Personality/Social

Humblebrags Aren’t Making People Happy For You

Futurity: The “humblebrag” and other forms of self-promotion often backfire, a new study finds. The researchers wanted to find out why so many people frequently get the trade-off between self-promotion and modesty wrong. They found that self-promoters overestimate how much their self-promotion elicits positive emotions and underestimate how much it More

Why Do We Experience Awe?

The New York Times: HERE’S a curious fact about goose bumps. In many nonhuman mammals, goose bumps — that physiological reaction in which the muscles surrounding hair follicles contract — occur when individuals, along with other members of their species, face a threat. We humans, by contrast, can get goose More

The Sad Cycle of Romantic Rejection

Pacific Standard: It’s every average-looking man’s dream. After being rejected by that handsome hunk, that beautiful woman you’ve been admiring from afar will realize her error in judgment and finally notice you. A lovely scenario, but newly published research suggests it’s highly unlikely. In two studies, “rejection by an attractive More