Personality Essential Reads

Love at First Sight: New Research on Who's Attracted to Whom

Whether or not you believe in love at first sight, there’s a case to be made for instant attraction. New research on speed-dating shows how personality affects romantic choices.

Interpersonal Attraction

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in A Sideways View
What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?

How Do Psychologists Determine Personality Trait Levels?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Cui Bono
Where, exactly, is the dividing line between introversion and extraversion? Or, for any trait, how do psychologists determine if you are low, average, or high degree on that trait?
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Materialism's One-Two Punch

Materialism is a philosophy about what makes for a good life. Embracing it is associated with unhappiness. But abandoning it might not make you much happier - or any happier. Why?
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Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and the First Memories of Life

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on March 19, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
How neuroscience informs the meaning of early childhood recollections.

Bipolar II or Bipolar Too?

The challenges of accurate symptom identification for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as for diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactivity.

Can Intelligence or Personality Compensate for Disadvantage?

Can intelligence or personality compensate for background disadvantage in predicting later life outcomes?

For Those Who Want to Ring in the Fourth Millennium

How much would your personality change if you lived for a thousand years? And how much would it matter?

How Temperament Impacts Entrepreneurship

Let’s look at what pros and cons are tied to different types of temperament in business.

13 Ways to Turn Insecurities Into Relationship Strengths

Recognizing your weaknesses doesn’t have to get in the way of your relationship satisfaction, according to new research on the value of self-security.

Information Avoidance in the Information Age

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Consumed
When ignorance is bliss: How much would you pay to avoid potentially threatening information?

Your Children Will Give You What You Seem to Expect

By David M. Allen M.D. on February 27, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
When parents are overly preoccupied with something their child does, the child may think the parents need to be thusly preoccupied, and so increase the behavior's frequency.
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So You Want to Be Happy? OK, But Consider This...

Research suggests that you should carefully evaluate your positive experiences. Those that you do not control can relate to negative outcomes.

Malignant Narcissism: Collision of Two Personality Disorders

By Rhonda Freeman Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in NeuroSagacity
Those who interact with malignant narcissists consider them jealous, petty, thin-skinned, punitive, hateful, cunning, and angry.

What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant

Narcissism is one of the Dark Triad traits that also include psychopathy and Machiavellianism. New research that sadism brings its own unique contribution to the equation.

Geert Hofstede: A Conversation About Culture

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Between Cultures
Decades after his pioneering research, Hofstede shares his insights on culture’s role in our lives.

Gender Wrap

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in One Among Many
The study of gender relations is difficult. The study of gender stereotypes is easier. Here are some results.

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.