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Psychology

Evolution and Behavior: Fear, Aggression, and Overeating

July 18, 2019

When we look at our proclivity for violence, and at the obesity epidemic, it seems like humans are bringing about their own destruction. But evolution and behavior are closely intertwined, and these tendencies were once paradoxically linked to survival. Do they still serve us in the modern age, though? […]

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Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology and Fundamental Human Needs

July 18, 2019

Most of us are driven by five fundamental human characteristics, which include the desires for acceptance and security, as well as seemingly irrational fears. Discover how these fears and desires can be traced to our ancient ancestors. […]

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Psychology

How Evolutionary Psychology Informs Behavior

July 18, 2019

Evolutionary psychology helps us to better understand behavioral patterns by linking them to our early ancestors. We’ll trace the journey of evolutionary psychology in academia, beginning with Charles Darwin. We’ll then explore how this type of psychology fell out of fashion, but eventually re-emerged. […]

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Psychology

Analyzing Gender Differences in Psychology

April 30, 2019

Nine out of 10 prison inmates are men. What accounts for such startling gender differences in terms of psychology? Discover how cultural forces, society, and other factors converge, leading to such dramatic contrasts. […]

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Psychology

Self-Awareness and Psychology: Navigating Human Mysteries

April 29, 2019

Self-awareness as it relates to human psychology is key to understanding the mysteries of human behavior. Learn how this is a trait that defines us as humans, though you’ll also discover some surprising similarities between humans and primates when it comes to both self-awareness and culture. […]

Psychology

Conscientiousness: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

April 13, 2018

The fourth member of the big five is the trait of conscientiousness, which reflects the degree to which people are responsible and dependable. Conscientiousness comes down to whether people usually do what they should, and whether they try to do it well. Of course, responsibly doing what one should depends on a number of separate characteristics, and most of these underlying attributes are part of conscientiousness. […]

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Psychology

Neuroticism: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

April 11, 2018

The second most important personality trait is usually called neuroticism, but because the word neuroticism has such negative connotations, many researchers now call it emotional stability. Whatever we call it, the central feature of neuroticism or emotional stability is the degree to which people experience negative emotions. […]

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