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By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 24, 2019 in Ulterior Motives
When we talk about personality characteristics, we are often focusing on what psychologists call traits. Momentary changes, though, are states.
By Blake Griffin Edwards on April 20, 2019 in Progress Notes
We must be careful not to overestimate the precision of any personality model. On the other hand, human personalities are not merely irreducible one-offs.
By Sally Augustin Ph.D. on April 17, 2019 in People, Places, and Things
Should you knock down the walls inside your home, or add some?
By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on April 11, 2019 in Brainstorm
A recent study examined the awareness—or lack thereof—people have about in-the-moment personality impressions.
By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on April 09, 2019 in Darwin's Subterranean World
If extraversion leads to positive social outcomes, why are there so many introverts? Here's how to understand trait diversity from an evolutionary perspective.
By Arash Emamzadeh on February 27, 2019 in Finding a New Home
A new report highlights several methods that hold promise.
By Jenn Granneman on February 27, 2019 in The Secret Lives of Introverts
A recent study found a surprising connection between introversion and good grammar — and revealed why introverts might be the ultimate sticklers.
By Ingo Zettler Ph.D. on February 25, 2019 in Individual Differences
People assume similarity between others—partners, close friends, co-workers, even strangers—and themselves in some traits.
By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on February 20, 2019 in Canine Corner
New evidence shows that important personality traits, such as aggressiveness and trainability, show age-related changes in dogs.
By Arash Emamzadeh on February 18, 2019 in Finding a New Home
A new study examines the link between our first impressions of others (e.g., our assumptions about how extraverted or agreeable they are) and their body shape.
By Lawrence T. White Ph.D. on January 31, 2019 in Culture Conscious
Recent studies of personality have identified a general factor related to social effectiveness. Can the same factor be observed in forager-farmers living in the Bolivian Amazon?
By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 30, 2019 in One Among Many
You may be convicted of a crime, but can you be convicted of unhappiness? If we cannot control happiness, we ought to be allowed at least to judge it.
By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 28, 2019 in Minding the Body
Primary care providers may one day routinely measure personality traits, just like they check blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But there would be challenges.
By Christopher Bergland on January 28, 2019 in The Athlete's Way
Since the early 1990s, song lyrics that reflect anger and sadness have become increasingly prevalent on Billboard's "Hot 100" music charts.
By Ingo Zettler Ph.D. on January 21, 2019 in Individual Differences
Which personality characteristics affect cheating? This is what recent large-scale meta-analyses and re-analyses tell us.
By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. on January 15, 2019 in Fulfillment at Any Age
If you had to characterize the ideal personality, what criteria would you use? New research shows that experts agree on 4 basic qualities that can make you truly healthy.
By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on January 14, 2019 in Dating and Mating
Find out which factors are associated with increased sexual frequency and more satisfying sexual experiences.
By Thomas S Bateman D.B.A. on January 10, 2019 in Getting Proactive
You are not confined by "traits." Anyone can break out with free traits.
By Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA on December 31, 2018 in ExperiMentations
New research suggests authenticity isn't what we think it may be, and provides thought-provoking data about what it may be.
By Jerold J. Kreisman M.D. on December 26, 2018 in I Hate You, Don't Leave Me
Re-evaluating how we understand personality disorders allows clinicians to focus on treating, rather than defining, dysfunction.
By Kimberly Key on December 18, 2018 in Counseling Keys
Crossing the divide between sports fanatics and those who are mystified by them.
By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. on December 18, 2018 in Fulfillment at Any Age
Personality disorders are increasingly being understood as dimensions, not types. New research shows the importance of this perspective for borderline personality disorder.
By Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA on December 11, 2018 in ExperiMentations
New research provides surprising insights on how relationship conflict and couples satisfaction is influenced by personality.
By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on December 04, 2018 in The Situation Lab
Are employers getting catfished by job applicants?
By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 02, 2018 in Media Spotlight
Classified as a toothed whale, orcas are actually a species of oceanic dolphins as well as remarkable predators. But do they have personality traits like humans do?
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