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CAN KIND THOUGHTS ABOUT OTHERS BOOST YOUR MOOD?

How you think about the people you encounter will alter your well-being throughout the day. In a bad mood? Feeling anxious? Iowa State University psychologists found that thinking well of others can lift your spirits and calm your nerves, whether you realize it or not. Previous research has shown that what psychologists called “downward social […]

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Does This Personality Trait Put You At Risk of a Cybercrime?

Being easily distracted makes you a target for pickpockets, and experts know that extroverts are more likely than introverts to be preyed upon by con artists. Now researchers are zeroing in on a personality trait that makes a person a target of cybercriminals. According to research published in Social Science Computer Review, that trait is […]

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ARE YOU A CAT PERSON?

        ARE YOU A CAT PERSON? Whether you are an “agreeable” type or have neurotic leanings, researchers who surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners in the UK found that your personality is likely making an impact on how your cat behaves. University of London and Nottingham Trent University researchers point out that the personality/behavior matchup […]

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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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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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Comparing Personality Tests

  • September 17, 2018
  • General
  • NPSP25 Team

There’s a lot of buzz lately about The Personality Brokers, a new book by Merve Emre about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the mother-daughter team that came up with it 75 years ago.   Now that we’ve launched The New Personality Self-Portrait 25 online, we’ve  been fielding a lot of questions about how the two […]

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Do you fall into the “liking gap” when meeting someone new?

  • September 16, 2018
  • General
  • NPSP25 Team

That’s what researchers at Cornell, Harvard and Yale call the certainty that a new acquaintance doesn’t think much of us as soon as we open our mouths. In a series of five studies of strangers engaged in a 5-minute, ice-breaker conversation, psychologists found people typically liked their partner more than they thought their partner liked […]

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