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Why Christmas is so Difficult for Some People

The Christmas season can be a time of great joy and happiness. It can also be a time of sadness, depression, stress and loneliness for many people. The expression “there’s no place like home for the holidays” promises experiences of warmth and joy that are...

How Belief in Conspiracies Erodes Society

Particularly in American politics, conspiracy theories and the number of people who believe in them appear to be increasing daily. A 2019 poll from Insider found that nearly 80% of people in the United States follow at least one unproven theory, conspiracy or not. The...

Deciding Right from Wrong: Why Ethics is so Important

In the television show “The Good Place,” a dead philosopher named Chidi tries to make his fellow citizens into better people by exposing them to the concerns of moral philosophers. This involves the “trolley dilemma.” And it illustrates the...

People Who Apologize Frequently are Seen As More Warm and Sincere

Everyone is familiar with someone who constantly apologizes (maybe you are one).  This is the opening sentence of an intriguing new study by Karina Schumann and colleagues published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, that investigates how people...

Why Success is Fueled by Self-Compassion Rather Than Self-Esteem

Remember the last time you failed or made a crucial error. Do you still feel embarrassed and chastise yourself for being so foolish or self-centered? Do you frequently feel isolated in that mistake, as if you were the only one who made a mistake? Or do you try to...

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