Personality

It's not pleasant to feel perpetually that you're responsible for mishaps and screw-ups, but some people do.
Much has been written about why we fall prey to procastination, but the authors of a new paper wanted to learn more about why some of us are generally more prone to it than others.
The solitary inventor, buried away in garage or shed, is the classic depiction of introvert as born problem-solver.
A new study published in the Psychology of Music tests whether positive music increases people's willingness to do bad things to others.
New research suggests that the more prone managers are to that imposter feeling, the more they choose to delegate tasks to those who also feel unworthy.
Handling your emotions in a close relationship is often a balancing act.
New, preliminary evidence suggests that undergrad drinkers fall into four different, colourful types, each with a particular shift in personality when under the influence.
People with low self-belief are liable to hold on to negative assumptions about themselves despite concrete evidence of the contrary; that is, they fail to "generalise from success".
Harry Potter fans strongly self-identify with the different Houses within Hogwarts, the story’s magical school.
Lots of research, much of it contradictory, has looked into whether having children brings happiness.
"The Culture of Poverty”, published in 1966, was hugely influential, persuading many policy makers that children from low-income families are destined for lives of “criminality, joblessness, and poverty” because they exist in enclaves characterise
"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."
One of the longest-debated and most studied issues in psychology is whether and how our personalities are affected by our birth order and the sex of our siblings.
Optimists enjoy better health, more success, more happiness, and longer lives, than pessimists. No surprise, then, that psychologists are taking an increasing interest in our outlook on life.
To solve the biggest challenges in science and medicine, many commentators argue what's needed is more inter-disciplinary research.
Recruiters are poor at inferring applicants' personalities from their CVs, but that doesn’t stop them from jumping to conclusions on the back of their flawed assumptions.
You watch with envy as your long-time colleague gets yet another performance bonus - something you've strived for but never obtained. Not long after, you see him trip over in the office in front of everyone.
Introverts have received a lot of positive press in recent years thanks to the run-away success of Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts.
People who feel strongly affectionate towards their pets are often highly conscientious and neurotic, a new study has found.
It is surely easier to be happy in some neighbourhoods than others. But a new study suggests one size does not fit all.
In 1961, with memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremburg still fresh, psychologist Stanley Milgram undertook a series of now infamous experiments on obedience and reprehensible behaviour.
Men who post lots of selfies on social media are often more narcissistic than other males, a new study has found.
People who are likely to feel guilty for any wrongdoings could make particularly good employees, a new study has indicated.
Some people will tell you that they have a clear sense of who they are, and that their sense of self is stable over time. Psychologists refer to this as having high "self-concept clarity".
We usually see worry as a bad thing. It feels unpleasant, like a snake coiling in the pit of your stomach. And worriers are often considered weak links in a team - negative influences who lack confidence.
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