People who engage in fat-shaming tend to score high in this personality trait

A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.

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  • The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
  • The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
  • People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
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Study of lookalikes refutes popular personality theory

Researchers discover whether genes or social interaction shape personality.

  • Scientists looked at pairs of people who looked like each other but were not twins.
  • The results showed that genetics plays a stronger role in personality formation than how alike people were treated by others.
  • Behaving similarly is a stronger social glue than physical resemblance.
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New study finds vloggers and viewers share emotions

How you feel influences what you watch, and vice-versa.

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  • A new study finds that what you watch can influence how you feel and that how you feel influences what you watch.
  • Strangely, it seems to be the first study to investigate these notions as they relate to online videos.
  • The findings are in line with previous studies of other text-based social media platforms.
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How to spot high-conflict people before it's too late

The countdown continues! This is the 6th most popular video of 2018 — and it could save you years of trouble.

  • Here's a fast fact about high-conflict people: life is better when you avoid them. Bill Eddy, mediation expert and president of the High Conflict Institute, describes them not only as difficult but also potentially dangerous.
  • So how can we avoid becoming a target in their path of destruction? First, you have to be able to recognize them, says Eddy. They tend to share these four key characteristics: a preoccupation with blaming others, all-or-nothing thinking, unmanaged emotions, and extreme behaviors.
  • Once you know what you're dealing with—a textbook high-conflict personality—you can take measures to manage this relationship, whether it's at home, at work, or beyond. Eddy shares his matter-of-fact methods for withdrawing from these people or, if that's not an option, for how to resist their conflict lures and disengage from the drama.
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Wired that way: genes do shape behaviors but it’s complicated

The relationship between our genotypes and our psychological traits, while substantial, is highly indirect and emergent.

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Many of our psychological traits are innate in origin. There is overwhelming evidence from twin, family and general population studies that all manner of personality traits, as well as things such as intelligence, sexuality and risk of psychiatric disorders, are highly heritable. Put concretely, this means that a sizeable fraction of the population spread of values such as IQ scores or personality measures is attributable to genetic differences between people. The story of our lives most definitively does not start with a blank page.

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