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The Epistemology of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

People in relationships with persons with Narcissistic Personality Disorder find it problematic; but the reasons are not apparent from psychological diagnosis alone.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.

The Scourge of Selfishness

By Mark Leary Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Toward a Less Egoic World
Figuring out how to reduce selfishness would have big gains for society.

It's Harder to Spot a Psychopath Than You Might Think

The most widely used test to diagnose a psychopath comes under scrutiny in a new analysis of how well psychologists can agree in rating real clinical cases.

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Does Praising Children Encourage Them to Cheat?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
Praise is important for emotional growth. But new research shows that the way praise is worded—even for three-year-olds—can have a significant impact on their moral choices.

A Profile of North Korea’s “Dear Respected Comrade Leader"

The Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics has developed a personality and leadership profile of Kim Jong Un.
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The Shadow in a Selfie

By Elizabeth Young on September 18, 2017 in Adaptations
Silence was the main means of communication about the deep, sharp tensions that sliced the fabric of family life.

A Grand Theory of Personality and Environment

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Five Percent
What matters, personality or environment? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.

With Trump on Your Mind, Explore What Makes a Jerk a Jerk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Have a pat answer for what to do about jerks? It's probably wrong. Here's a list of 10 common escape hatches that keep us from facing the question.

Why Millennials Need Quarter-Life Crises

By Caroline Beaton on September 12, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Our career is chugging along per usual when a simple question falls from the sky and shatters our okay routine: “Is this it?”

3 Things Your Tattoo Tells the World

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on September 11, 2017 in Head Games
Do people with tattoos exhibit different personality traits?

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust III

By Joan Cusack Handler Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Of Art and Science
The impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

Therapy for Borderline Personality: Why It Takes So Long

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
Understandable mistrust of the therapist, along with fear, shame and complex interactions with family members, make psychotherapy with BPD patients very complicated.

The Butthead Formula

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
To reduce conflict while curbing bad behavior, we really need a more objective definition of bad behavior. Here's an attempt at a neutral, objective definition of buttheadedness.
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What is "Spiritual Intelligence" Anyway?

If "spiritual intelligence" is a real thing, what might it consist of? Probably, elements of personality, intelligence, and altered states of consciousness.

Upscale “Shop ‘til You Drop” is for Poor Extraverts

By Kevin Bennett on September 05, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do low-income extraverts spend more on "high status" luxury goods compared to low-income introverts? New research shows how status-shopping interacts with personality.

Loneliness and Temperament

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in Pieces of Mind
When you are lonely, you may be told join a group or a dating service. For those who suffer with maladaptive over-control, that advice is unlikely to be effective.

Personality Pathology in Modern America

Does personality pathology explain some of our socialpolitical unease?
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Is "Spiritual Intelligence" a Valid Concept?

"Spiritual intelligence" has been popularized in recent years as an "alternative" intelligence based on little evidence, However, could the concept have some scientific merit?

Accepting Payment Satisfies Primitive Drives

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on August 29, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How hidden associations manipulate our motivation. Rarely do we work solely for the reasons we think.

Keeping Your Job, Losing Your Identity

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in The Next Step
What if others tell you that you’re not the employee you think you are?

When Bullies Go Back to School: Spot Them, and Stop Them

Back to school is a time of excitement, or dread--depending on whether or not a child is being bullied. Spot and stop bullies from ruining another year for victims and families.
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How to Discover Your Intimacy Shadow

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on August 28, 2017 in Finding Love
To unshackle your capacity for deep intimacy, learn to reclaim the important parts of yourself you suppress. This simple question will help you discover your own "Intimacy-Shadow."

Hate at Home

Dehumanizing others makes it easier to intimidate and threaten violence on people who are not people.
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Does Past Experience Increase Empathy?

We may have "walked a mile" in another person's shoes. But ruminating about our own past experiences won't help us understand where they've been.

Spoiling a Child

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on August 24, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Whether a child grows up to be spoiled—or not—will have considerable effect on his life.
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Why Trump Struggles to Condemn White Supremacists

By Paul Siegel Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Freud Lives
Trump continues to reveal his mind just about every time he says or does something extreme.

Everyday Narcissism

By The Book Brigade on August 24, 2017 in The Author Speaks
There is a low-grade narcissism rampant in the world, and it stems from the belief that we have the power to control how others feel and act.

Who Is, and Who Is Not, a "Mensch"?

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 23, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
A "mensch" is usually respectful, generous and responsible, as are most people. Those who are often unpleasant, abrasive and untrustworthy are not worthy of that appellation.
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How Peter Shankman's ADHD Is the Engine to His Success

By John Nosta on August 23, 2017 in The Digital Self
What happens when you combine the power of ADHD with the desire to change the world? You become a public relations all-star who knows everything about new media!

What If Your Parents Were Just Not That Into You?

What if your parents were just not that into you? The lifelong effects of childhood neglect.

Is It Narcissism? Or Why Some People Can't Love

By Susan J Elliott JD, M.Ed. on August 19, 2017 in Getting Back Out There
Wondering if someone is a narcissist? Here is the test of 8 traits that most all narcissists have.

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Could your friends be causing you to make bad choices? Avoid this problem with a few tips from this piece.

Sticky, Tricky, and Icky: Unconscious Parent-Child Dynamics

Emotional abandonment may manifest in parental coldness, but when the dynamic is operative, both parent and young child believe it is they who are internally, irreparably flawed.