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January 2011



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Relationships And What Mimicking One’s Language Style May Mean

Article Date: 06 Oct 2010 – 0:00 PDT

People match each other’s language styles more during happier periods of their relationship than at other times, according to new research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

“When two people start a conversation, they usually begin talking alike within a matter of seconds,” says James Pennebaker, psychology professor and co-author of the study. “This also happens when people read a book or watch a movie. As soon as the credits roll, they find themselves talking like the author or the central characters.”

This tendency is called language style matching or LSM. It is the focus of Pennebaker’s and co-author Molly E. Ireland’s study published in the September issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“Because style matching is automatic,” says Ireland, a psychology graduate student, “it serves as an unobtrusive window into people’s close relationships with others.”

Read in Full:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203525.php

Snapshot of America’s Sexual Behaviors

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 5, 2010

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers have revised the little black book on America’s sexual and sexual health behaviors.

Indiana University scientists believe the new findings provide an updated and much needed snapshot of contemporary Americans’ sexual behaviors.

Understanding gained from the new study includes a description of more than 40 combinations of sexual acts that people perform during sexual activities, patterns of condom use by adolescents and adults, and the percentage of Americans participating in same-sex encounters.

The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) was conducted by researchers from the Center for Sexual Health Promotion (CSHP) in Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER).

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/05/snapshot-of-americas-sexual-behaviors/19181.html

8 Habits of Lousy Listeners

By Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Most people know that one of the keys to success in relationships is good listening.

Experts tell us to use “active” listening, “I messages,” and open-ended questions. Articles urge us to stop talking when someone speaks, to use our body language effectively to encourage the other guy, and to work to understand what is meant as well as what is said. We’ve been told that men are from Mars and women are from Venus and we’ve been taught how to translate the gender languages. Yet despite all that, developing good listening skills continues to be a challenge for some people.

Generally, it’s better to emphasize the positive and teach folks useful skills. But at least some people some of the time find it equally useful to have the negative pointed out and explained. They want guidelines for what not to do. So here are eight ways that lousy listeners louse up communication and probably louse up their relationships.

1. Lousy listeners are attending to other things when you are speaking.

Proud of their ability to multitask, they continue to scan the newspaper, pick up the living room, text, or clean their desk while being addressed. An occasional ‘uh-huh’ is supposed to cue you that, really, they are with you. They’re not — or at least not totally. Their mind is distracted. Chances are they miss important pieces of your message — even if they protest that they don’t.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/10/05/8-habits-of-lousy-listeners/

The allure of the lady (and man) in red

When female chimps are nearing ovulation they display red on their bodies. Male chimps respond by masturbating and attempting to mount them. A new study claims we humans have moved on from this, but not a lot. Daniela Kayser‘s team found that when a lady wears red it prompts men to ask her more intimate questions and to sit closer to her. Surprisingly, this is the first time that the effect of colour on human sexual attraction behaviour has been studied. Past research has relied on asking participants to report their attraction rather than measuring their actual behaviour.

Twenty-three heterosexual or bisexual male undergrads were shown a photo of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed female rated in pilot work by men as moderately attractive. Half the participants saw a version in which she wore a red shirt, the other half saw an identical version bar for the fact that the shirt was green. Next the participants were asked to select 5 questions from a choice of 24 to ask the woman (these ranged from ‘Where are you from?’ to ‘How could a guy get your attention at a bar?’). The key finding was that men who’d viewed the woman wearing red opted to ask more intimate questions.

Read in Full:  http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2010/10/allure-of-lady-and-man-in-red.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BpsResearchDigest+(BPS+Research+Digest)

Proof Positive: Can’t Buy Me Love, But What About Happiness?

By Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
– Will Smith

“What’s a soup kitchen?”
– Paris Hilton

Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and author of the best-selling Stumbling on Happiness, gave the keynote address at the American Psychological Association convention earlier this year. He challenged the three things he said his mother told him would make him happy: marriage, money and children. I’ve discussed the first one in talking about how, or if, relationships can make us happy. But now it is time to ask to ask the $64,000 question. Which, as it turns out, is the $75,000 question.

I’ll explain.

Can money make you happy? Is it true that those who say money can’t buy happiness don’t know where to shop? The general, mumbled answer you get from most people on the question is that money won’t do it. But what did the expert say? “Money can definitely make you happy,” Dr. Gilbert said at the convention, “and if you don’t think it does, give me yours.”

He pointed to data showing a direct relationship between a country’s per capita income and its reported degree of happiness. Poverty fosters a host of physical and emotional problems. It eclipses a sense of well-being and leaves in its wake a dearth of happiness. “Lack of money is the root of all evil,” as George Bernard Shaw said.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/10/04/proof-positive-cant-buy-me-love-but-what-about-happiness/

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