Essential Reads

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Living Single
For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

What to Do When the Narcissistic Bubble Bursts

Whether you intend to or not, it’s very easy to get swept into the narcissistic bubble where you feel unusually special and entitled. When that bubble bursts, how will you survive?

5 Ways to Get What You Want, on Your Terms

Always getting what you want is tempting, but also unrealistic. With some grit and goal-setting, you can get close.

3 New Findings On Human Intelligence

The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.

More Posts on Personality

Forced Introspection: Appealing Fantasy or Horror Story?

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Introvert Power
What if you were forced to spend two solid weeks alone, inside your own mind? How would you fare?

Who Supports Donald Trump?

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in The Situation Lab
What makes Donald Trump supporters tick? Evidence from the science of personality can tell us.

10 Models of Our Self

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Rethinking Men
“Know thyself” advised the oracle at Delphi. “Show thyself” is the motto of today. Do we truly know ourselves?

Know Thyself

Knowing ourselves is no easy task.

The Happy Introvert

The Happy Introvert helps introverts who may think something is wrong with thems, when really introversion is perfectly natural and necessary.

Family Discussions About Dysfunction: Use of Disclaimers

In discussing repetitive dysfunctional patterns with important family members in order to improve relationships, one helpful strategy is the use of certain introductory statements.

Life Is Too Short to Wear Bad Lipstick

By Kevin Bennett on July 15, 2016 in Modern Minds
Economy got you down? Try some new lipstick - it's good for two reasons.

There's No One Addictive Personality

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 14, 2016 in Open Gently
People with addictions aren't especially neurotic, dishonest or selfish.

Which Emotions Do We See in Dogs and Cats?

New data looks at the basic and complex emotions that pet owners observe in their own dogs and cats.

Two Psychological Approaches to Photography

By Stanton Peele on July 14, 2016 in Addiction in Society
The two greatest American photographers, Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, while taking very different approaches to photography, both peered into America's soul, at a personal cost.

What Motivates You to Succeed?

People differ in sensitivity to reward and punishment in pursuit of their goals.

The Anti-Psychologists

By Stanton Peele on July 13, 2016 in Addiction in Society
Psychology has been engaged in a decades-long battle for its soul—is it really a field independent of brain psychology? I sometimes view myself one of psychology's last advocates.

Selecting a President

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in A Sideways View
How would you do a job analysis of the office of the President? What traits are basic requirements? What should you look for regarding dark-side traits that you don't want?

Is Mental Health Strictly Mental?

“Mental health” and “mental illness” mischaracterize neurodivergence by locating it as a problem, and a problem in the head, and nowhere else.

Are All Narcissists Also Sadistic?

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 08, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
Some narcissists are sadistic, getting gratification from punishing or hurting others. Few people can be more dangerous, especially if they are in positions of power.

The Narcissism Epidemic and What We Can Do About It

By Joe Pierre M.D. on July 08, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Is narcissism on the rise? If so, can anything be done to curb it?

Gambling, ADHD, OCD and Kleptomania

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in In Excess
Papers in psychiatric journals have claimed that many of the characters in the Star Wars movies have underlying psychopathologies including pathological gambling, OCD and ADHD

Cities and Years

By Kaja Perina on July 05, 2016 in Brainstorm
When people ask me what impact a move will have on a child, I have a four-word answer: Depends on the child.

Mourning? - Yes. Forgiveness? - No.

I do not understand why the principle of forgiveness is held in such high esteem. The process by which we come to terms with the past is through mourning.

The Story of a Trans Father

Ms Faludi found her father’s sex-change "had only added a barricade, another false front to hide behind." She is startled to find Stefánie embracing a "florid femininity"

The World at 7:00 PM

Psychologists know how to describe individuals, but can they describe situations? Volunteers in 20 nations used a new tool to describe what they did last night at 7:00.

Why Is Academia So Negative?

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on July 03, 2016 in College Confidential
Is academia wearing you out? Did it start out being fun but now is just sheer tedium?
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Is It Wrong to Want to Be Admired?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 02, 2016 in Off the Couch
How do you know whether your desire to be seen and admired is narcissistic?

Gunfight at the FB Corral: A Dialogue with Gun Enthusiasts

Thoughts and respect are better than insults and threats when debating contentious issues like guns.
Krystine I. Batcho

Missing the Present Before It's Gone

As you contemplate how time will erase some of the present, do you feel the sadness of losing what you love or do you feel a richer appreciation for what you still have?

A Job Worth Doing: Understanding Early Recollections

Early recollections in life can seem mystical and obscure. A new model for interpreting the meaning of first memories can be helpful in understanding the remembrances.

6 Talks Every Couple Needs to Have Before Marriage

By Peg Streep on July 01, 2016 in Tech Support
You and your partner should tackle these six important topics before you tie the knot.

Am I Really This Selfish, or Is It Just the Anorexia?

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Anorexia turns people into less nice versions of themselves. What does this mean, exactly, and does that nicer person you used to be really resurface during recovery?

Empowering Your Willingness to Change

When talking about creating change, empowerment quite literally means doing something—specifically doing something differently.

A Radical Idea for Boosting Verbal Skills and Happiness

A quick test shows how you stack up on a key skill, and how to sharpen it.