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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.

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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.

Should You Ever Give Advice to a Friend?

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 anything you say, giving advice to and taking advice from a friend is almost never 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 "Relationship Test" and change your karma today!

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.

Dating: Whose Relationship Is It Anyway?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 05, 2016 in Fixing Families
It's all too easy when dating to fall into being too accommodating, too reactionary, and taking what you can get. How to break out and make the relationship your own.

Generous Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 05, 2016 in On Having Fun
Is generous fun more fun than selfish fun? You have to ask?

A Good Life: Embodied, Earth-Centric or Controlled, Detached

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
David Abram, Spell of the Sensuous, challenges assumptions about history, earth living and the good life.

Top 5 Benefits of a Geek-Out

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A Geek-Out goes beyond what any tour guide can tell you, because you seek a direct experience of the subject you embrace.

Mentally Strong People Don't Resent Other People's Success

Seeing people have what you want can be hard. But resenting their success will rob you of mental strength.

Explaining Media Psychology in 2017

Media influence on people is like "The Blob"... oozing everywhere. Media Psychologists are the professionals that study the effect of media on behavior everywhere.

Ready to Rumble: Why We Will Watch the Presidential Debates

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
The debate schedule is set and the candidates are prepared to hit the stage. Yet viewers will watch the action seeking both flash and substance--education and entertainment.