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Here's Why We Hoarded Toilet Paper

I admit it.  I was a toilet paper hoarder.

(Read this if you want to know just how much:
https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/opinion/article/Opinion-Coronavirus-draws-out-my-inner-hoarder-15156319.php)

In any event, a new study says that personality traits can be linked to personality traits.

According to newswise.com, "People who feel more threatened by COVID-19 and rank highly on scales of emotionality and conscientiousness were most likely to stockpile toilet paper in March 2020, says a new study published by Lisa Garbe (University of Saint Gallen, Switzerland), Richard Rau (Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster, Germany), and Theo Toppe (the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany)."


Following the fast spread of COVID-19 across Europe and North America in March 2020, many people began stockpiling commodities including toilet paper. Some companies reported an increase of up to 700% in toiled paper sales, despite calls from the government to refrain from “…

Want to Succeed Forever? Develop This

It's not brain surgery.  But if you want to succeed at everything you do?  Listen up.

We've heard it all.  Meditate.  Live in the moment.  Get enough sleep.  Accomplish the goals you -- and your boss-- set out for yourself.   Maybe even over-perform. But what if there were a mindset you could develop that would allow you to succeed forever?

Well, now, a new study reports that we also need one additional "important psychological tool, a  “strategic mindset”, according to newswise.com.

The study found that those who ask, "How else can I do this?" or "Is there a better way to do this," rather than just doing what they've always done to achieve success make out far better.


But it's not just work that these kinds of people use this mindset for.  Stanford University psychologists report that this research shows that, as a result, people with this mindset "tend to apply more effective strategies when working towards their goals in life – including e…

How Is Working at Home Working for You? More Stressful? It Could Kill You

It's no surprise that many people's jobs are killing them.

Not actually, of course.  Just spiritually, but that's enough.

Stress, lack of autonomy and ability can lead to depression and death.

This, of course, is not new.  But has it changed, now that people are working from home?  A new study from the Indiana UniversityKelley School of Businessfinds that "our mental health and mortality have a strong correlation with the amount of autonomy we have at our job, our workload and job demands, and our cognitive ability to deal with those demands" according to newswise.com.

"When job demands are greater than the control afforded by the job or an individual's ability to deal with those demands, there is a deterioration of their mental health and, accordingly, an increased likelihood of death," the website quotes Erik Gonzalez-MulĂ©, assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resources at the Kelley School and the paper's lead author.  "…

If You Repeat An Anecdote in a Speech, Watch Out: Your Audience May Not Think You're 'Real'

I once heard a sermon -- at Easter, of all times! -- that had actually been presented by another pastor.

Essentially, it was a counterfeit sermon!

Now a new study says that something as simple as a repeated anecdote can make speakers less authentic, according to newswise.com.

The website reports that a mainstay of the political campaign trail is the heartfelt, homespun anecdote. It helps politicians build rapport with voters and establish themselves as appealing and relatable. But new research from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business suggests those well-traveled anecdotes could be sabotaging that quest for connection, newswise explains. The website points out that research conducted by Rosanna K. Smith, an assistant professor of marketing at UGA, and her co-author Rachel Gershon, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of California San Diego, shows that witnessing people repeat a story or anecdote leads their audience to view them as less authentic. “We pe…

Strong in Your Beliefs? Maybe Weak in Your Accuracy

Blondes are always stupid.  Men aren't as empathetic as women.  Women are worse drivers than men.

Strong convictions.  But are they always correct?  Strong convictions can blind us to information that challenges them, according to a new study reported by newswise.com.

When people are highly confident in a decision, they take in information that confirms their decision, but fail to process information which contradicts it, finds a University College London brain (UCL)imaging study. The study, published in Nature Communications, helps to explain the neural processes that contribute to the confirmation bias entrenched in most people's thought processes, the website notes. It's called bias, and "Our study found that our brains become blind to contrary evidence when we are highly confident, which might explain why we don't change our minds in light of new information," newswise quotes lead author, PhD candidate Max Rollwage (Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging a…

If You're an Under-Performing Woman, You'll be Told More White Lies Than a Man in Evaluations

Are you surprised?  Turns out women tell are told more white lies than men in evaluations.  

Newswise.com reports that white lies, while important when judging someone's haircut, or how your spouse looks in jeans, can cause problems in the workplace, where honest feedback, even when it’s negative, is important.

Women are more likely to be given inaccurate performance feedback, says new research by Lily Jampol, Ph.D. ’14, and Vivian Zayas, associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. Though bosses may do it to be nice, underperforming women are given less truthful but kinder performance feedback compared to equally underperforming men. White lies are told to preserve relationships, avoid harming the other person or to present one’s self in a positive light, among other reasons, the website quotes Jampol says. Though they often reflect benign intentions, in some contexts they can be problematic. “Given that developmental performance feedb…