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How LinkedIn Profiles Reveal User Personality

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Business profiles are meant for professional networking, yet research indicates we leak our true personalities through sites meant to showcase our professional identity.
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Multiple Personality or Malingering?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Human Equation
What happens when a person with multiple personalities kills? Pamela Moss claimed her alters were linked to two murders committed years apart but insisted she, the host, was not.

5 Things Psychopaths and Narcissists Do in Conversation

By Kaja Perina on December 07, 2017 in Brainstorm
He was betrayed by a wife who took everything. He's on retainer with the NSA. Whatever the disclosure, it comes before he even knows whether or not you are trustworthy.

Dating Radar: 3 Ways to Spot Trouble Ahead

Are you dating again? Know someone who is? Here are three tips to avoid high-conflict partners.

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Romantic Love, Casual Sex, and Human Ecology

Do harsh environments foster short-term mating, and rich ones long-term commitment? Environmental effects on reproductive strategies are more complicated than one might think.

Self-Blame or Self-Inquiry?

While self-blame is something to avoid, a self-inquiry into what they might have done to contribute to an unfortunate circumstance might prove extremely helpful.

Personality and Volunteering

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Many important tasks in the world are done by nonprofit organizations that engage volunteers in activities that would not make for successful businesses.

Are Millennials Evolved for a Non-Existent World?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 06, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Don't be a hater. Hate the game, not the player? With millennials, do we have a prayer? A brief idiomatic essay on human evolution.

Changing Your Sense of Identity

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Compassion Matters
How can we challenge a prescribed sense of identity, peel back the layers, and find out who we really are?

Sycophancy in Middle Earth

It takes a wizard to banish sycophancy from Middle Earth.

Alabamians Should Not Vote for Roy Moore

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
What could a Republican pro-life candidate do to disqualify him or her from office in the minds of philosopher Tully Borland and others who share his view? Anything?

Why Giving Up Sometimes Makes Sense

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 30, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Quitting for now can mean winning later on. Giving up to conserve energy can sometimes be our best and smartest option for the moment.
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How to Respond to Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Is someone’s passive-aggressive behavior driving you up the wall? Maybe you’re working too hard. Here’s what to do instead.

Are You Living With an Accidental Identity?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Compassion Matters
While we can change our identity at any point in life, in order to live freely as our truest selves, we have to explore the early influences that injured our sense of who we are.

Do You Have a Controlling Personality?

You may be causing your biggest relationship headaches.
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A Fill-In-The-Blanks Letter to Your Family

By Sophia Dembling on November 29, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Fill in the blanks on this letter and send it before you go home for the holidays and maybe your family will be more understanding of your introverted nature.

And Now Matt Lauer...Why Celebrities Get Sexually Aggressive

TV's Matt Lauer today joined the club of men in high positions who are being accused of sexual improprieties with women at work. What could he have been thinking? Here's what.
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Why Do Narcissists and Borderlines Fall in Love?

If you have ever wondered why Borderlines and Narcissists are drawn to each other but still cannot make the relationship work, this article is for you.

Control Freaks and Approval-Holics (Part 2)

By Dale James Dwyer Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Got a Minute?
What do you think influences how trustworthy we appear to others or they appear to us?

Are You an Extravert, Introvert, or Ambivert?

Do ambiverts actually have an advantage, or is it due to something else?
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What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 3

Based on Dr. Maisel's primary research on authoritarian wounding, learn what you can expect from authoritarian contact and how you can heal the wounds inflicted by that contact.

10 Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Many aspects of human psychology that are consistently difficult for students to understand. Here is a list of 10 for starters.
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What I Learned From Charles Manson

By David Evans on November 21, 2017 in Can’t We All Just Get Along?
What happened during the two hours I spent with Charles Manson.

Is Narcissism Shaped by Attachment Style?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Compassion Matters
Recent research has explored connections between the two main types of narcissism and the early attachment style a person experienced.

Where Psychotherapy Goes Wrong

By David M. Allen M.D. on November 21, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
Does your therapist seem to think your problems are all just due to your diseased mind or poor coping skills? They should be paying more attention to your social environment.
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How to Help People with Challenging Behaviors

By David Susman, Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The Recovery Coach
What to do when someone is acting strangely or aggressively? Here are some effective strategies.

How to Quickly Spot High-Conflict People

This three-step method can help you quickly decide whether to engage or back off.

Severe Mental Illness Does Not Preclude Legal "Sanity"

A mental illness does not necessarily preclude choice.

Charles Manson: The Cult of Personality Surrounding a Killer

Researchers propose that murderers can be idolized and found attractive precisely because of their homicidal behavior.

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust X: Breaking the Silence

I know of no relationship that improved without conversation.

Block the Pop-Ups: Think Less, Think Better

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Imagination is used in a positive way whenever it brings peace. Imagination is used negatively whenever it brings unnecessary agitation.

Stars Who Sexually Harass and Fans Who Love and Hate Them

How do we deal with it when someone we love does something we hate?
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What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 2

Based on research on authoritarian wounding, learn what you can expect from authoritarian contact and how you can heal the wounds inflicted by that contact.