Essential Reads

8 Common Effects of Narcissistic Parenting

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Romance Redux
Being raised by a narcissistic parent can have profound and lasting effects. Here are eight I've commonly seen in the course of my 25 years of practice.

When Is It Good to Forgive?

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 29, 2016 in Between You and Me
What should you do when your partner upsets you? Recent research suggests that whether you are better off forgiving or getting angry depends on your partner’s personality.

9 Things Highly Sensitive People Do

Studies estimate 15 to 20 percent of the population meet the criteria for being highly sensitive people. Here are a few telltale signs you might be one of them.

Powerful Biases Shape How Presidential Debates Are Viewed

Voters are most favorable toward those candidates who are the most optimistic and highest in positive emotion.

More Posts on Personality

To Achieve Your Purpose You Must First Know Thyself

By Dan Pontefract on September 30, 2016 in Working on Purpose
It is critically important to know thyself if one wants to achieve a sense of purpose. Have you declared your purpose?

The Content of Our Character

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
We must think about how this election will reflect on our national character.

Why Your Dog Thinks You Are The Best Thing Ever

The reason why your dog thinks you are so awesome may be related to genetics. (And the fact that you are awesome.)

Constructive Anger

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Face It!
Do you use anger constructively? The Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman weigh in.

3 Things Your Smile Can Say About Your Future

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on September 29, 2016 in Head Games
Your smile communicates much more than you may realize.

Coffee: Warding Off Dementia and Identifying Psychopaths

By Rita Watson MPH on September 28, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
Coffee may ward off dementia and coffee preferences can help identify antisocial behavior.

8 Crucial Differences Between Healthy and Unhealthy Pride

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
The term "pride" is saddled with negative connotations. But it can be a good thing, too. So is pride a matter of degree, as in "too much of a good thing"? Or is it something else?

The Psychology of Greed Meets Today's Crisis in Sport

The authors of the study were surprised at how strongly greed was linked to certain aspects of psychopathy

Eye Contact: Yes! or No!

Design can keep us all comfortable, no matter how much eye contact we desire.

A Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Leadership Test

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on September 26, 2016 in Science and Sensibility
Can you tell which US presidential candidate is destined for greatness?

Why I Wish I Could Be a Narcissist

Simply put, life might be easier as a narcissist.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Psychological tests that are trusted by one generation may be debunked by the next. A selection of tests to learn about and try, just for fun, are found in Psychobook.

5 Ways of the Corporate Psychopath

How ruthless predators infiltrate and compromise organizations.

My Easygoing Kid Is Stressing Me Out!

If you are a Type A parent, raising a Type B tween can be rigorous. A part of you probably admires your low-key kid, even though his laid back attitude can at times make you crazy.

About Face: Unleashing Your Inner Basset Hound

By Nancy Ancowitz on September 21, 2016 in Self-Promotion for Introverts
Should you ask an introvert with a game face: “Are you okay?”

The Blank Slate Controversy

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in The Human Beast
Behaviorists used to argue that people were blank slates in the sense that almost all of our behavior was learned. Evolutionary psychologists disagree. Who is correct?

Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are two rather different negative emotions which are often confused. In both cases, people feel bad about themselves—but that is where the similarity ends.

When Enneagram Types Differ On Values and Careers

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 20, 2016 in The Career Within You
The father: “Men of distinction have refused to let their daughters marry a teacher; so why don’t you attend law school instead?”

The Downside of Narcissism

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Life After 50
Despite the pleasure of feeling like everything revolves around you, feeling like the sun has certain disadvantages as well—it makes other people angry and envious.

A Weird Trick To Free Yourself From Your Identity

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Are you worried about your identity labels limiting your freedom? This simple reframing trick could be all you need!

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?

"Moonshadow" Offers Many Clues for Letting Go of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 16, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study pinpoints how a sense of entitlement leads to malcontent, distress, and anger. What can we do to break the cycle of entitlement? Pop music and poetry offer some clues.

On the Personal Essay

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview with Phillip Lopate

Can You Help a Narcissist Become Less Self-Absorbed?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
This post takes a fairly optimistic stance toward helping some, maybe even most, people with unhealthy narcissistic qualities change their detrimental, self-centered behaviors.
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Gödel, Metaphysics and the Reproducibility Crisis

By Andrew Smart on September 11, 2016 in Machine Psychology
Does psychology need to do more philosophy? An exploration of how metaphysics is affecting reproducibility.

Who Is a "Demagogue"?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 10, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
In this dramatic presidential campaign, the term has often been referred to, especially in regard to Donald Trump's style and substance. Is this an accurate depiction?

Vacations That Make People Mentally Ill

Some people experience a psychotic break when visiting these cities.
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Mind Your Weight: Inside Out

By Margaret Moore on September 08, 2016 in Life Changes
Get your inner family on board with your eating and weight.
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The Ghost of Situationism and Why Personality Is Not a Myth

A recent podcast on the "myth" of personality trots out long discredited arguments against the reality of personality. Why do these ideas keep returning like a restless ghost?

3 Ways Birth Order Can Influence Who You Are

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on September 06, 2016 in Head Games
Does it make a difference if you're the oldest, youngest, or middle child? Research suggests that it can, in ways you may not be aware of.