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:


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.


Is Social Media Making Kids (And Adults) Lose The Ability To Think?

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and author of the 2015 book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, says social media may be causing a generation of children to lose their ability to think clearly, and empathize, and communicate. She's worried that children are experiencing more instant gratification and losing their "inner narrative."

In an interview with The Telegraph, she says “What I...