Essential Reads

What Does It Mean if Your Best Friend Is a Narcissist?

Narcissists may be attractive in the short-term, but maintaining a long-term friendship with a narcissist could put a strain on almost anyone. Are you up for the challenge?

We Are, Where We Are: Spatial Cognition Shapes Our Self-Hood

The physical environments that surround you have a huge impact on who you are in the present moment and cumulatively throughout your lifespan, according to new research.

The Myth of the Addictive Personality

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in In Excess
The concept of 'addictive personality' is often used to explain addictive behaviour. This article argues that the concept of addictive personality is a complete myth.

How to Get Along with People You Don’t Like Very Much

As hard as you try, you may find it impossible to get along with certain family members, coworkers, or acquaintances. This simple guide will give you the tricks you need.

More Posts on Personality

The Seductive Allure of Psychological Atlases

A psychological atlas is a map that depicts regional variations in the observed scores on a psychological measure or test. Why are they often problematic?

The Most Important Quality of a President: Temperament

The words candidates choose, and how and when they use them, are important indicators of temperament, a crucial characteristic of US Presidents.

Excessive Email Use and How to Curb It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 19, 2016 in In Excess
Email use and excessive checking of emails has become an integral activity in many people's lives. This blog is my guide to curbing email use to make it more manageable.

Calling the Holocaust "Bullying" Is Offensive

By Izzy Kalman on May 18, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
Experts who call the Holocaust "bullying" are wrong. They are trivializing genocide and catastrophizing bullying. Genocide is actually victim behavior.

Where Do You Really Come From?

What you say when people ask you where you're from says a lot about how you view yourself—and how you view others.

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

What to do before, during, and after, your vacation that will ensure that it is a terrific and memorable experience.

How to Develop Leadership Using the Enneagram

The Enneagram can help you become a successful leader by teaching you to perceive your strengths, feel more confident using them, and identify those skills you could improve.

Immigration and Family Dysfunction

The children of immigrants to the United States from traditional societies often get double messages about which cultural norms they should follow, creating serious conflicts.

Consciousness Revealed

The "Play of Consciousness" is the organizing principle for consciousness. Trauma in childhood and all throughout life creates traumatic plays.This is the cause of human suffering.

Not Seeing a Person's Color Is Nearly Impossible

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 14, 2016 in Am I Right?
Martin Luther King, Jr. begged for the day when a person would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. But can we really be color blind?

Donald, people who live in glass houses shouldn't name call

Will she do everything she can to resist the ever-so-tempting, but career-ending response of, “You Mr. Trump are an ignorant pr—k!” from a Megan Kelly?

Sex and Gender Are Dials (Not Switches)

Science and sexual diversity: Explaining complex combinations sex and gender

Resolving the Trauma You Didn't Know You Had

We've all experienced some degree of trauma. How well we cope in our lives today greatly depends on how much we are willing to recognize and make sense of these experiences.

Why Can Our Brain Change Between Depressed and Manic States?

An exploration of brain research on personality disorders.

Does "Mother Love" Play a Role in Rearing Better Dogs?

Puppies that are not frequently touched by their mother may grow up to be more easily frightened and less sociable.

Adrenaline Addiction

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 12, 2016 in How To Do Life
Powerful pluses and minuses, and ways to control it.


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in How To Do Life
The making of a recluse.

Man’s Best Friend Meets Man's Best Robot

Scientists have distilled the elements of dogs’ behavioral language for use in robots.

Understanding Psychopathic Criminals

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on May 09, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Psychopathic criminals are cunning, manipulative, egotistical and cold blooded.

Thanking Others Is Actually Good for YOU, Research Confirms

If you've ever asked yourself, "Why should I say thank you when no one says thank you to me?" here are a few good reasons.

How Humble Are You?

People spend a a lot of time trying to figure out others. Knowing one’s self leads to mastery of one’s self, and that is where true power lies. Gain the power with these 6 steps.

Write and Wrong: Personality and Handwriting

What can graphology really tell us about personality?

Programmed Life

Much of our experience is programmed. No wonder puppets & robots fascinate us. Some programs enhance life while others create zombies, it makes sense to think about the issues.

Guess What? Money CAN Buy You Happiness!

When and why does money buy you happiness? It may be related to your personality.

Trump Psychology: Why the Donald Might Just Get Your Vote

Regardless of political leanings, for many citizens, a combination of energy, passion, and transparency might persuade voters to have a second look at the Donald.

How to Handle an Awful Boss: Tricks to Avoid Engaging

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on May 04, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
A bad boss is bad due to one of two problems: personality issues or incompetence. Sadly, it's the ones with personality issues that cause employees the greatest distress.

What Do People Mean When They Say They're Happy?

When people tell us they’re happy, we automatically assume we know just what they mean.
Michael D. Matthews

The 3 C’s of Trust

Trust is essential to effective leadership. Here are three core components to building trust in those you lead and manage.

The Anatomy of a Personality

In the Enneagram system of personality, one of the nine types is our main one. We also have a special connection to four other types: our two wings and two arrows.

When It Comes to Love, What Makes Narcissism So Attractive?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 02, 2016 in Psych Unseen
In seeking potential mates with just the right amount of healthy narcissism, we risk finding too much.