psychology

The Right Kind Of Risky Behaviour May Actually Make You More Attractive

How attracted we are to others is based on a lot of different factors, but a recent study suggests there may be an evolutionary connection to why taking risks is an attractive behaviour. It just has to be the right kind of risk.


Address The Point, Not The Person, When Having A Debate

Sometimes we find ourselves in a serious discussion, debate or argument, and we begin to criticise the person instead of the point they’re making. Raptitude recommends breaking that habit to be more effective in our interactions with others.


Five Subtle Signs You're Being Abused In Your Relationship

When we hear the words “domestic violence”, we typically think of angry men with raised fists and women with bruised faces. The reality is that domestic violence manifests itself more often than not as verbal and psychological abuse, which means you could be abusing your partner or the victim of abuse without realising it. Here are some of the more subtle warning signs you should be aware of.


The Evil 'Tests' Job Interviewers Can Give (And How To Avoid Them)

After going through the hassles of interviewing, not getting an offer sucks. Your first assumption is you weren’t qualified, but that’s not always true. You also could have failed any number of hidden tests, some of them very evil.


'A Dollar Is A Dollar, Not A Percentage Of What You're Buying'

Getting something on sale is a great feeling, but it can mess with your mind. We all know this, but it’s hard to avoid our mind’s internal bias. Here’s a good mantra to repeat to yourself: A dollar is a dollar, not a percentage of what you’re buying.


Choose The Left Line Instead Of The Right For A Possibly Shorter Wait

No one likes waiting on line, especially when it seems like everyone else’s line is moving faster. If you have to choose a direction — left or right — you might have better luck going to the left, where lines tend to be shorter.


Ask LH: Why Is My Organised-At-Work Partner So Hopeless At Home?

Dear Lifehacker, My husband is fantastic at taking up work and IT hacks but is lacking in the “life” department. How can someone so good at career stuff be so bad when it comes to household chores?


Remind Yourself 'It Must Not Be Easy' When Dealing With Difficult People

We all have to deal with difficult people we can’t avoid. Seeing things from their perspective helps create empathy and understand their perspective. Use the phrase “It must not be easy” to help you see the other side before you react.


Four Ways To Use Your Dark Side For Good (And Fight Evil In Others)

Everyone has a dark side, but that’s not a bad thing — you just need to know how to use it for good. Think of it this way: Batman has more anger issues than any therapist can cure, but he channels those to make the world a better place. There’s no reason you can’t do that too… you know, minus the billions of dollars and the cave.


Build Your Compassion With These Mental Exercises

Compassion is something we’re all capable of, and according to a new study published in Psychological Science, it can also be trained and developed over time. All you need is 30 minutes a day.