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Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
Editors: Mark Leary, Shira Gabriel, Brett Pelham
by Kenneth Tan and Christopher R. Agnew
People differ in the degree to which they desire to be in a close relationship, and these differences are related to how they think about current and future relationship partners.

by Emily Britton and Kassandra Cortes
Dancing with partners
Doing new activities with your partner can improve your relationship, but why?

by Laura V. Machia
Group of people men and women screaming in megaphones at sad depressed young couple
Having your psychological needs met by people other than your partner is great for your well-being but can be problematic for your relationship.

by Paul R. Fulton
businessman standing on beach holding an umbrella
When making things better may make them worse: A Buddhist alternative to the medical model of mental suffering.

by Elizabeth A. Canning and Mary C. Murphy
Co-workers help each other climb a mountaintop
Growth mindset companies have more collaboration, innovation, and ethical behavior—and employees like them better too.

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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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