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Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI October 4, 2019

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See what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology in this week's ICYMI roundup.

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Female friends who (co)ruminate together stay together

Two African-American women hug each other happily

3, 2, 1… Go! Name your best friend. Which special person comes to mind? Perhaps you have more than one best friend. These are people that you feel very close with, that you turn to for help, or when you’re simply looking to spend time with someone that you care about. Do you ever wonder, however, how you came to be so close with this one, or few, special people?

Receiving Gossip About Others Promotes Self-Reflection and Growth

Gossip is pervasive in our society, and our penchant for gossip can be found in most of our everyday conversations. Why are individuals interested in hearing gossip about others’ achievements and failures? Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studied the effect positive and negative gossip has on how the recipient evaluates him or herself. The study is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.