"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.
Which of your friends - the happier, or the more melancholy - is better at spotting your excitement that Chris is attending your birthday, or that a B+ has left you disappointed?
For many years psychologists have divided people into two types based on their sleeping habits.
Reminding a person of the religious beliefs can encourage them to be less hostile in the face of threats that heighten aggressive tendencies, a new study has revealed.
The way in which a person is brought up could be critical in determining whether or not they are capable of spontaneous altruistic behaviour, according to a new study.
The impact of population differences in personality characteristics can be significant, according to new research.
People with conservative views are reacting more strongly to the current Ebola scare than those with a more liberal outlook, an expert
People who suffer from chronic self-doubt often need an "extra boost" in order to achieve realistic targets, new research has found.
If, as research suggests, the psychological trait of sensation seeking is the catalyst for youthful delinquency, might high emotional intelligence (EI; having empathy for other people's emotions and good control over one's own) act as a calming re
Three years ago psychologists reported that we assume people who like sweet food are also sweet natured.
We’ve all experienced rudeness at work; at the time it’s offensive and can harm our creativity, but it bears even darker fruits in the long-term, as repeated exposure is associated with depression, anxiety and psychological distress.