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The Secret Math Behind Feel-Good Music 

Why do some songs have the feel-good factor? While our emotional associations undoubtedly play a part, a researcher at the University of Groningen has come up with a Feel Good Index, which can predict how feel-good a song is by considering positive references in the lyrics, the song’s tempo and its key. Read on to find out what are the top 10 feel-good songs according to the Index…


The Psychological Benefits And Drawbacks Of Perfectionism

Just like any other personality trait, too much or too little of perfectionism can lead to self-defeating behaviours, but when it is just right, it can be advantageous to us. While it may seem tough to achieve that healthy balance, research has suggested that it is possible when certain conditions are met, including 1) when you are not overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, and 2) you are focused on yourself, rather than pleasing others, in your drive for perfection. 


How Different Are Your Online and Offline Personalities?

What can our Internet activity reveal about our personality? Do you know personality tests can accurately predict our habits online? Facebook “likes”, Twitter content, and online purchases can all reflect elements of our personality. With an increasing amount of such data available, can businesses leverage on information about “online personality” to personalise services? And can self-awareness of our online habits benefit us, as consumers?


FAQ Blog Series: The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) 

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10 Things Passive People Say

A passive approach to life can put us at the losing end, causing more harm than good. But often, people do not realise they are passive, even though their passivity can be observed via their outlook, as well as the way they interact / communicate with others. What are some indicators that one may have passive tendencies? Read on to find out.


Holiday Shopping Brings on More Stress Than Bargained for

Holidays are meant to be a time for relaxation and enjoyment. Yet, past surveys conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) have indicated the year-end holiday season can, in fact, be an exceptionally stressful time, with many Americans feeling the pressure to create a perfect holiday, by going all out to shop for expensive gifts and host dinner parties. What are some tips to manage holiday stress, as recommended by APA? Read on to find out.


Parents Aiming Too High Can Harm Child's Academic Performance

Should parents aim high, so that their children can achieve more? Yes and no, according to a recent study from the University of Reading. While it is true that parents who have high hopes tend to have children who perform better in school, there should be a threshold. If those aspirations become excessive and unrealistic, academic performance can in fact worsen.


Reflections on the Dark Side by Dr. Robert Hogan 

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The 4 Personality Traits Of Engaging Leader

We have heard over and over. We all know the magnitude of engagement on productivity, commitment and positivities.
But....what are the traits of an engaging leader? As important, traits of a disengaging leader? Does having those traits alone will do?

Why What You Learned in Preschool is Crucial at Work

As technology makes some jobs obsolete, occupations that require both socialising and thinking are on the rise and are predicted to be jobs of the future. However, apart from our early experiences at preschool, traditional education typically focuses on the teaching of hard skills, not soft skills. Fortunately, the pedagogical model of “flipped classroom” is increasingly applied, by getting students to participate in video lectures prior to class, so that actual class time can be used to train social skills through discussions and group work.

Technology is Changing the Millennial Brain

As a generation that is maturing in a technologically connected world, the brains of Millennials are of particular interest to many medical experts. Many believe that the average Millennial brain will develop physically different to that of their parents’. Consequently, such changes can affect Millennials’ communication skills of picking up cues and interacting face-to-face. Nevertheless, it is argued that communication via technology is often richer and more constant, and changing communication norms are perhaps inevitable.


HOPE: The Science and Myth of Hope 

The concept of “hope” is an age-old one that has been studied since the era of Ancient Greece, and remains a widely researched topic in modern times. From a psychological perspective, researchers have examined the nature of hope, proposed theories on hope, and ran experiments related to hope. Here’s a primer on how hope has been studied and conceptualised over the years. 


3 Reasons Not to Give Kids too Many Presents 

Too many gifts may turn kids into bullies?


The Science of Awkwardness

No one likes being in awkward situations. But arguably, it is the feeling of awkwardness that drives us to pay closer attention to our social environment, enabling us to avoid landing ourselves in such situations in the future. How do we manage awkward situations so that we learn valuable lessons from them, yet refrain from dwelling too much on them and perpetuating social fear?