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Powerful Biases Shape How Presidential Debates Are Viewed

Voters are most favorable toward those candidates who are the most optimistic and highest in positive emotion.

Introvert Isle

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Introvert Power
Wonder what an introverted society looks like? Travel with me to Japan.

Ambiguous Family Communication: Descriptions or Judgments?

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 19, 2016 in A Matter of Personality
People involved in repetitive dysfunctional family interactions may use the intrinsic ambiguity of language to mislead interested third parties. One way is make global judgments.

Do We Put Too Much Weight on Shared Interests When Dating?

It sounds wonderful to have interests in common with a person we're dating, but we should be wary of putting too much stock in them—in the end, they could backfire.

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9 Things Highly Sensitive People Do

Studies estimate 15 to 20 percent of the population meet the criteria for being highly sensitive people. Here are a few telltale signs you might be one of them.

Eye Contact: Yes! or No!

Design can keep us all comfortable, no matter how much eye contact we desire.

A Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Leadership Test

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on September 26, 2016 in Science and Sensibility
Can you tell which US presidential candidate is destined for greatness?

Why I Wish I Could Be a Narcissist

Simply put, life might be easier as a narcissist.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Psychological tests that are trusted by one generation may be debunked by the next. A selection of tests to learn about and try, just for fun, are found in Psychobook.

5 Ways of the Corporate Psychopath

How ruthless predators infiltrate and compromise organizations.

My Easygoing Kid Is Stressing Me Out!

If you are a Type A parent, raising a Type B tween can be rigorous. A part of you probably admires your low-key kid, even though his laid back attitude can at times make you crazy.

About Face: Unleashing Your Inner Basset Hound

By Nancy Ancowitz on September 21, 2016 in Self-Promotion for Introverts
Should you ask an introvert with a game face: “Are you okay?”

The Blank Slate Controversy

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in The Human Beast
Behaviorists used to argue that people were blank slates in the sense that almost all of our behavior was learned. Evolutionary psychologists disagree. Who is correct?

Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are two rather different negative emotions which are often confused. In both cases, people feel bad about themselves—but that is where the similarity ends.

When Enneagram Types Differ On Values and Careers

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 20, 2016 in The Career Within You
The father: “Men of distinction have refused to let their daughters marry a teacher; so why don’t you attend law school instead?”

The Downside of Narcissism

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Life After 50
Despite the pleasure of feeling like everything revolves around you, feeling like the sun has certain disadvantages as well—it makes other people angry and envious.

A Weird Trick To Free Yourself From Your Identity

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Are you worried about your identity labels limiting your freedom? This simple reframing trick could be all you need!

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?

"Moonshadow" Offers Many Clues for Letting Go of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 16, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study pinpoints how a sense of entitlement leads to malcontent, distress, and anger. What can we do to break the cycle of entitlement? Pop music and poetry offer some clues.

On the Personal Essay

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview with Phillip Lopate

Can You Help a Narcissist Become Less Self-Absorbed?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
This post takes a fairly optimistic stance toward helping some, maybe even most, people with unhealthy narcissistic qualities change their detrimental, self-centered behaviors.
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Gödel, Metaphysics and the Reproducibility Crisis

By Andrew Smart on September 11, 2016 in Machine Psychology
Does psychology need to do more philosophy? An exploration of how metaphysics is affecting reproducibility.

Who Is a "Demagogue"?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 10, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
In this dramatic presidential campaign, the term has often been referred to, especially in regard to Donald Trump's style and substance. Is this an accurate depiction?

Vacations That Make People Mentally Ill

Some people experience a psychotic break when visiting these cities.
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Mind Your Weight: Inside Out

By Margaret Moore on September 08, 2016 in Life Changes
Get your inner family on board with your eating and weight.
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The Ghost of Situationism and Why Personality Is Not a Myth

A recent podcast on the "myth" of personality trots out long discredited arguments against the reality of personality. Why do these ideas keep returning like a restless ghost?

3 Ways Birth Order Can Influence Who You Are

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on September 06, 2016 in Head Games
Does it make a difference if you're the oldest, youngest, or middle child? Research suggests that it can, in ways you may not be aware of.

Trump and Narcissism

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Life After 50
Narcissism is back--it's on the cover of Psychology Today! Donald Trump is responsible for narcissism’s return to the popular consciousness.

Not All Excessive Sexual Behavior Is CSB

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on September 01, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
​Just because someone is hypersexual does not mean he or she has CSB (compulsive sexual behavior).
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Clinton & Trump: Inside Out

By Margaret Moore on August 31, 2016 in Life Changes
Imagine the inner dialogue of Clinton and Trump.

The Protective Power of “I’m Crazy”

Why and when trauma clients believe that they must be crazy.

Beware of Narcissists Bearing Gifts

When a narcissist gives you a gift, they are really giving a gift to themselves.

Fantasy Choices and the Real Self

Choices people make in fantasy contexts reflect rather than complement their personalities. People may be reluctant to create imaginary identities that mismatch their real selves.

Were We Ever a Civil Society? Bigotry's Threat to Democracy

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on August 30, 2016 in Intersections
Is explicitly bigoted language becoming the "new normal" in American politics?