Does Empathy have a Dark Side?

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Description: Empathy is always good, right? Everyone would be a better person and make better, more moral, decisions if they more actively engaged with others in an empathetic manner, right? Well, that may largely be true but can you think of situations where that might not be true or where, in fact the exact opposite… Read more »

Moral Flexibility and Other Effects: The Case of International Travel

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Description: International travel to exotic places and cultures is a broadening experience right? Certainly my own research on identity development suggests that travel, whether part of gap year before or during post-secondary study or after your university experience or at any point in life can broaden your horizons, help you to see wider possibilities and… Read more »

Toxic Bosses: Find Out About the Dark Side of Personality

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Description: Having a boss who is “certifiable” is clearly not going to be good for one’s wellbeing and mental health but what collections of boss personality traits are the most toxic? Well what comes to mind in relation to the term “dark triad of personality traits?” Darth Vader? … not far off the mark actually…. Read more »

Neuroethics and Moral Bioenhancement: Remember what the door-mouse said… Feed your head.

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Description: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the one that mother gave you doesn’t do anything at all. …… feed your head….. These (like the latter bit of the title of this post) are lyrics from a 1967 song called ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane. They reflect the huge… Read more »

Road Rage: You Be The Psychologist

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Description: Ok you be the psychologist here! My home town, Calgary, has experienced an astonishing and worrying number of road rage incidents over the last week or so (described in the article linked below). So, what is going on? Additional data? A police spokesman say he has never seen this much road rage in his… Read more »

The Development/Learning of Prejudice: The Trump Effect (and what to do about it)

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Description: From our Canadian perspective American presidential elections are often a source of interest, fascination, and sometimes concern. The current election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has raised a surprisingly large number of psychologically relevant points, issues and concerns. An article I posted earlier this year (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/abnormal-psychology/diagnosing-at-a-distance-what-about-donald/) talked about how psychologists are ethically… Read more »

Racism versus Implicit Bias

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Description: Have you heard of implicit bias? While we define racism as an active belief involving negatively prejudging individuals on the basis of race, the concept of implicit bias is more complicated. Our mind is primed to make automatic associations between some concepts very quickly. Doing so in many situations provides an adaptive advantage. So… Read more »

Bystander Intervention: Old or Current News?

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Description: If you heard the name Kitty Genovese? If you had an introductory psychology course with a section on social psychology, then you probably have. In the standard introductory psychology textbook including my own, is usually some account of Kitty’s death and of some large number of witnesses who heard her screams and who did… Read more »

Might Winning Lead to Cheating?

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Description: Consider this question. Who is more likely to cheat, someone who just won the competition for someone who just lost? From a social psychological perspective why do you think things will work out this way? After you’ve answered these questions read the article linked below and then think some more about this question. Source:… Read more »

Experiences that Teach Empathy?

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Description: Within Western society, we typically view the basic psychological unit of analysis to be an autonomous self-interested individual person. This basic unit of analysis gives rise to problems only consider concepts like empathy or prosocial behaviour where individuals act apparently against their self-interest by helping others. So if we are self-interested why would we… Read more »