Franz Anton Mesmer, the Man Who Invented Hypnotism
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Viewing Your Job as Your "Calling" Can Lead to Letdown and Burnout
Putting too much pressure on your ability to change the world at work can lead you to quit your industry altogether.... READ ON
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6 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Exercise
That feel-good side effect of breaking a sweat isn't imagined.... READ ON
What Is Math Anxiety?
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Study Finds Male Tennis Players Are More Likely to Choke Under Pressure
In the pressure cooker that is Grand Slam tennis, men are more likely to choke than women.... READ ON
Democrats and Republicans Are Equally Willing to Admit When They’re Wrong, Study Says
“A whole lot of people … are very intellectually arrogant about the positions they have, on both sides of the aisle.”... READ ON
Living in a City Can Change How You View the Future
People living in denser environments have a more future-oriented mindset, one study finds.... READ ON
New Study Replicates Stanley Milgram’s Infamous Shock Experiments
Around 90 percent of Polish subjects were willing to administer painful electric shocks to a stranger when instructed by a scientist in the lab.... READ ON
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Postcoital Cheer May Pump Up Satisfaction at Work
Survey respondents reported more enjoyment of and engagement with their jobs the day after they’d had sex.... READ ON
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Why Making Decisions Stresses Some People Out
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New Study Finds No Link Between Childhood Cat Ownership and Psychosis
Contrary to prior reports, the new study found that living with a cat before birth or in childhood did not increase adolescents’ risk of experiencing psychotic episodes.... READ ON
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Our Ideal Partners Laugh at the Same Jokes We Do
A forthcoming paper in the journal Personal Relationships concludes that most people really just want someone who shares their sense of humor.... READ ON
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What Is an Ambivert?
You, probably.... READ ON
9 Megalomaniacal Facts About Narcissism
“A superiority complex always covers up an inferiority complex.”... READ ON
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5 Things Happy People Do (That You Can, Too!)
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The Library of Congress Sigmund Freud Collection Is Now Available Online
The collection includes printed publications and personal letters.... READ ON

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