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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Jessica L. Tracy
We normally think of morality in terms of people’s basic ethical principles. But experiments with ginger show that there’s more to it than that.

by Stephen A. Woods and Grant W. Edmonds
Man in coffee shop smiling and looking away
If you want to know the kind of person someone will become in the future, look at the jobs they do now.

by Trista Harig and Brian Collisson
Young woman on date with young man
Nearly a third of women—particularly those with narcissistic, Machiavellian, and psychopathic traits—have dated someone just for a free meal.

by Thomas Holtgraves
Black Lives Matter protest at Hollywood & Vine. 2 JUN, 2020, LOS ANGELES, USA
The meaning of utterances, including social media hashtags, cannot be interpreted in isolation, and because of this, the meaning of phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” is sometimes obscured.

by Michael Duffner
Young girl looking in mirror
Most people believe that people who are only children are higher in narcissism than those with brothers and sisters, but is that true?

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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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