A Rational Case for Following Your Emotions

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Feelings aren’t as senseless as Americans have been led to believe. In the popular American imagination, emotion and rationality are often mutually exclusive. One is erratic, unpredictable, and often a …

Five Limits Your Brain Puts on Generosity

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Research suggests that our brains may be wired for altruism, but there’s a catch—well, five of them, actually. Humans can be remarkably generous. Americans gave a record $390 billion to …

Background Music Might Stifle Creativity

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Volunteers who listened to music solved fewer word puzzles than others who worked in silence. Let’s play a word game. What word can be put in front of the words …

Genes Do Shape Behaviors But it’s Complicated

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Many of our psychological traits are innate in origin. There is overwhelming evidence from twin, family and general population studies that all manner of personality traits, as well as things …

When Will We Solve Mental Illness?

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Biology was supposed to cure what ails psychiatry. Decades later, millions of people with mental disorders are still waiting. Nothing humbles history’s great thinkers more quickly than reading their declarations …

First Impressions & The “Liking Gap”

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Most People Are Terrible at Knowing How They Come Off For better or worse, first impressions can be hard to shake. Whether it’s a high-stakes job interview, a blind date, …

Some Common Relationship Challenges

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Like most interpersonal relationships, most romantic couples experience some challenge at some point in their relationship. Some of these common challenges may include infidelity, loss of intimacy, communication difficulties, coping …

Why Is It So Hard to Be Vulnerable?

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A new study suggests that we judge ourselves more harshly than others do when we put ourselves out there. We all know the experience of vulnerability, even if we don’t …

On Being Interesting

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Most of us know and value pleasant experiences. We savour the taste of a freshly picked strawberry. We laugh more than an event warrants, just because laughing feels good. We …

Left brain vs. right brain

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The two hemispheres or sides of the brain — the left and the right — have slightly different jobs. But can one side be dominant and does this affect personality? …

How to Recover From Heartbreak

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Use “negative reappraisal,” and understand you have work to do—time alone may not be enough. Melissa and J.J. met on the finish line of an obstacle course race. “We were …

Psychology of Choice

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How psychology explains the everyday decisions that we make, and how we are unaware of the influences that guide the choices we make. Each day, we make countless choices and …

What Is the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

What Is the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not …