Personality News

Experiencing and Sharing Fantastic Experiences May Leave You Down

October 7th, 2014
Although many celebrate the opportunity to participate in a truly fantastic or out of the ordinary event, new research suggests sharing the experience may be much less rewarding than what we had imagined. "Extraordinary experiences are pleasurable in the moment but can leave ...

Is Sexting Normal?

October 7th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. Researchers have published their findings on teenage sexting and future sexual activity in the journal Pediatrics. Sexting is sending sexually explicit ...

Study Finds Leadership is Mostly Learned

October 7th, 2014
It seems that not a day passes without a cry for better leadership in government, business, or arenas like the NFL. Often the question boils down to whether leadership can be taught, or if traits of successfully leadership are hard-wired. A new University of ...

Does Parent-Child Bond Mirror That of Owner-Dog?

October 4th, 2014
Everyone knows someone who treats their dog like one of their children. But how closely does that relationship mirror the parent-child relationship? That’s the question researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital set out to answer with their newest study, published in the open-access journal ...

Strong Attention Skills Can Help Some Teens Avoid Substance Use Problems

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests teens with strong executive attention skills -- the ability to focus on task and ignore distractions -- are more likely to avoid substance abuse issues after early drug experimentation. University of Oregon researchers say that the positive traits are components of a ...

Boys Who Don’t Feel Accepted at Greater Risk of Self-Harm

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests that when boys feel they are not accepted by peers or family they are at high risk for committing future harm or suicide. Brown University researchers studied 99 teens hospitalized out of concern for suicide risk and found that a ...

Can Social Media Help You Out of a Bad Mood ?

October 3rd, 2014
A new study suggests that when people are in a bad mood they often turn to social networks sites to find friends who are in the same or even worse state of mind. Although use of social media is generally associated with ...

Personality Traits May Impact Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

October 2nd, 2014
A long-term study suggests a woman’s disposition during middle age may influence her risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered women who are anxious, jealous, or moody and distressed may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. The study has ...

Alcohol Lets Men Respond More Easily to Smiles

October 1st, 2014
Drinking alcohol appears to foster a sort of "social bravery" among men, enabling them to be more responsive to the smiles of others. Researchers discovered that for men, alcohol increases male’s sensitivity to rewarding social behaviors like smiling. This finding may help to explain some ...

Study Probes Anorexia in Males

September 30th, 2014
New research suggests male anorexia is similar to female anorexia although the male disorder is associated with personality and gender identity issues. Although anorexia is traditionally associated with females, the disorder also occurs among boys and men. University of Montreal researchers embarked on a ...