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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Fabian Ache, Christina A. Rader, and Mandy Hütter
Surprisingly, people who give you advice don’t always want you to do exactly as they say.

by Trysh Travis
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have embraced “the power of positive thinking.” Others seem to be relying on magical thinking. Both come at a cost.

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From the office to the outdoors, read what you may have missed in the world of personality and...

by Nicolas Roulin and Franciska Krings
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When people apply for jobs that require them to take personality tests, they face a dilemma—be their true self, or fake it to make it?

by Brett Pelham
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It’s not myths about hydroxychloroquine that are killing so many Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s myths grounded in normal human thinking.

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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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