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Perfectionism and Problem Drinking

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Some people who drink too much are trying to dull the pain of perfectionism.

Why Third Place is Usually Better than Second

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The 2019 World Athletics Championships begin this September. Expect to see a lot of third place finishers who are happier than the second-place finishers who just defeated them.

Gratitude Makes Us Care

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In our current divisive climate, cooperation seems as uncommon as self-interest seems inevitable. Yet gratitude can increase good deeds and help us care about others.

How to Become a Better Lie Detector: Focus on Feelings

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Do you want to be better at detecting lies? The key is to ask yourself what emotions the other person is feeling.

Emotional People Make More Extreme Judgments

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How strongly you feel your emotions is related to how strongly you judge other people’s bad actions – and lots of other things.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI May 3, 2019

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See what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. 

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI April 26, 2019

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From Biden to climate change, see what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. 

Why Does Joe Biden Touch People So Much and Why Do We Care?

A man touches a woman's shoulder as she looks to side, like, dude?

Former Vice President Joe Biden has always been a physically affectionate man, but recently that touching has become controversial.  We turn to experts in social and personality psychology to help us understand what is going on.

Our experts suggested that at least seven different psychological processes may be at play:

1.  Touch signals caring and support: The role of the need to belong

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