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Melissa Dahl

  1. Do You Have Any Idea What Other People Think of You?A new book argues that most people aren’t as self-aware as they think.
  2. A New Theory on Why People Who Exercise Lots Are So Damn Happy All the TimePhysical activity brings a “cascade of positive events” to your life, argues a recent study.
  3. A New Theory on Why People Who Exercise Lots Are So Damn Happy All the TimePhysical activity brings a “cascade of positive events” to your life, argues a recent study.
  4. popular
    Why Everyone Loves the Alpha GirlPsychologists deconstruct the power of the most popular girl in school.
  5. the office
    Let’s All Stop Apologizing for the Delayed Response in Our Emails“You are ruining it for the rest of us (and yourself).”
  6. the office
    Let’s All Stop Apologizing for the Delayed Response in Our Emails“You are ruining it for the rest of us (and yourself).”
  7. Bored Office Drones Pursue the Pain of Tough Mudders Just to Feel SomethingNew research contrasts the pain of extreme obstacle-course events with the ennui of the office.
  8. Bored Office Drones Pursue the Pain of Tough Mudders Just to Feel SomethingNew research contrasts the pain of extreme obstacle-course events with the ennui of the office.
  9. A New York Gym Chain Is Turning Off TV News Because It’s Stressing People OutOnly on Mondays, and only in April, but it’s hard not to read into this marketing stunt as a sign of the times.
  10. A New York Gym Chain Is Turning Off TV News Because It’s Stressing People OutOnly on Mondays, and only in April, but it’s hard not to read into this marketing stunt as a sign of the times.
  11. Please Stop Forcing Your Favorite TV Show On MeThe psychology of reactance, or why the more someone insists that you watch something, the more you tend to resist.
  12. Please Stop Forcing Your Favorite TV Show On MeThe psychology of reactance, or why the more someone insists that you watch something, the more you tend to resist.
  13. therapy
    Real-Life Therapists Love the Big Little Lies TherapistIn appreciation of Dr. Amanda Reisman.
  14. Real-Life Therapists Love the Big Little Lies TherapistIn appreciation of Dr. Amanda Reisman.
  15. Answering This Question Can Help You Better Understand Your Money HabitsIt’s like a high-stakes version of the “rabbit-or-duck” illusion.
  16. Answering This Question Can Help You Better Understand Your Money HabitsIt’s like a high-stakes version of the “rabbit-or-duck” illusion.
  17. Your Cat’s Favorite Thing to Do Is Hanging Out With YouThe feeling is mutual, cat.
  18. Your Cat’s Favorite Thing to Do Is Hanging Out With YouThe feeling is mutual, cat.
  19. note to self
    Sometimes ‘Introspection’ Is You Just Making Stuff UpYou know what you’re thinking and feeling. Knowing why is another matter entirely.
  20. note to self
    Sometimes ‘Introspection’ Is You Just Making Stuff UpYou know what you’re thinking and feeling. Knowing why is another matter entirely.
  21. Missing Richard Simmons Illustrated How Hard It Is to Let Someone GoAt its heart, the podcast was a show about seeking closure.
  22. Missing Richard Simmons Illustrated How Hard It Is to Let Someone GoAt its heart, the podcast was a show about seeking closure.
  23. autism
    Why It Matters That Sesame Street’s New Muppet With Autism Is a GirlSome researchers believe the condition is underdiagnosed in girls, because the symptoms aren’t the same as in boys.
  24. autism
    Why It Matters That Sesame Street’s New Muppet With Autism Is a GirlSome researchers believe the condition is underdiagnosed in girls, because the symptoms aren’t the same as in boys.
  25. unsolicited advice
    Writer’s Block Is Real, But Don’t Tell Yourself That“People can overthink themselves into deep dark corners, and writer’s block is a good example.”
  26. unsolicited advice
    Writer’s Block Is Real, But Don’t Tell Yourself That“People can overthink themselves into deep dark corners, and writer’s block is a good example.”
  27. If You Are Bad at Reading Facial Expressions, Perhaps This Is WhyIn a new book, a psychologist questions the assumption that facial expressions can always be neatly matched to a discrete emotion.
  28. If You Are Bad at Reading Facial Expressions, Perhaps This Is WhyIn a new book, a psychologist questions the assumption that facial expressions can always be neatly matched to a discrete emotion.
  29. animals
    Is a Chimpanzee More Like a Person, or a Thing?The question is at the heart of arguments being heard at the New York Supreme Court’s appellate division this week.
  30. animals
    Is a Chimpanzee More Like a Person, or a Thing?The question is at the heart of arguments being heard at the New York Supreme Court’s appellate division this week.
  31. Why It’s So Hard to Get People to Take Your Creative Ideas Seriously(Let’s first assume your creative ideas are also good ideas.)
  32. Why It’s So Hard to Get People to Take Your Creative Ideas Seriously(Let’s first assume your creative ideas are also good ideas.)
  33. quiz
    Can You Blend in Anywhere? Or Are You Always the Same You?A personality quiz to determine if you are a high or a low self-monitor.
  34. quiz
    Can You Blend in Anywhere? Or Are You Always the Same You?A personality quiz to determine if you are a high or a low self-monitor.
  35. If You Knew Someone Was Being Cheated on — Would You Tell Them?A study on how people decide when and whether to get involved in other people’s business.
  36. If You Knew Someone Was Being Cheated on — Would You Tell Them?A study on how people decide when and whether to get involved in other people’s business.
  37. This Entire Little Town Is the Subject of One Big Study on SleepIt’s called “Chrono City.”
  38. This Entire Little Town Is the Subject of One Big Study on SleepIt’s called “Chrono City.”
  39. make less-bad decisions
    Everything Always Takes Longer Than You ThinkGetting to know the planning fallacy (and how to beat it).
  40. make less-bad decisions
    Everything Always Takes Longer Than You ThinkGetting to know the planning fallacy (and how to beat it).
  41. If You’re Shy, You’ll Be Better Off Accepting Yourself That WayA new book argues that fighting shyness is ultimately futile.
  42. If You’re Shy, You’ll Be Better Off Accepting Yourself That WayA new book argues that fighting shyness is ultimately futile.
  43. stranger than fiction
    20 Percent of Readers Still ‘Hear’ the Characters When the Book Is OverWhen fictional characters barge into your everyday life.
  44. stranger than fiction
    20 Percent of Readers Still ‘Hear’ the Characters When the Book Is OverWhen fictional characters barge into your everyday life.
  45. The Extreme Secondhand Embarrassment of Watching the OscarsA brief look at the cringe-y feeling you may have had while watching the broadcast.
  46. The Extreme Secondhand Embarrassment of Watching the OscarsA brief look at the cringe-y feeling you may have had while watching the broadcast.
  47. splitsville
    Your Partner’s Weird Family Is Not Necessarily a Deal-BreakerA new book argues that the seemingly obvious traits people say they want in a partner are exactly the ones that deserve more careful thought.
  48. splitsville
    Your Partner’s Weird Family Is Not Necessarily a Deal-BreakerA new book argues that the seemingly obvious traits people say they want in a partner are exactly the ones that deserve more careful thought.
  49. splitsville
    How a Breakup Distorts Your Sense of Self“Self-expansion theory” helps explain why the end of a relationship can feel so psychologically unsettling.
  50. splitsville
    How a Breakup Distorts Your Sense of Self“Self-expansion theory” helps explain why the end of a relationship can feel so psychologically unsettling.
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