I’m sure just about everyone has heard of it by now, but just in case you haven’t, ghosting is the act of breaking off a relationship by spontaneously ceasing all contact and communication without warning someone or explaining it to them first. » Read more
In a previous installment of this series, we talked about a psychological consistency theory known as Belief in a Just World. Here’s a good explanation of the phenomenon by prominent researcher, Carol Tavris:
“Consistency theories all assume that human beings have a fundamental need to find meaning and order in life’s experiences. » Read more
The subtitle of this article should be “A Post in which I Am Relentlessly Attacked by Science.”
Because I’ve been on a roll lately with the studies. I keep finding ones that have results that make me go “Oh, C’MON.”
If I were a different kind of person, I’d probably mutter “hogwash” » Read more
Sometimes I run across a study that gives me a big old “oof” when I read it. Because I have selfish reasons for not wanting it to be true.
Today’s article falls into that category.
I’m telling you… it’s a weird world out there research-wise. I feature a wide array of topics in this article series. And I’ve read a lot of research at this point in my life (even spent some time as a researcher myself). But I still managed to be surprised by research studies. Surprised at what the researchers are looking at, » Read more
In a previous installment of Psyched for the Weekend, I covered the paradox of choice. Basically, the premise is that more isn’t necessarily better. It’s just different. While generally people like having options, it’s possible that having too many choices backfires. And it can lead you to feel less satisfied with whatever it is you end up choosing. » Read more
I’ve known some people in my life who could walk into a room and seem to make everyone seem more comfortable simply by being there.
They didn’t even have to say or do a lot, mind you. They just had a way of putting others at ease. A calm energy, if you will. » Read more
Man, I gotta tell you. I have a great love of reading research studies. But sometimes their native titles are a real hoot. Here’s an example. So I just read one today that basically is investigating whether women dig men with beards. Here’s what it’s called though:
“A multivariate analysis of women’s mating strategies and sexual selection on men’s facial morphology.” » Read more
Most people with any degree of familiarity with psychological research know that in general, when you look over a large enough group of people, you will find a fairly consistent pattern: The majority of people think they are better than average.
This is of course statistically impossible. But it happens over and over again and has for decades. » Read more
While it’s easy some days to get swallowed up in negativity bias, an innate quality human beings have that make us overly sensitive to the negative (and look past the positive), I’ve always been an unapologetic fan of prosocial deeds.
So much so that one year, I actually made it my New Year’s Resolution to perform one random act of kindness per week — » Read more