How people get along with each other

Although personality is important for understanding yourself and others, your behaviour is influenced by something far more powerful: other people.

At least some of the time other people are a positive influence. We cooperate and get along with one another, and this has made us flourish as a species. Homo sapiens are remarkable for their ability to work together.

Having other people around improves our abilities

Even just the presence of others can help us. Research shows that having an audience can make you run or cycle faster and do simple tasks more quickly. The presence of others causes our bodies to go into a state of readiness, with increased ...

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