Sharing personal information brings people closer together. But how do you know when you’ve gone too far—or when someone else has ulterior motives?
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Navigating the 21st century with a stone-age mind
Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D.
We’re probably the descendants of individuals who were good screamers and were also good at reading the screams of their fellow humans.
Given how easily creeped out we are by haunted houses and horror movies, why do we intentionally seek them out?
The music from our youth holds a special place in our hearts. Why?
As something comes to look and act more like an actual human, it becomes more attractive to us, until it becomes almost exactly like a human but not quite.
Self-deprecation is best practiced from a position of strength – when you feel confident about your status and believe that this lines up with others’ perceptions of you.
Shooters driven by ideology and shooters driven by personal slights operate in different ways, but achieve the same horrific results. Understanding these differences is important.
What happens when everyone thinks they're smarter than everyone else? The inability to imagine that you are wrong may be undermining civil political discourse in America.
The relationship between heat and aggression is complicated. What does science have to say about it?
Managing the access that other people have to us is essential for well-being. What type of privacy poses the biggest challenge in your own life?
I got up at 5:30 a.m to walk my dog; the next 8 to 10 hours are a complete blank. I did not have a stroke or other malignant event; here's why I did not see it coming.
Quasi-courtship behaviors energize our everyday relationships and can be a force for good in work situations where cooperation and creativity are key.
Other people frequently try to deceive us about their feelings. Here's what to be on the alert for.
The "liking gap" explains why you should feel upbeat after meeting new people.
Zombies combine the worst of two different horror movie themes: they terrify us and creep us out at the same time.
Personality traits can be good predictors of behavior, but not always. How can we tell when they will be useful?
Our inherent naivete in dealing with strangers in cyberspace and our psychological predispositions make us easy prey for scammers.
Costly Signaling Theory proposes that our noble actions send honest signals to others about our genetic quality, our access to resources, and our cooperative nature.
There is a tendency to think of polygamy as a much better arrangement for men than for women—but the reality is much more complicated.
A sense of humor is the Swiss Army Knife of social skills — a single instrument, but one containing an arsenal of separate tools exquisitely designed for a unique social purpose.
For women, beauty can be a curse as well as a blessing—it bestows undeniable advantages on those who possess it, but also paints a target squarely on their backs
The theory behind Feng Shui sounds beautiful, but what does science have to say about the effectiveness of Feng Shui design?
Ghosts seem to have very specific preferences for where they take up residence-–why?
It can be very liberating to be the most disgusting person in the room.
Do dreams mean anything? Psychologists are genuinely divided over the function and meaning of dreaming, but psychoanalysts believe that they are a window into the unconscious.
Home can be a slippery concept. But psychologists have long understood that it plays a huge role in self-identity and emotional well-being.
While religion may ease our terror of death, it may also increase our chances of being haunted by ghosts and other spirits during our lifetime.
Watching disturbing people onscreen in the safety of a movie theater or in our living room may provide an opportunity for learning vicariously from the mistakes of others.
There are a lot of creepy places in the world - and every one of them has a story.
How you spend your leisure time may signal how uncomfortable others expect to be when they interact with you; in other words, your hobbies can be a way of flaunting creepiness.
Why do we have to decrease the number of people involved in a conversation when we are gossiping about someone else?
Frank McAndrew, Ph.D., is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College.