Ever set a SMART goal? Some psychologists now say this is not the most effective approach

How tough fitness goals can put us off being active

Strict targets are hailed as key to top performance. But researchers have found they hold many people back


Narcissism is a psychological disorder that can be disgnosed

The psychology of narcissismvideo

What makes a narcissist? Can they reform? An animated explainer from an expert psychologist

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The psychology of narcissism

Presented by W. Keith Campbell
Originally published by TED.

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Using words without shame is the start of promoting self acceptance of girls bodies

Say vulva loud and proud to protect girls from the frightening rise in plastic surgeryvideo

Abandoning our prejudice against the use of the word vulva is a key step towards addressing negative attitudes toward genital appearance.


Researchers are investigating the role of oxytocin

How childhood trauma changes our mental health into adulthood

How you cope with stress is influenced by your earlier experiences, your genes and brain regulation


Why do some people fear heights even when they know they are safe?

Acrophobia, or why are some people are afraid of heights

Is a fear of heights learnt - or passed down from your ancestors? Psychologists are in debate

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Acrophobia, or why are some people are afraid of heights

By Rebekah Boynton, PhD Candidate, James Cook University, Anne Swinbourne, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, James Cook University
Originally published by The Conversation on October 16 2017.

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Put the phone down: it is not helping your anxiety

Constantly texting your friends about problems may be increasing your anxiety

Managing uncertainty is a critical component of resilience


Racism can emerge at very early ages

How to combat racial bias: Start in childhood

Psychological research is investigating whether young children can show sighs of implicit bias

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How to combat racial bias: Start in childhood

By Gail Heyman, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Originally published by The Conversation on October 12 2017.

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There is no clear definition of what mindfulness is

What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

The hype is ahead of the evidence when it comes to mindfulness and psychological problems


Suicide is a difficult but important topic to broach with your children

How to talk to your child about suicide

Stick with the simple truth when having this difficult but necessary conversation


Small changes can have big impacts on health. But should these changes be engineered?

Should you be ‘nudged’ into better health?

Giving consumers a subtle push towards healthy decisions is not without without ethical downsides

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Should you be ‘nudged’ into better health?

By Carissa Bonner, Research Fellow, University of Sydney, Ben Newell, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, UNSW
Originally published by The Conversation on October 3 2017.

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