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Psychological Perspectives


December 24, 2020

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Ken Silvestro, PhD. 677-7282 •

Since it's the holiday season, I believe it's fitting to describe some psychological traits associated with the season. During this season, people are more open, kinder and giving to others. Even to people they don't know! Why is that?

There are many possible answers but let's explore a few from a psychological perspective. First of all, people let their egos (sense of identity and control) relax a bit. This means they are less territorial, less argumentative and less adamant about being right. As a result, there is more acceptance of other people and situations.

Second, people also relax...

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