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Chameleons at Employment: How Job Applicants Fake It to Fit in

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When people apply for jobs that require them to take personality tests, they face a dilemma—be their true self, or fake it to make it?

Does Your Organization Have a Growth Mindset?

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Growth mindset companies have more collaboration, innovation, and ethical behavior—and employees like them better too.

Psychopathic CEOs: Fact or Fiction?

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Many Americans believe that CEOs are typically immoral people, perhaps even psychopaths. But research tells a subtler and more interesting story.

Ants, Like People, Prefer Things for Which They’ve Had to Work Hard

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If you think people like things more when they have worked hard to get them, you’d be correct. If you think humans are unique in this way, you’d be wrong.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI June 21, 2019

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Fashion advice, dating advice, and a thread on being at the wrong place for a conference. See what else you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. 

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI February 22, 2019

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From romance to buying choices to God, there's a bit of something for everyone in this week's roundup. Recently in the news, written a post, or have selections you'd like us to consider? Email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews. 

Friends with unexpected benefits – working with buddies can improve performance

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We routinely work together with other people. Often, we try to achieve shared goals in groups, whether as a team of firefighters or in a scientific collaboration. When working together, many people – naturally – would prefer doing so with others who are their friends. But, as much as we like spending time with our friends, is working with them in a group really good for our performance?

“Work-Life Balance” and “Empathizing” Do Not Explain Women’s Career Choices

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A viral letter by then-Google employee James Damore has renewed the conversation about diversity in Silicon Valley. One thread of the ensuing debate has focused on the scientific validity of Damore’s claims that men and women do in fact differ in their preferences. An unspoken assumption has been that differences in preferences—if such differences exist—would go a long way toward explaining why women have remained underrepresented in tech and similar fields, despite efforts to increase diversity.