Social Life Essential Reads

How to Say What You Mean without Sounding Like You're Mean

In a time when opinions are key to almost any dialogue between people, you may wonder- what’s the best way to express yours? This simple approach will help you find your voice.

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.

Is Honesty the Best Policy in the Bedroom?

Research on close relationships recommends that you be honest with your partner. Does this honesty extend to your sexual past as well?

The Disunited States of America and the Bystander Effect

By Sean Cort on July 18, 2016 in The Power of Perspective
Our nation is actually a 'nation-family' and we are suffering from an illness that could prove fatal.

We’re All a Bit Racist

It may be unintentional, but we’re all a little bit racist.

Acceptance and Transformation

Should left-handers demand that half the baseball diamond be reversed?

Why It Is So Easy to Hate Each Other

One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.

Support, or Succumb to, the Presumptive Leader!

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Peace and War
As subordinate politicians mull whether or not to support their party's "presumptive nominee," they are acting out an ancient evolutionary script.

The Psychology of Chatbots

Increased “humanization” of chatbots can trigger a crucial paradigm shift.

Why We’re Politically Stalled Out

It's not just that we disagree with one another. We have trouble putting ourselves in our political opponents' shoes. I explain why that's bad for everyone involved.

4 Reasons Compliments Make You Cringe

Do you have trouble accepting compliments? Research explains why kind words feel so uncomfortable.

The Importance of Being Moral

Perceptions of morality and competence matter. But which of these dimensions dominates?

How People Perceive Dogs With Docked Tails and Cropped Ears

New data shows that seeing a dog with a docked tail and cropped ears may cause people to believe that the dog is aggressive and its owner might be aggressive as well.

Stoicism: Being Indifferent to Pain or Pleasure

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 01, 2016 in A Sideways View
Many of the world religions suggest that being stoical is wise and virtuous. But many therapists suggest that rather than repress our emotions we should learn to embrace them.

How (and Why) to Play Hard to Get

Can playing hard to get make you more attractive? Read what the research has to say.
B. Jaeger

The Personality of Brexit Voters

The vote to leave the EU or to remain can be predicted at the county level from basic personality dimensions.

Do Partners Owe Each Other Total Honesty and Openness?

The desire to share your emotions, experiences, and private thoughts is a normal part of a thriving and healthy relationship.

Power, Status, and Perspective-Taking

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Power can make you less sensitive to other people's perspective. But, what about status? New research explores differences between power and status.

How a Cultural Meme Was Born

New insights into the origin of language as a mandrill in an English zoo invents a gesture for "leave me alone," and it spreads through the community

Do Shoppers Benefit When Stores Use Everyday Low Pricing?

Academic research has found EDLP has pros & cons for stores and shoppers. The cons might outweigh the pros.

The Only Proven Way to Improve a Relationship

Evidence shows that this simple behavior makes people happier in their relationships.

Is Depression 'Contagious'?

Can exposure to depression cause you to become depressed? The answer might surprise you.

4 Steps to Attract Someone New (and Still Be Yourself)

Should you behave in the most persuasive and attractive way, or be more authentic? Is there a way to balance the two?

7 Tips to Get Smartphone Overuse Under Control

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on June 07, 2016 in Minding the Body
How can you control your smartphone use so it’s not controlling you? Lisa Strohman, founder of the Technology Wellness Center, offers some smart phone advice.

Two Steps Toward Intercultural Competence

Interacting successfully with people who are culturally different is rarely easy. Insights from cross-cultural psychology can help.
J. Krueger

Cup > Coffee

When a purchase of one item (e.g., coffee) also involves the temporary use of a second item (e.g. a cup), what amount of collateral is fair?

In Defense of Authenticity and Being Yourself

In the New York Times, Adam Grant argues against authenticity and being yourself. In this post, I stand up in their defense.
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3 Highly Effective Ways to Give Critical Feedback

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Feeling It
We have this idea that giving critical feedback is necessary but difficult. But research and Eileen Fisher show us it doesn't have to be.

Can You Ever Really Get Inside Someone Else’s Head?

You can never get inside other people’s heads because all you ever really know is the built up internal representations in your own head.

Are You Flirting More Than You Realize?

Whether or not you intend to, you may be sending out signals that you’re sexually available. See which of the 5 flirting types fits your own behavior.