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This is the first study to suggests that the beliefs we hold about the personality strengths of our romantic partners influence our well-being and their well-being.
Grit, the Scarlett Johannson of organizational cures, has problems. Neglected research points to the dark side of promoting and nurturing grit.
Great strides have been made in psychology. No longer is it acceptable to run an experiment with 30 college students. But here we take a closer look at the questions being asked...
Each year students acquire hundreds of hours of research experience, present science at conferences and yet never stand a chance to get into graduate school. Because of GRE scores.
New research on how a weekly gratitude intervention influences monetary decisions, physiological responses, and emotional experiences during a decision to trust a stranger.
Nobody has created a set of guidelines for how to cite prior work in psychology, other academic fields, or anywhere else such as trade books. Some thoughts...
Productivity tips from 18 years as a scientist and author.
The top 9 non-fiction and 4 fiction books off the beaten path that I digested this year.
New research on touch as a neglected emotional experience that offers insights into the difficulties of individuals suffering from social anxiety problems.
Let us travel where scientists seldom tread—everyday, lowly human behaviors. Laughter. What myths do you hold? What truths are you ready to discover?
More than three decades of research exists on well-being. I distill it into three principles that everyone should know.
Lumosity, a brain game app, recently paid 2 million dollars to settle charges of deceptive advertising. People want to be smarter. But what do we know about brain games?
Science often ignores the peculiar traits of humans and other social animals, such as yawning.
Why do people experience pleasure from pain? Who is more apt to do so? What are the lessons for dealing with stress, loss, and trauma? Read about the concept of benign masochism.
When people shut their eyes to the negative, they limit themselves—missing important insights that could prove to be invaluable to psychology.
It's no longer acceptable to view the body of research on happiness, meaning in life, personality, and leadership and apply it to countries around the world.
There is a surge of interest in assessing and using psychological strengths. In this blog post, I detail what prior journal articles, books, and expensive workshops are missing.
New research on sexuality that offers insights into the different motives behind the act.
My top 10 non-fiction books off the beaten path that I digested this yea, and as a bonus, 3 amazing fiction book recommendations.
Happiness research is all the rage. Mindfulness is the sexiest new topic in psychology. See what happens when scientists start burying their ideas in jargon.
In this provocative blog post, I report on how much of what we know about therapy is based on clinical trials where the outcome is how much distress is reduced over weeks and months. Two, new meta-analyses provide evidence that the amount of distress people with anxiety and mood disorders experience has only a small association with how much impairment they experience.
Results from the new Merck survey of 2,606 United States workers on the state of curiosity in the workplace. Learn about the 5 big barriers to curiosity at work. Learn 5 strategies for training companies, leaders, and employees to become more curious, courageous, and creative.
Forget common sense and media reports. What have scientists discovered about the link between religion and happiness? During times of trouble, do people cling to their religion?
Are the prevailing conceptions of happiness adequate or accurate? How many types of happiness are there? Some new data that is about to be published gives a few answers and raises a few questions. Be prepared to change some of your views on happiness.
Every month, there is a major news article about the gene for god, divorce, or riding a motorcycle without a helmet. There are popular books touting a so-called fact that only 40% of happiness is due to genetics. But what does this mean? What is wrong about these statements? Read on for the answers in 500 words.
Over 10 concrete suggestions for getting into graduate school in psychology. Perfect for professors to send to students. And for students, this is a resource to help you with the "insider knowledge" I wish I had when I applied.
Here I present "in press" research for the first time on what we learned by examining 2342 episodes of intense anger in everyday life. What we found introduces new insights into this complex emotional experience.
A brutally honest description of the process of thinking about a new book, writing a proposal, and waiting in those early stages of work....
We lost a great one last month. Learn and read about his work.
I have been thinking deeply about the importance of friendships. This is not the first post I have written on the topic. Here are some thoughts, extending the story laid out in Malcolm Gladwell's last book, David and Goliath....
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