Essential Reads

Why I Don't Fear Going Solo

It's perfectly fine to have fun without company.

Gossip in Your Workplace Probably Does More Good Than Harm

Gossip is a social skill, NOT a character flaw; it is essential to work life.

Are Women Better Managers Than Men?

In the study, female managers outperform male on employee engagement scores.

Why We Get Such Dumb Advice About Love, Money and Health

How to recognize the smart advice and snub the dregs

Recent Posts on Personality

Why I Don't Fear Going Solo

By Sophia Dembling on April 27, 2015 in The Introvert's Corner
Some people fear they'll be judged and pitied if they do things alone, but it's also possible people will be impressed.

Bruce Jenner, You Are Not Alone

If you've ever felt like a human being imprisoned in the body of a human doing, say "Aye"

Fifty Shades of Tattooing: Body Art, Risk and Personality

Women readers of the Fifty Shades trilogy have higher rates of risky behavior So do women who get tattoos. Both of these may be outward signs of a predisposition to take risk rather than a cause of such behavior.

The Personality Transplant

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on April 26, 2015 in The Good Gut
There is an information super highway that connects our brain and our gut called the brain-gut axis. Recent evidence indicates that our gut microbes are tapping into this axis and influencing our brain and behavior.

Real Psychiatry and Darwinian Evolution are One and the Same

The basic principle for the development of human personality is at one with Darwinian evolution. Psychotherapy is the treatment that addresses the human issues in precisely the way they were constructed in the first place.

What Would Optimus Prime Do?

Leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons are used to illustrate how schemas about leadership concepts are influenced by popular media. Understanding these schemas can help educate people about leadership and followership. Knowing the answer to "What would Optimus Prime Do?" could help leaders be more selfless and effective.

Do You Have the Personality of a Neanderthal?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on April 26, 2015 in Caveman Politics
Almost all of us have some Neanderthal in us. What can that tell us about how these ancient cousins of ours thought?

10 Signs Your Co-Worker / Colleague is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance. At the workplace, a pathologically narcissistic co-worker can be annoying and frustrating at best, and a serious threat to your career at worst. Here are ten signs that your colleague might be a narcissist...

Gossip in Your Workplace Probably Does More Good Than Harm

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on April 25, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
Campaigns to stamp out workplace gossip overlook the fact that gossip is part of who we are and an essential part of what makes work groups function as well as they do. It is more productive to think of gossip as a social skill rather than as a character flaw, because it is only when we do not do it well that we get into trouble.

What Does Your Email In-Box Say About You?

Email in-boxes are ubiquitous. How do we manage the email we receive? For most, it comes down to some more personality-related behaviors—a combination of organization, procrastination, perfectionism, fear of loss, and the ability to let go. What about you?

Five Fascinating Findings About Anger

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on April 24, 2015 in All the Rage
Anger is everywhere. It influences our behavior in ways we can’t possible imagine. Here are five examples.

The Bear Hug and the Boogie Man

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
Every day world leaders shake hands or threaten somebody. The news can rattle you even though the diplomatic howdy-do is as artificial as a puppet show. Formality in business, sports, and even marriages tries to prevent tantrums and meltdowns. Once in awhile you may spot body language that could reveal something about inner life.

Are Women Better Managers Than Men?

By Victor Lipman on April 23, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
A new Gallup study says so.

How Not to Be Boring: Advice for Teen Introverts

By Sophia Dembling on April 22, 2015 in The Introvert's Corner
Teens crave and seem to admire risk taking. What can introverted teens do to scratch that itch?

If Only ...Then I'd Be Happy

Whether a positive event will make us happy depends more on our natural inclinations to be negative or positive than the perceived good outcomes of the event.

What’s Your Pressure Style?

How do you perform under pressure? Your pressure style might be holding you back or downgrading your results.

Making a Change? Remember the Key Ingredient!

When I listen to people speak about changes they are making, they often speak as if they have no control. They say things like “I’ll have to wait and see what happens” or “I just hope things go back to the way they were.” These statements indicate a passivity—a sense of inaction. They forget they have core internal qualities that give them some control.

Which Parent Do You Love More?

Parents are told not to favor one child in the family, but there are no rules that govern how children ought to feel about parents. One theory of family relationships can help provide perspective on this surprisingly under-researched area.

Choosing to Be Child-free

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 21, 2015 in A Sideways View
More and more people in the west are choosing not to have children. Is this a puzzle for evolutionary psychologists? What does the research say on this topic?

The Trillions of Mouths You Feed Each Day

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on April 20, 2015 in The Good Gut
It’s a humbling experience to realize that humans, with our highly evolved, complex brain that can build towering skyscrapers and compose fine works of art, are, in essence, a bacteria-filled tube. But when they are not staving off disease, what are all these microbes doing there? Eating.

Why We Get Such Dumb Advice About Love, Money and Health

Does not every teenager already know you should comb your hair and look for a kind, suitable partner? What kind of dumb advice is this?

The Advantage of Quitting

Giving up frustrating goals creates opportunities.

You Can't Fix Everything

I’m much more at peace since I stopped trying to fix everyone’s life, including my own. It’s making it easier to take those unfixable moments in stride and to appreciate happiness and joy when they happen to come my way.

Why I Can't..... or Why Can't I?

Our beliefs and thoughts impact our lives more than any relationship.It would be wise to evaluate how we came to them and whether they truly serve us.

Being a Book Lover

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 20, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Being a heavy reader is far less common than it used to be. European surveys suggest that leisure reading has dropped significantly in favour of watching television, for example. Still, books can have a powerful influence on readers. A new research study shows there are far more benefits to reading than you might think.

All Psychology Is Evolutionary Psychology

‘Evolutionary psychology’ is a redundancy, in that all psychology is evolutionary psychology. I mean this in the same sense that all anatomy is ‘evolutionary anatomy'.

3 Tips for Seeking Compassion When Emotionally Distressed

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on April 19, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
When you want to reach out after an emotionally distressing event, which person is more likely to be compassionate and supportive, someone who has been through a similar experience or someone who has not? Read on to find out...

Fear of Intimacy and Closeness in Relationships

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on April 18, 2015 in The Freedom to Change
Being in a relationship with someone who shuts down emotionally when times get tough is no fun. It’s also no fun to try your best only to have others accuse you of not being emotionally available. Learning where these avoidant personality styles come from can help you cope more effectively with stress in your relationships and have a more rewarding experience.

Is Birth Order a Myth?

Most people believe that birth order shapes our personalities and has impact on the careers we choose, and the ways we behave. Is this real, or merely an illusion? What do we really know about birth order effects?