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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

How Poor Choice Architecture Could Determine the Future of Greece and Europe

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By Jon M Jachimowicz & Sam McNerney

This Sunday, nearly 10 million eligible Greek citizens will vote over the future of their country, potentially influencing the future of the European Union and the strength of the Euro. Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Greece, has placed his faith in the Greek population, insisting voters will follow his recommendation and reject the referendum. The alternative is accepting a proposal offered by the IMF, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission, which outlines terms Greece must follow to repay their debt.

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.

Adaptive Disengagement Buffers Self-esteem from Negative Social Feedback

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By Jordan Leitner

Negative social feedback is an inevitable part of life. Attempts at romance sometimes fall short, some job interviews will not yield offers, and the media bombards us with messages that we lack physical attractiveness. Even highly successful individuals will experience negative feedback from time to time. How do we integrate such negative cues into our self-worth?

Does Money Buy Happiness? A new answer to an old question

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By Johannes Haushofer Jeremy Shapiro and Catherine Thomas