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Having Essentialist Beliefs Predicts People’s Attitudes about Social Groups

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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.

Good Reads: The Social Leap

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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.

The Benefits of Right-wing Authoritarianism

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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.

New study debunks myth that only children are more narcissistic than kids with siblings

The stereotype for only children is that they are selfish, or more self-centered than those with siblings. This stereotype is sometimes used as an argument for having more than one child, but researchers from Germany find there’s no evidence for the claim that only children are more narcissistic than children with sibling.  Michael Dufner (University of Leipzig), Mitja D. Back (University of Münster), Franz F. Oehme (University of Leipzig), Stefan C.

Ants, Like People, Prefer Things for Which They’ve Had to Work Hard

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If you think people like things more when they have worked hard to get them, you’d be correct. If you think humans are unique in this way, you’d be wrong.

Conformity is Sometimes an Effort to Escape Meaninglessness

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C.S. Lewis famously said, “I was not born to be free - I was born to adore and obey.” Was Lewis trying to escape from meaninglessness in his life?