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Oct 28, 2010

Trapped in a Sense of One’s Own Magnificence

Narcissus, depicted here at the Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam, disdained the love of a nymph. As a punishment he fell in love with his own reflection in a pool.

Self-confidence is important when it comes to getting ahead in our careers – but distinct narcissism can be an obstacle

Psychologist Aline Vater is studying the topic of narcissism for her doctoral dissertation, which she is writing within the Languages of Emotion Cluster of Excellence at Freie Universität Berlin. Narcissism is a personality trait that can be present to a greater or lesser degree. Psychologists and organizational researchers have often found that the trait is more highly developed among those in positions of leadership.

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The Human Aspects of Vampires

Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, a scholar of literature,  has published his first anthology on vampire movies.

Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin studies depictions of vampires in literature and film

Once upon a time he was truly a horror to behold, with bloodshot eyes, cadaverously white skin, and pointed fangs. He slept in a coffin, shunned sunlight, and fed on the blood of the living – the vampire. But the image of the insatiable bloodsucker has changed: The monster has disappeared, becoming practically a dream son-in-law, a good-looking charmer with a sense of family.

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New Approaches to Treating Diabetes

Annette Reuter is working on her doctorate at the DFG Pfadkolleg Research Center “Research on Organizational Paths” at Freie Universität.

Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic disease in developed countries. It is becoming ever more prevalent, with its long-term consequences arising increasingly early in life.

Are inefficient structures and behavioral patterns among doctors, patients themselves, or within the healthcare system as a whole responsible for this situation? Annette Reuter, a doctoral student at Freie Universität Berlin, is using diabetes treatment as a case study to examine the background behind medical routines from a social science perspective.

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