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Why do people try to make themselves feel better by treating others poorly?

I'm looking for an explanation for why people will try to make themselves feel better by treating others poorly. For example, imagine a group of girls are sitting in a cafe. Within that group are two ...
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What is a realistic mathematical function to model link decay in a social network?

I'm wondering (as a non-psychologist/cogsci programmer) what would be a good mathematical function to model the decay human relationships, or in other words, how people forget about people they don't ...
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Why do people want to have children?

Sooner or later most people will want to have children. What are some of the most common psychological reasons leading people to want to have children? What are their motivations and expectations?
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Why do people want what they don't have now?

There are many examples of people wanting what they don't have. For example, a single man may want to have a girlfriend, but after some time of having a girlfriend, he may want to be single again. Or ...
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Why does clickbait use numbers?

Around the Internet, especially in social media, we see examples of hyperlinks in a common format that has been cynically dubbed "click bait" or "link bait". The idea is that authors publish these ...
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Could you advise to me some very good introduction on social psychology, please? [closed]

I refer to general books of social psychology, although I am more interested in the study of conformity. Therefore, books which give more stress on conformity are privileged in my choice.
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Social loafing vs. Free riding

In different papers I see these terms with very close definitions. Are they different things? If yes, how one can differentiate them?
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Official Color-Emotion relations

I'm trying to find colors that trigger different sort of emotions for people. I keep finding different answers for different colors. Ex. Some say blue means friendly and calm. Others say that green ...
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Body Language: Why do we give each other the grumpy/frowning fake smile?

I've recently become aware of this - I kinda knew I was always doing it, but just now it got me self conscious and thinking about it: When crossing paths with a stranger, you are supposed to be ...
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Research on supporting a person through a breakup [closed]

Can anyone point me towards research on the best ways to support a person through a difficult breakup, particularly if one suspects their previous relationship may have been physically, ...
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Caring about someone

How do psychologists and people in general define the expression "caring about someone". I am looking for a formal, dictionary, or agreed upon definition.
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Why do we laugh more easily in social situations?

I ate lunch and then played pool with a co-worker after lunch today at our office. We get along quite well and talk often. Yet while socially engaged, instead of professionally, I found myself ...
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Can a person be hypnotized to act drunk?

I was wondering if a person could be hypnotized to act drunk? That is, can a person totally lose all his inhibitions while in hypnosis (similar to being drunk)?
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Spontaneous emotional bonding in traumatic events [closed]

First off, I know next to nothing about cognitive sciences, but I experienced something today that got me curious. So please forgive me for maybe not being able to express my questions adequately. ...
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Why are some people attracted to people of other races?

Is it true that we were evolved to dislike people of other races genetically? If so, why are some people attracted to people of races other than their own?
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Why don't people listen to smart people?

Generally speaking, I feel like there are two things everyone can agree on when it comes to intellectuals: They don't know everything. They know more than me (at least about a particular topic). ...
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Why do some people react verbally to intrusive thoughts and/or embarrassing memories?

It seems to me that there are two kinds of intrusive thoughts. The first consists of those thoughts that didn't actually occur in real life, but are nonetheless intrusive and embarrassing and ...
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Can I use other softwares than Linger to run a self-paced reading task

I want to run an SPR experiment where participants will read sentences at their own pace. My problem lies in the fact of using 2 different languages English and Arabic at the same time. I tried it ...
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Technical term for the displaying of 'bad' traits to seem more likeable

What is the technical name for the public display of personal traits that are unproductive or unhealthy as an attempt to make oneself seem more likeable or relatable? (e.g procrastination)
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What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?

There are many theories/disciplines that have been categorized as pseudoscience in the scientific community. The list includes many things that are regularly even quoted in media like graphology, ...
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Do people with brighter smiles feel brighter? [closed]

People's facial shape when smiling are different. Some are bright, some looks like there's a bit embarrassment, others may be with a twist, even if they are all smiling from true happiness. These ...
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Do ALL decisions arouse cognitive dissonance?

I continue to see an oversimplification in the descriptions of the options available that arouse cognitive dissonance: some websites state that all decisions have positive and negative aspects that ...
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How to deal with a narcissistic parent?

I am a scholar of social psychology and came across something that left me wondering. I've recently read about narcissism and the characteristics of a narcissist. It appears through my research that a ...
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Is it a phenomenon that explicit rules encourage others to find loopholes?

Does the explicitness of rules affect how ardently those affected by the rules attempt to circumvent them? For example, in a game where the rule says "do not communicate", then the players would not ...
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Why do people talk fast in presentations when nervous?

I was at a professional development seminar today, and the presenter, while being interesting and knowing his subject admitted to being nervous and was speaking very fast. I know I do this when I am ...
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Books about trust

Could you recommend me some books that cover trust and how it is developed, what helps us build trust and why we might or might not need it. I am not interested in the relationship self-help books ...
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Peer relationships measurement

Is there a method for measuring peer relationships in university students (e.g., a questionnaire)? I am looking for a questionnaire that can be used to asses the level of peer relationship among ...
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Bragging is bad for your reputation… but there is one exception: What is going on? [closed]

It might be that this question is not suitable for this SE site so feel free to close. Several scientific studies prove what we all kind of know: That bragging is being frowned upon - see e.g. this ...
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Does difficulty of task increase perceived authority?

I'm writing a research paper and I'm wondering if someone can help me out by throwing out a few terms. I'm looking for a theory that talks about how the more difficult a task is, the more ...
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Unbounded fears and bounded fears

Can anyone explain these two terms with example in real life situation? I am wondering over it when I came across Dan Gilbert's lecture about 'The surprising science of happiness' Does that simply ...
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Literature with regards to facial attractiveness?

I would like to ask for suggestions of literature regarding the study of facial features, preferably in a context of how they may be considered attractive or not. To clarify, the goal is to try and ...
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Why do people need to use euphemisms and how do they work?

The classic daily use of euphemisms is around genitalia we've all heard them and know what they mean. But for some reason its much easier to call a penis the crown jewels (or many other names) even ...
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Why do people hide wealth?

I was reading about Panama leaks and I was wondering why do people keep their wealth secret? What's the psychology behind it?
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Why are some people jealous of other people's success?

I have seen many time in my life where I encountered few peoples who hate those person who are going great with their life and achieving something. I mean why some people hate those person who are ...
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Is there any research showing we only like to see/read information on themes/topics/ideas we like?

I have been thinking about how using social networks (like Facebook, Twitter and etc) have been changing the way we think. For example, Facebook feed is tailored on the basis of what we like. On ...
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Personality traits associated with finishing other people's sentences?

I read in a North American undergrad psychology textbook, that people who tend to finish another's sentences tend to be emotionally intense. I think "emotionally intense" is the wording that they ...
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Where does the human need for intimacy stem from?

I'm reading "The Art of Happiness" right now, and in it, it's written that our need from intimacy stems a fear that developed at childbirth. According to the text, there's much evidence that this fear ...
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Official term for the tendency to associate with like-minded people?

I want a term for the tendency of individuals to confirm their existing biases/opinions by seeking out and reinforcing their opinions with like-minded individuals (as far as I know, this is distinct ...
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Psycho-social periodization in Europe

What are the periodization by "age group" in the researches of psycho-social scientists in Europe? Who (what ages) by eg. are considered "adolescents" (12 - 17 y?), "adults"(18-???), "seniors" ...
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How can we scientifically measure love?

I want to understand the psychology of love, and I found the Triangular Theory of Love on Wikipedia from this question, which I think is very believable. However, there is a big section on mixed ...
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Is there any research on social responses from showing vulnerable feelings?

At the end of an article on acting strong we can read a claim that showing "softer vulnerable feelings" will trigger other people to care. Are there any scientific studies that support this claim?
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How is society capping/influencing our sexuality? (bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, polygamy, monogamy…)

How is society capping/influencing our sexuality? (bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, polygamy, monogamy...) To go a bit beyond, are we sexually "free" and our thoughts and hostility towards pretty ...
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What is the mechanism behind ambivalent love - hate feelings in personal relationships?

I've recently read that as far as Freud, psychology recognized the phenomena by which a person can hold conflicting feelings of love/hate, attachment/repulsion towards a partner. The negative feelings ...
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Good news or bad news first

Is it true that people handle bad news better if they got told good news first, or do they 'forget' the good news if the bad news is told after? Is it better to save the good news for last so the ...
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Considering romance, would people prefer exclusivity or prosocial attitudes?

I have read earlier that people prefer retailers who scoff at "undeserving" customers rather than treat everyone with respect and pleasantries. Would the same apply in romance? There are plenty of ...
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Which study\studies say that customers prefer exclusivity to pleasantries?

I remember reading about research saying that customers prefer retail stores that feel exclusive, rather than pleasant stores that accept everyone. The conclusion was along the lines that the most ...
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Is low self esteem pushing person toward maximizing (instead of being easily satisfied)

See the answer to this question: Is there a term that describes the personality trait of always desiring more? Schwartz and colleagues (2002) have proposed that people fall into two groups: ...
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Can someone who is never speaking of himself and present himself as very altruistic be egocentric / narcissistic?

I've tried to make some searches on egocentrism and its opposite (Allocentrism). The definitions from Wikipedia are: Egocentrism is the inability to differentiate between self and other. More ...
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are statistic results of these two questions equal?

I am trying to make better user experience for my poll application and one of ideas I have for this is breaking multi choices poll to binary polls. Is statistical result of a question with these 4 ...
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How important is eye contact for attraction between a man and woman?

How important is eye contact for creating/inducing attraction & showing showing "confidence" towards them? What is the optimal eye locking duration between 2 persons for inducing this attraction? ...