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Withholding Information Leads People to Like Us Less

People often prefer to hide sensitive information about themselves, thinking it will lead people to like them more. But research shows it has precisely the opposite effect.

Escape from Loneliness: Is Living Alone the Unlikely Answer?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Living Single
Researchers trying to pin loneliness on single people and people living alone are not finding what they expected

Social Skills 101: Test and Improve Your Niceness Quotient

Social skills are such a key part of life that most of us rarely give them conscious thought. New research provides a tool to help you evaluate yours.

New Study Finds the Average American Woman is Now Plus-Size

Although it is widely acknowledged that the standard sizing system is flawed, being designated as plus-size is nevertheless something of a damning fate for many women.

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Why Aren't You Speaking The Right Language? Part 2

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Life as a Bilingual
Bilinguals often associate a particular language to a specific speaker. How do they react when they are confronted with a language they do not expect?

Will a Guy Like This Be Good in Bed?

By Donna Barstow on September 28, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Signs to look for, or look out for, when you're thinking about having sex with someone. Will he be able to get the job done?

Will Trolls Inherit The Earth?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Trolls take cheap shots, any easy path to attack and self-defense. There's a troll epidemic now. Here's a possible historical explanation for their risky rise.

The Cheap Shot Use of "You Don't Know That For Certain!"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
To feel right always, diagnose anyone who disagrees with you as suffering from bias and self-certainty. Perform an intervention and start treatment immediately.

A Broad, Studying: My Semester in London, 1977

When you live in another country, you learn that you carry the ability to make a life for yourself wherever you are. It's a lesson that should never be underestimated.

In Practical Praise of Romance

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Ambigamy
Care a lot about being considerate? It can make you defensive when you fear that you've disappointed someone. Part of the solution is romantic reassurances.

Mixed Signals on Social Life, Relationships, and Loneliness

We get nearly as much conflicting advice about our social lives and happiness these days as we do about nutrition, diet, and exercise. Do experts really know what makes you happy?
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The Death of the Telephone Call

By Robin Marantz Henig on September 24, 2016 in Cusp
With the loss of the spontaneous, friendly telephone call—which Slate says died in 2007—comes another loss: feeling connected to the world at large.

Myth: I’m Too Old to Find Love

Everyone dreams of finding sweet love.

How Should We Plan for Growing Old?

What determines our satisfaction as we age?

When Food = Love, Saying "No" Can Be Tough

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 23, 2016 in Cravings
Whether it's a box of candy or a second helping of your grandma's famous lasagna, sometime you have to (carefully) refuse.

When Social Media Sparks Depression

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new study highlights the psychological risks associated with the online harassment that can often occur on social medial sites such as Facebook.

Record Numbers Are Single and Writing Their Own Life Scripts

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Living Single
More Americans than ever before are unmarried – and most of them have never been married. They may also be more diverse than ever in the ways they live and the people they love.

Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are two rather different negative emotions which are often confused. In both cases, people feel bad about themselves—but that is where the similarity ends.

Fashion Photography and the Feminist Aesthetics of Disgust

By analyzing fashion photographs—as well as the discourses that envelop them—it is possible to glimpse the ideologies that undergird contemporary aesthetics, ethics and anxieties.

The Pros and Cons of Giving a Friend Advice

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on September 19, 2016 in Off the Couch
Whether you give advice as a matter of course or you think carefully about everything you say, giving and taking advice from a friend is rarely simple.

Self-Enhancement in a Small World

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in One Among Many
The Society of Experimental Social Psychology convenes in Santa Monica end of September, 2016. Voilà mes deux centimes.

The Power of a Mentor

My friend Bill died today. Here's how an unlikely friendship turned into one of my most treasured ones.

4 Ways to Determine if You Have Self-Esteem Issues

If you struggle with self-esteem, you likely, repeatedly hit the same roadblocks within yourself and feel at a loss for improving your situation. There's a way out of this spiral.

Why You Keep Choosing Unhealthy Relationships

Take this quick relationship test to find out if your friends are right for you.

The #1 Predictor of Relationship Success No One Talks About

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Feeling It
How You Relate To Yourself Predicts Your Relationship Success With Others

5 Questions That Could Change Your Life

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
When you learn how to ask yourself the right questions, you immediately become empowered.

King Oedipus and the Good Life

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in One Among Many
Once we know what the good life is, will we be happier?

Appetite for Risk

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in A Sideways View
Can we classify or categorize people according to the extent they enjoy risk taking?

The Value of Association Value

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Pop Psych
Examining how reciprocal and unilateral friendships are useful for affecting change

4 Principles Keeping You Together, for Better or Worse

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
A new book explains how those dusty Psychology 101 theories shed light on your behavior and your relationships.

The Limited Influence of Liberal Professors

Although liberal professors outnumber conservative professors in higher education, their ideological influence is limited.

The Paradox of the American Voter

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Our Changing Culture
What's up with voters these days? Cultural psychology explains it all

To See Ourselves as Others See Us

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in A Sideways View
Have you completed a JoHari Window? How easy is it for other people to get to know you? Do you really have self-insight into your strengths and weaknesses

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Time Out
What's more of a health risk than smoking or obesity? Loneliness.