Personality

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We’re all familiar with gossip in the workplace, both the benign variety – did you know Tom is applying for X-Factor? – as well as more serious talk concerned with perceived injustices, such as the real reason for that recent promotion. When such speculations insinuate a group working together to achieve secret ends, we’re into the realm of conspiracy theory.

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Optimists have good reason to be optimistic – research tells us that their sunny outlook means that they are likely to live longer, healthier, happier lives compared with others who have a habit of seeing a darker future ahead.

This has led positive psychologists to attempt to teach optimism, so that more people might get to benefit from its apparent positive effects.

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A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog used a diary approach to gauge people’s wisdom in response to everyday problems.

The results showed that there is more variation in one person’s wisdom from one situation to the next, than there is variation in the average wisdom between people.

Wisdom, it seems, is more of a state than a trait.

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People with low self-control and people with high self-control approach the task of eating more healthily in different ways. That's the conclusion of a new study discussed on our Research Digest.

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It's a vexing First World problem – how to avoid people giving away, on Twitter or at the water cooler, the events of the latest Game of Thrones episode before you've caught it.

Psychologists are beginning to study this modern scourge, albeit in the context of written stories rather than TV shows, but so far their findings have been contradictory – one study suggested that spoiled stories were more enjoyable (possibly because they're easier to process), while a later investigation found the opposite.

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At our London offices on 27 July, Steven Sylvester will explore the role can sport psychology play in getting the best performance from athletes while also supporting good mental health and fostering a selfless mind-set.

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Contemptuousness is a distinct personality trait that you can measure with a simple questionnaire, according to a new study discussed on our Research Digest b

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When you're deep in conversation, how aware are you of your body language? All those nods, smiles, and gesticulations – you do know you do that, right?

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Horrific experiences often cast a pall over our lives, but for some people it’s worse than others.

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Discussions of visual art as a method to advance observation, critical thinking and communication skills.

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Public and industry attention has been forced to focus on the psychological wellbeing of pilots and a lack of clinical psychological skill in aviation.

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We often want to know what’s driving other people’s actions. Does the politician who visited a refugee camp on the eve of elections truly care for the poverty-stricken?

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An ultra run is anything longer than a standard marathon of 26 miles, but it’s not unusual for people to participate in gruelling runs that take place in punishing environments over days or even weeks.

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It often feels as though political liberals and conservatives are from different planets - whatever the issue, they come at it from a completely different angle.

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You might think that being true to yourself means ignoring social pressure and finding your own path.

But one of the most in-depth investigations into feelings of authenticity has found the complete opposite appears to be true.

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Monday 23rd May 2016 - Tuesday 24th May 2016 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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A guest post from Richard Stephens on our Research Digest blog looks at recent research into the factors that may lead people to violence, and that may yet he

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Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have made training in 'grit' a priority in schools.

Some psychologists suspect the hype around it is getting out of hand.

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A new paper discussed on our Research Digest blog has reviewed all the published evidence on how personality varies with students' choice of acad

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Working in forensic settings can be extremely challenging, particularly with individuals with personality disorders.

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People who score highly in the Dark Triad personality traits – narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism – are vain, selfish, callous and manipulative. They're not the kind of people you want to spend much time with.

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A hands-on, practitioner-focused workshop designed to help occupational psychologists, HR professionals and business coaches utilise a range of proven constructivist techniques in their daily practice

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This workshop will challenge the concept of organic personality change through the presentation of research data and new clinical perspectives on intervention

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This workshop covers essential aspects of diagnosis and assessment of psychological trauma.

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In parallel with the difficulties caused by trauma, such as depression and ill health, some people experience positive psychological changes, such as a renewed appreciation for life and increased resilience – a phenomenon psychologists term "post

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