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Why would cruelty evolve as a personality trait?

This question doesn't necessarily relate to sociopathy or psychopathy, but I don't mind if these are referred to. More specifically, I'm interested in learning about casual, every-day cruelty and why ...
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Are there any theories which explain why people prefer popular vs. niche content?

So I'm analyzing social media data, and I've found that some people almost exclusively consume mostly the same few categories of content, whereas others consume a more diverse array of categories. It ...
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Confusing paragraph in a psychology book [closed]

I am currently working on translating a book called Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff. Yet, I faced a passage that I don't quite understand. Any help? BEFORE ...
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Have psychologists recognized how some people feel more embarrassment?

Is there a personality subtype where it’s really common to feel embarrassed about one's past self, like cringing about something you said, wrote, or did some time ago? It may change over time, but I ...
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Why do we have romatic feelings?

People who are asexual feel little to no sexual attraction towards others, but they can have romantic relationships. From how sexual and romantic feelings are different, it has made me start to wonder ...
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Can some people be selectively psycopathic/sociopathic towards a specific race/ethnicity of people?

Psycopaths tend to display remorselessbess while normal people don't. But imagine 18th century USA, where Slaves were considered lower than animals. Or consider, a modern day college group, where ...
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10-BFI test score compiling

I am a physicist and I am doing a survey about musical genre preferences and correlation with a field of study. I want to interpret the results from this test I don't know how to interpret the legend,...
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Transgenderism and personality

Has any research been conducted to study how individuals may vary on personality inventories, for example, the Big Five, based on whether they are cisgender versus transgender? Broadly, inquiry may ...
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What disorder might be considered opposite of the Histrionic Personality Disorder?

If a person might be considered the opposite of Narcissistic or having a Histrionic Personality disorder, what might it be called? For example, a person who feels a need to be unnoticed. Of course, I ...
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Are neural sensitivity tests used in proving/refuting Freudian and Neo-Freudian theories?

Given that Freudian theories root their explanatory models in neurology (that is, selected extra-sensitive (erogenous) body zones), has any scientific study tried to prove/refute them, by measuring ...
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Question regarding inferiority complex

"The more one has feelings of inferiority, the more one has a power attitude, and the more one has a power attitude, the more one has feelings of inferiority" This above paragraph was said ...
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What kinds of characteristics and outcomes are associated with low agreeableness and high honesty–humility?

I've heard low agreeableness is correlated with low honesty–humility, under HEXACO's model. However, it seems plausible to me that one could have low agreeableness and high honesty–humility, like a ...
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Are there culture-specific personality disorders?

According to Wikipedia, personality disorders are "characterized by enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, [...] deviating from those accepted by the individual's culture.". The APA also ...
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Is there a concept explaining internalizing others' trauma?

I have interrelated questions about trauma and personality factors, and how the latter can possibly contribute to the former. Second Hand Trauma? Is there any concept in publications that I can ...
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What are the real motives of people helping to each other?

I'm wondering sometimes why people want to help someone. What are the real motives of it? The Karpman drama triangle says that 3 types of people exist and one of these types is rescuer and as I ...
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What are the eventual consequences of being a narcissist?

A close question to what I am trying to ask is Is there scientific evidence that narcissists cannot be treated?. I was wondering what are the eventual consequences of being a narcissist? Is there any ...
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Making a risk assessment type scale using existing scales

I am trying to make a risk assessment type scale that measures the likelihood/risk of someone experiencing a psychological disorder in a setting. There are about 10 factors (e.g., gender, sleep ...
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Does Brain Damage Lead to changes in Subconscious Thoughts?

We all know that brain damage can alter personality. The common example is Phineas Gage. I tried researching the effects of brain damage on subconscious thought processing on Google, but I couldn't ...
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Can a subject develop learned helplessness without being conditioned?

In my understanding of this answer, the reason for person A to develop learned helplessness while person B to do not mostly (if not totally) boils down to the explanation styles of the two. But then ...
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Where does dissatisfaction/ingratitude fall in Big Five traits?

Example: Someone scores 92/100 in an exam, or gets 3.6/4.0 GPA, or accepted by their 2nd choice university (out of 5 ranked preferences). But is dissatisfied with the outcome, and thinks: This is not &...
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Correlation between sexual repression in adolescents and sexual deviancy later in life?

Is there a correlation between sexual repression and sexual deviancy? Now we all have heard stories of people growing up in incredibly strict households that become some of the most exploratory and ...
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Psychology of cheaters

I am curious to know that what kind of psychological factors influence serial cheaters. Infidelity or adultery both are considered immoral in majority of civilized societies around the world. But it ...
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'Describe this object to me' - To work out what type of thought process you have. What is this test called?

A friend learned heard about a test while on a Myers Briggs course and described it to me. I thought it was interesting, but I can't find anything about it since I don't know what to search for. The ...
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Is there a clinical definition for the psychological disorder/personality disorder for people who like to get under people’s skin?

I have noticed in my 50+ years of life that there are people who take joy (sometimes great joy) out of “getting under” another person’s skin. Is there a clinical definition for this behavior? ...
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Is the inability for people to accept they may be wrong on a topic (and the rationales for that) something that psychology ever discusses in depth? [duplicate]

Pride, shame, hubris and ego being factors in whether a person is able to consider they may be wrong on a statement, claim or stance on a topic. Not only consider wrongness, but accept or note their ...
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How are related self-confidence and self-esteem?

What is the difference between self-confidence and self-esteem? Is it that self-confidence is more about feeling secure concerning one's own capacity to address problems, while self-esteem is more ...
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What is the term or theory to explain adopting behaviors when hurt by someone else

I have been trying to search for a term or theory to explain adopting behaviors when bad / hurtful things happen to a person. For example, if a person is abused and ends up being an abuser because it ...
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How does twitter allow certain people to perform mass manipulation?

Recently we have seen many billionaires doing mass manipulation with the use of twitter. Is there any line of research of the categories of manipulation these people are doing on twitter?
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Evidence for differences in resilience between generations

There is a lot of talk of younger generations being "softer" but is there any evidence for differences in resilience or hardiness between generations?
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Does lack of social-economic opportunities for self-realisation and personal growth explain homophobia (at least partly)?

There is strong correlation between acceptance of LGBT in countries and the economic prosperity of the respective countries. As far as I have checked the literature then the mainstream research trend ...
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How to distinguish introvert personality, social anxiety disorder and mild autism?

There are the following similarities between introvert personality type, Social anxiety disorder and mild autism Disinterest in social interaction Interested in objects than people May be afraid of ...
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Does fear induce motivation or despair in context of closing deadlines in personal projects?

The question is in context of projects you've setup as your career goals. In such projects, There is no one pushing you stay on track. There is no system around you to help you flow with the flow. ...
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Is there literature support for the 'pop' claim that people "marry their parent"/choose a partner with traits similar to their parent(s)?

I have read multiple times that we tend to marry one of our parents. Some even claim there is no way around it. I don't really see it. There are some aspects that are similar between my spouse and my ...
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How useful are the psychological profiles of serial killers?

Recently I've watched Netflix's "Mindhunters" show where the agents do "criminal-personality profiling" on serial killers to try and predict what they are going to do next. I'm ...
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What is the "personality of a relationship" called?

I'm struggling to find this missing word, that I imagine would be part of the psychological literature. Personality is to an individual what ____________ is to a 1:1 relationship. Any thoughts? I ...
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Can we be both agreeable and disagreeable at the same time?

Understanding the big five personality traits appears to give the promise of understanding ourselves better. However, it is clear that our behaviour is variable, for example: individuals may be ...
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Why there are four types of temperament?

There are several approaches to categorize personality characteristics into similar amount of types: the four temperament theory, DISC theory, the PAEI model. Is there any research about possible ...
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Is Type A personality and being an alpha (male) the same thing?

The question in final jeopardy tonight was "(What is) type A personality". My response was "alpha (male)", which I maintained was the same thing. Later, when I typed in "...
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Why does a British accent sound smarter to Americans?

This question has to do with how people perceive other accents. It seems that having a British accent makes someone seem more intelligent, even though that isn’t always true. As funny as it is, I ...
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What sort of therapy could help a person become more extraverted?

Is there any therapy that is considered effective for changing a person's personality from introversion toward extraversion in the absence of any specific diagnosable disorder? I am able to find many ...
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How can positive and negative mindsets influence interpersonal relationships with others?

I want to know how positive and negative mindset can influence interpersonal relationships with others. For example: if you have a negative mindset, would people not want to relate with you?
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Personality at Birth

What factors determine the personality of a newborn baby? Do all newborns exhibit identical behaviour? If not, are genetics responsible for the differences? References consulted so far: Is ...
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Is there a name for this feeling?

With the intent of being seen as a big shot, a person induces unsuspecting observers to underestimate them by intentionally failing in trivial tasks but then successfully completing more complex tasks....
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Revenge attitude: is it innate or acquired in human

I am trying to understand what is the root cause for revenge? I understand anger is caused by the gap between expectation/anticipation and the reality. But as to revenge, I am not satisfied just with ...
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Postgraduate level books on personality psychology

I have an undergraduate degree in psychology and I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in a different field. However, I am still interested in many aspects of psychology, including personality ...
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Any good research on observer effect and personality tests?

I'm looking for some research on how / whether the 'observer effect' and 'observer bias' affects personality questionnaires. I recently completed the 16Personalities test, a series of questions that ...
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Anxiety vs Stressfulness in the Big Five?

From these sources (1, 2, 3) I have figured out that anxiety and stressfulness are generally defined as: Anxiety - Prone to have generalized anxiety, panic, specific phobias, worry as well as feeling ...
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What if a person is high in warmth but low in empathy?

From these definitions (1, 2, 3, 4) I have concluded that warmth is a facet that describes how much a person is showing warmth and love towards other people (e.g., touching, kissing, saying nice ...
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Excitement level in OCEAN model

So, I would like to know what facet regulates these behaviours / cahracteristics of a person: How loud and fast-talking they are (on average). Their excitement level (on average). Excitement seeking ...
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Is There A Name For Total Personality Disorder(A+B+C)? [closed]

I've been researching what sort of mental illness I am contending with because years of working with doctors has been a practice of throwing darts in the dark and missing every target. Various ...
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