Essential Reads

Boredom and Its Perks

By Dena Kouremetis on February 09, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Narcissism and the Myth of Invincibility

People whose narcissism leads them to believe in the myth of their own invincibility may be setting themselves up for a pretty hard fall.

The Synergistic Components of Schizophrenia

By Ann Olson Psy.D. on February 08, 2016 in Theory and Psychopathology
Psychotic ideation is bolstered by its characteristics of visceral experience, dissociation and lack of context. Rogerian theory and therapy might be a promising intervention.

Overcoming BPD: 9 New Year's Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on February 07, 2016 in On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of BPD, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here is a specific practice to even out the roller-coaster moods of BPD.

More Posts on Personality

6 Messages Your Eyeglasses Communicate About You

Your eyeglasses are there to help you see (perhaps) but they also send these 6 cues to those who see you.

Are You Dating Your Mom or Dad?

By Jean Kim M.D. on February 12, 2016 Culture Shrink
People often don't realize how strongly the relationship to their first love, their parent, affects their future romantic relationships.

Are Holidays Only for the Happy?

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 Introvert Power
Does the "Happy" wish associated with holidays leave you feeling excluded? You are not alone.

The Colourful, Melodramatic Manager: Histrionic Disorder

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 A Sideways View
Have you ever worked with or for a "drama queen"? Why is there doubt about the concept of Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Teen Asks: Am I an Introvert?

By Sophia Dembling on February 11, 2016 The Introvert's Corner
A teen wonders if she' s naturally introverted or if she's an extrovert who's lost her edge.

A Misfit Goes to a Superbowl Party

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 How To Do Life
The musings of a person utterly out of step with mainstream America.

Welcome To the Past (And Why It Matters)

By Susan Wise Bauer Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Under the Sun
Think smart phones, the Internet, and Microsoft have changed us? Think again.

Star Wars Psychology: The Problems with Diagnosing Kylo Ren

What's wrong with Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren? Borderline personality, psychopathy, intermittent explosive disorder, addiction, or Force-fueled immaturity?

We Are Polarized: Politically and Psychologically

Democracies are politically polarized because people are psychologically divided, too.

Why the Story You Tell Yourself Shapes Your Brand

By Nacie Pereira on February 09, 2016 Working Life
How are the stories you tell yourself impacting your brand's growth?

A Piano Tuner's Tempo

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 How To Do Life
Romancing an introvert.

Analysing and Managing your Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 A Sideways View
How smart is your boss? What is their personality profile? What really motivates them at work? The more you know about him or her the easier it is to manage them.

Why Grit Isn't Always Good for You

Although grit is usually associated with success, new research explains the potential downside of having too much tenacity.

Buzz

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 How To Do Life
A short-short story about ADHD.

Scientific Reasons Fans Still Hate Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks

Dr. John Paul Garrison pulls lessons from empirical science to discuss why people continue to express such irritation toward Star Wars prequel character Jar Jar Binks.

Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside Great Personalities

By The Book Brigade on February 04, 2016 The Author Speaks
Those we admire are often as imperfect as we are.

Yes, Just 10 Minutes a Day Can Turn Your Life Around

This simple exercise creates a positive feedback loop of better physical and mental health.

Addiction to Studying

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 In Excess
There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism.

Are You an Enneagram Type 3-Achiever?

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 02, 2016 The Career Within You
This blog includes parts of the chapter on 3-Achievers from "The Enneagram Made Easy".

The Argumentative, Paranoid and Vigilant Manager

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 A Sideways View
Is a little paranoia a healthy reaction to the modern office where so much of your behaviour is monitored?

Four Levels of Lucid Dreaming

Knowing that you are dreaming is the first step to lucid dreaming but there are at least four levels of lucid dreaming. How do you get there?

Inflexible Behavior in Personality Disorders

People who rigidly engage in the same behavior over and over again despite the consequences are often acting out a false self for the sake of their families.

What Do Your Favorite Posters and T-Shirts Say About You?

Sure, I once wore messages on T-shirts. But after a certain age, I no longer wanted folks to read my bust-line in order to grasp my perspective on cultural and political issues.

Unhinged. The Complete Story

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 How To Do Life
A story about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

A Guest in Quiet

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 28, 2016 Bear in Mind
What rattlesnakes teach us about the grace and dignity of being reptile.

Eggshell Relationships

By Joe Navarro M.A. on January 28, 2016 Spycatcher
How can you recognize an emotionally unstable personality before he or she harms you?

Risky Business: The Psychology of Facing Danger

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on January 27, 2016 The Dolphin Divide
How we arrive at the willingness to take calculated risks. Specific components of mental conditioning are often required to face moments of grave danger.

The Rise of Toxic Leadership and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on January 27, 2016 Wired for Success
The truth of the matter is that we are hypocrites, and we are witnessing the rise of toxic leaders and workplaces. We tend to choose or follow a very different kind of leader.

Race Differences in Androgens: Do They Mean Anything?

What can group differences in androgen levels tell us about racial differences in reproductive strategies? Probably not much.

Dreaming in Depression (And Other Mental Illness)

By Michelle Carr on January 25, 2016 Dream Factory
Depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorder have been associated with frequent and distressing nightmares, along with several other qualities of disturbed dreaming.