A Check on Positivity: Sometimes Grumpy is Good

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Description: How important and how valuable in terms of long-term wellbeing are mindfulness and positivity? Well, if you have been paying just half-attention to well-ness buzz in the media in recent years you will probably say that positivity and mindfulness are two of the corner stones of success and wellbeing. I don’t really want to… Read more »

Aging Dogs as Models of Age-Related Human Personality Change

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Description: What can dogs tell us about the nature and extent of changes in the human personality with age? Well, I bet I know what you are thinking: People are like their dogs so if we observe people’s dogs through time, we will see signs of how their owner’s personalities may be changing with age…. Read more »

Personality Disorders in 3 Simple Questions

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Description: You may not know, off the top of your head, what the diagnostic criteria are for the 10 Personality Disorder (PD) types split over three clusters in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). Given the word “personality” in their category title, you might expect that they would be defined by the patterns they reflect… Read more »

Black Friday: The Psychology of Retail Rage?

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Description: Even if you are not in the United States you have certainly heard about the Black Friday sales. We have them up in Canada as well though they are not quite as big a deal as are our Boxing Day sales. Things are a bit different this year, to say the least, but predicting… Read more »

Challenges to Admitting Defeat

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Personality Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Somewhere in the aftermath of the American election (November 3, 2020) there will be (maybe) a point where the outgoing president acknowledges his loss. At least that is how it has gone in every previous American Presidential election. But, as of today, November 14, 2020, Donald Trump has not yet conceded the election to… Read more »

The Bright Side of Narcissism?

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Description: As we roll towards November even those of us who are NOT American or living in the United States are anticipating the upcoming election with a wide range of thoughts and emotions. Before he, possibly, moves on we can yet again consider a much-discussed possible aspect of Donald Trump’s personality, specifically narcissism. The trait… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Psychological Reactions to the Pandemic

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Description: As you may or may not have noticed, I (Mike Boyes) have been posting discussions of and links to articles on the Psychology of Covid-19 since March 2020 (search Covid on this site to see the results). Recently we are starting to see posted, peer-reviewed research articles presenting studies that wee conceived, conducted, and… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Wellbeing of Introverts and Extroverts

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Description: I am sure you know quite a bit about personality. Based on what you know, what would you predict about the relative wellbeing of people who we might describe as extroverts and introverts in relation to their experiences with the current and recent states of their social worlds as a result of the circumstances… Read more »

Psychologists as Expert Witnesses: Ethics = Reliability + Validity

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual Cognitive Measures, Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intelligence, Legal Ethical Issues, Personality, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods.

Description: What do Psychologists do in courtroom when they serve as expert witnesses? This is a huge and complicated topic so let’s focus in a bit. If a Psychologist has been asked by the court to assess an accused individual and if they use a measure or two in order to develop their opinion of… Read more »

Understanding Black Friday and Boxing Day Sales: Psychological Ownership Helps

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Description: Do you take parit in Black Friday or Boxing Day sales? These are retail events where items, often in very limited quantities, are available at deep discounts and shoppers who take part in person can sometimes be quite aggressive in their efforts to obtain a super but limited bargain. You have likely not analyzed… Read more »