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.

Recent posts on Personality

How Brand Challenges Can Build Corporate Character

By Moses Ma on April 30, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
A key lesson for all companies in the wake of United Airlines’ “re-accommodation” debacle is the realization that character matters in development of your customer experience.
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Backwoods Predators

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Terror in the deep, dark woods is not just a movie script; predators look for relaxed arenas where people tend to trust strangers.

We're All Artists

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 29, 2017 in Minority Report
"Aren't we all artists?" was the response I received when I asked a Parisian shop owner if he was an artist or if he just sold art. This experience redefined how I saw "artists".

A New Way to Deal with the Needy and the Narcissistic

It can be a challenge to have to reassure the incessantly needy and narcissistic person. New research shows how to help you, and them, break out of their clingy habits.

Bullies Beware: Rule Breaking Required

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on April 28, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
It is easy to be intimidated by bullies, but breaking a few social rules can turn would-be enemies into fast friends.

Too Young to Be Old: Love, Learn, Work, and Play as You Age

By The Book Brigade on April 27, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Everyone has a “psychological portfolio,” and it’s especially important to update it as you age.

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.

What Men Desire in a Woman

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Sideways View
What is the evolutionary psychology of mate choice? What really "turns men on" and why?

It's Not the Glass That's Half Full/Empty; It's the Breast

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on April 25, 2017 in Full Living
We judge others as dispositioned towards negativity or positivity, scarcity or abundance, as a chosen disposition. In truth, that disposition gets set in infancy.

Site Hardening: Predator-Proof Your Home

Your home is a sanctuary of safety and security. Fortify your walls with common sense and perception. While most of your neighbors are safe, be on alert for those who are not.

Fragmentation of Personality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Given the complexity of our online lives, how do we define the totality of who we are? Is this changing how we think of being integrated human beings and our creative lives?

Virtual Reality as a Mirror of Depersonalization

By Elena Bezzubova on April 23, 2017 in The Search for Self
Negative mirroring between cyber-generated virtual reality and the psyche-generated virtual unreality, or depersonalization, opens the way to the quest for consciousness and self.

Intelligence, Education, Personality, and Social Mobility

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in In One Lifespan
What predicts upward social mobility? We identified four important factors—education, intelligence, higher openness and lower neuroticism.
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An Open Letter to People Who Talk Too Much

By Sophia Dembling on April 20, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Introverts are often sitting ducks for chatterboxes. This is what we're thinking as we sit and listen and listen and listen.

How Do Character Strengths Help (and Harm) Romance?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Curious?
This is the first study to suggests that the beliefs we hold about the personality strengths of our romantic partners influence our well-being and their well-being.

Here's What Successful Narcissists Do to Earn Your Trust

We may find it difficult to live with narcissists, but this doesn’t prevent us from trusting a grandiose stranger. New research shows what it is about them that’s so compelling.

Thoughts About Opioid Addiction

Taking a look at the thinking processes underlying opioid addiction.

A Semi-Parody One Item Personality Test

What is the opposite of eating?

When Do Nice Guys Finish First?

When does the dating advantage go to the nice guy?
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Mottos I Live By

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Face It!
Perseverance with the help of three mottos.

Would You Give Up Good Looks for a Great Personality?

Can we consciously discern the traits which motivate our dating and mating decisions?

A Bomb

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about suppressed anger.

Intrapsychic Conflict and Dysfunctional Family Patterns

Conflicts within parents' minds over certain behavior can lead them to give double messages to kids, who in turn develop dysfunctional mental models about what is expected of them.

Why Passive Aggressive Behavior Thrives in the Workplace

Passive aggressive workers make for an unpleasant office atmosphere at best and utter sabotage of productivity at worst.

A New Big Five for Psychotherapists, Part II

We can transcend the paradigms in psychotherapy by thinking in terms of systems of character adaptation.

Why "Good Looks" Influences Our Judgment

By Ray Williams on April 05, 2017 in Wired for Success
There’s substantial evidence to indicate we make judgments about people based on their physical attractiveness, which affect relationships, job selection and success.

A New Big Five for Psychotherapists (Part I)

Psychotherapists should not think in terms of paradigms, but five systems of character adaptation: 1) habits; 2) emotions; 3) relationships; 4) defenses; and 5) justifications.

Are You a Social Chameleon or a Zebra?

What kind of person are you? A social chameleon or a zebra?
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Believing in Change for More Than Good Grades

By Ross E O'Hara, Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Nudging Ahead
Efforts to foster growth mindsets have taken hold in higher education. But it might be time for us to think beyond growth mindsets to help college students thrive.

Seeking Credibility

By Victor Lipman on April 03, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
This question gnaws at the heart of Donald Trump's presidency. How will persistent issues about his truthfulness impact his ability to govern?