dependent on their parents for the sake of the parents.

The Most Effective Psychotherapy For Borderline Personality

What psychotherapy has the best outcome in the treatment of BPD?

For Foreign Spies, the President Self-Profiles

By Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D on June 30, 2017 in Impromptu Man
Once world leaders thought they should conceal their quirks. That was so yesterday.

One Weird Trick to a Stress-Free Independence Day

Want to avoid stress over the holidays? This one weird trick goes a long way!

Beware of Narcissists Around Your Pet

Narcissists may neglect and abuse your pet. Your pet is seen by the narcissist as a distraction from putting your full attention on them. Watch for these signs.

27 Facts About the Best Ways to Treat Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Depression is a common and highly impairing condition that often requires professional treatment. Find out what the research shows about what works and what doesn't.

Belief Superiority and Political Discord

In today's political climate, believing that one's political views are superior is one thing that is bipartisan.

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?
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Seven Reasons to Be Proud to Be an Introvert

In a culture that rewards extroversion, where does that leave introverts?

Resilience — A Sustaining Gift for Your Children

Resilience in learning, as in life, provides the capacity to persevere through setbacks, take on challenges, and even risk making mistakes on route to reaching goal achievement.

Understanding the Personality of Moral Rebels

What does it take to do the right thing in the face of social pressure to conform? And what does this suggest for claims that moral behavior is controlled by situational forces?

Toxic Relationships: Accept or Reject?

The more things change, the more people seem to stay the same. Trying to change others is almost always a waste of time.

Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online.

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 3

Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, discusses the challenges and opportunities for introverts as listeners.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.

First Date

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in In It Together
Are you missing the important signs of a match on first dates? Here are some characteristics of a healthy, happy match.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 7

By Michael Jawer on June 18, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
A person who is highly sensitive to her or his feelings—and to others’ feelings—is likely to be extra sensitive to her or his environment.