Personality

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To solve the biggest challenges in science and medicine, many commentators argue what's needed is more inter-disciplinary research.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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People who feel strongly affectionate towards their pets are often highly conscientious and neurotic, a new study has found.

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It is surely easier to be happy in some neighbourhoods than others. But a new study suggests one size does not fit all.

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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.

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Men who post lots of selfies on social media are often more narcissistic than other males, a new study has found.

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People who are likely to feel guilty for any wrongdoings could make particularly good employees, a new study has indicated.

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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".

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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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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?

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For many years psychologists have divided people into two types based on their sleeping habits.

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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.

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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.

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The impact of population differences in personality characteristics can be significant, according to new research.

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People with conservative views are reacting more strongly to the current Ebola scare than those with a more liberal outlook, an expert

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People who suffer from chronic self-doubt often need an "extra boost" in order to achieve realistic targets, new research has found.

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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

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Three years ago psychologists reported that we assume people who like sweet food are also sweet natured.

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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.

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More attention needs to be paid to the potentially destructive effects of perfectionist tendencies, an expert has argued.

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People who are over-confident can often make others develop an exaggerated view of their skills and capabilities, according to a new study.

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Mention psychopathic personality traits and the mind turns to criminals. The archetype is a callous killer who entraps his victims with a smile and easy charm.

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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. 

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