Tips for Identifying a Shoplifter

Shoplifting is much more common than you would think. You may believe few people are bold enough to walk into a well-lit, employee-monitored store, but that is not the case. In fact, shoplifting has become more common than ever. Check out our video on The Science of...

4 Steps to Identify and Avoid Pickpockets

Did you know that more than 400,000 pickpocketing incidents occur worldwide every day? It’s likely this number is even higher because many people, as well as police officers, assume items stolen from pockets and bags were lost, not stolen, since pickpockets are so...

Six Steps to Give a Great Handshake

A handshake can make or break a first impression. So, we have to get it right. The problem is these days many people have switched to alternative greetings, such as waves, fist pumps, and friendly nods. Yet, aside from being the expected way of greeting people in many...

Why We Love to Hate Certain Celebrities

Why do certain actors rub us wrong while other celebs steal our love? Hating Anne Hathaway has become a national pastime. But no one can get enough of Jennifer Lawrence. Ben Affleck was selected as one of the most hated celebrities of 2016, while John Krasinski’s...

Are You a Truth Wizard?

Research estimates that we are lied to as many as two hundred times per day. That means you are told lies in the majority of interactions you have with people. When I first read this statistic I was shocked; I thought that I surrounded myself with honest people....

The Science of the Resting Bitch Face and How to Prevent It

Do you ever get asked questions like these on days you feel perfectly okay: Are you angry? Is something wrong? Did I say something to offend you? Why don’t you smile more? If so, and you’ve probably already realized it, you have a resting bitch face. The resting bitch...

9 Things You Should Know About Liars

You are lied to dozens of times every day. They range from little white lies, such as people telling you they are doing great when in fact they are having a terrible day, to serious lies from loved ones and employers that have the potential to change your life. Being...

How to Know if Someone is Going to Give You a Handshake or a Hug

You know that awkward moment where someone is coming to greet you with some kind of professional touch and you have no idea if they are going for the handshake or the hug? So you’re left kind of putting your hand out but also not sure if you should open your arms for...

How to Make Accurate Snap Judgements

When I was doing research for my book Captivate, I wanted to discover why and how people make strong judgements about strangers they’ve just met. Everyone knows that first impressions are important part of this. The question is, how accurate are they? Before digging...

3 Ways to Instantly Tell When Someone is Attracted to You

“How do I know if someone is attracted to me?” I get asked this question all the time and I get it, wondering if someone is interested in you can be super nerve-wracking. Whether or not the attraction is mutual, being uncertain about what type of relationship you have...
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