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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Mauricio Carvallo and Shira Gabriel
The more people claim to not care about social connections, the happier they are if they learn that others accept them.

by Orpha de Lenne
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Using social media makes some people in romantic relationships realize that there are many other fish in the sea.

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Leadership, laughter, and love: read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology...

by Brett Pelham
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Most people believe that their fellow human beings are inherently selfish. But recent research suggests that we human beings are a lot kinder and more helpful than most people think.

by Anton Gollwitzer
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Psychologists have long known that experiencing inconsistent attention and affection makes us anxious about future relationships. Only recently, though, has such inconsistent treatment by other people been shown to change our reactions to irregularities more generally.

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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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