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Shame may feel awful but new cross-cultural evidence shows it is fundamental to our survival

The 15 sites the researchers visited to study shame, from Sznycer et al 2018 By Emma Young Shame feels so awful it’s hard to see how it could have an upside, especially when you consider specific

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What Are We Like? 10 Psychology Findings That Reveal The Worst Of Human Nature

By Christian Jarrett It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful

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There’s a fascinating psychological story behind why your favourite film baddies all have a truly evil laugh

By guest blogger David Robson Towards the end of the Disney film Aladdin, our hero’s love rival, the evil Jafar, discovers Aladdin’s secret identity and steals his magic lamp. Jafar’s wish to become the world’s most

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Growth mindset doesn’t only apply to learning – it’s better to encourage your child to help, than to be “a helper”

Children primed to think of themselves as “helpers” were more discouraged when things didn’t go to plan By Emma Young According to the Mindset Theory, if you tell a child repeatedly that they’re smart, it

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Many undergrad psych textbooks do a poor job of describing science and exploring psychology’s place in it

By guest blogger Tomasz Witkowski Psychology as a scientific field enjoys a tremendous level of popularity throughout society, a fascination that could even be described as religious. This is likely the reason why it is one

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Encouraging self-compassion may help people with chronic pain live more active, happier lives

By Alex Fradera In chronic pain, the pain system is locked in to a high-alert mode. One of my colleagues describes it as replacing your alarm system after a burglary, but with one so sensitive it

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Story-listening shows promise as an intervention for people living with dementia

By Emma Young Listening to a story is known to be cognitively demanding, in part because the listener has to pay close attention to, and remember, plot and character detail in order to understand what’s

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Encouraging self-compassion may help people with chronic pain lead more active, happier lives

By Alex Fradera In chronic pain, the pain system is locked in to a high-alert mode. One of my colleagues describes it as replacing your alarm system after a burglary, but with one so sensitive it

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New evidence that the “chaotic mind” of ADHD brings creative advantages

Participant drawings from White, 2018 By Christian Jarrett Focus and concentration, while normally considered beneficial attributes, can stymie creativity – especially the generation of novel ideas. This has led some to wonder whether people with

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