Personality News

Reflecting on Failed Relationship Helps Recovery

January 7th, 2015
Ending a relationship is a difficult and often heart-breaking event. Even worse is that recovery from a breakup make take years. New research, however, may help individuals accelerate the recovery process. A new study suggests repeatedly reflecting on the breakup actually speeds emotional recovery. ...

Posting of Selfies May Suggest Personality Issues

January 7th, 2015
A new study does not paint a pretty picture for guys who post a lot of selfies on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Ohio State University researchers found that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher ...

Obesity Not Always Linked with Poor Health

January 5th, 2015
Emerging research discovers that for some people, obesity is not associated with detrimental health consequences. In a small study, Washington University School of Medicine investigators found that a subset of obese people do not have common metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity. Obesity had traditionally ...

Quality of Parent-Infant Relationship Linked to Teen Anxiety

December 29th, 2014
The quality of parent-infant relationships can predict social anxiety in adolescence, according to a new study. Infants who are not securely attached to their parents often grow up to be inhibited children who develop anxiety problems, especially social anxiety, as they get older, ...

Introverts Can Hinder Extroverted Co-Workers’ Careers

December 29th, 2014
A new study shows that introverted employees are more likely to give poor job performance evaluations to extroverted co-workers. This gives introverts a powerful role in workplaces that rely on peer-to-peer evaluation tools for awarding raises, bonuses, or promotions, according to researchers at ...

Those Prone to Guilt May Be Hardest Workers

December 23rd, 2014
New research shows that employees who are highly prone to feel guilty for disappointing their co-workers are among the most ethical and hard-working partners. However, the study from researchers at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business also suggests that these ...

The Psychology of Gift Giving

December 22nd, 2014
Giving gifts can reveal how people think about others, what they value and enjoy and how they build and maintain relationships. Researchers are exploring several different aspects of gift-giving and receiving, such as how givers choose gifts, how gifts are used by recipients, ...

Worrying Linked to High Verbal IQ

December 22nd, 2014
Chronic worriers tend to have a higher-than-average verbal IQ (intelligence quotient), according to new research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. However, those who specifically tend to ruminate on past negative social events are also more likely to have a ...

Women Have More Empathy to Partner

December 19th, 2014
Although it has long been suspected that women are more empathetic toward their partner, a new study has come to the same conclusion using scientific inquiry and empirical research. Australian researchers, Dr Cindy Mervin and Professor Paul Frijters, found ...

Early Sensitive Caregiving Has Lasting Influence on Child’s Development

December 19th, 2014
Emerging research discovers sensitive caregiving in the first three years of life is a strong predictor of an individual’s future social competence and academic success. A new study -- designed to replicate an earlier study that showed early maternal sensitivity has lasting ...