Essential Reads

How Do Psychologists Determine Personality Trait Levels?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Cui Bono
Where, exactly, is the dividing line between introversion and extraversion? Or, for any trait, how do psychologists determine if you are low, average, or high degree on that trait?
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Materialism's One-Two Punch

Materialism is a philosophy about what makes for a good life. Embracing it is associated with unhappiness. But abandoning it might not make you much happier - or any happier. Why?
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Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and the First Memories of Life

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on March 19, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
How neuroscience informs the meaning of early childhood recollections.

Bipolar II or Bipolar Too?

The challenges of accurate symptom identification for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as for diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactivity.

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Why Do Some Men Get Premature Championship Tattoos?

By Kevin Bennett on March 22, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do some men get premature championship tattoos? Here are four reasons why you might go for some skin art that predicts a successful season for your favorite team.
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Disability and Strengths: We Need Phase 3!

5 practical strategies to move you into Phase 3, helping you take on a character strengths-based mindset.

Family Dysfunction: How Therapists Get the Whole Story

Therapists have several useful techniques for getting shameful, protective, or guilty patients to open up and tell the whole story regarding dysfunction in their families.

Five Findings About Masculinity and Anger and Aggression

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in All the Rage
Just a few of the ways that masculinity can be toxic.

Improv Muscle

To shed light on what makes improv such an important muscle for introverts to develop, I had the privilege of interviewing Carl Kissin, a New York City-based improv master.
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Are We Doomed to Repeat Our Relationship Patterns?

Do the attachment styles we develop in childhood inevitably shape our adult relationships? And if so, can they be changed?

Patient in Chief

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on March 16, 2017 in Romance Redux
Diagnosing Donald Trump from afar comes with a cost—including further dividing the country. Understand the debate and the one way we might heal as a nation.

Addicted to Hate

By Donna Flagg on March 15, 2017 in Office Diaries
Can our souls survive the current political landscape?

What's the Difference Between Me and You?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What makes me me and you you?

Why the Clinical Use of Psychedelics May Heal Sexual Trauma

Recent research indicates that psychedelics can assist in healing sexual trauma by increasing the personality trait of openness to new experiences.

Welcome to the Madness and Mystery of Surprise Egg Videos

By Kevin Bennett on March 11, 2017 in Modern Minds
Children are obsessed with the online sub-culture of surprise egg videos and the micro-universe inhabited by family finger people.
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The Peculiar Pleasures of Traveling Alone

By Sophia Dembling on March 11, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Traveling with other people is fun, but solo travel is a very particular pleasure for introverts.

Are You a Morning or an Evening Person?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Media Spotlight
While circadian preferences can change over the course of our lifespan, it is important to recognise how important morningness and eveningness can be in how we think and behave.

The Psychology of Hate

Who you hate says a lot about you.

Avoidant Personality Disorder

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in A Sideways View
How can you best help and understand those with Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Why We Love Talking About Ourselves

People love to talk, talk, talk.

You Might be Gloomy Right Now Because of Where You Are

By Kevin Bennett on March 04, 2017 in Modern Minds
Did you know that your psychological profile is connected to physical location? The geographic spots we live, work, and play in are expressions of our personalities.

What Is Bulimia Nervosa?

It's been called "the secretive syndrome," and the intense shame can obstruct seeking help.

Split Decisions in the Courtroom

The movie Split has brought Dissociative Identity Disorder back into the spotlight. Here's how this controversial diagnosis plays out in the courtroom.
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Intelligent Mud

Emotions make our mud human—sometimes intelligently caring, often charming, on occasion—lovable.

Do Purebred and Mixed-Breed Dogs Show Behavior Differences?

Purebred and mixed-breed dogs differ in terms of their personality and the likelihood of behavior problems.

The Military and Management Incompetence

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in A Sideways View
Forty years ago Norman Dixon wrote The Psychology of Military Incompetence. It is the story of loss battles and poor generalship. It has important lessons for us today

Hero or Victim: How do You Deal With a Crisis?

There are three basic responses to the challenges that come along in life, which one are you?

Intellectual Bullies: What You Need to Know About Them

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
When we think of childhood bullying, we’re likely to conjure images of a vulnerable child’s being mocked to tears, or having to endure some form of sadistic physical abuse. But...

Divorcing and Coparenting With the Sociopath

There are ways to keep you and your children safe when divorcing a sociopath. Here are 5 things you must do in the face of a personality disordered ex.

Accountability With Physical Fitness Goals

If you do a review of what has worked for you in the past, what can you discover about how to set the stage for success with your goals?

Trait Neuroticism and Depressive and Anxiety Disorders

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
It is essential for folks who regularly struggle with depression and anxiety to understand high Trait Neuroticism and how to manage it.

The Power of Small Talk

By Joe Moran, Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in The Secret Life of Shyness
Small talk is not an empty ritual: it's a vital life skill that even the shy have to learn.
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Love Thy Enemy... as a Public Relations Blessing

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Executive Ego
Rather than fear what your enemies say, if they act like buffoons cry, "Send in the clowns."

Remembering Jodi Arias: Poster Girl for Narcissism

Jodi Arias reminds us we overuse the word “Narcissist,” and this serious diagnosis should never be just a slur for people who’ve hurt us, or who we don’t like.