Personality Essential Reads

Psychopaths Can Actually Be Creative People

Psychopathy, a trait associated with antisocial qualities, may show up in a prosocial form among creative people. New research shows the physiology supporting this intriguing link

Do Narcissists Make Better Leaders?

Research shows narcissists are more likely to get promoted to leadership positions. But do they do a better job?

Reframing Temperament: “Difficult” vs. “Stressed”

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on October 18, 2016 in Self-Reg
Parents need to understand what their child’s limbic system is “telling” them. And when they’re able, children and teens need to do the same.

Stone-Aged Minds in Modern Voting Booths

Under ancestral conditions, large-scale politics did not exist. But small-scale politics, or the politics found in localized communities, have characterized our species for eons.
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Take Pride

By Jessica Tracy, Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Take Pride
What drives humans to work hard to achieve, discover, create, and innovate?

Find Your Happy Place

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Happy Trails
Tired of missing out on good times? A quick personality assessment can lead to better decisions.

The President's Personality

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on October 11, 2016 in Face It!
Are there certain personality traits that help predict the success of a president? Do our current candidates embody these?

Ambiguous Family Communication: Explanation, or Description?

People involved in repetitive dysfunctional family interactions may non-answer questions about why they did something by paraphrasing an earlier description of their state of mind.

Aspiration in Evolutionary Perspective

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in The Human Beast
People who are committed to a long term goal that is not purely selfish are happier, healthier and live longer. This challenges Darwinism that presupposes a nastier social order.

Six Subtle Cues That Someone Is Narcissistic

Being able to spot a narcissist may sometimes be easy. However, often you need to go well below the surface. This new research will help you read the subtle signs of narcissism.

The Personality of Hillary Clinton

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in The Situation Lab
Leadership emergence and effectiveness are direct results of a person's personality. What is Hillary Clinton's personality? What kind of leader would she be?

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.

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.

Introvert Isle

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Introvert Power
Wonder what an introverted society looks like? Travel with me to Japan.

Ambiguous Family Communication: Descriptions or Judgments?

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 19, 2016 in A Matter of Personality
People involved in repetitive dysfunctional family interactions may use the intrinsic ambiguity of language to mislead interested third parties. One way is make global judgments.

Do We Put Too Much Weight on Shared Interests When Dating?

It sounds wonderful to have interests in common with a person we're dating, but we should be wary of putting too much stock in them—in the end, they could backfire.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Is Good For Your Well-being

Being intolerant of people who are different to you may be bad for your well-being; results for 8 different aspects of well-being.
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The Strange Link Between Attitudes Towards Sex and Drugs

According to evolutionary theories, people's attitudes to recreational drug use may be influenced by their preferred mating strategies.

Narcissism and the Myths That Just Won’t Die

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in The Narcissism Epidemic
Why I'm done with narcissism

How Others See You

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our intuition is a powerful information processor that helps us make quick judgments of others, but it also has built-in biases that lead us astray.

Othello Syndrome: Passion Can Be Pathological and Deadly

Psychotic jealously sometimes leads to stalking, murder, suicide

So What If You’re Not Securely Attached?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Talking Apes
Psychologists have long treated people with insecure attachment as deviant. But those with anxious and avoidant relationship styles play important roles in human societies.

How to Spot Authenticity

Authenticity is about more than speaking your mind with passion and commitment.

How Parents Prolong the "Terrible Twos" Into Adolescence

Mental health professionals label as mental disorders child misbehavior that is created by certain parenting practices that have increased in incidence over the last few decades.

Does a High Sex Drive Make a Partner More Likely to Cheat?

If someone has a high sex drive, are they more likely to cheat?

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?

If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. So why is it so easy to fall into the pit of obsessive rumination?

How to Stay True to Yourself in Your Relationship

Feeling that you can be authentic in your relationships is one of the keys to fulfillment. New research gives you the tools to see how well you measure up.