Social Life Essential Reads

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 will provide a tool for you to do a reality check on 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.

Detox Your Relationships

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on September 19, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Toxic people can damage and leave long-lasting effects on others, so it's important to determine when it's time to either sever or mend the relationship.

The Power of Contamination and Taint in Language

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in Morality in Language
Do we need to distinguish between harm and purity to understand moral psychology? Contamination concepts in political rhetoric and coping suggest that we do.

Bare Faced, Glowing and Dewy

Freckled and fresh-faced, these are the girls we want to be: evolved beyond the tyranny of traditional makeup, but effortlessly beautiful. It is a paradoxical beauty ideal.

How To Minimize Drama

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Ambigamy
Drama is a drag on any relationship, but what is it and how does it arise? Here's a roadmap with the pitfalls marked so you can avoid them.

Who's Keeping You Quiet?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Trust
The best listeners recognize they don't already know it all.

A Productive Way to Think About Social Anxiety

By Joel Minden, PhD on September 09, 2016 in CBT and Me
Most concerns about social anxiety are unproductive. Here's what to do instead.
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3 Ways to Stay Cool in the Face of Sarcasm

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in How to Be Yourself
Sarcastic people can be hilarious, but when you're the subject of their sarcasm, they can be hurtful. Here are some tips to help you survive their quips.

Is Modern Academic Feminism Harming Women?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Are American women being harmed by feminists who treat them like they are an oppressed and fragile group that needs protected?

Mind of a Psychologist

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in One Among Many
Next time you ask a psychologist what it is like to be a psychologist, be gentle, and mind your assumptions.

So What If You’re Not Securely Attached?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Talking Apes
Psychologists have long treated people with insecure attachment as deviant. But those with anxious and avoidant relationship styles play important roles in human societies.

5 Tips for Gracefully Ending a Difficult Relationship

Endings present a psychological challenge unless they’re mutually negotiated. These 5 tips, based in part on a new group dynamics paper, provide some guidance for your goodbyes.

The Urbanization-Mental Health Connection

During human evolution, the largest human communities rarely surpassed 150 people. An implication for modern living is this: Humans tend to do best in relatively small communities.

Admit It, You Are Secretly Voting for Donald Trump? Right?

Many people will not follow their expressed views with their vote. These stealth voters will hit the ballot box en masse in November. But will they make a difference?
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Colds and Clocks - How Bugs Use Timing to Infect You

Time rules life - included when and how you get infected.

Does a High Sex Drive Make a Partner More Likely to Cheat?

If someone has a high sex drive, are they more likely to cheat?

Trump´s Tweets and Twitter Psychology: You Talkin´ to Me?

Twitter is both public and personal. Facilitating interaction between political candidates and prospective voters creates synthetic intimacy which can translate into votes.

Can You Learn a Second Language After Childhood?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in Talking Apes
While it’s true that that it’s easier to learn a language when you’re young, adults can still learn languages with the right motivation.
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Who Blames the Victim?

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Morality in Language
Moral values constitute a core framework that organizes psychological processes to motivate predictable patterns of condemnation toward victims. Still, language matters!

Why No One Likes a Humblebragger

Research shows that people find humblebragging more off-putting than pure bragging and pure complaining.

Is It Offensive to Declare a Psychological Claim Wrong?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
You might think that scientists just let the data speak. Instead, if what the data say is, "Your pet theory or claim is wrong," many scientists get very defensive and hostile.

How to Turn Friendship Into Love

Is your friendship forever a friendship, or could it turn into a romance? New research can help.

6 Ways to Make a Bad First Impression

First impressions can become last impressions if you’re not careful. These 6 common mistakes can prevent people from getting to know who you really are.

Being Dead

Professor Andrew Stark searches for ways for those who do not believe in an afterlife to accept mortality. But in the end, he is unable to escape stark psychological realities.

Play Is Serious Business

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in Home Base
We evolved to learn through play. But the push towards academics has crowded out open playtime in schools. Play should be treated not as a privilege, but as a core part of learning

Taking Single Life Seriously

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 14, 2016 in Living Single
From research on the actual lives of single people comes findings that defy all stereotypes.

5 Myths About How to Deal With a Breakup

Don't fall prey to these misconceptions about what you should be doing to grieve the loss of your marriage or long-term relationship.

Gender Identity Is in the Brain. What Does This Tell Us?

Has the surge in our knowledge of the brain told us anything useful about the basis for gender identity? If it did, how would we use it?