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Your Field Guide to the Perfectionist

A healthy level of perfectionism can lead to excellence in performance, but what happens when perfectionism is taken to the extreme? What are some signs that an individual’s focus on details is hindering him/her from success, rather than helping?


Does Your Bright Side Have a Dark Side?

By viewing personality as a continuum of ‘bright’ and ‘dark’ extremes, we understand that some people may exhibit subclinical qualities, even though they do not actually have the personality disorder. The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) examines the darker side of personality, with the Colorful scale aligned to Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD). What is the correlated ‘bright-side’ profile (measured with NEO-PI-R) of someone who has a subclinical level of HPD (i.e. higher Colorful score)?


Got FOMO? How to Get a Grip

Just like any other negative emotion, the ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO) is functional and human, stemming from our innate need for social connections. However, when chronic FOMO negatively affects our mental health and life satisfaction, how can we cope with it? The answer may lie in our reliance on social media. 


10 Things Passive-Aggressive People Say

We understand the concept of passive aggression, but may not always detect it coming our way since it is delivered in a masked manner. What are some passive aggressive phrases that can aid us to identify hidden hostility?


The Secrets of Eye Contact, Revealed

Eye contact is one of our most crucial means of communication, but it is often so implicit that many of us fail to realise the important role it plays in conveying non-verbal information. When engaged in a conversation, what can pupil dilation and the amount of eye contact tell us about the other person?


The Scientific Benefits of Mind-Wandering

Is distractibility all that bad? We often champion the virtues of mindfulness, but overlook that the opposite - mind-wandering - is also a mental mode that comes naturally to us. In fact, engaging in a period of conscious thought, followed by a period of mind-wandering activity, may allow us to activate unconscious ideas that can lead to unexpected creative discoveries.


The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence can be a useful ability for leaders to motivate their people, but it can turn into a weapon for manipulation as well. Emerging research indicates that EQ may not always be beneficial to job performance; when the role requires fewer emotional demands, high EQ can in fact be detrimental. EQ is widely viewed to be absolutely essential in the workplace, but perhaps it's time for a more nuanced view - one that considers the context of when and where EQ is truly necessary for a high-performing workplace.


A Neuroscience Researcher Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happier

Remembering to be grateful, identifying and not suppressing negative emotions, making good enough decisions, and hugging… These four acts are proven by neuroscientific research to have positive implications to one’s happiness. Read on to find out how exactly each ritual affects your brain circuitry.


Resilient Personality of Cities Could Help in a Recession

How can the study of personality differences play a role in understanding a city’s economic resilience beyond its economic infrastructure? When researchers examined the personality make-up of various American and British cities, they discovered that cities with a more resilient personality, characterised by stronger emotional stability and entrepreneurial personality profile, were able to weather the 2008-09 recession better. 


The Real Reason You Can't Stop Checking Your Phone

A recent Gallup poll found that 41% of adult smartphone users check their phone several times per hour. Why are so many people unable to stay away from their phone for long? Larry Rosen, Professor of Psychology at an American university, suggests that it might be due to a combination of addiction and obsession. This means that we check our phones for two purposes: to increase our pleasure and to reduce our anxiety.


Think Remembering Is Always Best? Forget About It! 

Is forgetting always that bad? Perhaps it is when we realise we’ve forgotten, because it often means the thing we’ve forgotten is important to us. However, what about things that we are constantly forgetting, yet never noticing that we’ve forgotten them? Considering our limited processing capacity, some degree of memory loss can in fact be adaptive, allowing us to focus on the most important things and sparing us from remembering unnecessary details.


A Simple Yet Powerful Way to Handle a Stress Episode

When we view stress as a threat, our performance will start to deteriorate. Hence, to counteract a stress response, we need to reframe stress as a manageable challenge, rather than a threat. What is a simple yet powerful tool that will allow us to do just that?


People Will Subject Themselves to Immense Fear to Gain Social Status, Says Researcher

It's Halloween weekend!
Why do people subject themselves to scary activities? There are gains it seems...