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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Mark Leary, Editor, Character and Context
Explore some of the fascinating new research coming out of the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

by Mauricio Carvallo and Shira Gabriel
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The more people claim to not care about social connections, the happier they are if they learn that others accept them.

by Ariana Orvell
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Something as seemingly minor as a pronoun can affect people’s judgments of the right way to act.

by Amy B. Brunell
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We led narcissists to believe that a lie detector could tell us if they were lying about how awesome they think they are.

by Vanessa K. Bohns
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People underestimate how uncomfortable their unwanted romantic advances can make the person on the receiving end.

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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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