Familiar Traits

Psychologist Carl Jung had once hypothesized that the traits we find irritating in someone else can tell us a lot about ourselves. Many studies have confirmed this insight.

We seem to be attracted to people who have similar positive traits as ours while being repulsed by people like us who also have negative traits.

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I wonder which villains the authors of this study are fond of. 

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New studies show that we tend to like villains who are like us. The researchers analyzed the data of thousands of members, revealing that while we like heroes, the villains who look cool and remind us of ourselves are very well-liked.

These studies pave the way for further investigation and research into our interpersonal relationships being affected by our (and others) positive and negative traits. They also explains why we go on loving our loved ones, even after being fully aware of their flaws.

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Dismissing our dark side

We strive to see ourselves as 'good' and feel, deep down, that we are fundamentally honest and moral. We tend to dismiss the idea that darkness could lie within us.

Research shows that we avoid others who seem similar to us but 'bad' in some way, such as learning about a serial killer who happens to like the same movie or food as us.

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Immersion in fictional worlds allows us to own our dark side | Psyche Ideas

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Morality matters. People tend to like the good guys and dislike the bad guys.

In a new study, researchers suggest that we don't need to see behavior to make a distinction between the hero and the villain.

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What makes us root for the bad guy?

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How We Perceive Abstract Art

A new study that may be good news for both kinds of art lovers states that abstract art alters our minds cognitive state, causing measurable cognitive changes in the viewer.

Many people think modern, abstract art isn’t real art, and there are also others who deeply understand and appreciate it.

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Viewing abstract art causes notable cognitive changes

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