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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Aidan Smyth
After a breakup, people remember their former relationships as worse than they said those relationships were when they were still in them.

by Laura V. Machia
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Having your psychological needs met by people other than your partner is great for your well-being but can be problematic for your relationship.

by Paul R. Fulton
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When making things better may make them worse: A Buddhist alternative to the medical model of mental suffering.

by Elizabeth A. Canning and Mary C. Murphy
Co-workers help each other climb a mountaintop
Growth mindset companies have more collaboration, innovation, and ethical behavior—and employees like them better too.

by Eric D. Wesselmann
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If you are a White American trying to understand the persistent racism that people of color experience, considering your own experiences of social exclusion may help.

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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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