Archive | May, 2020


29 May

Self-esteem peaks at age 60. (In brief. Confidence increases with age. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(11), p. 15)


25 May

Ross Perot: Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.


21 May

Researchers analyzed the texts of the full Congressional Record from 1996 to 2015 and found that in times when Congress was more civil, public opinion polls rated Congress higher. It seems that people do value civility. (In brief. Civil Response. Monitor on Psychology, 49(11), 13-14)


18 May

A study has found that when people make decisions based on intuition, they are more likely to report that these decisions reflect their true selves than when they make decisions based on reason. (In brief. Trust your gut. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(11), p. 12)

Suicide and Guns

15 May

Of the 39,000 annual gun deaths in the U.S., 27% are from mass shootings and 60% are from suicide. States with more stringent gun legislation have lower suicide rates than those with more lenient laws. (Palmer, C. Can making suicide more difficult save lives? Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(10), 88-91)


11 May

Researchers analyzed data from almost 1800 participants who took the same personality test in high school and then 50 years later. Overall, they became more conscientious, more emotionally stable, and more agreeable with maturation. Nevertheless, most subjects maintained their positions on personality traits relative to their peers. To illustrate, those who were more conscientious than their peers at age 18 remained so 50 years later. (In brief. Personality over the life span. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(10), p. 18)


3 May

Students whose schools have more bullying are more likely to think of suicide. (In brief. Schools, bullying and suicide. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, 49(10), p. 16)