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Research Interests for Mark R. Leary

Research Interests: Social and Personality Psychology

At the most general level, my interests are in social and personality psychology, centering around topics involving self-awareness, interpersonal motivation and emotion, and interfaces of social and clinical psychology. I have been particularly interested in how people's behavior and emotion are affected by (a) their concerns about others' impressions, evaluations, and acceptance of them and (b) the ways in which they talk to themselves in their own minds. In the first vein, we have been investigating the fundamental human need for acceptance and belonging, how people go about seeking acceptance, and the emotional and interpersonal consequences of feeling inadequately accepted. In the second vein, we are studying the negative effects of excessive ego-involvement on emotion, performance, and interpersonal behavior, and the efficacy of hypo-egoic states in which people's egos exert minimal influence on their thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

Keywords:
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adult, Affect, Aging, Anxiety, Arthralgia, Attitude, Attitude to Health, Attitudes, Awareness, Character, Chronic Disease, Cognition, Comorbidity, Defense Mechanisms, Depression, Disabled Persons, Ego, emotion, Emotions, Empathy, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Feedback, Psychological, Female, Goals, Guilt, Health, Health Behavior, HIV Infections, Humans, Identification (Psychology), impression management, Individual differences, Individuality, Internal-External Control, Interpersonal Relations, Life Change Events, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Psychological, Mood Disorders, Motivation, North America, North Carolina, Obesity, Personal Autonomy, Personal Construct Theory, Personality, Personality Inventory, Politics, Prejudice, Prevalence, Problem Solving, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychological Tests, Psychological Theory, Psychometrics, Questionnaires, rejection, Rejection (Psychology), Reproducibility of Results, Research Design, Risk Assessment, Risk Factors, self, Self Concept, Self Efficacy, Self-Assessment, self-awareness, Self-regulation, Self-talk, Shame, Social Behavior, Social Control, Informal, Social Desirability, Social Identification, Social Perception, Stress, Psychological, Temperament, Thinking, Time Factors, Well-being, Young Adult
Recent Publications   (search)
  1. Shumway, M; Mangurian, C; Carraher, N; Momenzadeh, A; Leary, M; Lee, E; Dilley, JW, Increasing HIV Testing in Inpatient Psychiatry, Psychosomatics (October, 2017) [doi].
  2. Leary, MR; Diebels, KJ; Davisson, EK; Jongman-Sereno, KP; Isherwood, JC; Raimi, KT; Deffler, SA; Hoyle, RH, Cognitive and Interpersonal Features of Intellectual Humility., Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 43 no. 6 (June, 2017), pp. 793-813 [doi[abs].
  3. Robinson, KJ; Mayer, S; Allen, AB; Terry, M; Chilton, A; Leary, MR, Resisting self-compassion: Why are some people opposed to being kind to themselves?, Self and Identity, vol. 15 no. 5 (September, 2016), pp. 505-524 [doi].
  4. Gohar, D; Leary, MR; Costanzo, PR, Self-Presentational Congruence and Psychosocial Adjustment: A Test of Three Models, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, vol. 35 no. 7 (September, 2016), pp. 589-608 [doi].
  5. Cheng, JE; Shumway, M; Leary, M; Mangurian, CV, Patient Factors Associated with Extended Length of Stay in the Psychiatric Inpatient Units of a Large Urban County Hospital., Community Mental Health Journal, vol. 52 no. 6 (August, 2016), pp. 658-661 [doi[abs].

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