Category Archives: Social Psychology

How Attachment Styles Affect Relationships

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Klohnen & Bera (1998) conducted a longitudinal study over a period of 31 years. 142 women were involved, and they were interviewed in a time interval of 10 years about their attachments to their respective partners, and their general experiences with relationships. Continue reading

Does the Apple Fall Far From the Tree? Parent-Child Similarities in Attitudes

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Father and son. How do they look alike?

This article considers a strongly disputed topic in social psychology: the formation of attitudes, prejudices, and stereotypes. A new meta-analysis by Degner & Dalege (2013) synthesizes the evidence for the past 60 years, and it is a rather exhaustive analysis that includes 131 studies of over 45,000 parent-child dyads. Continue reading

8 Psychological Mechanisms that Enable People to Hurt Others (The Psychology of Evilness)

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Have you ever wondered how people can live with themselves after having done something terrible to others? Read on.

It seems like most people are capable of doing harm to others, as shown in Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment. However, self-reports have also revealed that obeying to hurt others may lead to feelings of anxiety, guilt and agitation. Continue reading