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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Aidan Smyth
After a breakup, people remember their former relationships as worse than they said those relationships were when they were still in them.

by Trista Harig and Brian Collisson
Young woman on date with young man
Nearly a third of women—particularly those with narcissistic, Machiavellian, and psychopathic traits—have dated someone just for a free meal.

by Thomas Holtgraves
Black Lives Matter protest at Hollywood & Vine. 2 JUN, 2020, LOS ANGELES, USA
The meaning of utterances, including social media hashtags, cannot be interpreted in isolation, and because of this, the meaning of phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” is sometimes obscured.

by Michael Duffner
Young girl looking in mirror
Most people believe that people who are only children are higher in narcissism than those with brothers and sisters, but is that true?

by Emily Britton and Kassandra Cortes
Dancing with partners
Doing new activities with your partner can improve your relationship, but why?

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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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