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Psychiatrists use an old trick to get people to trust them with their secrets — and it works just as well in business

There's a common misconception that trust is something that builds gradually — that the only person you could possibly reveal personal information to …

Psychiatry

Bulgarian werewolves and Byzantine eunuchs: 12 historical lives that should be novelised

<i>Minoo Dinshaw on 12 unfamiliar lives – from a Byzantine eunuch to a Turkish arms dealer – that deserve to be novelised</i><p>British historical fiction is thriving, but its readers might be forgiven for seeking fresher banquets. The wild boar at the Henrician court grows overcooked. Hilary Mantel herself …

Whatever happened to Hollywood's really evil villains?

The release of Suicide Squad confirms a cinematic trend: all of our heroes are antiheroes and all of our baddies have been humanised. It’s time for the return of some proper bogeymen<p>Time was when the movie villain was stuck in second fiddle. Their primary role: to devise over-elaborate – and …

Movies

ISIS tightens grip on Yazidi captives held as sex slaves

The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon."<p>The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons and tactical …

Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?

Emblematic of the Bible’s declining influence is what Harper Lee penned in her 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," in which the character Miss Maudie says, “Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of [another].”<p>Most Christians know enough about the …