Current Directions in Psychological Science

Macho Men

“I’ve Got to Be a Macho, Macho Man.” Village People said it, but research has the science to back it up. An article published in Current Directions in Psychological Science explains that when men feel threatened, they use aggression to assert their machismo. In a series of studies, some men More

Seeing the Trees and Missing the Forest

The phenomenon known as holistic processing is best known in faces. Most people see faces as a whole, not as two eyes a nose, and a mouth. But holistic processing happens in other cases, too, and can even be taught. One possible explanation is that holistic processing emerges from expertise More

Dependent people aren’t always passive

The Times of India: The moment you think of a dependent person, an image of someone who’s needy, high-maintenance, and passive comes in front. But dependent people aren’t always passive, according to a study. “In fact, many psychologists and therapists also thought in the similar way; passivity is the key. More

Dependency and Passivity-You Can Have One without the Other

Think of a dependent person and you think of someone who’s needy, high-maintenance, and passive. That’s how many psychologists and therapists think of them, too; passivity is key. But dependency is actually more complex and can even have active, positive aspects, writes Robert Bornstein of Adelphi University, the author of More

Want to be a macho man? Study finds it’s not easy

The Globe and Mail: It’s an oft-spoofed scene: young men who fail to ‘score’ wailing on each other outside a nightclub. A new paper suggests that manhood is a precarious status—and when it’s threatened, men will often become aggressive to re-assert it. In several studies, University of South Florida psychologists More

Erfolge machen männlich

Men’s Health Germany: Männlichkeit ist offenbar kein biologisches Phänomen, sondern sie hängt von der Wahrung der Ehre und Erfolgen ab, so eine US-Studie. Männern sei es wichtig vor anderen gut da zu stehen und als stark und furchtlos gelten, erklären die Studienleiter Jennifer K. Bosson und Joseph A. Vandello von More