When Others Succeed: Envy and Other Taboo Attitudes

We’ve all got this one friend. The one who seems to have gotten it all figured out. The one who’s got life down pat, who succeeds at just about every endeavor he pursues, who goes from Point A to Point B of his perfectly planned life without so much as ruffling his collar. The one […]

Memory Marvels: People Who Can’t Forget

“Invalid username or password. Please try again.” For the nth time, I see this line, bold, red, and menacing on the computer screen. I was trying to log in to a long-unopened web account, and yet again I have forgotten either the password or the username I had used to sign up to it (and […]

Detecting Deception: A Crash Course on Lie-Spotting

How do you know if someone is lying? This is one of the most common questions people expect psychology to be able to answer. Being the study of the mind and behavior, psychology is counted on by many people to teach them the cues to look for in order to identify instances of deception. Later […]

When Good People Do Bad Things: The Dark Side in Everyone

Human beings are a perplexing species. On one end of the spectrum, we see the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, leaders who have determinedly advocated the principle of non-violence and championed the art of peaceful protest even in the face of oppressive forces. But shift your focus to the other end of […]

Attachment Theory: Can Your Infant Attachment Style Predict Your Approach to Romantic Relationships?

Ahh, yes, the big, complicated, thorny world of love and romantic relationships…this, we’re all at least a bit interested in, and most, if not all of us would rather go through it unscathed—thus, the attempt to understand as much of its intricacies as humanly possible. Psychology, of course, has all but shied away from studying […]

The Jonah Complex: Why You’ll Never Be Your Best Self

As humans, we all have needs. And these needs are pretty much the same for all humans across different times and cultures—from the basic-order needs of air, water, food, shelter, and safety, to the higher-order needs of love, belongingness, and esteem. These human needs and the sequence with which people go about meeting them are […]

Discovering Your Niche: Are You a Fish Trying to Climb a Tree?

Suppose you’re about to assemble a new piece of equipment. It’s the first time you’re ever going to do it and there’s a big box of equipment parts before you, waiting to be joined together to create something functional. How do you approach the task? You fish out the instruction manual from the box, sit […]

Why You Date Who You Date: Evolutionary Psychology Explains

Picture a woman in her early 20s, with smooth and glowing skin, shiny hair, full lips, and bright eyes. She has a perfect 36-24-36 body figure and her voluptuous hips sway gracefully as she walks past by. It’s hard not to imagine such a woman turning heads as she saunters down an alley, gathering awed […]

Mind Traps: How Your Own Brain Can Sabotage You

Imagine you’re about to make a big decision—say, you’re looking to move in to a new house. Naturally, you’ll want to make the best choice possible, and you do so by considering your needs versus all possible options. After seeing a print ad about an impressive house model and a brief talk with a convincing […]