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Is Facebook Making You Depressed?

Long a concern of psychologists studying Facebook use, the possibility of users become depressed comes under scrutiny in newly published research.

Why People Hold Grudges and What to Do About Them

When people hold grudges against you, it can be painful and confusing. New research shows there’s a reason they act this way. Understanding why may help you feel a bit better.

The Pressure to Be Perfect

Perfectionistic thinking is different from having high expectations and a drive to do a good job, in that the pressure to be perfect brings with it a host of negative thoughts.

Very Young Male Syndrome

Perceiving life as short has many outcomes associated with it. Being male and having gotten stitches at some point are among them. Evolutionary psychology tells us why.

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Dante's Damned Flatterers

Flattery is a sin against the community.

Yes, I'm an Introvert. No, I'm Not Depressed.

The introvert must be suffering from depression, because why on earth would someone want to stay home when there are parties to attend and fun to be had... right?

Three Ways to Spot a Sexual Harasser at Work

Do you have a sexual harasser in your workplace? Be attune for traits indicating narcissism, overperception of sexual interest, and objectification or dehumanization of women.

Parenting Strategies for Risky Situations

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
All parents will probably need to take a chance and give their child more freedom than they might be ready for.

New Research Finds No Evidence of a "Narcissism Epidemic"

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Maybe Millennials aren't so self-absorbed after all.

Does Raising a Dog's Excitement Level Improve Performance?

Attempting to generate higher levels of motivation and excitement may be detrimental to the performance of some dogs based upon their personality or temperament.

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust VI: The Break: Independence

The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

Lies, Self-Deception, and Malignant Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What type of person is attracted to narcissists?

Dominance, Individual Personality, and Leadership in Dogs

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Research on dogs shows group decisions are strongly influenced by the dominance rank and unique personality of leader individuals and the underlying hierarchical social network.

Impenetrable Suit, Susceptible Mind: Iron Man's Personality

What insights come from an analysis of Tony Stark's personality?

High-Conflict Personalities

It's time to talk about high-conflict personalities. Here's why.

Managing Relationship Conflict: Letting Go of Being Right

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in The Freedom to Change
Tired of having arguments that end with you and your partner insisting that you both are right about long ago events? Learn to let go of being right and find strategies that work.

How Do We Laugh in Times of Tragedy?

By Judy Carter on October 04, 2017 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
How do standup comics make people laugh in times of tragedy? In this article, comic Judy Carter recalls what happened in a show after 9/11

Do You Have an Inner Taskmaster? How Can You Tell?

Having an inner taskmaster is a mixed blessing. It can offer you various advantages. But it can also be an oppressive force, keeping you from experiencing many of life’s joys.

Las Vegas and the Myth of the "Out of Character" Crime

A crime always has a context. But it is often challenging to discover what it is.

How To Fail at Family Problem-Solving

When family members try to discuss their recurring, disturbing interactions, anger and frustration often result. There are many common strategic errors that lead to this outcome. courtesy of

How to Co-Parent with a Narcissist

Here are the things that you need to know to help your children when your co-parent has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

The Shadow Side of Our Personality is Challenging

By Rita Watson MPH on October 01, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Few of us want to admit to our own dark side. Yet we can recognize and tame it or take a negative reaction to someone as a warning sign to back away.

Dating Dealbreakers: How to Make or Break a First Date

Dating dealbreakers come in all shapes and sizes. From personality,to lifestyle, to health. Make it a priority to spot them on a first date, when you are at your most objective.

Why Does the Man Without Fear Become a Loner Among Heroes?

Why is the superhero nicknamed "the Man without Fear" arguably the biggest loner among Marvel superheroes? Do both disability and ability make Daredevil distant and disconnected?

Are You Obsessed with Buzzfeed Quizzes?

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Living the Questions
We seem to be obsessed with taking quizzes such as those found on BuzzFeed about our personality. Here are some questions to help you understand your deepest self.
photo by Dianne Grande

Using Humor to Boost Relationship Satisfaction

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in In It Together
Are you using humor to boost your relationship satisfaction?

Are Narcissists More Likely to Be Abusive?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The public's understanding of narcissism is growing, and many people see how it can be a challenging trait in a partner. But does it increase the likelihood of abuse? Read on.

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust V: Siblings: Adoration&Abuse

By Joan Cusack Handler Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Of Art and Science
The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood

Why the Myers-Briggs and Jung's Types Aren't BS [Video]

By Aqualus M Gordon Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in My Brother's Keeper
Has someone told you that the Myers-Briggs isn't a valid personality test? Here's 10 reasons why they're wrong.

Toxic Relationships

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Toxic relationships are sometimes unavoidable. Be aware of the signs and symptoms related to a toxic relationship.

An Empirical Study Mapping Personality Disorders

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Empirically mapping personality disorders by using Leary's Interpersonal Circumplex and Beck's Sociotropy and Autonomy formulations.
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The Overextended Introvert: Handle With Care

By Sophia Dembling on September 26, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Sometimes when life hands you too much to do, you have to just hunker down and get it done, even when it stretches you thin.

What Steals Our Sense of Humor?

By Anneli Rufus on September 22, 2017 in Stuck
What if we used to be funny, then stopped? Can we bring laughter back?

Weight Loss, Dating, and Relationships

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Does the stigma against obesity even apply to people who have successfully lost weight? New research provides a look at how this kind of stigma can affect mating choices.