Self-esteem among narcissists is ‘puffed up, but shaky’

Narcissism has two faces, neither of them attractive. Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-worth, seeing themselves as superior beings who are entitled to special treatment. But that sense of self worth is easily undermined


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‘Don’t feed the trolls’ really is good advice – here’s the evidence

Anti-social behaviour online - trolling, cyberbullying - is a growing concerning phenomenon but research shows ignoring these mostly faceless angry attention-seekers could be the best response.


Bullet holes from a Kalashnikov rifle in front windshield

Why terrorists use violence in their quest for significance

Violent lone wolf extremists are looking for acknowledgment and attention as they feel overlooked, aggrieved and insignificant.


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Feeling anxious about that first date? Here’s how science can help

Just met someone, but are worried that your anxiety will ruin it all? Psychology can help


A cancer diagnosis for a parent can have a huge impact on a child's psychological wellbeing.

The system often forgets children of people with cancer: here’s how to help them

Young people who have a parent with cancer experience high levels of psychological distress. Open and honest communication is their primary unmet need and may reduce the distress they experience.


Mental illness can have inter-generational effects.

Family matters: mental illness doesn’t have to pass from parent to child

Children with a parent with a mental illness are significantly more likely to develop their own mental health issues, yet little is done to intervene or prevent this.


Migrant children can experience stress when interpreting for their parents.

Migrant children are often their parents’ translators – and it can lead to ill health

Migrant parents often rely on their children to interpret for them but the responsibility can take a toll.


Dementia is a leading cause of death in Australia.

How Australians Die: dementia (Alzheimer’s)

In Australia, dementia is the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancers. Typically, people with dementia deteriorate gradually and eventually die from complications such as respiratory failure – from pneumonia for instance – or other infections. Dementia will in these cases be registered as the underlying cause of death.


Exposure to extreme weather events influences people's belief in climate change

What does ‘belief’ in climate change really mean

Where one stands on “climate change” has been such a vexed and often confusing issue, at dinner parties, over coffee, with the taxi driver, and in terms of media reporting of where the Australian public is at.


Don't let the Internet take over your life.

Psychological tips for resisting the Internet’s grip

“22 of the Cutest Baby Animals,” the headline said. “You won’t believe number 11!” Despite an impending deadline – not to mention my skepticism (how cute could they possibly be?) – I clicked on the story. I’m only human, after all. Yet this failure in self-regulation cost me at least half an hour of good…