The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Big Ideas

Want to Read Your Coworkers' Personalities? Look at Their Shoes, Science Says

Forget Myers-Briggs. To gain insights into your coworkers' personality, look at their shoes.<p>Sneakers have become a status symbol among Silicon Valley "techies." Many techies have never seen the insides of a black cap-toe Oxford shoe. The black cap Oxford gains more attention on the East Coast, …


9 Best Gifts For Introverts That Seem Small, But Mean The Absolute World To Them

Introverts are a special breed, and they're probably some of the best friends you'll ever have. They're the boys and girls growing up who didn’t snub …


This Is the Rarest Personality Type in the World

After you take the test, don’t be surprised if you’re oddly freaked out by how accurate your results are. If you happened to fall into the INFJ …

5 books anyone looking for a new job should read

Whether you're getting ready to start a new job search or looking for ways to bring new energy to an ongoing one, a little extra knowledge can help a lot.<p>Consider boosting your job-search intelligence by picking up one of these good books for job seekers.


Ask An Adult: Why Can't I Concentrate In An Open Plan Office?

News<p>If you can't concentrate at work, especially if you work in an open plan office, it's probably not your fault.<p>Are you reading this at work? Are …

The Workplace

Your Facebook Likes Can Tell Advertisers If You're an Introvert or Extrovert

And they can tailor what you see based on that information.<p>There are all sorts of ways that your internet and social media activity can be monitored, but you might be surprised by how little you actually have to do for a whole host of entities to know a lot of information -- some deeply personal -- …


How To Cope With The Holidays When You Have Social Anxiety

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they can also be stressful, particularly if you find social gatherings, large crowds, and a busy …

Canadian News

Are You a ‘Testosterone’ or a ‘Dopamine?’

A brain-based personality test helps people understand themselves better and why they are attracted to certain other personality types<p>Why do we fall in love with one person and not another?<p>This question has vexed philosophers, psychologists and poets for generations. The theories—proximity, …

10 Ways to Handle Thanksgiving as an Introvert

It's taken me years to understand that being an introvert isn't a bad thing. (After all, J.K. Rowling, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama are pretty good …


How to be an introverted salesperson

I’ll never forget the time I was teaching an online workshop and a student mentioned that they weren’t good at selling because they were awkward …


Advertisers can target you psychologically based on a single Facebook like, study finds

• <b>A new study finds one Facebook like is all it takes for advertisers to tailor ads to your psychological profile.</b>• <b><br>Targeting ads this way resulted in a 40% jump in clicks and 50% jump in purchases.</b>• <b><br>The findings could be used for unethical purposes, but they could also help people live better lives, the</b> …


Small talk: Why is chitchat is important and how can I make Christmas party conversation?

Does the thought of making small talk at social gatherings this festive season make you cringe?<p>If so, you're not alone.<p>Many people dislike chitchat. …


Are You a 'Testosterone' or a 'Dopamine?'

Why do we fall in love with one person and not another?<p>This question has vexed philosophers, psychologists and poets for generations. The theories—proximity, pheromones, timing—don’t fully explain the mystery. We can be in a room full of attractive, available strangers—and be open to love—and still …


Next Quiz

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The relationship between a narcissistic golden child and the scapegoat

In today’s article I am going to discuss the toxic dynamic between a highly malignant narcissistic ‘golden child,’ and the ‘scapegoated child’. Not …


Was Charles Manson A Psychopath Or Sociopath? Sharon Tate Murderer, Cult Leader, Dies At 83

Was Charles Manson, who died aged 83, a psychopath or a sociopath? The murder mastermind left a legacy of horror. Members of his “family” cult killed …


An Introvert's Friendsgiving

Slightly dreading the impending social interaction? We've got you covered.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Thanksgiving, Alcohol, How Tos & Psychology<p>5. You’re not …


Narcissists are like the fictional Pied Piper that plays a magical flute that seduces all types of people to follow him/her wherever the Pied Piper wants them to go AND do what they want you to do. You are not even aware of the other people that are right there with you because all you hear is that magical tune that keeps playing in your heart and mind that is all lies and manipulation.


Introverted? Here's How To Handle Office Happy Hour

Image credit: Roger Kisby/Getty<p>It's perfectly natural to play it close to the vest at work, especially if you're the new guy in the office. But …


Whether a narcissist decides to cut someone out of their life depends on 3 basic factors

• <b>This post by Elinor Greenberg originally appeared on Quora as an answer to the question "Do narcissists ever discard people permanently?"</b>• <b><br>The answer depends on three factors, and it also depends on the type of narcissist the person is.</b><p>Whether a narcissist discards you permanently depends on three …


Are you sensitive to others in social interaction? – personality quiz

Answer our questions to see whether you ‘read’ an awkward situation well<p><b>How good are you at reading other people’s feelings? And does this vary with gender – both theirs and yours? To find out, read the vignette below.</b><p>Sandra is hosting a dinner party. Cliff arrives first and the two enjoy talking …


Abandonment Fears of a Vulnerable Narcissist: BPD at the Core

<b>“When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling</b> …


How Each Myers-Briggs Type Approaches Holiday Shopping

We all approach the holiday season a little differently. While some of us knock down the mall doors on November 1st, ready to start spreading cheer, …


How to Coach People Into Leadership Roles

This post was first published on CoderHood as How to Coach People Into Leadership Roles. CoderHood is a blog dedicated to the human dimension of …


My Child Isn’t Rude. She’s Just Shy.

My children and I arrive at a friend’s house and are greeted warmly at the door. I smile and say, “Hi!” My teen and preteen girls chime in with a …


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Mental Disorders

Extroverted drivers more prone to car accidents

A new study reveals how individual traits such as age, gender and personality affect driver distractions that can lead to mishaps.

World Health Organization

Stop Telling your Kids that School Will Prepare them for Life

My oldest son, Joseph, is very extroverted. Gabriel, his younger brother by two years, is the opposite. On any aptitude or intelligence test, I would …


Setting Your 2018 Trade Show Budget? These 5 Investments Will Make Your Time and Money Worthwhile

Trade shows let you take your company on the road and showcase your value. These strategies ensure you bring much more home than just good memories.<p>It's the time of year when companies are forming their marketing strategies, and there's never been more competition for marketing dollars. Website …