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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Helena Rose Karnilowicz, Sara Waters, and Wendy Berry Mendes
Many parents try to protect their children by hiding their negative emotions, but that might not always be a good idea.

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Humor, favors, and revenge; read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology...

by Ashwini Ashokkumar and Bill Swann
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When a fellow group member behaves immorally, some people may prioritize protecting their group over other moral principles. Who are those people?

by Adrian Lueders
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We may have trouble counteracting prejudice towards refugees until people stop relying only on media that supports their existing views.

by Jehan Sparks
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Do you think older people are more negative and stuck in their ways than younger people? Think again.

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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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