Personality Essential Reads

Boredom and Its Perks

You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Narcissism and the Myth of Invincibility

People whose narcissism leads them to believe in the myth of their own invincibility may be setting themselves up for a pretty hard fall.

The Synergistic Components of Schizophrenia

Psychotic ideation is bolstered by its characteristics of visceral experience, dissociation and lack of context. Rogerian theory and therapy might be a promising intervention.

Overcoming BPD: 9 New Year's Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on February 07, 2016 On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of BPD, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here is a specific practice to even out the roller-coaster moods of BPD.

Why Is Neuroticism So Toxic?

Neuroticism is widely considered the most toxic of the "Big Five" personality traits. Read this blog post for some easy tips on how-to become less neurotic.

Donald Trump Will Make You Smarter

Donald Trump can make you more self-aware, empathic and humble. Who knew?

Have You Become Too Predictable?

Routines make daily life more manageable, but if you’re not careful a routine can get you in trouble. Try some variety and it might even help boost your brain's creativity.

Do You Share Political Preferences With Your Parents?

It seems intuitive that our parents should have an influence on our political leanings, but just how this occurs might surprise you.

How to Profile a Narcissist With One Simple Question

New research shows that you may be able to identify a narcissist by asking them one simple question.

Can You Ever Be Too Nice? You Sure Can.

We’re prepared to handle people who just aren’t all that nice, but what about someone who’s the opposite? Here’s what to do about the unexpected problems of being too compliant.

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Narcissism

Where do we draw the line between a healthy amount of self-love and narcissism as a personality disorder? Is Donald Trump really a narcissist? Are there any upsides to narcissism?

Gossip is a Social Skill - Not a Character Flaw

Like it or not, we are the descendants of busybodies, and evolutionary psychologists believe that our preoccupation with the lives of others is a byproduct of a prehistoric brain.

6 Surefire Ways to Increase Your Charisma

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Feeling It
While research on charisma is still in development, one of the most extensive studies on charisma has found that charisma is not so much a gift as a learnable skill you can master.

Overcoming BPD: 9 New Years Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on January 16, 2016 On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here is a specific practice.

Do You Believe Rejections Reveal Your "Fatal Flaws"?

Some people take romantic rejection harder than others. New research shows that what you believe about the nature of personality is linked to how well you cope with rejection.

How to Date an Introvert

If you’re in a relationship with an introvert, you may wonder whether your relationship will suffer from your partner’s preferences for quiet contemplation. Here’s the good news

Mental Maps and Cognitive Gaps

People who make judgments that affect others’ lives might not see how their own needs and biases influence their decisions.

Laziness and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 Don't Delay
"I am so lazy." What should we think of this?

Black-and-White Thinking in our Social Worlds

The figure/ground illusion shows how we literally cannot see two different things in the same set of stimuli. This feature of psychology generalizes to how we see people.

Overpraising May Reduce Self-Esteem in Children

Encouraging a child's efforts may be more beneficial than praising outstanding results.

Here's Why Your Dog Might Not Be As Cute As You Think

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 21, 2015 Animals and Us
What is more important in determining how strongly people are attached to their dogs -- cuteness or canine personality?

Why Narcissists Think They're Better Than You

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 17, 2015 Ulterior Motives
A central aspect of narcissism is grandiosity. That is, narcissists tend to think highly of themselves. They tend to have a positive view of themselves compared to others.

Why the Characters in Your Dreams Do What They Do

By Michelle Carr on December 16, 2015 Dream Factory
Your dreaming mind is responsible for creating and juggling several dream characters at once, attributing distinct feelings, voices, and actions to each. How is this possible?

5 Things We Need to Stop Saying to the People We Care About

By Peg Streep on December 16, 2015 Tech Support
It's time to consider whether some of your favorite sayings shouldn't be said at all. Keep your lemonade to yourself, would you? They're my lemons.....

Get More Done By Scheduling to Your Strengths

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on December 16, 2015 Glue
Are you an early bird? Or a night owl? In either case, you can get more done by taking your body's energy fluctuations into account.

The Narcissist’s Guide to Gift-Giving

Giving gifts to others is something everyone must do, particularly during holidays or for family occasions. For narcissists (or anyone), these 5 tips will boost your gift-giving.

4 Ways to Deal With People Who Just Aren’t Very Nice

Genuinely nice people just have a way of making you feel good. If they're not so nice, though, here are 4 ways to handle them and manage to feel good at the same time.

Mindfulness Mechanics: Peeking Under the Hood

By Barbara L Fredrickson Ph.D. on December 11, 2015 Positivity
We've all heard mindfulness is good for you, but have you ever wondered how it can influence our relationships?

What Is the Link Between Personality and Selfies?

Selfies have become a regular feature on social media, but research has only recently begun to examine the phenomenon. New studies explore the link between selfies and personality.

Mass Killers Explained by Syndrome E (Evil)

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 06, 2015 Moral Landscapes
Recently, Itzhak Fried hosted a conference on Syndrome E, an idea he published in 1997 to explain mass killers. Let’s examine the characteristics and alternative explanations.