Category Archives: Social Psychology

Articles on the study of individuals in the social context.

The Startling Link Between Cyberbullying and Suicide

cyberbullying and suicideCarla Jamerson, Zoe Johnson, and Audrie Pott have one thing in common: They committed suicide as an alleged result of cyberbullying. None of them was older than 15.

Psychologists have established four personality traits that may explain a person’s willingness to inflict pain and suffering on others: narcissism, psychopathy, sadism, and deception. Called the “Dark Tetrad,” this combination of traits may explain why some teens are able to taunt, harass, and bully others online — sometimes to the point of no return. Continue reading

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Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald speaks about the issue of privacy and why we need it. He states that even persons who claim that privacy is not really important, instinctively take steps to secure and protect their privacy. Greenwald mentions the horror and humiliation often experienced by persons who have their privacy violated, and explains that it is not only the “bad” people who have reason to be worried about the reality of government internet surveillance, “good” people should be concerned too. People who know they are being “watched” tend to conform to what is expected, rather than engage in activities they actually want to do; because the simple truth is, we all have things to hide.

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