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Why the Narcissistically Entitled Are So Difficult to Please

The narcissistically entitled can make dealing with them difficult indeed. Knowing what’s behind their fussiness can make your life, and possibly theirs, much easier.

Social Vigilantes

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.

The 2 Ways to Become the Cool Person You Always Wanted to Be

The two factors that control your being seen as truly cool come under scrutiny in a new study of the personality traits of those we want to emulate.

Individual Differences

People come in all shapes and sizes, physically and psychologically. Here are nine of the core personality dimensions on which we vary from each other.

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Big Little Lies

By Stephen Gray Wallace on January 17, 2018 in Decisions Teens Make
Despite uniformity among children, teens, and adults about the importance of honesty, it often seems in short supply.

The Number One Way to Overcome Infidelity

Moving past infidelity means forgiving the unforgivable. Yet research indicates that forgiveness-inspired relational commitment predicts whether the relationship will survive

Exclusive Interview With Writer-Director of Blood Honey

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Social Thinker
Jeff Kopas, the writer/director of a new psychological thriller, talks about the writing process and how he convinced Gil Bellows to douse himself in bees.

Why Are Others So Successful in Making Lifestyle Changes?

Want to change your life? Three simple findings from the scientific literature may help you.
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"I Hate My Mother"

An Authoritarian Wound Questionnaire respondent explains her relationship with her authoritarian mother.

Don’t Let HCPs Ruin Your Life in 2018

High Conflict People are increasing rapidly. Use these four counter-intuitive skills to deal with them.

What We Mean When We Talk About Entitlement

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in Between the Lines
Can a little bit of entitlement help you think out of the box? New data suggests it spurs creative problem-solving.

Are You Facebook Friends With a Psychopath? How to Tell

Worried about Facebook friending a psychopath? When it comes to spotting dark personalities on Facebook, research reveals red flags.

How to Be an Empath Warrior

Empaths have strengths that are wonderful to develop. Bring them out fully with these 5 steps.

Sexual Misconduct: What Is the Effect of the Environment?

Needed to deter criminal conduct in the workplace: more oversight and imposing of consequences.

A Narcissist Walks Into a Bar

By Anneli Rufus on January 11, 2018 in Stuck
Has a narcissist ever driven you to despair? Sometimes jokes are the best revenge.

Scoring Wisdom

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Memory Medic
The potential value of wisdom-scoring tests is that they can show people what wisdom is by identifying its specific domains in a tangible way that guides development of wisdom.

Working Toward Psychological Health

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Pieces of Mind
When working with individuals with an overcontrolled personality style and treatment resistant disorders and/or chronic loneliness, it can be difficult to prioritize goals.

Tackling Self-Blame and Self-Criticism: 5 Strategies to Try

By Peg Streep on January 10, 2018 in Tech Support
Do you believe when things go wrong, someone has to take the fall and that person should be you? Do you think people are capable of changing their reactions?

You Are Going to Fall in Love With This Person—Really?

By Kevin Bennett on January 10, 2018 in Modern Minds
Will you fall in love with your total opposite? Are cult members dumb, gullible sheep? Answers to these questions and eight other surprises from psychological science.

Can You Tell a Psychopath from a Sociopath?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Wicked Deeds
In addition to their many commonalities, sociopaths and psychopaths have their own unique, distinctive behavioral characteristics and origins.

Study of Borderline Personality Disorder Observes Families

A study looked at interactions between young adult children with borderline personality disorder and their parents, revealing the ways children have to take care of the parents.

Did My Narcissistic Mate Mean to Hurt Me?

If you have ever wondered if your narcissistic mate was intentionally causing you pain or simply oblivious, this article can help you understand what was going on and why.

#MeToo: Take Your Hands Off Pandora’s Box!

Transactional analysis explains the current sex scandals as a series of games with established rules and well-defined roles for each participant.
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Why Authoritarians Love Religion

The ongoing Authoritarian Wound series continues with an examination of the authoritarian personality's relationship to religion.

How to Spot a Psychopath: Three Traits You Should Look For

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The Social Thinker
Research on the "Dark Triad" suggests that psychopaths exhibit three distinct traits.

Don’t Create What You Defend Against: Don’t Build the Wall

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on January 06, 2018 in The Freedom to Change
When we defend ourselves too strongly and without thinking about long-term outcomes, we tend to make situations worse and create the very outcomes we feared.
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How to Distinguish a Sociopath from a Narcissist

Sociopaths and narcissists can share similar traits, but knowing the difference is crucial to determine whether the relationship improve? Information is power.

Underlying Patterns: Hard to See and Painfully Obvious

Change and letting go by choice can trigger one’s own feelings of loss and abandonment.

The Psychology of Star Wars: Dark Side Edition

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Supersurvivors
Star Wars makes lots of claims about our darker emotions. Are they accurate?

Are Writers as Weird as They Are Made to Appear?

Writers have often been perceived and portrayed as quirky, eccentric, and occasionally belligerent – a reputation that is arguably well deserved.

You Don’t Really Want to Get Better

Of course psychotherapy clients want relief from their symptoms. Yet, they are reluctant to change the defenses that would allow them to overcome their psychological maladies.

How Reality TV Preferences Reveal Personality

Reality TV watchers love to live vicariously through other people's lives. Clinical voyeurism is different: It's a paraphilic disorder involving observing unsuspecting victims.

Who's Pulling Your Strings?

By Atalanta Beaumont on January 04, 2018 in Handy Hints for Humans
Do you value what you stand for enough to withstand others’ attempts to dissuade you or undermine you?
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Imprisoned by Hoarding

By Elizabeth Young on January 04, 2018 in Adaptations
“You may feel a need to escape once you get inside," Lark says as we stand on the landing outside her apartment.