Unhappy/Happy Childhood–Is It Black & White?

Happy childhood memories linked to better adult health.  Don't spank--you'll harm your child's future mental health. These studies and more show that a having a happy childhood confers benefits including better physical and mental health, more lifetime achievement, and better relationships on adult children. Conversely, unhappiness in childhood seems to lead to many more problems (both in anecdote and research.) Unhappy childhood equals: more addiction, more mental health issues, more physical health problems, and so on. But for many people, childhood was a mixed bag

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The Narcissistic Trail of Destruction: Video

Reader DayCat1 asked: How does narcissism affect relationships? A thoughtful new video by Dr. Todd Grande offers a clinically informed view on the "trail of destruction" found in the relationships of people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He explores the defense mechanisms which people with NPD exhibit which lead to fractured relationships. He also explains why people with NPD may be motivated to


The Dark Side Of When Someone Is Jealous Of You

In our post I'm Not Envious, Am I? we discussed insights into the feelings of jealousy and envy, and how to tell if this was part of your personality make-up. We know that feeling jealous or envious can lead to feelings of anxiety, worthlessness, and even acts of verbal or physical abuse. And it's not just the person feeling jealous whose psyche is damaged--it's the person who is the object of jealousy and envy, too. Jealousy and envy are dangerous. They can even lead to serious harm. "Just Jealous"


Core Personality: The D-Factor

The D-Factor: The general tendency to maximize one’s individual utility - disregarding, accepting, or malevolently provoking disutility for others -, accompanied by beliefs that serve as justifications. (University of Denmark) Narcissist. Sadist. Psychopath. Spiteful. Excessively self-centered. Lack of empathy. Malicious. Machiavellian. A new study has determined that if you have one of these attributes, your more likely to have others.


The Replication Crisis: What Do We Believe?

Scientific research studies/experiments, especially those in the field of psychology, remain in turmoil, which some dub the "replication crisis." This is the continuation of issues researchers are having replicating studies. In a significantly important number of cases, the results are just not able to be replicated. Problem 1: Replication attempts are uncommon for a few reasons listed by two researchers:


I’m Not Envious, Am I?

*When people have positive feelings towards one another then they are able to sit down and talk about what really matters, that is, the true purpose and meaning of life. When envy and jealousy flee, truth has a fertile ground in which to grow and ripen.


Neuroplasticity: Yes, You Can Change Your Brain (And Your Life)

Scientists used to think that if the brain was damaged, that was it. The damaged part would likely not recover. Relatively recently, though, neuroplasticity is becoming more accepted in the mainstream. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change. Brain functions (including related aspects of personality) are not set in stone. The brain can change, and if the brain can, that means you change too.