Category Archives: Social Psychology

Articles on the study of individuals in the social context.

How to Start the Conversation about End-of-Life Planning

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For Western families, talking about end-of-life planning is always delicate. It is a difficult topic for most, but it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Every one meets their end eventually, but preparations for it can be an open, productive conversation. It might be hard to bring it up to your parents, you don’t always know how they will respond, but it is necessary for everyone involved. Communication is key, and there are ways to make the topic less-stressful and uncomfortable. Here is what you can do to get the conversation started.  Continue reading

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Understanding the Emotional Stages of Divorce

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Coping with divorce is not easy. A couple in love usually enters marriage with the hope they will be together for the rest of their lives. However, relationship issues such as unfulfilled expectations, betrayal, sexual problems, financial problems, or interpersonal conflicts may derail a marriage if they are not thoroughly resolved. In some cases, marriage mates may see divorce as their path to living happily ever after. Continue reading

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The Psychology of Luxury: Why Do People Buy Expensive Things?

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While it may not be obvious, the act of buying is often influenced by social psychology. We may think we tend to buy what we need, but research suggests we may buy more expensive items to elevate ourselves above others or access an experience we think is more incredible. For example, some people may scoff at the thought of paying $100 for a bottle of wine, yet happily fork over $10,000 for a significantly more expensive bottle. But is a $10,000 bottle of wine a hundred times as flavorful as wine that costs $100? Hardly. Continue reading

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5 Social Pressures that May Influence Wives to Leave their Husbands

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When a man and a woman come together to start a marriage, they usually strive to make each other’s lives fun, enjoyable and fulfilling. However, conflict is an unavoidable consequence of living with another person. This means every marriage will experience issues at some point. In some cases, negative issues may become so intense that the couple decides to separate. Continue reading

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Seven Psychological Effects of Cosmetic Surgery

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Cosmetic surgery is not a strange concept for today’s generation. It focuses on enhancing the physical appearance through surgical and medical techniques. People get cosmetic surgery for various reasons. These reasons may include defying the look that comes with age, doing away with social stigma, or augmenting one’s physical appearance. Continue reading

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Creating a Colorful First Impression When Dating

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First Impressions Count: How Color Can Help You Date

Regardless of where, how or who you’re dating, whether face to face or online, you can’t get away from that old maxim, ‘first impressions count.’ As the great American writer Mark Twain said, clothes make a man, and one place where first impressions and clothes coincide is in terms of color. There’s a host of research to indicate that the colors you wear can have a profound influence on the way people see you, especially at that all-important first meeting. Whether you’re wooing Western, Asian or Russian brides, you can increase your chance of success by playing the psychological color game. Choose your outfit with care and you can send the right message to your date from the outset! Continue reading

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