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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Michael Slepian
Not talking with other people about our secrets means that we are left alone with the hard work of figuring them out.

by Johan Karremans and Kim Lien van der Schans
Image of woman meditating
It’s hard to let it go when other people hurt us, but mindfulness may help.

by Joseph Reiff and Hal Hershfield
Illustration of younger man communicating with older man
Is it better to think that you’ll change as time goes by or to think that you’ll stay mostly the same?

by Jemma Collova and Clare Sutherland
Faces of three children
Despite warnings not to judge a book by its cover, we readily do so—even when forming first impressions of children.

by Karen Landay & P. D. Harms
Semi Truck Driver
You should hope that the driver of that 18-wheeler coming toward you has certain personality characteristics rather than others.

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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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