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GOOD AT WORK, GOOD IN BED

Are you a conscientious person: organized, detail-oriented, reliable, dutiful, focused on work, predictable and orderly? If so, according to The Journal of Sex Research, you and your partner are probably having good sex. Researchers at Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany, studied 964 couples to see how personality affected their sex lives. They gave them questionnaires […]

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Dr. John Oldham commends Pete Davidson on Good Morning America

Watch Dr. Oldham, an expert in personality styles and personality disorders,  as he commends comedian Pete Davidson for being open about his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder on Good Morning America. Dr. Oldham is the interim chief of staff at the Menninger Clinic in Houston.

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DOES PERSONALITY STYLE AFFECT DEPRESSION?

  • November 19, 2018
  • Dr. Oldham
  • John M. Oldham, M.D.

John M. Oldham, MD Why is it that so few people who recover from an episode of severe depression never have another one? This question, addressed in a recent New York Times article, brought to mind one of my own: What does personality have to do with it? Flourishing After Depression In the New York […]

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WHAT YOUR BODY SHAPE SAYS ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY

  • November 09, 2018
  • General
  • NPSP25 Team

  Do you look trustworthy? Lazy? Enthusiastic? When it comes to snap judgments, your body shape affects other’s first impressions of your personality. Researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas tested their theory that body-shape and personality-trait stereotypes affect how we judge and interact with people we haven’t met before. The Body Shape Study […]

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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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