Small Talk 101: How to Make Conversation with Anyone

There’s no arguing with the fact that situations requiring polite small talk can be incredibly uncomfortable. Whether you’re trying to chat up a new business contact at an industry networking event or simply make casual conversation with ...

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Employees' interests predict how they will perform on the job

New research published in the July 2012 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that employee interests may be a better way to predict who will perform well on the job. ...

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25 Suggestions for Living a Contented Life

When you’re feeling upset, it’s difficult to problem-solve or think of what actions might help. Keeping a list of what works for you could be an important step for coping successfully. It’s also true that building strong basics in your life ...

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Individuals Cooperate According to Their Emotional State and Their ...

A study by researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad de Zaragoza has determined that when deciding whether to cooperate with others, people do not act thinking about their own reward, as had been previously believed, but rather ...

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Compassion Fatigue

Medical professionals such as physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, and emergency workers, who help traumatized patients may develop their own Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms as an indirect response to their patient’s suffering. ...

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Married couples are happier when they commute in the same direction

What we do with our bodies can trigger metaphorical associations in our minds, having knock-on effects for perceptions and attitudes. For example, holding a warm drink can lead us to judge a person's character more favourably, presumably through ...

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Early Birth May Pose Higher Risk to the Mind

Premature birth may increase the risk for serious mental illness in adolescence and young adulthood, a recent study reports. Researchers reviewed birth and hospital admissions records of more than 1.3 million Swedes born from 1973 to 1985. They ...

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The Advantages of Being First

How people make choices depends on many factors, but a new study finds people consistently prefer the options that come first: first in line, first college to offer acceptance, first salad on the menu -- first is considered best. In three ...

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The Psychology of Flow

When the happiness and creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was studying how painters work, he noticed an odd thing. When their painting was going well they didn't care about getting tired, hungry or uncomfortable, they just carried on. But ...

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Teen Sexting Prevalent: Nearly 30 Percent Send Nude Pictures Despite ...

more than 1 in 4 adolescents have sent a nude picture of themselves through electronic means, about half have been asked to send a nude picture, and about a third have asked for a nude picture to be sent to them. Boys were more likely to ask and ...

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Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common ...

New research points to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among individuals whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. "The results were very consistent in large samples from several ...

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Gene Neuritin links Chronic stress to Depression in new Study

We know stress correlates with depression and that stress can produce depressive like symptoms in animals. But this paper? This paper is very new, and very cool! Not because it shows a link between stress and depression. This new finding, the ...

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Day Dreaming Good for You? Reflection Is Critical for Development and ...

As each day passes, the pace of life seems to accelerate -- demands on productivity continue ever upward and there is hardly ever a moment when we aren't, in some way, in touch with our family, friends, or coworkers. While moments for reflection may ...

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"Beauty in the eyes of the beer holder" - people who think they're ...

The beer-goggle effect is well-documented - the way that being drunk makes everyone look wonderfully attractive. A new study asks whether the goggles work backwards. Does being drunk affect how we judge our own appeal? Laurent Bègue and her team ...

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Rat City: Effects of Overcrowding on Human Population

Calhoun's 'Rat City' experiment is a nightmare for animal rights activists yet it produced so many interesting results it has to go down as one of the most famous psychology experiments of all time. Maybe it does not apply exactly to human ...

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