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Insights into the psychology of love
Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D
Trying to rescue a bad relationship is at best a waste of time and at worst a time bomb.
Systemic racism needs to end, but at this moment in time it’s even more urgent that the modern-day lynch mob be brought to justice.
Despite rarely leaving our home during lockdown, we are busier now than ever before. Why is staying home so time consuming?
Extraverts normally have an edge when it comes to succeeding in school or on the job. But in a time of social isolation, introverts may have the upper hand.
A crisis can force moral decisions that betray what kind of people we really are, whether inclined think primarily of ourselves or to make selfless sacrifices.
Women who belong to multiple socially oppressed groups are particularly prone to misogynistic attacks. They are multiply burdened, discredited twice, thrice, or more.
Should you take the moral high ground when doing so is not in your friend’s best interest?
The grandiose and vulnerable subtypes of narcissism have presented a puzzle for psychologists. Now researchers have discovered a common structure underlying them.
We are unusually adept at detecting passive aggression unconsciously. But it takes more careful attention to consciously spot it.
Sadomasochism often involves one person degrading, humiliating, or hurting a submissive other for their own sexual gratification. How can we make moral sense of this picture?
Abusers live for the pleasure they take in asserting power over a victim.
Men tend to take the lead in far-reaching misogynistic movements. But very many women are misogynists too. Here is how to spot them.
The contemptuous person looks down on others yet has a fragile self-esteem. The vulnerable dark triad of personality explains why.
The vulnerable narcissist is far more susceptible to feeling hurt by external feedback than the grandiose narcissist, and is therefore far more prone to be hateful toward others.
Why does the desire to have complete power over another person so often culminate in murder?
Hannah Arendt conjectured that anyone would have acted like the Nazis if thrown into the same situation. She called it the banality of evil. But is it true that we are all evil?
Misogynistic hatred for nonconforming women is anchored in the historical ideal of femininity, an ideal that still prevails in society today.
Work email has become too time-consuming. The inbox gets fuller and fuller. This leads to guilt, email-phobia, and full-blown email-induced panic attacks. Can we un-invent email?
What allows us to take pleasure in horror movies and ancient Greek tragedies can be repurposed as a glue that can temporarily tie together the pieces of a broken relationship.
Although contempt often surfaces as an emotion, it can also be a personality trait of people who tend to look down on others.
The greater our vulnerability in a relationship, the more likely we are to feel hate toward the person we love. But is it coherent to hate and love a person at the same time?
How we bond with caregivers during early childhood affects how we behave in relationships, how in touch we are with our emotions and how much we will allow ourselves to love others
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Only in rare cases is forgiveness justifiable when you don't know whether the other person regrets what she did and perhaps might behave the same way in the future.
When is it right to forgive a person for harm she has inflicted on you? Is she required to change her ways to deserve forgiveness?
Is it wrong to use another person as a means to sexual pleasure?
But if you lie about something merely in order to prevent the other person from saying "no" to sex, and you proceed to have sex with them, then this is sexual misconduct.
Agreeing to sex is not the same as consenting to sex. Consent requires having certain pieces of relevant information about the potential sexual encounter and then agreeing.
Hate can motivate us to stand up for ourselves and those whose lives were taken. Surprisingly, hate can also be what ultimately heals us.
Intense love can seem so everlasting that it’s almost surreal when we realize how quickly it can turn into hate.
Berit Brogaard, D.M.Sci., Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and the Director of the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research at the University of Miami.