Research Finds No Evidence that Only Children Are More Narcissistic, Even Though People Are Likely to Think They Are

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say something like this after someone has behaved selfishly:

“Oh, I bet they’re an only child.”

It’s actually pretty wild, how pervasive the belief is that people who don’t have any siblings are destined to grow up to be more selfish and even more narcissistic than those who have brothers and sisters.  » Read more

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What Kind of Man Sends Women Unsolicited Dick Pics and Why?

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As a war-weary female veteran of the Internet (been cruising since the good old dial-up BBS days, thankyouverymuch), I’ve seen my share of dick pics. While I have consensually received photographs of a lover’s genitalia (a completely different context), the vast majority of the dick pics I’ve looked at in my time have been unsolicited and from strangers.  » Read more

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The Dark Triad of Personality Traits

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Could certain personality traits be an early warning sign for antisocial behavior? Some researchers certainly thought so and went to work on determining precisely what those are.

After years of study and experimentation (and some rigorous back and forth as experts questioned one another’s findings), patterns began to emerge.

And one of these discoveries was the dark triad of personality traits,  » Read more

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Concept Creep, Or “You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.”

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Concept creep has to be one of my biggest pet peeves.

What’s concept creep? It’s pretty much what it sounds like. Concept creep occurs when a concept that originally meant something very specific later comes to encompass a much broader set of unrelated, or only loosely related, phenomena.

Psychology has been particularly plagued by concept creep.  » Read more

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