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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Ariana Orvell
Something as seemingly minor as a pronoun can affect people’s judgments of the right way to act.

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Leadership, laughter, and love: read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology...

by Brett Pelham
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Most people believe that their fellow human beings are inherently selfish. But recent research suggests that we human beings are a lot kinder and more helpful than most people think.

by Anton Gollwitzer
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Psychologists have long known that experiencing inconsistent attention and affection makes us anxious about future relationships. Only recently, though, has such inconsistent treatment by other people been shown to change our reactions to irregularities more generally.

by Juliana E. French
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People who strive to make the best choices in life may be vulnerable to experiencing discontent in their relationships.

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Why is this blog called Character & Context?

Everything that people think, feel, and do is affected by some combination of their personal characteristics and features of the social context they are in at the time. Character & Context explores the latest insights about human behavior from research in personality and social psychology, the scientific field that studies the causes of everyday behaviors.  

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