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Confused About Successful Jerks? Get to Know the Dark Triad

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most of us don’t wish success on selfish, nasty, and dishonest people, and yet many such people are successful. How come?

How to Change Passive Aggressive Behavior

Is a passive aggressive person causing you to feel angry and exhausted? The skill of Benign Confrontation can help you make long-term changes to this destructive dynamic.

If I Can't Have You, No One Can

How can we predict who will kill someone s/he once loved? Look at the dark clouds in the relationship to predict storms after a breakup.

How Likely Is Your Partner to Cheat on You?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 14, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Are you concerned your partner may be seeing someone else when you've agreed to be exclusive? Researchers continue to study infidelity to better understand when and how it happens.

More Posts on Personality

A Window into an Introvert’s World

Interview with Jenn Granneman, author of the The Secret Lives of Introverts, the latest entrant into the popular introvert literature.

8 Things the Most Toxic People Have in Common, Part II

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on July 26, 2017 in In Flux
The label "toxic" person carries with it many opinions and feelings. This blog tries to clarify various concerns expressed in the comments.

Stop Saying These Phrases To Improve Your Life

Change the language you use everyday and you can change your life for the better. Words matter.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Who Burdens Who?

Most personality disorders are in actuality a family affair, but saying this has become politically incorrect. Political considerations can trump scientific ones in science.

Learning About Privilege

Privilege is usually completely invisible to those that benefit from it. By virtue of being born into certain groups, we find ourselves receiving unearned rewards.

Is It Narcissism or Sociopathy?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What is the nexus between narcissistic and antisocial personality?

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Don't let your friends take you for a ride! Learn how to avoid letting them manipulate you into making bad decisions.

President Trump's Most Dangerous Enemy

By Paul Siegel Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Freud Lives
President Trump reveals his mind just about every time he says or does something extreme.

Fear-Based Anger Is the Primary Motive for Violence

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Anger is not a primary emotion. It is a secondary emotion or reaction. Fear or terror is the root of all anger.

A Loner’s Jottings

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in How To Do Life
Thoughts on a life mainly alone.

What Is Wrong With Donald Trump?

By Madelon Sprengnether on July 13, 2017 in Minding Memory
There’s an industry devoted to the psyche of President Trump.

Craving More Meaningful Trips?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Guest blogger and constant traveler Steven Barber reviews an unusual travel guide, one that helps you figure yourself out in order to plan and take better trips.
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What Does the Body Remember?

By Diana Raab PhD on July 10, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
The body remembers more than we think. We might be amazed what we'd learn if we listened to its messages.

Bright Minds, Anxious Hearts: 9 Secrets of a 'Magnet Mind'

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in The Shrink Tank
Passionate for learning, emotionally intense, frequently indecisive, and highly achievement striving. What happens when gifted kids grow up to become bright, sensitive adults?

Telling "Little White Lies"

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Media Spotlight
For all that we value honesty, people still lie for a variety of different reasons. A new research study examines the role that compassion plays in lying for a good cause.

Three New Findings on Intelligence and Giftedness

Some brand new findings on human intelligence and giftedness from the International Society for Intelligence Research.

13 Easy Ways to Be Happy Every Day

Does happiness elude you? Well, it starts with your daily habits.

Dysfunctional Family Role: The “Loser”

Some adults who are actually perfectly normal act out in ways which ensure that they will always fail in life. They remain dependent on their parents for the sake of the parents.

The Most Effective Psychotherapy For Borderline Personality

What psychotherapy has the best outcome in the treatment of BPD?

For Foreign Spies, the President Self-Profiles

By Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D on June 30, 2017 in Impromptu Man
Once world leaders thought they should conceal their quirks. That was so yesterday.

One Weird Trick to a Stress-Free Independence Day

Want to avoid stress over the holidays? This one weird trick goes a long way!

Beware of Narcissists Around Your Pet

Narcissists may neglect and abuse your pet. Your pet is seen by the narcissist as a distraction from putting your full attention on them. Watch for these signs.

27 Facts About the Best Ways to Treat Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Depression is a common and highly impairing condition that often requires professional treatment. Find out what the research shows about what works and what doesn't.

Belief Superiority and Political Discord

In today's political climate, believing that one's political views are superior is one thing that is bipartisan.

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?
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Seven Reasons to Be Proud to Be an Introvert

In a culture that rewards extroversion, where does that leave introverts?

Resilience — A Sustaining Gift for Your Children

Resilience in learning, as in life, provides the capacity to persevere through setbacks, take on challenges, and even risk making mistakes on route to reaching goal achievement.

Understanding the Personality of Moral Rebels

What does it take to do the right thing in the face of social pressure to conform? And what does this suggest for claims that moral behavior is controlled by situational forces?

Toxic Relationships: Accept or Reject?

The more things change, the more people seem to stay the same. Trying to change others is almost always a waste of time.

Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online.