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Neurotics Prefer To Stick With Inaction
2014-04-23 05:13:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We all know someone who seems to be paralyzed when it comes time to taking action. We might even tease that person and call them neurotic. It turns out, people who are neurotic aren't unable to act. They simply don't want to. A new study, published in the Journal of Personality, examined nearly 4,000 college students in 19 countries to determine why neurotic people may avoid making decisions and moving forward with their lives....

Happiness Comes From Extroversion In Any Culture
2014-04-15 10:24:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Western cultures consider being extroverted as a desirable quality associated with happiness, but what about other cultures that tend to prize close-knit relationships and group dynamics? According to a new large international study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, acting outgoing and outwardly happy makes a person feel happy – regardless of culture. "We are not the first to show that being more extroverted in...

2014-04-01 14:07:07

One state’s citizens are collectively more agreeable and another’s are more conscientious. Could that influence how each state is governed? A recently published study suggests it could. Jeffery Mondak and Damarys Canache, political science professors at the University of Illinois, analyzed personality data from more than 600,000 Americans, identified by state, who had responded to an online survey for another research study. They then matched that data with state-level measures of...

Happy Marriage In Older Couples Often Depends On Husband's Positive Attitude
2014-03-15 06:50:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a study from University of Chicago researchers, older couples rely on a husband’s health and attitude when it comes to being happy. Researchers found that a husband’s agreeable personality and good health are crucial in preventing conflict among older couples that have been together for a long time. “Wives report more conflict if their husband is in poor health,”, James Iveniuk, PhD candidate in the Department...

Similar Personalities Seem To Group Together Regionally
2013-10-17 17:29:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Humans of the same feather flock together, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Scientists were not only able to show how Americans with similar temperaments were likely to live in the same areas, but they also produced a map of the country that could be divided into regions according to personalities. The team found that people in the north-central Great Plains and the South tended...

Social Media Posts Help Build Predictive Model Of Personality
2013-09-26 18:56:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online People don't have to read your profile to know you; new research indicates that you can find out quite a lot about someone through observing their online personality. Penn Researchers wrote in the journal PLOS ONE that they were able to use Facebook data to determine a user's age, gender and personality traits. The study involved 75,000 volunteers, who completed a common personality questionnaire through a Facebook application and...

Outgoing And Extroverted Youth Have Better Wellbeing Later In Life
2013-07-20 05:51:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Young adults who are more outgoing or emotionally stable are happier in later life than their introverted counterparts, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. Dr Catharine Gale from the Medical Research Council's Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton worked with a team from the University of Edinburgh and University College London to examine the effects of neuroticism and extraversion at...

Nice People Are Smarter People
2013-03-20 05:20:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It´s often been said that nice guys finish last. In other words, those interested in helping others or trying to leave the world a better place than when they found it will inevitably end up denigrated by the guys who fight only for themselves. It´s safe to say this is a sentiment not shared by Sam McAbee, a psychology graduate student at Rice University in Houston, TX. According to a new study conducted by McAbee and a...

2013-01-25 09:31:34

In one of three studies, Pia Rosander carried out personality tests on 200 pupils in southern Sweden when they entered upper secondary school at 16. Three years later, when they received their final grades, she was able to observe a strong link between personality and grades. In personality psychology one talks of "the big five" — the five most common personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. These qualities influence how a person...

Personality Traits May Not Be Universal
2013-01-11 07:13:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The field of psychology has long adhered to an elegant theory of personality structure known the five-factor-model (FFM). The theory is built around five core personality traits known as the “Big Five” that are believed to be universal features of human psychology. But a team of anthropologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is now casting doubt on the universal applicability of this model based...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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