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Why Incompetent People Don’t Know They’re Incompetent

Recently, a friend of mine told me about his roommate woes. “He’s a super nice guy,” my friend told me. “But he sings all the time, and he's …

Psychology

The person who knows and understands Trump the best isn’t a psychologist: + 300 excellent comments

The person who knows and understands Trump the best isn’t a psychologist. It is Tony Schwartz who wrote “The Art of the Deal” and spent many hours …

Donald Trump

Inequality breeds stress and anxiety. No wonder so many Britons are suffering

The gap between image and reality yawns ever wider. Our rich society is full of people presenting happy smiling faces both in person and online, but when the Mental Health Foundation commissioned a large survey last year, it found that 74% of adults were so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable …

Mental Health

The man whose medical condition limits him to two emotions: fear and anger

Stephen has been married twice. Two wedding days. Two <i>I dos</i>. Yet Stephen has no happy memories from either—or, in fact, from the marriages or any of his relationships.<p>He met his first wife on a pre-nursing course when he was just 16. Six years later, they were married. Three years after that, they …

Psychology

Trump's lying seems to be getting worse. Psychology suggests there's a reason why.

Between when President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017 and the end of April, the average number of public false or misleading statements he has made per day has been increasing. According to the Washington Post’s fact checkers on May 1, "for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged …

Psychology

What Empathy Is and Why It's Important

The homeless man stood on the street corner in a ragged coat that was much too thin for the brisk winter day. He looked weary as he held up a simple …

Empathy

What Are the Id, Ego, and Superego?

According to Sigmund Freud, human personality is complex and has more than a single component. In his famous psychoanalytic theory of personality, …

Psychology

Ten of the Most Common Errors in Thinking

In my most recent post, I talked about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and about evaluating the rationality of our thoughts. If, as CBT assumes, …

3 Reasons Intimacy Might Feel Too Dangerous for You

Whether you’re aware of it or not, any relationship you enter into will make you question how vulnerable you can be. In a romantic liaison, this …

The four types of dysfunctional executives and how to handle them

Basic understanding and empathy can go a long way in helping toxic leaders recover their best selves Read more

The Winning Mindset That You Need for Success

I was devastated.<p>I had just completed a test and the results were in.<p>And they weren’t good.<p>Not what I wanted or expected.<p>But it wasn’t an ordinary …

Overview of the Electra Complex in Psychology

The Electra complex is a psychoanalytic term used to describe a girl's sense of competition with her mother for the affections of her father. It is …

Psychology

A Neuroscientist Explains What Could Be Wrong with Trump Supporters’ Brains

Trump has said things that would be political suicide for any other Republican.There’s no doubt that Donald Trump has said many things that would …

This Motivation Hack Will Instantly Alter Your Thinking

Which unconscious personal anchors feed your ego, but limit your growth?<p>I have this friend, let’s call him Morty. I can only describe Morty as …

5 Personality Traits You Need To Be Happy, According to Science

Research shows there are five "personal paths to well-being."<p>Are you happy? Only 33 percent of people would reply "yes" to that question, according to the 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness. Those results are perhaps unsurprising. We face more pressure now than ever before in our lives …

Six Clues to Character

Seconds after Tamara was ushered into his office, Michael knew she was right for the creative staff of the advertising team he ran. Within a year, …

The Top 10 Personality Disorders: Symptoms and Signs

There’s a “Top 10” list of just about everything these days and as the year comes to an end, it seems that we like to do a “countdown” of just about …

The Great Lie of Conservatism

The philosophical foundation of conservatism is a template for exploitation, argues Drew Magary, and it's time to stop treating it as half our country's guiding principles.<p>They’re all dead now. All the unofficial fathers of modern conservatism: William F. Buckley, Russell Kirk, Milton Friedman, …

Political Science

Russian-born businessman Felix Sater has confirmed a bombshell detail in the Russia investigation

<i>Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here.</i><p>Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman with financial ties to the Trump Organization, confirmed Friday that President Donald Trump's business was privately negotiating a deal with a sanctioned Russian bank during the 2016 US election.<p>The …

Donald Trump’s corrupt firing of Andrew McCabe

McCabe’s firing shows how Trump’s behavior corrodes faith in government.<p>“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”<p>That’s former CIA director John Brennan, …

Donald Trump

The assassination that started World War I

The attack by Serbian extremists on the heirs to the Austrian throne on June 28, 1914 sparked what was called the "July Crisis" in Europe. A month …

How To Make People Like You Instantly Using These 19 Psychological Tricks

Most friendships develop so naturally that you don't even realize how or when they started.<p>Sometimes, though, you want to make an effort to befriend …

The new spin on loneliness is that we ought to welcome it, in modest doses, says Oliver Burkeman<p>Loneliness is everywhere in the world of psychology these days – the subject of so many studies, articles and talks that you sometimes wish the loneliness researchers would go away, so you could just get …

Psychology

Top 10 Free and Affordable Mental Health and Counseling Resources

This week’s roundup isn’t so much a <i>top</i> 10, since this isn’t ranked, and there’s way more than we can cover, but here are ten of our favorite mental …

Our mental health obsession has fuelled the politics of Donald Trump and Brexit

To understand the current anti-authoritarian political crises, from Brexit to the Trump vote, we need to look back at the activism that took place …

Civil Rights

Now That Trump Won: 10 Plagues Unearthed by This Election We Need to Face

This election laid bare what has long plagued us.<p>The clash between Trump and Clinton slit open the underbelly of America and a toxic stew has oozed …

The myth of self-control

Psychologists say using willpower to achieve goals is overhyped. Here’s what actually works.<p>As the Bible tells it, the first crime committed was a lapse of self-control. Eve was forbidden from tasting the fruit on the tree of knowledge. But the temptation was too much. The fruit was just so …