Study: Happy People are More Likely to Steal than People With Neutral Emotions

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New research by Vincent and colleagues (2013) has come up with a rather interesting finding about the tendency to commit theft. The authors conducted two studies (experiments). The first study showed that individuals who experience positive emotions steal more often than individuals who experience neutral emotions. Continue reading

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A Life Course Metaphor (Quote)

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The Fine Distinction Between Personality Disorders and Clinical Syndromes (DSM-IV)

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How are personality disorders different from clinical syndromes? I have tried to sum up some general, historical assumptions on this issue.

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Gender Differences in the Experience of Emotions

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A meta-analysis by Else-Quest and colleagues (2012) examined many of the stereotypes about men’s and women’s emotions. The stereotypes hold that women experience more guilt, shame, and embarrassment, and men typically experience more pride. But is that true? Continue reading

Gender-Typed Behaviors are Linked to Depressive Symptoms, Low Self-Esteem, and Poor Friendship Quality in Boys

Gender-typed behaviors (GT) and stereotypes are common. For example, boys play with automobiles and girls play with dulls, and these behaviors are related to boy and girl identities, respectively.

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The Power of a Social Purpose (Judgmental Bias)

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The burden of wearing a heavy backpack is lessened when a social purpose is given. The hills don’t look as steep.

A study by Durgin and colleagues (2009) finds that the burden of wearing a heavy backpack is lessened when a social purpose is given in form of social demands.

In other words, we perceive the burden as less burdensome, when a social purpose is given. In this way, a purpose contributes to a judgmental bias of the burden. 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

The Effects of Glutamate in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are some of the most frequent psychological disorders, and the processes involved in fear conditioning seem to be the same across species, i.e. the same neural structures may be involved. Continue reading