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The Heart of Darkness: The Dark Factor of Personality

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A single dark personality characteristic may underlie all antisocial, cruel, immoral, and unethical traits.

Avoiding Angry Downward Spirals in Your Romantic Relationships

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Although you may think that getting angry at your partner will help to change his or her behavior, anger can start a cascading spiral of hostility that damages relationships.

Aggressive Behavior Brings Emotional Pain to the Sadist

Washington, DC - People with sadistic personality traits tend to be aggressive, but only enjoy their aggressive acts if it harms their victims. According to a series of studies of over 2000 people, these actions ultimately leave sadists feeling worse than they felt before their aggressive act. 

The research appears in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI December 14, 2018

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This week, read more on giving, decisions, confidence and "cute aggression."

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Video Games Boost Visual Attention But Reduce Impulse Control

A person playing a first-person shooter video game like Halo or Unreal Tournament must make decisions quickly. That fast-paced decision-making, it turns out, boosts the player's visual skills but comes at a cost, according to new research: reducing the person's ability to inhibit impulsive behavior.

Exploring the Connection Between Empathy, Neurohormones and Aggression

Empathy is typically seen as eliciting warmth and compassion—a generally positive state that makes people do good things to others. However, empathy may also motivate aggression on behalf of the vulnerable other. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, examined whether assessed or elicited empathy would lead to situation-specific aggression on behalf of another person, and to explore the potential role of two neurohormones in explaining a connection between empathy and aggression. The study is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Aggressive Behavior Observed After Alcohol-Related Priming

Researchers from California State University, Long Beach, the University of Kent and the University of Missouri collaborated on a study to test whether briefly exposing participants to alcohol-related terms increases aggressive behavior. It has been well documented by previous research that the consumption of alcohol is directly linked to an increase in aggression and other behavioral extremes. But can simply seeing alcohol-related words have a similar effect on aggressive behavior?

Designing the experiment