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Naming Evil: Dark Triad, Tetrad, Malignant Narcissism Does the recipe for evil mix psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellian, and sadism?
My Trip to a Monastery I’ve just spent 5 days staying at a Buddhist monastery in Hertfordshire, southern England. For someone who has suffered from extreme social phobia for many years, and who would hardly … ...
Navigating Unwanted Feelings All of us have feelings that we’ve deemed unwanted. Sadness that surfaces and stays too long. Tears that surprise you, your eyes leaking in front of your colleagues or worse your … ...
Finding Creative Ideas in Solitude and Going Deep Many creative people may find solitude unappealing, even threatening. But it can help us engage with our shadow self and reveal creative ideas. Lena Dunham, actress, writer, producer, and director … ...
5 More Journaling Methods to Cultivate Your Creativity and... Yesterday, in this piece, I shared seven different ways we can use journaling to self-reflect and create (some of which have nothing to do with writing). Today, I’m sharing five … ...
Are the Benefits of Grit Exaggerated? A systematic review of the literature raises questions about this popular concept.
How (Not to) Mourn Shootings on Social Media What are we supposed to say when a far away tragedy occurs?  Does it matter if it was a natural disaster or an act of terror?  If the victims were … ...
Painful ‘Dance of Souls’ ritual decreases negative emotions and increases sexual arousal According to a new study, participants in extreme rituals (such as fire-walking and body piercing) show physical and psychological evidence of altered states of consciousness. Though other researchers have collected stories and anecdotes of altered states of consciousness, this is the first study of its kind to include psychological and physiological testing. The study, published [...]
Mental Illness Is Different For Everyone Mental illnesses are not like chicken pox. You can’t catch them. They don’t just go away, and the symptoms and side effects are not the same for everyone. A little … ...
What Do You See in the Mirror? In 1973, an inquisitive psychologist named Beulah Amsterdam wanted to know whether babies recognized themselves in the mirror. To explore this riddle, he used the rouge test, which you likely studied in Psychology 101. Step one: put rouge on baby’s nose. Two: place teeny clown … ...
5 Signs You’re Dating a Narcissist When you think of a narcissist, you think of a more than noticeable personality type. You may think of people who are so obsessed with themselves that nothing else around … ...
Major Depression: You Can Quadrulple Chance Of Full Recovery Research uncovers the best coping mechanisms for major depression. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Low testosterone may make you a better father Many new parents know that a good night’s sleep is tough to come by. What the new parents probably do not know is that a crying infant can trigger a testosterone dip in some men, which turns out to be a good thing. Less testosterone may make them more empathic and less aggressive, which may [...]
Study: Power seekers do not see discrimination in the workplace People who are interested in gaining power for themselves are less aware than others of discrimination and injustice in the workplace. Have you ever considered how two people’s perceptions of a workplace can be entirely different? While Jane perceives the workplace as open and inclusive, John in the next office feels that he is never [...]
When it comes to knowing your true self, believe in free will Diminishing a person’s belief in free will leads to them feeling less like their true selves, according to recent research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. In a pair of studies, researchers from Texas A&M University manipulated people’s beliefs in free will to see how this would affect the subjects’ sense of authenticity, their [...]
Major differences between women and men who commit deadly violence Women who commit deadly violence are different in many ways from male perpetrators, both in terms of the most common victims, the way in which the murder is committed, the place where it is carried out and the perpetrator’s background. This is shown by a new study that also investigated homicide trends over time in [...]
New imaging method may predict risk of post-treatment brain bleeding after stroke In a study of stroke patients, investigators confirmed through MRI brain scans that there was an association between the extent of disruption to the brain’s protective blood-brain barrier and the severity of bleeding following invasive stroke therapy. The results of the National Institutes of Health-funded study were published in Neurology. These findings are part of the [...]
Best 2 Strategies For Raising Happier And Wealthier Children The two best parenting strategies help raise the happiest, wealthiest and most moral children. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Two Words That Will Hold You Back In Your Life There are two words in the English language with power enough to hold you back in your life. SHOULD and SHOULDN’T. We say them casually. Or sometimes we don’t say them … ...
When ‘I’m Sorry’ Means Something Else Please accept my tongue-in-cheek apology for this long-winded column. Guzzling your morning joe at the local coffee shop, your chair squeaks. You mouth “I’m sorry” to the barista and the adjoining table. They stare at you, a bewildered expression on their faces. Dashing off to … ...