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How Your Boss’s Ethics Can Hurt Your Career

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By Takuya Sawaoka

[This article originally appeared as an Op-Ed on LiveScience here]

Professionals may believe they can maintain an ethical reputation by merely refraining from morally questionable practices: Don’t steal, cheat, or bully others. But this alone is not enough. If a higher-up in your organization is found guilty of unethical behavior, your reputation can become tainted merely because you work at the same place.

Self-Affirmations Work by Broadening Perspective on the Self

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By Clayton Critcher 

People are remarkably resilient. They bounce back from double faulting to lose a tennis match, lead relatively happy lives despite failing to pass the first round of qualification for Jeopardy, and persist in submitting papers for publication even after being told by a snarky reviewer that it might be time to read an intro social psychology textbook. Such evidence can be found not only from my own life, but also from a large empirical literature that attests to people’s talent at maintaining a sense of adequacy, worth, and esteem.

The social psychology of climate change

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By Kelly Fielding

The European Journal of Social Psychology recently had a special issue on the social psychology of climate change, edited by Kelly Fielding, Matthew Hornsey, and Janet Swim. The issue can be accessedhere.)

Why are Americans turning to extreme leaders?

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By Jin Woork Chang, Nazli Turan, and Rosalind Chow

The Opposite of Scientific: Why People Sometimes Prefer Untestable Beliefs

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By Justin Friesen


Science is built on testability, but we find that for some personally important beliefs, such as about God’s existence or a favored politician’s performance, it might be more psychologically useful to hold beliefs that are not testable. Our research offers new insights into how people deal with facts, and offers the intriguing, if not scary, notion that sometimes people don’t want their belief systems to be accountable to facts.