Men & Women Are Different When It Comes to Being Willing to Help Crying People

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I’m a person who has always cried pretty easily. It’s one of the reasons I know I’m sensitive, even though I try not to let things get me down and to bounce back. Over the years, I’ve learned how to work around my tears when they spring up at an inconvenient time. I have a bunch of mental/physical tricks to prevent myself from crying at a bad time.  » Read more

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Huh. Unattractive People Overestimate Their Attractiveness; Attractive People Underestimate Theirs.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to a super attractive friend or romantic partner tell me they looked like crap.  Or asked for reassurance that they looked okay — when in fact, they looked stunning.

This kind of behavior can actually be a little trying. It can come off as a disingenuous form of attention-seeking.  » Read more

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Rich People Might Actually Be Clueless When It Comes to Others

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Boy, oh boy, peer-reviewed psychological research is getting lit lately. There is a lot of study in the area of how being wealthy can affect the way that you treat other people.

For example, a former installment of this same series covered a study which demonstrated that being rich in money can also mean being poor in both empathy and scruples.  » Read more

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Perfectionism Linked with Anxiety, Depression, Worry, & Rumination

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I’m a recovering perfectionist. Like many other areas, I don’t think I will ever be fully recovered. It will always be a process of recovering. It’ll never be perfect, recovery. And that’s part of it, too.

Does this mean I’m a total hot mess? No, not at all. That kind of all or nothing thinking is what led me to perfectionism in the first place.  » Read more

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People Who Get Goosebumps When Listening to Music Experience More Intense Emotions

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Although we still have a long way to go in regards to mapping things directly to areas of the brain, I have to admit — I’m a sucker for studies that use neuroimaging to help us understand our complex emotional and cognitive inner lives a little bit better.

I particularly like the ones that look at niche facets of being human.  » Read more

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Sociopathic Personality Traits Linked with Shunning Face Masks & Other COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

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In general, I don’t spend a lot of time exploring the dark side of human personality. As a psych nerd, I tend to focus more on neutral or positive functioning. And there’s a reason for this: I was in my mid 20s before I realized that psychology wasn’t just primarily concerned with illness and disease.  » Read more

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Women Aren’t Attracted to Men That Seem Like Easy Marks

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There has been a lot of research on sexual exploitation. But I’ll admit that today’s study really grabbed my attention for a simple reason: Most of the body of scientific literature focuses on men as the ones who exploit others sexually. This study instead looked into women and how they might sexually exploit men, something that hasn’t received much objective empirical focus.  » Read more

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