When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind

It was early December 2010. That August, my father, who was 69, became abruptly and deeply paranoid. Convinced that nameless people were trying to kill him, he slept no more than an hour or two a night and started drinking after five years of ...

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Eleanor Longden: Learning from the voices in my head

At 17, Eleanor Longden had a promising future ahead of her; then she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After a ...

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Men's responsibilities at home: Sports 1, housework, 0

Pressure to be more involved in their children's lives has many middle class men turning to sports as a way to nurture their kids. This softening of gender roles might be seen on the field, but researchers found it doesn't change traditional ...

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Major Phobias Might Hasten Aging

Do you get panicky in wide-open spaces? Tight, closed ones? What about in high places or—eek!—around arachnids? If these fears are frequent or debilitating, you might have a phobic anxiety. All of this psychological stress could be taking a ...

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Why Boys Are Falling Behind in School

Henry V is one of Shakespeare's most appealing characters. He was rambunctious when young and courageous when older. But suppose Henry went to an American school. By about the third week of nursery school, Henry's teacher would be sending notes ...

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The suffering due to poverty is sometimes also caused by ...

Mr Alfred Nasoni and his wife Biti Rose pulled their eldest son out of school in the fourth grade because they couldn't afford US$5 (S$6.30) in school costs for a term. However, Alfred, 45, told me that even as his children were starving, he ...

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Self-licensing: when you indulge through reason, not lack of willpower

We usually think of over-indulgence in terms of a lack of willpower. I scoff the doughnut because I can't marshal the necessary self-control to resist it. A new study by Jessie de Witt Huberts and her colleagues at Utrecht University takes a ...

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Prominent scientists are in a bitter struggle over the origins of ...

What would it take for you to give your life to save another? The answer of course is two siblings or eight cousins, that is, if you’re thinking like a geneticist. This famous quip, attributed to the British biologist J.B.S. Haldane, is based on ...

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Facebook Use Leads to Depression? No, Says Study

A study of university students is the first evidence to refute the supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study ...

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TED: A Monkey Economy as Irrational as Ours

Did our irrational economic risk taking behavior come from our monkey ancestors?

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When Does Reverse Psychology Work?

You're probably familiar with reverse psychology: it's when you try to get someone to do something by telling them to do the opposite. In theory people don't like to have their freedom restricted so they rebel. But what does the psychological ...

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The Workaholic Breakdown Syndrome - Loss of Feeling

Only by bringing into conscious awareness the escalating fears of failure, boredom, laziness, discovery, self-discovery, and paranoia will workaholics begin to recognize that something is seriously wrong. They need to realize that in order to ...

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People Who Lack Control Are More Likely To Be Superstitious

During the 2010 soccer World Cup, Paul the Octopus became a worldwide superstar for correctly "predicting" the winner of all games in the competition. Queensland University researchers have found that people who felt a lack of control in their lives ...

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Small Talk 101: How to Make Conversation with Anyone

There’s no arguing with the fact that situations requiring polite small talk can be incredibly uncomfortable. Whether you’re trying to chat up a new business contact at an industry networking event or simply make casual conversation with ...

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Employees' interests predict how they will perform on the job

New research published in the July 2012 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that employee interests may be a better way to predict who will perform well on the job. ...

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