Why Is Keeping a Secret Hard on Us?

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Description: OK so you are an open and honest individual right? Of course you are. But do you have any secrets from anyone? Come along, be honest! Keeping secrets from other people comes with a toll. The easy thing to say is that it is hard work to keep a secret and that is likely… Read more »

Xenophobia and Social Stigma: A Loss of Control/Balance?

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Description: Xenophobia involves an intense dislike and/or fear of people from other countries. What sorts of factors keep people from thinking xenophobic thoughts, expressing xenophobic views or acting in xenophobically hateful or dangerous ways? Well, morality and rationality would, we hope, play something of a limiting role in this but another big factor are the… Read more »

Rorschach Redux

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Personality Disorders, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: A little while back I posted on an article that was looking at new ways to use the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test. In that post and in the accompanying article the discussion was somewhat skeptical about whether or not the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test has any valid place in current clinical, psychiatric or forensic practice. I… Read more »

Court Practices and Psychological Realities: Match or Mismatch?

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Language-Thought, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Our law courts are places where rational processes test facts and arguments and where justice is consequently applied in a fair and “just” manner. Does that sound right to you? In the face of that description what role, if any, do emotions play in the judicial process? Before you say “none” think about the… Read more »

Narcissists + Power = ?

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Personality, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Social Perception.

Description: Do you know what makes someone a Narcissist? Or, perhaps more simply put, are you a narcissist (rate yourself on a 1 (NO) to 7 (YES) point scale). Narcissists are people who feel superior, entitled and who have a constant desire for admiration from others. Know anyone like that? If you do, with them… Read more »

The Social Psychology of Parking Fine Payment

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Description: It may not seem like a big deal or much of a surprise to hear that a lot of people do not pay the parking tickets they are given. Why should we care about this? Well in terms of direct self-interest and no matter how you feel about it, tickets are a revenue stream… Read more »

Clowns and the Psychology of “Creepyness”

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Group Processes, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: How do you feel about clowns? When my brother and I were young there was this toy clown was about a foot and a half tall that we’d somehow acquired from somewhere and which we both decided it was just creepy. In fact, it was so creepy that we took it in hit it… Read more »

It’s Not What you Say It’s How Your Say It: Keys to Relationship Survival

Posted by & filed under Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Social Influence, Social Perception.

Description: A number of years ago, a researcher by John Gottman made the claim that he could predict, based on a single observational session of a couple interacting with one another while talking about an issue that mattered to them, 94% accuracy within that couple but still be together in one year. He did this… Read more »

Apologies Restore Social Relations but not Feelings in Children

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology.

Description: You accidentally bump into a stranger as you walk down the street and what do you do? You apologize, in fact you both might apologize. Social psychology researchers tell us adults do this not so much to repair feelings as to ensure ongoing general positive social harmony. What would your prediction be about how… Read more »