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Good Sex

Sex and character

How Technical Devices Influence Children's Brains

Dangers, delights, 5 do's and 5 don'ts

Tattoos: Rebellion or Conformity?

Why Have so Many People Chosen to Have Themselves Tattooed?

Do Christians Trust Muslims?

A surprising study of good faith

Recent Posts on Personality

PREVIEW - Talking to Crazy - Coming in October

Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life. Know any of them?

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.

Online Personality Disorders

In my work as a web psychologist, I’m exposed to many different types of user behavior and online decision-making processes. Although each person is different and has an individual style, I have identified six recurring patterns of behavior that I identify as specific “online personality types.” In this piece, I’ll discuss the six pattern types

Perfectionism and Trichotillomania, Like Oil and Water

Striving for perfection but pulling your hair

Do You Have the Personality to Drive an Indy Car?

Driving at over 200 miles per hour around an oval track requires not only a well-tuned engine, but also a driver with the right personality.

Eight Tips For Curious Amateur Psychologists (Like Me)

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Ambigamy
"Don't psychologize or psychoanalyze me!" What's behind that ban and what can people interested in psychology do about it.

“American Psycho” and the Dark Side of 3’s

"The film reflects our own narcissism, and the shallow American culture it was spawned from, with piercing effectiveness.”

Want to Get Ahead? Pick the Right Partner

Surprising new research shows how your spouse's personality impacts your chances of success at work.

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?

Goddesses: What Are Their Origins and Roles?

A recent birthday celebration reminded me of the importances of goddesses in our lives. We are different goddesses depending upon where we are in the life cycle. Athena, for example, puts career first, Hera puts marriage first, Artemis is the goddess of the hunt and saves other women and Aphrodite is the sensual lover. The wise woman arrives later in life.

Good Sex

Truly good sex is about more than bodies, it is about persons.

Lack of Employee Recognition is a Management Epidemic

By Victor Lipman on May 18, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
According to a new survey, only 20% of employees feel "strongly valued" at work. 80% feel "poorly to moderately valued."

How Technical Devices Influence Children's Brains

Guest blog by Dan Riseman, president of Riseman Educational Counseling, covers children's brain development. Here are some dos and don'ts regarding devices.

Am I Crazy or What?

By Teri Woods Ph.D. on May 17, 2015 in Compulsive!
What would a trained therapist say about me if they knew those silly little things I do to keep my day humming along?

If You Love Something, Set It Free

“If you love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours. If not, it was never meant to be.” What is behind this old saying? Some interpret it as a description of fate. Only fate can determine whether a relationship was meant to be. But a more plausible interpretation turns on your behavior in relationships.

Tattoos: Rebellion or Conformity?

There has been a remarkable and relatively sudden increase in the number of people with tattoos in western society. If the trend continues, more than a half of people will be tattooed. Why?

Turn Your “If Only” Into "As If"

As much as individuals like to lament how life might be "if only" things had been different, it is much more empowering to live your life "as if" you were the person you know you are meant to be!

Grit's Dilemma

It should come as no surprise that athletics is ready to jump on the grit-wagon. Is it ready for the bright lights of big time athletics?

Proactive Intervention for Psychosis

The adolescent who is encouraged and integrated with his peers may not develop schizophrenia.

Can Women be as Violent as Men?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in The Human Beast
Gender equality is making strides in most occupations, including violent ones such as the military and police. If violent crime is a “job,” as Woody Allen referred to bank robbery in Take the Money and Run, can we expect to see gender equality there also?

Speaking Out for Men with BPD

While young women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) continue face stigma in this day and age, the impact of misinformation around men, who suffer from the disorder in equal portions, is much greater despite the availability of effective treatments.

Do Christians Trust Muslims?

Does the apparent increase in religious tension between Muslims and Christians adversely affect trust between the two groups. A new study sheds light with both surprising and reassuring results.

Why Some Men Find it So Hard to Give In

We expect men to be dominant and women to be submissive, according to traditional gender roles. A man who submits to the authority of others, therefore, runs this risk of violating society’s norms. For some men, the shame of giving in hits particularly hard.

Episodic Memories

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 12, 2015 in In Excess
Over the past year I have been interviewed a couple of times about the seeming increase in ‘binge watching’ of DVD box sets of television series. But what is it that makes us sit down and watch a whole television series on one day back-to-back? What is the psychology behind 'box set bingeing?'

Are You Looking for Love in All the Right Places?

Does it matter whether you meet a potential mate at a party or a class? A new study has found that where you meet a love interest can say a lot about their personality — and whether a relationship will last.

How Do We Know Who We Want?

By Erica B Slotter Ph.D. on May 11, 2015 in Me, You, & Us
Most of us have an image in our head of what our ideal romantic partner is like. Do you think that our ideal preferences actually matter for who we choose to be with and whether our relationships last? Relationships researchers are discovering that these findings are actually quite complicated!

Going ape in the office

High ranking chimpanzees will actively seek to drive apart coalitions between subordinate group members. Surprisingly, this ancient tactic is used by many bosses today to prevent talented coworkers from usurping their position, despite negatively impacting performance. A recent study investigates why some individuals are driven to divide and conquer.

Why Silence Kills Working Relationships

By Gregory Ciotti on May 10, 2015 in Habits, Not Hacks
Silence is a noxious gas.

The Thinking Trap

People believe their own thoughts despite the fact that much psychological science shows this is an illusion........

Emotional Ideologies

By Eyal Winter on May 08, 2015 in Feeling Smart
We vote out of passion and not out of reasoning