I'm Robin Young, a psychology grad student who felt the compulsion to collect the fascinating information that I come across in my studies. I compile short snippets of interesting study findings that I come across, as well as articles that people interested in psychology on any level will enjoy. I want this collection to be an antithesis to the pop psychology facts that some of the other, more popular blogs proliferate- that kills me.
Feel free to ask me any psychology questions that you might have- I know a little about most things, and quite a bit about social and developmental topics.
The search for the core personality traits that characterize people has a long history. In recent years, researchers have focused on the Big Five factors of personality: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism (emotional stability). […]
-A study of the Big Five factors revealed that conscientiousness was the best predictor of both high school and college grade-point average. In this study, openness was the best predictor of SAT verbal scores.
-A study of fifth- to eight-graders found that conscientiousness was linked to better interpersonal relationships: higher-quality friendships, better acceptance by peers, and less victimization by peers. […]
-A longitudinal study of more than 1,200 individuals across seven decades revealed conscientious individuals lived longer from childhood through late adulthood.
A really interesting article that applies a lot to me personally- how introverts, who may be more drawn than extroverts to academic professions, may be slowly weeded out because of their innate personality qualities that seem to put them at a disadvantage in the current age.
In most settings, people use small talk as a way of relaxing into a new relationship, and only once they’re comfortable do they connect more seriously. Sensitive people seem to do the reverse. They ‘enjoy small talk only after they’ve gone deep,’ says Strickland. ‘When sensitive people are in environments that nurture their authenticity, they laugh and chitchat just as much as anyone else.’