psychology

Is It Bad To Hug Your Dog? This Study Says One Thing, My Heart Says Another

My dog Lucca, meanwhile, says she loves my hugs. More »


Resting Bitch Face Is A Real Thing, According To Science

If you’re plagued with Resting Bitch Face – looking like someone just woke you up from a nap, when really all you’re thinking about is New Girl and pizza – life can be hard. Thankfully, a couple of guys from Noldus Information Technology deemed this topic so important, they decided to conduct research on it. What a… More »


Your Bitchy Resting Face Makes People Think You’re Untrustworthy

New research published in the journal Personal and Social Psychology Bulletin has shown that people tend to think that a bitchy resting face means you’re untrustworthy.

Well, sort of. The study presented pictures of various faces to participants, and they all tended to agree on which faces looked trustworthy, whether or not they… More »


Do Something New: The Science Of Embarrassment

I like to try new things. My comfort zone is pretty large. This is why, when I was first brainstorming a column to write for my job, I decided to do one that involved trying new fitness activities in the hopes that giving them a shot myself would encourage other people to try new kinds… More »


Easily Distracted? You Might Be A Creative Genius!

A study from Northwestern University suggests that if you find yourself struggling to shut out distractions, it may be a sign of creative brilliance. Is that not the most validating information you’ve heard in years? According to Science Daily, the findings provide “the first physiological evidence that real-world creativity may be associated with a reduced ability to filter ‘irrelevant’ sensory… More »


Here’s Why Humans Are Built To Be Kind

When many people think about Darwin’s theory of evolution and survival of the fittest, they assume that the competition to pass on genes is what defines human beings, and that that competitive impulse makes us ruthless at our core. What’s forgotten in that thought process is that humans have to not only pass on our… More »


This Is Why You’re Afraid Of Ebola (Despite The Fact That You’re Not Going To Get Infected)

Even though the chances that you’re going to get Ebola in the United States are extremely, extremely low, it is all the hell over my news feed and it’s been making me freak out. I know I’m not the only one. I’ve been trying to avoid reading about it because I’m afraid that it’ll make… More »


7 Rules Of Engagement For A Friendship Breakup

Not all friendships work out. We all can’t be the sisterhood of the traveling pants, okay? Sometimes somebody (with bad taste) just decides you suck. If you’re fortunate, a friendship fizzles out slowly and imperceptibly, without any awkward requests to get that cardigan back. If you’re not-so-fortunate, your friendship is going to end in either… More »


27 Things That Don’t Define Your Self-Worth

Chaotic and ever-changing as life is, it’s no wonder that we look to external factors to define who we are and how we’re doing. It’s easy to lose sight of how our success in life shows up in intangible stuff, like the way we treat people, how we handle tough stuff, and how much love… More »


10 Things To Never, Ever Say To A Person With Depression

Clinical depression sucks and it’s only growing more common. Almost one in two people in the U.S. will suffer from depression or another mental health condition at some point and about one in 17 Americans actually has a serious mental illness right now.

Despite its rising rates, depression can be hard to wrap… More »


9 Tips For Taking On Jealousy

Of all the ugly emotions out there, jealousy has to be one of the worst. It can feel childish, petty and almost like a primal rage. But it’s also inescapable; jealousy is almost like an epic equalizer, because everybody feels it now and then. On the path toward emotional growth, jealousy is one of the hardest… More »


Girl Talk: 5 Red Flags That Told Me To Leave

He seemed sweet at first. In fact, he had many sweet moments. But then there was the other stuff …

Abusive behavior isn’t as simple as we, as a society, want it to be. We often think that the kinds of signs that tell you a man could be abusive are very obvious. More »


4 Ways To Spot A Narcissist Before He Becomes Your Boyfriend

A cute guy walks up to you in a bar. He’s totally full of himself, but makes you laugh as he flexes his muscles while telling you he’s the best. This guy is a narcissist, right?

Not necessarily. … More »


Transgender National Security Leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning May Be Transferred To Civilian Prison To Be Treated For “Gender Dysphoria”

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Private Chelsea Manning, also known as Bradley Manning, a dishonorably discharged soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. The last we heard from Manning was in August, when she had publicly come out as transgender and informed the world she wanted to be referred… More »


Surprise: Going To An Ivy League Won’t Make You Any Happier As An Adult

This one is for everyone who freaked about the colleges they got into, if they were privileged enough to get into college at all: a Gallup-Purdue University poll found that the experiences you had in college rather than the type of school you went to, are the major factor in determining the happiness in your… More »


The Soapbox: On The “Confidence Gap” & Women Undermining Other Women

Last week, ABC News reporter Claire Shipman and BBC World News American anchor Katty Kay published an essay in The Atlantic called “The Confidence Gap” about the divide in confidence between men and women. The piece is promoting their new book, The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know. More »


Trying To Find Your Self? Check Your Chest

The “I,” the ego, the self. These terms are used loosely to describe the individual life-force each of us is always searching for, but seems intent on remaining so elusive. According to a new study published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, scientists claim to have discovered the general location of the self within the… More »


You Aren’t Imagining It: Study Finds That Seeing Happy Couples In Ads Makes You Depressed

New research from the University of Southern California found that, shocker, looking at images of happy couples when you’re single makes you feel crappy. Advertisers love to rely on the “lovey dovey” trope to sell things, assuming that people who aren’t in a happy relationship will see the product as the key to… More »


Oh Dear: Study Finds Comedians Have “Psychotic Personality Traits”

Comics have high levels of psychotic personality traits, according to a new study which should come as a surprise to exactly no one who spends time around comedians. In other breaking news, comics also have trouble paying their bills on time.  … More »


8 Things I Would Like You To Know About Introverts

A few years ago, I complained to a girl friend about how my then-boyfriend was getting on my nerves. I told her how we would be hanging out in his apartment on the weekend and I would ask for some “alone time” to read or go online. He would say okay, but couldn’t go for… More »


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