Personality

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.
A paper discussed on our Research Digest blog provides evidence that certain personality types act as a form of adaptation that correlat
Braggarts who hype their own achievements while derogating those around them can fare well in a new situation. Their confidence appeals and they may achieve high status at first.
Personality trait changes are associated with people who gain weight, new research has suggested.
Bankers, investors, stock market traders and their ilk have been vilified in recent years, in large part because the global financial crisis has been blamed on their allegedly unchecked selfishness and greed.
People who worry habitually about separation and abandonment - the "anxiously attached" - tend to be highly skilled at lie detection, an attribute that means they excel at poker.
Employees could miss out on promotions because they are too shy to push for them.
Teenagers may become less aggressive if they believe in the idea that individuals have the ability to change, new research has suggested.
It is not essential for partners to feel close to one another for their relationship to flourish, new research has suggested.
New research is to look at why some people appear to be naturally artistic while others are more scientific or musical.
In order to succeed, businesses require different types of personalities in their workforce, new research has suggested.
The placebo effect is a wonderful thing. Inert treatments provoke real medical benefits simply by virtue of the patient expecting the intervention to help.
There is a strong link between a child's personality and the grades they achieve at school, new research has suggested.
Children who are kind tend to be happier than their more selfish peers, new research has suggested.
Indigenous people who live in isolation do not necessarily have certain personality traits previously believed to be universal.
Unpopular emotional traits often come with advantages. The anxiously attached are quicker to detect danger, such as smoke in a room; those with trait anxiety have fewer accidents; introverts speak in a way that's perceived as more trustworthy.
A problem with your standard personality questionnaire is that most people like to make a good impression. One way around this is to use so-called implicit measures of personality, like the famous Rorschach ink-blot test.
Companies may benefit from a financial perspective by taking the personalities of employees into consideration when planning strategies.
Happy adolescents are more likely to become rich in adult life than their less cheery peers, new research has suggested.
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