Essential Reads

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.
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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.

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.

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.

Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence and Collaboration

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

“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...

Psychopaths, Sadists, and the Lure of Internet Aggression

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on February 07, 2017 in The Integrationist
Internet trolls create chaos on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Read on to learn who they are, what motivates them, and why you should stop feeding them.

Donald Trump Is James Bond Without the Loyalty

By Seth M. Spain Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in The Dark Side of Work
How is Donald Trump like James Bond? How is he different?

The Savior Complex

The term “Savior Complex” may have a positive connotation- however, when you learn more—it is clear that this behavior pattern may be problematic.

Questionable Study About Implanting False Memories

By David M. Allen M.D. on February 03, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
A study shown on "Nova" puts a subject in the position of having to call her parents liars. The experimenter ignores her behavior during the study in drawing conclusions.

Donald Trump: Is He as Unpredictable as He Seems?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
Writers have struggled to figure out just what is guiding our new President’s decision-making. This post should illuminate a subject that may have made you wonder, too.

Is Self-Confidence Inherited? A Renewed Debate

By Ray Williams on February 02, 2017 in Wired for Success
New research suggests that self-confidence may have a significant genetic component.

Why Do People Follow Tyrants?

By Jean Kim M.D. on February 02, 2017 in Culture Shrink
A look at why bad leaders still succeed in gaining followers.
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Split: Horror with a Side of Split Personality

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 01, 2017 in Reel Therapy
Read on to learn how the split personality phenomenon can be considered at the unhealthy end of the identity spectrum.

From Function Head to CEO's Valued Adviser

From function head to CEO's valued business adviser. Ready to make the journey? We have a road map for you.