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Truth About Lies

  • October 29, 2018
  • Dr. Oldham
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

By John M. Oldham, MD For $99.95, anyone can purchase a lie detector from Walmart. Who buys a polygraph test? Who uses it? Who relies on the results? These are questions I can’t answer, and I was surprised to find one being marketed to the public, since even in expert hands, lie detection results are […]

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THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF SELF-CONFIDENCE

  • October 23, 2018
  • Dr. Oldham
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

Want to know why casting headlines as “fake news” gets traction with so many people? The strategy, say psychologists, is “plausible deniability,” meaning the claim cannot be proven wrong in the moment. The strategy is often put to use by overly confident politicians and business leaders among others, say researchers at the University of Notre […]

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Healthy Self-Confidence or Narcissistic Personality?

  • October 01, 2018
  • General
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

There is a lot in the air these days about the narcissistic personality of prominent people. But what is narcissism, really?  Is having narcissistic traits good or bad?  How much is healthy narcissism and how much is a true narcissistic personality disorder? Scholars of behavior have described healthy narcissism as a plus, a useful personality […]

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