Personality Essential Reads

Where Has Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder Gone?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in A Sideways View
Personality disorders are highly disputed diagnostic labels. Passive-aggressiveness may not be a personality disorder, but the behavior pattern is well recognized in the workplace.
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When Introversion Is Just the Easy Answer

By Sophia Dembling on December 06, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Introversion can be an easy scapegoat for relationship problems, but claiming introversion is only the beginning of the discussion.

What Makes Your Introversion Unique? 17 Ways to Tell

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
There are several ways to distinguish one introvert from another. All the same, this personality trait can be extremely tricky to define, for it embodies multiple dimensions.

Receptors and Personality

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Human Beast
Most personality traits are highly heritable. Still, there is a great deal of doubt about whether complex human behavior can be genetically determined.

What is Psychology’s Single Most Brilliant Discovery?

What is the most profoundly important thing we've learned from 150 years of scientific psychology? Here is one nomination.

Why Narcissists Feel They Need to Look So Good

It’s well known that people high in narcissism have an endless need to look good. What’s less clear is why. A new study sheds light on why, and how, narcissists seek to seem ideal.

How Do People Explain Puzzling Behaviors?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Suppose you see somebody do something odd. How do you explain what they just did? A new paper in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin answers that question.

New Findings on Emotions in Borderline Personality Disorder

Being rejected is particularly painful for people with borderline personality disorder as shown by new research on emotional regulation and its relation to rejection sensitivity.

The Machiavellian Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in A Sideways View
How do we define and understand the Machiavellian approach to life? Is it a personality trait or a belief system? What does psychology have to say about this 500-year-old concept?

10 Ways to Spot Someone With Little Prince Syndrome

Little Princes and Princesses are grown men or women who act like they are selfish children, narcissistic teenagers, or irresponsible young adults.
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5 Ways You're Doing Introversion Wrong

By Sophia Dembling on November 01, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
You're not doing introversion any favors if you think the introvert-proud movement is all about staying home.

Why Do Some Narcissists Need to Be So Perfect?

A new article analyzing personality data from over 9,000 participants sheds light on why some high in narcissism need to see themselves as destined for perfection.

Narcissism and Exotic Pets: Is There a Connection?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Animals and Us
New research examines how narcissism and "dark personality traits" affect our attachments to pets and why some people are drawn to companion rats, snakes, and tarantulas.

Should You Marry a Narcissist?

In heterosexual marriages, which is more problematic: a man's or a woman's narcissism?

10 Subtle Signs of Psychosis

There are a number of subtle signs that you or a loved one may be mildly psychotic. Read on to find out what to look for.

Goldwater 2016: Are Psychiatrists' Opinions of Trump Rigged?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 25, 2016 in Psych Unseen
5 reasons why psychiatrists and psychologists should heed the “Goldwater Rule”
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Trump's Temperament: Not Narcissistic, But Not Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on October 23, 2016 in Mood Swings
Beyond pejoratives terms to scientifically based concepts

Are Creative People More Likely to Be Psychopathic?

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.

6 Subtle Signs of Narcissism

You often you need to go well below the surface to spot a narcissist. New research will help you read the subtle signs of narcissism and pick them out of a crowd.

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?

Is He or She an Addict First? Or a Narcissist First?

By Peg Streep on October 03, 2016 in Tech Support
When someone you love is addicted, your first impulse may be to offer all the support and empathy you can. But is this always the right thing to do?

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.