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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Jacqueline Chen and Kate Ratliff
Is the belief that most people have strong character traits linked to higher prejudice? Yes, but the prejudice may sometimes be positive rather than negative.

by Brett Pelham
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Bill von Hippel’s clever and provocative book, The Social Leap, will tell you how we came to be human – and how you can become happier, healthier, and a little more humane.

by Jake Womick
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We normally assume that having meaning in one’s life is associated with having positive, prosocial views. But sometimes negative, antisocial views can give life meaning too.

by Katherine Nelson-Coffey, Ph.D.
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Mothers and fathers often play different roles at home, and this difference can affect their happiness as parents.

by Natalie Daumeyer
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When people believe discrimination was caused by unconscious bias they hold perpetrators less accountable.

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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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