Why was Darth Vader such a bad dude? According to a team of psychologists, it's down to his lack of parental care: the fact he was separated from his mother at age 9, and his father's absence. 
For many years, the hormone oxytocin was caricatured as the source of all human goodness - trust, altruism, love, and morality.
People who are alert at the start of the day are more likely to act immorally at night, a new study has found.
People are increasingly viewing their mobile phones as a means of expressing their personalities and cultural backgrounds, new research has noted.
Except in extreme cases of illness or trauma, we usually expect each other's personalities to remain stable through life.
Most employees are not conscious of how they are regarded by their colleagues, a new study has revealed.
Go people-watching in any Western country and it's rare to find someone sat alone in quiet contemplation. Most lone individuals can be seen playing with their mobile phone, reading, watching a movie on their tablet, or people-watching.
With the World Cup in full swing, many youngsters will no doubt be wondering how they too can one day join their country's team and play for glory - and it turns out that mental toughness could be key to making their dreams come true.
Young adults who enter into romantic relationships could experience a positive effect on their personality and consequently their view on life, new
Psychology is coming to terms with the idea that replication is a vital ingredient in the recipe of discovery.
Patients in Rampton Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit in Nottinghamshire, have reported that the single most important factor affecting their recovery was the support and commitment of their therapist.
A recent study has found a link between procrastination and impulsivity, suggesting they both have a genetic basis.
In a paper published this week by the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Guillem Feixas and his colleagues from the University of Barcelona look at how people's construction of reality can impact on depression.
People who feel grateful may be less likely to show financial impatience, according to a new study.
Numerous personality studies have found the same pattern time and again – extraverts tend to be happier than introverts. But why?
Soldiers who have returned home from conflict zones may be facing identity struggles that could have a negative impact on their mental health as they transition to civilian life.
Drawing on schema therapy approaches in working with clients with challenging problems This one day workshop explores how clinicians can draw flexibly on schema therapy techniques in working with clients where standard approaches may not
Many studies have shown that people tend to exaggerate their own positive characteristics and abilities. A popular example is the finding that most drivers think they are a better-than-average driver. 
Outgoing, conscientious, friendly people who are open to new experiences tend to be happier than those who are more shy, unadventurous, neurotic and unfriendly. It's easy to imagine why this might be so.
A study has produced some interesting findings about lying and the level to which people admit to doing so.
Men who are outgoing and open are more likely to have children than those who are introverted.
People feel more optimistic after washing their hands, new research has found. Led by Dr Kai Kaspar, the Junior Professor for Social and Media Psychology at the University of Cologne, the study looked at how physical cleansing can help an individual following a failure - and found that participants were more positive in their outlook after giving their hands a scrub.
People can acquire a more positive outlook by travelling to different places, new research has suggested.
Personality trait clues can be gathered by looking at an individual's Facebook use, new research has suggested.
An individual's personality is not determined by which side of the brain they use the most.
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