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Who Knows the Impressions One Conveys?

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By Peter Borkenau

People hold beliefs about how others perceive them. For example, whether people see them as attractive, intelligent, and polite. These beliefs may or may not accurately reflect the impression that the person actually conveys, called meta-accuracy.

Agreeable Personalities are More Likely to Help Strangers

Prosocial behaviors, such as willingness to help others, may be linked to specific personalities.  Based on new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, agreeableness is one of the better predictors of prosocial behavior.

An Open Letter to NPR's Invisibilia about "The Personality Myth"

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A recent podcast from NPR's Invisbilia garnered attention from many current personality psychology researchers.  Below is one of the many responses to the creators of the podcast generated on both Facebook and Twitter.

Dear Invisibilia,

Only Children are Not So Different After All

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Growing up without siblings appears to have very little impact on people’s personalities.

What Is Your Single Greatest Life Challenge?

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How we think about challenging personal events in the past relates to our present-day mental health.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI October 18, 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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Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI February 1, 2019

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Next week ICMYI takes a two-week break for the SPSP 20th Annual Convention. Get ready for coverage from our team of science writers, and follow along with #SPSP2019.

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