Category Archives: Social Psychology

The Psychology of Giving Great Gifts, According to Research

What should you look for when buying a gift? This article tries to answer that question. A new paper, based on a survey of existing research, suggests that some gifts are great to give but not to receive. Scroll down and learn more from the infographic. Continue reading

Study: Your Generousity Creates More Generousity and Empathy in Others

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Human beings are social beings. The tendency to behave, talk and walk like others is what we call conformity, which has been documented in various studies. Continue reading

Don’t Fear Responsibility Because ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’

responsibility When we hold others responsible, we expect something from, and in order to expect something from others, we must trust and believe in them. We have to believe that they are capable of doing what we expect. Continue reading

Social Effectiveness Therapy Beats Social Anxiety, Study Shows

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At some point in our lives, we all experience symptoms of anxiety. Public speaking or other unfamiliar situations can provoke natural feelings of anxiety. When these natural feelings turn into excessive anxiety and worry, they might be classified as an anxiety disorder.

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Does Your Pursuit of Self-Esteem Damage You?

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We tend to define ourselves and our self-worth in terms of our accomplishments.

How do we increase our self-esteem, and how do raise children with high self-esteem? Many self-help books try to answer questions like these. So, the pursuit of self-esteem is a central preoccupation in our modern culture.  Continue reading

How Your Social Network Influences Your Romantic Relationship

We care about what others think of us, and our romantic relationships, too. The support we receive from our social networks, such as family and friends, influences the quality of our relationships. Continue reading

Wear the Right Clothes and Make the Right Impressions on Others: Dress to Impress

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Be aware of the impressions you make on others.

Whether you like it or not: the clothes you wear makes a particular impression on others. Even subtle appearance cues lead others to judge our personality, status and more. I’ve come across a number of studies that prove this fact, and as always, I share the findings with you. Continue reading

Cognitive Dissonance: Why We Lie to Ourselves

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We “lie” to ourselves as we like our thoughts to be consonant.

The cognitive dissonance theory was coined by Leon Festinger (1957). Festinger suggests that our thoughts can show three relationships Continue reading