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Conquering Emotional Blind Spots Is Challenging, But Worth It

Conquering Emotional Blind Spots Is Challenging, But Worth It

Knowing you have them is the first step. I’ve signed up to get emotionally attacked by my phone every day. Along with hundreds of thousands of people, I get a daily notification from the astrology app Co-Star. It sends an A.I.-generated nugget of wisdom based on what my horoscope and the message is usually ruthless. “Who do you trust with your most intense feelings?” Co-Star asked me recently. The question stunned me so much that I had to sit down…

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The Fascinating Way Age Will Improve Your Personality

The Fascinating Way Age Will Improve Your Personality

There are three things that naturally happen to people’s personality with age. People get nicer as they get older, in contrast to the stereotype of the grumpy senior. The finding may be a surprise to those that believe people never change. They do — even if only a little. The three main changes to personality that occur, on average, with age are that people get: more conscientious, more agreeable, and less neurotic (moody). The study examined the brain scans of…

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Can We Ever Really Change Who We Are?

Can We Ever Really Change Who We Are?

As a psychiatrist and novelist concerned with people’s inner conflicts, I’m often asked whether people can truly change. The answer is: yes, and no. Most mental health professionals agree that our deeply embedded traits and tendencies are ingrained by the time we’re adolescents. Yes, there can be some minor modifications after that, but our basic way of interacting with others is pretty much set by the time we’re 17 or 18. We interact with others in a fairly inflexible and…

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The Immune System Affects Social Behaviour and Personality

The Immune System Affects Social Behaviour and Personality

The immune system was thought to have little effect on the brain — until now. The immune system is directly responsible for social behaviour and even our personalities, new research finds. The conclusion comes as a shock to scientists and raises questions about the cause of mental health problems like schizophrenia and autism. A malfunctioning immune system could be at the heart of these disorders. Professor Jonathan Kipnis explained why the finding is so shocking to scientists: “The brain and…

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The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System

The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System

Outgoing, sociable people also have the strongest immune systems, a new study finds. Those who are the most conscientious and careful, though, are most likely to have a weaker immune system response. The research found no evidence, though, that a tendency towards negative emotions was associated with poor health. The study, published in the snappily titled journal Psychoneuroendochrinology, gave personality tests to 121 health adults (Vedhara et al., 2014). Along with assessing the five major personality factors — extraversion, neuroticism,…

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