Essential Reads

Grit, Talent, and Character

Talent and grit combine to influence individual performance, but for teams performing under high-stakes, high-stress conditions, other character attributes are necessary additions.

The Four Qualities It Takes to Become a High Flyer

The highly successful in work, if not life, seem to share 4 common personality traits according to new research on the qualities that can position you to fly high and succeed.

Seven Daily Behaviors Conscientious People Avoid

By Caroline Beaton on May 22, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
For millennials struggling to adapt to the real world, as I did, embodying this trait could be the key to a successful, happy adulthood.

Cat People and Dog People Do Have Different Personalities

Data shows that cat people are introverted and nonconforming but also creative, while dog people are warm, sociable and pragmatic.

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Games Master Manipulators Play: Boundary Blindness

How to know when your personal boundaries are being crossed, and what to do about it.

Do You Feel Trapped By Your Social Roles?

The stories we tell ourselves about who we are can at times constrain us. So what should we do if we want to change the story and create a new narrative of who we want to be?

How Does A Narcissist Think?

Here is how narcissistic behavior is dangerous and harmful to others.

Performance vs. Ability in Psychology Research

Unwarranted assumptions invalidate research on personality disorders

Treating Opioid Abuse: Focus on the Patient, Not Just Pain

"Drugs do not grab you and hold you in a bear hug."

Why Are Some States "Tighter" Than Others?

State-level differences in making and enforcing rules can help us understand why illicit drug use is lower—and levels of cautiousness are higher—in the South than in the West.

The Art of Being Too Sensitive

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Introvert Power
Have you been told you are too sensitive? Respond with a paintbrush.

Do Early Birds and Night Owls Have Different Personalities?

Bedtime isn't the only difference between early birds and night owls.

How to Deal with Narcissists in the Workplace

By Ray Williams on May 13, 2017 in Wired for Success
What do you do if you have to work with a narcissist, particularly the boss?
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The Creative Process of Psychotherapy

Effective psychotherapy is a mutual creative process between therapist and patient.

What Motivated Donald Trump’s Presidential Ambitions?

What happens when a billionaire seeks leadership and the limelight?

Psychodynamically Informed Clinical Work

A psychodynamic perspective can enhance and individualize non-analytic treatment — even "med checks."

The Good Reasons We Stay in Bad Relationships

Do you know someone in a bad relationship? Have you ever wondered why they stay? Psychological research helps to elucidate why many couples remain in unfulfilling relationships.
Laura Weis with permission

The Freudian Account of Leadership Failure and Derailment

The Leadership literature shown that a surprisingly high number of business managers cock-up badly. The question is why and what the Freudian interpretation has to offer?

The Authentic Introvert

Because the introvert may be highly concerned with being authentic, we may wonder whether there is anything wrong with an introvert “passing” as an extrovert.
Used by permission by theconversation.com

Learning From Professional Listeners

Become a professional conversationalist.

Complements and Substitutes

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Ambigamy
If they have this trait, do they have that trait? We deal with such questions a lot. Understanding substitutes and complements can help us answer them well.

Why People Still “Feel Sorry” for Only Children

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Singletons
How many only-child stereotypes can you name?
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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".

The Narcissistic and the Needy: A New Way to Deal

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.