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2009-11-03 15:15:55

First impressions do matter when it comes to communicating personality through appearance, according to new research by psychologists Laura Naumann of Sonoma State University and Sam Gosling of The University of Texas at Austin. Despite the crucial role of physical appearance in creating first impressions, until now little research has examined the accuracy of personality impressions based on appearance alone. These findings will be published in the December 2009 issue of Personality and...

2009-09-24 11:02:37

With America's unemployment rate higher than it has been in decades, many people find themselves looking for jobs. The process can be tiring and, in such a competitive climate, receiving that final job offer is challenging. In a new study, researchers at the University of Missouri focus on what job seekers need to get ahead of the competition. The Mizzou scientists found that certain planning activities and positive emotions have a large impact on success in finding a job. "We found it most...

2009-09-17 16:05:03

How people react to, and are affected by, characters in cultural media predicts their personal life themes and media preferences, U.S. researchers found. Doctor student Michael Faber and psychology Professor John Mayer, both of the University of New Hampshire, asked 100 study participants to identify 13 specific archetypes across various media. Psychologist Carl Jung first proposed the concept of universal archetypes. For example, the study participants readily identified the caregiver...

2009-08-19 23:16:42

A person with high neuroticism is likely to experience anxiety or depression and may self-medicate with tobacco, alcohol or drugs, U.S. researchers suggest. Daniel K. Mroczek of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., says chronic worrying, anxiety and being prone to depression are key aspects of the personality trait of neuroticism. Mroczek, Avron Spiro III and Nicholas A. Turiano analyzed data of 1,788 men and their smoking behavior and personality traits over a 30-year period from...

2009-08-18 13:19:38

 Personality traits associated with chronic worrying can lead to earlier death, at least in part because these people are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, according to research from Purdue University."Research shows that higher levels of neuroticism can lead to earlier mortality, and we wanted to know why," said Daniel K. Mroczek, (pronounced Mro-ZAK) a professor of child development and family studies. "We found that having worrying tendencies or being the...

2009-06-17 15:14:41

Our ability to withstand stress-related, inflammatory diseases may be associated, not just with our race and sex, but with our personality as well, according to a study published in the July issue of the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.Especially in aging women, low levels of the personality trait extraversion may signal that blood levels of a key inflammatory molecule have crossed over a threshold linked to a doubling of risk of death within five years.An emerging area of medical...

2009-04-29 15:06:33

Women, but not men, get an added health benefit when paired with someone who is conscientious and neurotic, U.S. researchers said. Study leader Brent Roberts of the University of Illinois and colleagues call the the boost in health reported by those with conscientious spouses or romantic partners the compensatory conscientiousness effect. Highly conscientious people are more organized and responsible and tend to follow through with their obligations, to be more impulse controlled and to...

2009-04-29 08:37:51

Conscientiousness is a good thing in a mate, researchers report, not just because it's easier to live with someone who washes the dishes without being asked, but also because having a conscientious partner may actually be good for one's health. Their study, of adults over age 50, also found that women, but not men, get an added health benefit when paired with someone who is conscientious and neurotic.This is the first large-scale analysis of what the authors call the "compensatory...

2009-04-03 16:30:41

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine's (BUSM) New England Centenarian Study have noted specific personality traits associated with healthy aging and longevity amongst the children of centenarians. The work was conducted in collaboration with scientists from the National Institute on Aging. These findings currently appear on-line in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Previous research on siblings and offspring of centenarians have documented that exceptional...

2008-11-21 17:33:36

Some people would rather receive clear negative information than deal with ambiguity or uncertainty, University of Toronto researchers said. Study authors Jacob Hirsh and Michael Inzlicht looked at the response of the anterior cingulate cortex, a brain area associated with error-monitoring and conflict-related anxiety. The researchers found that individuals with high levels of neuroticism -- a personality trait related to negative emotion and anxiety -- showed stronger responses in this brain...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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