There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on February 19, 2019 in Darwin's Subterranean World
If people prefer social and mating partners who are kind and selfless, why are there so many jerks out there? An evolutionary perspective can help us understand why.
By Gurit E. Birnbaum, Ph.D. on February 17, 2019 in Intimately Connected
Insecure patterns of attachment may impair sexual functioning in romantic relationships.
By Mark L. Ruffalo L.C.S.W. on February 15, 2019 in From Freud to Fluoxetine
Dissociative identity disorder represents the most controversial diagnosis in the history of psychiatry. Is it time to remove it from the DSM?
By Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA on February 14, 2019 in ExperiMentations
Making sure projects are wrapped up before heading home is a great quality in a worker, but research suggests it may get in the way of performance and job satisfaction.
By Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D. on February 11, 2019 in Lifetime Connections
Shame and guilt are warning signs that your behavior has either let you or someone else down. Shame, though, locks you in place, while guilt may propel you forward in a good way.
By Jen Kim on February 08, 2019 in Valley Girl With a Brain
How social comparison theory makes us human.
By Julia Shaw Ph.D. on February 07, 2019 in Making Evil
We have gone to great lengths to both mystify and monsterize psychopaths. It's time to dispel these six common misconceptions.
By Christopher Mruk, Ph.D. on February 06, 2019 in Authentic Self-Esteem and Well-Being
Gender, culture, and self-esteem: Are they connected—and if so, how?
By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. on February 02, 2019 in Fulfillment at Any Age
The idea that introverts would be happier if they could only become extraverts fits common-sense notions about personality. A new experimental study challenges that belief.
By David Rettew M.D. on January 26, 2019 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Are the genes that make kids “active” the same ones that make kids “hyperactive?” What about sadness and depression? A new study adds weight to the spectrum model of behavior.
By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on January 16, 2019 in Darwin's Subterranean World
The topic of narcissism is common in the scholarly and popular literature these days. Here is how we actually measure the trait and interpret individual scores.
By Jack Pemment MA, MS on January 13, 2019 in Blame the Amygdala
The need to identify possible acts of necrophilia and necrophilic desires and intentions is crucial, and not just for law enforcement.
By Neel Burton M.D. on January 03, 2019 in Hide and Seek
Successful versus unsuccessful psychopaths.
By Christopher J. Ferguson Ph.D. on January 02, 2019 in Checkpoints
One textbook suggests we learn from Hitler's high self-esteem that self-esteem is no bridge to ethical behavior. But is Hitler's self-esteem just another fable we tell students?
By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 01, 2019 in Theory of Knowledge
How do you explain human behavior? The unified approach claims three processes are key: investment, influence, and justification.
By Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA on December 31, 2018 in ExperiMentations
New research suggests authenticity isn't what we think it may be, and provides thought-provoking data about what it may be.
By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. on December 29, 2018 in Fulfillment at Any Age
Anger that’s difficult to control becomes problematic for men with borderline personality disorder. New research explores what’s different about their brains.
By Bill Eddy LCSW, JD on December 28, 2018 in 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life
Bullies tend to have high-conflict personalities. They are predictable, impulsive, and rigid thinkers. Here's a few tips for dealing with them in negotiations.
By Jenn Granneman on December 21, 2018 in The Secret Lives of Introverts
Your child would rather stand back and watch than play with other kids, and she spends a lot of time alone. Congratulations: You've got an introvert.
By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 12, 2018 in One Among Many
Is your perception of yourself too positive?
By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 12, 2018 in Insight Is 20/20
I am often asked, "What's the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath?" There's no good answer, because it's a bad question that must be reframed.
By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 11, 2018 in Living Single
New research shows that people who enjoy time alone have a different profile of psychological health than people who spend time alone to avoid others.
By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 08, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
The DSM maps the personality disorders into clusters (A, B, and C). This blog organizes them into their polar opposites (e.g., narcissistic is the opposite of avoidant).
By Sophia Dembling on December 06, 2018 in The Introvert's Corner
Friendship is important and requires maintenance. Don't let introvert power weaken your bonds with others.
By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on December 05, 2018 in Bipolar You
Distinguishing the roles of mood, environment, and personality in the lives of those living with bipolarity.