Personality Essential Reads

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Living Single
For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

What to Do When the Narcissistic Bubble Bursts

Whether you intend to or not, it’s very easy to get swept into the narcissistic bubble where you feel unusually special and entitled. When that bubble bursts, how will you survive?

5 Ways to Get What You Want, on Your Terms

Always getting what you want is tempting, but also unrealistic. With some grit and goal-setting, you can get close.

3 New Findings On Human Intelligence

The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.

Vetting the Veep: Image Enhancement or Instrument of Attack

Presidential running mate selection involves a courtship designed to facilitate a marriage of convenience—where the Vice President-to-be has several very important roles.

The Importance of Being Moral

Perceptions of morality and competence matter. But which of these dimensions dominates?

Marital Conflicts and Strengths-Based Resolutions

Fighting with your partner? Maybe you are not considering their signature strengths? Here are some tips to resolve the conflict.

How People Perceive Dogs With Docked Tails and Cropped Ears

New data shows that seeing a dog with a docked tail and cropped ears may cause people to believe that the dog is aggressive and its owner might be aggressive as well.
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The Personality of Brexit Voters

The vote to leave the EU or to remain can be predicted at the county level from basic personality dimensions.

The Last Time Biological Psychiatry Over-Reached

Purely genetic explanations for a variety of psychiatric and behavioral disorders are currently in vogue in many mental health circles. It is not the first time.

The Traits That Make You a Better Romantic Partner

Your personality can make or break your romantic relationship. Find out which traits are associated with better (and worse) romantic outcomes.

So You Think You Can Be Famous?

By Jen Kim on June 20, 2016 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Would you like to be a celebrity? Just follow this formula.

Do We Really Think Long-Haired Women Are More Attractive?

By Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on June 20, 2016 in Face Value
You've probably heard that straight men prefer long hair on women. But studies on the matter show that it doesn't matter nearly as much as you think.

Are You Sure You Want to Read This?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Consumed
An uncertain world requires simple decision-making processes.

The Thought Process That Ruins Relationships

It's fulfilling to feel secure in your intimate relationship, but the more you seek that fulfillment, the more problematic that relationship may become.

What Kind of a Leader Are You?

Dominant leaders use force to keep subordinates in line. Prestige-oriented leaders base their status on skills and information, using very different tactics. Which is better?

The (Sometimes) Myth of the Wicked Stepmother

New spouses often volunteer to take the blame when divorced parents want, for whatever reason, to avoid their children from a previous marriage.

What to Do When Your Routine Becomes a Rut

When a routine becomes a rut you miss opportunities to try something new. Balance risks and rewards to avoid getting stuck doing the same old thing.

The Dark (and Ruthless) Side of Mental Toughness

We tend to believe mental toughness can be helpful in many life situations. But it can turns into ruthlessness in those with Dark Triad traits.
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Does Watching TV Encourage Narcissism?

Research links watching certain TV genres, e.g. reality TV, with narcissism. Does this mean TV cultivates narcissism? Or is the relationship deeper and more complicated?

Donald´s Trump Card . . . or Twitter Tease?

Trump´s tweets trend. This provides the perfect personality snapshot, as Twitter´s 140 character limitation allows us to analyze the temperament behind the tweet.

Shark Personalities: A Shark Isn't a Shark Isn't a Shark

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 29, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Individual personalities among members of the same species are widespread and must be considered when we talk casually about "the shark," "the dog," or any other animals.

Is There a Bit of Donald Trump in Each of Us?

Does any part of Trump´s fiery, often inappropriate rhetoric express what you were thinking? Playing the Human Card, candidates connect better with common ground than background.

How Does Culture Affect Our Happiness?

Culture shapes what happiness means to us and how we pursue it.

Helping Children Succeed: Brain Science in the Classroom

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 24, 2016 in Child in Mind
Paul Tough grew to recognize that the qualities that help children succeed are not "skills" that are "taught" but rather qualities that develop in early relationships

Do Narcissists of a Feather Flock Together?

Narcissists can be attractive in the short-term, but maintaining a long-term friendship with a narcissist puts a strain on almost everyone. Are you up for the challenge?

We Are, Where We Are: Spatial Cognition Shapes Our Self-Hood

The physical environments that surround you have a huge impact on who you are in the present moment and cumulatively throughout your lifespan, according to new research.

The Myth of the Addictive Personality

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in In Excess
The concept of 'addictive personality' is often used to explain addictive behaviour. This article argues that the concept of addictive personality is a complete myth.

How to Get Along with People You Just Don’t Like Very Much

As hard as you try, you may find it impossible to get along with certain family members, coworkers, or acquaintances. This simple guide will give you the tricks you need.

How Does Forgiving Someone Affect Their Behavior?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Forgiveness is a statement that the particular bad behavior will not affect the relationship going forward. How does this affect the behavior of the person forgiven?