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Disagreements can escalate when people become ego-involved and defensive. High-quality listening can short-circuit this process.
Why do some people resist taking small actions to stem the spread of the virus?
We know a great deal about what humble people are like, but what is the central characteristic that makes them humble?
Most identities distinguish us from other people. What if our identities connected us with everybody else?
The concept of ego pops up throughout psychology. Learn the differences between egoism, egotism, egocentrism, and egoicism.
Viewing oneself as liberal or conservative creates social distance and fosters animosity toward those who disagree with us. Why turn your political beliefs into an identity?
After a natural disaster, many people rush in to help. Others hurry in to take advantage of the victims.
A single dark trait underlies many negative, hurtful personality characteristics, including narcissism, Machiavellianism, moral disengagement, sadism, and spitefulness.
Know-it-alls don't seem to know that always thinking they're right can hurt their relationships.
For many people, suicide is a baffling puzzle. This theory may help it make sense.
Being aware of our unavoidable egocentrism can reduce the degree to which it biases our perceptions, leads to bad decisions, and causes conflict with other people.
Koru Mindfulness training is helping a new generation of adults manage stress and lead healthier, happier, more balanced lives.
Anxiety may be a nearly unavoidable feature of human life today because of changes that occurred at the dawn of modern civilization.
Religious sages throughout history knew that self-preoccupation was a serious problem, but something went wrong.
Just as vigilantes in the old west took it upon themselves to enforce their views of justice, social vigilantes think it is their duty to tell the rest of us what to believe.
Figuring out how to reduce selfishness would have big gains for society.
Too much self-thought distracts you from the things that really matter.
In today's political climate, believing that one's political views are superior is one thing that is bipartisan.
Why does an otherwise intelligent species create so many problems for itself?
Mark Leary, Ph.D., is the Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University and author of The Curse of the Self.