Personality Essential Reads

A Super-Quick Way to Determine Who’s Psychopathic

It certainly is of great value to be able to sniff out a psychopath. There are many possible tests and quizzes; the latest entry promises to be the quickest, and maybe the best.

Do Nervous Dog Owners Have Nervous Dogs?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 16, 2017 in Canine Corner
Dog owners who have more neurotic personalities tend to have dogs who are nervous and cope with stress less efficiently, a new study finds.

Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier?

The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.
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The Anatomy of Who We Are

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on February 13, 2017 in Brainstorm
A new study explores the ties between personality and the dimensions of the brain.

Love Week

By Frances Kuffel on February 13, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
Today, on the eve of St. Valentine of Terni’s martyrdom 1700 years ago – for trying to convert Emperor Claudius – is International Self Love Day.
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Is Self-Love Healthy or Narcissistic?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in The Clarity
Can you love yourself without being a narcissist? Research shows you how.

What Your ZIP Code Says About You

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Talking Apes
Where you lives tells a lot about what kind of person you are.
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The Knowledge Curse

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2017 in The Act of Violence
How do you handle people that "know it all" and won't shut up about it?

Beyond 50 Shades Darker: Debunking Popular Myths About BDSM

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Standard Deviations
With the upcoming release of "Fifty Shades Darker," groundbreaking new research challenges stereotypes about BDSM participants portrayed in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.
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Is the Brain More Than the Sum of Its Parts?

Emergence: How can a brain be more that just a bunch of interacting nerve cells?

Childrearing Beliefs Were Best Predictor of Trump Support

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on February 01, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
By assessing the mindset of Trump's earliest supporters, this political scientist predicted that Trump would do far better in the election than most at that time believed.

Shrinks Battle Over Diagnosing Donald Trump

Chaos in the White House fuels discord amongst the experts.

Are Gaslighters Aware of What They Do?

Are gaslighters aware they are manipulating others? It depends on the gaslighter.

Childhood Roots of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Can you tell if a child is a budding narcissist? Warning signs that self-worth is getting dangerous.

5 Ways to Ruin a Perfectly Good Relationship

Relationships that seem to be going well may, without your knowledge, be in trouble. New research on narcissism in relationships shows how to avoid the most common traps.

Do Extraverts Have More Children?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 24, 2017 in The Human Beast
Extraverts are more vulnerable to boredom. In the evolutionary past, they likely relieved the boredom by having affairs. Did this improve their reproductive success?

American Psychopathy, Ascendant

By Yosef Brody Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Future Directions
The next stage of US history will see the ultimate merger of state power, corporate power and human psychopathy, foreboding a new level of ruthless and calculated exploitation.

Do You Have Empathy for People Who Don't? Should You?

Liking empathic individuals is easy. They’re caring and listen sympathetically. But appreciating, and getting along with, individuals without empathy can be really challenging.

Why Personality Holds the Key to Understanding Sexuality

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Standard Deviations
Research shows that sexuality is often correlated to personality characteristics.
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The Root of Narcissistic Personality Is Rarely Discussed

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on January 08, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
Literature on narcissism and the public's understanding of it focuses on superiority, or the narcissist's pursuit of it. The actual root of the personality is something else.

Did You Unwittingly Fall for a Psychopath?

By Rhonda Freeman Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in NeuroSagacity
Does the person you love have a problem that prevents them from bonding, but makes them prone to harming?

Do People Really Change?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Personality characteristics like emotional stability and extraversion are by definition hard to change. Which traits are more responsive to therapy than we might have thought?

Imprinted Genes and Infant Temperament: First Findings

The first study to compare expression of imprinted genes with measures of infant temperament yields encouraging results for the imprinted brain theory.

The Disappearance of the Schizoid Personality

Where did all the schizoids go?

Why Do Some People Do Self-Destructive Things?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 01, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Many self-destructive behaviors are initially pleasant. Drug abuse is an example. But other self-destructive behaviors persist even though they feel bad. These are hard to explain.

Talking to BPD

A Communication Model for Interactions with BPD

New Research Shows Why People Believe False Information

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in The New Resilience
How your brain retrieves information explains the persistence of believing falsehoods.

Sadistic Personality Disorder

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on December 30, 2016 in A Sideways View
The concept of Sadistic Personality Disorder did not last long in the DSM manuals, yet we have all experienced the nasty, aggressive sadist at work.

Trump Psychoanalyzed by Artificial Intelligence

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on December 27, 2016 in Your Online Secrets
Artificial intelligence can evaluate someone's personality and psychological traits from their social media profile. We use that to analyze Donald Trump.

America's Top Case Study

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on December 26, 2016 in Insight Therapy
You don’t need to be a psychologist or a committed politico to recognize that Donald Trump makes for a fascinating psychological case study.