All About Personality

Questions of personality have vexed mankind from the dawn of personhood: can people change? How do others perceive me? What is the difference between normal and pathological behavior? One's personality is so pervasive and all-important that it presents a clinical paradox of sorts: it is hard to assess our own personality, and impossible to overlook that of others.

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Go Or Don't Go: The Whys and Why Nots

By Sophia Dembling on February 22, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Staying home is not always the right choice, even for introverts. Here's how I weigh various situations to decide if I want to stay in or get out there.

What Works for Me May Not Work for You

When it comes to fitness goals, if you find a type of movement that feels both good and right to you, it’s much more likely to become a habit.

Malignant Narcissism: Collision of Two Personality Disorders

By Rhonda Freeman Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in NeuroSagacity
Those who interact with malignant narcissists consider them jealous, petty, thin-skinned, punitive, hateful, cunning, and angry.

Trivia Quiz: How Well Do You Know Psychology’s Pioneers?

When he delivered his now classic book to his publisher, which author apologized that it was a "loathsome, distended, tumefied, bloated, dropsical mass?"

Dancing With Each Other's Shadow (Part II)

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
This blog applies the concept of the shadow to a couple who would frequently get into conflicts.

Can You See Your Shadow?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
The personal shadow is the dark side of one's self-consciousness system. It is often easier to see in others than in ourselves.

What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant

Narcissism is one of the Dark Triad traits that also include psychopathy and Machiavellianism. New research that sadism brings its own unique contribution to the equation.

9 Ways of Being Stuck

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 21, 2017 in The Career Within You
He enjoyed roaming the land and meeting different folks. It intrigued him that the others were finding out who they were and what made them tick.

Geert Hofstede: A Conversation About Culture

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Between Cultures
Decades after his pioneering research, Hofstede shares his insights on culture’s role in our lives.

Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence and Collaboration

There is a strong connection between certain personality traits, emotional intelligence and collaborative potential.

Gender Wrap

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in One Among Many
The study of gender relations is difficult. The study of gender stereotypes is easier. Here are some results.

A Super-Quick Way to Determine Who’s Psychopathic

It certainly is of great value to be able to sniff out a psychopath. There are many possible tests and quizzes; the latest entry promises to be the quickest, and maybe the best.

Do Nervous Dog Owners Have Nervous Dogs?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 16, 2017 in Canine Corner
Dog owners who have more neurotic personalities tend to have dogs who are nervous and cope with stress less efficiently, a new study finds.

A Multivocal Self

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Life as a Bilingual
An interview with Julie Choi, author of “Creating a multivocal self”, about the ambiguity and vulnerability of multilingual existence and the pros that outweigh the cons.

Job Skills and Jobs Help, But They Are Not Enough

Do you think that acquiring job skills and a well-paying job prevents crime? Rarely is this true. Change is a lot more complicated.

Psychosexual Stages: Freud’s Theory of Personality

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in A Sideways View
Is it true that many of our adult behaviours are a function of unresolved conflicts in childhood?

Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier?

The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.
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The Anatomy of Who We Are

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on February 13, 2017 in Brainstorm
A new study explores the ties between personality and the dimensions of the brain.

Narcissistic or Not?

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on February 13, 2017 in I Hear You
The entire millennial generation has been criticized as narcissistic and entitled. Can this really be true?

Love Week

By Frances Kuffel on February 13, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
Today, on the eve of St. Valentine of Terni’s martyrdom 1700 years ago – for trying to convert Emperor Claudius – is International Self Love Day.

Radio Stories: Synchronicities in a Therapist’s Office

An interview on a radio show dedicated to coincidence studies features a wide-ranging discussion of clinical experiences with synchronicity.

We Can Often See the Reflection of Our Narcissistic Side

Do external affirmations seem not to exist? Do you want to brag about yourself but you know you ought not? How do you build self-confidence without being narcissistic?

"Gosh, My Dog is Just Like Me": Shared Neuroticism

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new study shows that dogs mirror human personalities more than humans mirror dog personalities and that pessimism and anxiety are shared traits.

Authoritarianism in America

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Side Effects
On rereading “The Authoritarian Personality” in 2017.
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Is Self-Love Healthy or Narcissistic?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in The Clarity
Can you love yourself without being a narcissist? Research shows you how.

Sex and its Divine Nature

Why does our sexual appetite come and go? Is sex an activity that brings pleasure because it nurtures our ego? Or is it the opposite? Is sex so good because it disrupts our ego?

Idealization and Contempt

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Life After 50
Do you know someone who cycles between idealization and devaluation? It may be an indicator of a personality disorder.
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Why Do Americans Like Sociopaths?

What makes sociopathy so alluring, so exciting? Nominations are open for the Madoff Prize.

What Your ZIP Code Says About You

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Talking Apes
Where you lives tells a lot about what kind of person you are.

“It Takes One to Know One,” Truth or Half-Truth?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
Besides my title, consider these expressions: “That’s the pot calling the kettle black”; “I know you are, but what am I?”; “Look who’s talking!” or You should talk!” or even...