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In schools, an awful lot of attention is devoted to children who stand out – the talented, the brilliant and the naughty – and to those studying for all-important exams.<p>Students who aren’t sporting or academic stars, whose behaviour isn’t disruptive and who aren’t taking high-stakes exams can be …

16 Personal Essays About Mental Health Worth Reading

Here are some of the most moving and illuminating essays published on BuzzFeed about mental illness, wellness, and the way our minds work.

Rise of the home ‘unschoolers’ – where children learn only what they want to

Advocates say it creates delight in learning. But amid calls for more monitoring of home schooling, how do authorities work out if they’re getting an education?<p>It’s Tuesday morning in Coventry and three children are making clay seal pups on the dining table at home. Zephan is four, so his looks a …

Education

The ultimate efficiency hack: Have kids

In my late 20s and early 30s, I thought of myself as an efficiency machine. I got up early to run most days, worked long hours, and frequently had breakfast meetings <i>and</i> evening drinks with sources. I wrote a lot of stories.<p>“Just wait till you have kids,” said my older sister, who had two kids at …

Parenting

It’s Okay To Swear Around Your Kids, Says Science

It’s okay to swear in front of kids, according to a professor’s new book<p>Like it or not, when you become a parent, you become a role model. And in …

Parenting

It's OK to sleep next to your infant child. It's even beneficial.

Parents everywhere tend to think that the way they raise their children is the best way, and Americans are no exception. Contemporary American parents seek to optimize their children's lives, treat them as equals, and reduce their risk of harm to zero; anything less may seem negligent. Yet many of …

Viral Facebook Post Urges Dads to Take More Photos of Their Wives

Think about it: How many photos of your family are you actually in?<p>If you're like me, you are always behind the smartphone, instead of in front of it, come photo time. Indeed, I have a million pics of my kids, but far too few of myself, and my hubby for that matter.<p>Now, a powerful Facebook post by …

Parenting

How to Raise a Child: 10 Rules from Young Susan Sontag

The second volume of Susan Sontag’s diaries, <i>As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980</i>, gave us the celebrated author and thinker’s insights on love, writing, censorship, and aphorisms. However, it was in the first installment, <b>Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963</b> …

What is the point of raising a child?

The standard ways of thinking about morality don’t apply well to parenthood<p>Why is taking care of children worthwhile? It’s hard work, badly paid if paid at all, and full of uncertainty, guilt and heavy lifting. And yet, at least to most of us, it seems like an absolutely fundamental, profoundly …

Democrats are embracing Black Lives Matter. But a leaked memo puts their motivations into question.

The memo puts even more pressure on Democrats to stick to their word.<p>A newly leaked memo is raising concerns that Democrats are only paying lip service to the work of activists involved with the movement for black lives.<p>Guccifer 2.0, a hactivist blog, released memos late Tuesday, Mic reported. And …

Government

No reason to smile – Another modern psychology classic has failed to replicate

Image via Quentin Gronau/Flickr showing how participants were instructed to hold the pen<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe great American psychologist William …

Professor: Students Are Becoming Moral Nihilists

<i>The Problem</i><p>One thing I’ve learned in my years of teaching in the U.S. is that many young Americans are moral relativists. As students in elementary …

21 Books By POC Writers That You Should Definitely Read At Some Point

These will make your bookshelf even better.<p><i>Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

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12 TED Talks That Will Make You Sound Smarter

This playlist of TED talks explores theories and insights about language, words, and linguistics.<p>So many TED talks, so little time. It's impossible to watch them all.<p>If you need help figuring out which ones to watch, you're in luck. TED has curated playlists so you can dig into a particular topic. …

Linguistics

8 activities to jump-start your creativity

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper [or a blank screen], and quite often the blank piece …

Mental Happiness in 90 Days With 30 Habits Everyone Should Do

<i>This post originally appeared on Quora: What have you tried for 30 days that changed everything?</i><p>This is what you are fighting to create change in …

Self-improvement

Don't allow negative self talk to hold you back

NEGATIVE SELF talk is a pattern of talking to yourself either out loud or inside your head that consists of statements that are not only negative but …

Women Need More Sleep Because Their Brains Work Harder, Study Finds

Finally! Research has proven that women need more sleep than men because they are smarter. It’s a scientific fact.<p>Ok… not exactly.<p>What research <i>has</i> …

How to be mediocre and be happy with yourself

<b>In the novel Catch-22, the author Joseph Heller famously wrote: "Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them."</b><p>He'd taken a quote by Shakespeare on greatness and turned it on its head.<p>The implication was clear: mediocrity is a bad thing, to …

There’s no such thing as flexible work

Technology was meant to herald a new way of working anytime, anywhere – but that’s not the case, writes Georgina Kenyon.<p>We didn’t get the flying cars or the self-lacing shoes. But we did get the work world of the future – you know, the one where the internet allows us to work anytime, anywhere, …

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet

This story is not a good idea. Not for society and certainly not for me. Because what trolls feed on is attention. And this little bit--these several …

Internet

The Myths and Realities of 'Doing What You Love'

One issue that you’ll see constantly debated in books and articles about choosing a career is the idea of “doing what you love.” Should a person …

Don't try to be happy. We're programmed to be dissatisfied | Frank T McAndrew

Perpetual bliss would completely undermine our will to accomplish anything at all – that’s why perfect contentment has probably been evolved out of us<p>In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the …

Happiness

4 Things You Can Do Now To Improve Your Content Writing

There are so many guides and articles that tell you how to improve your content writing. Most are long and contain complicated advice. For content writers, we simply don't have the time to go through all of these guides, as any help we get needs to be quick and also help us immediately.<p>After …

FACT CHECK: Definitely Not Friends of Dorothy

CLAIM<p>In the 1950s, a Las Vegas hotel completely drained their pool because black entertainer Dorothy Dandridge stuck her toe in the water. See …

Fact Checking

The True Secret To Staying Young

To remain engaged and excited by reading, writing, and by life itself, says a seasoned novelist, we must constantly seek to discover the new, to …

Attachment parenting: the best way to raise a child – or maternal masochism?

It’s the increasingly fashionable approach, with an emphasis on baby-wearing, co-sleeping and long-term breastfeeding. But does it make for happier, better children?<p>In a family home in picture-pretty Oxfordshire, four women and seven toddlers are, respectively, drinking tea and causing chaos. The …

Parenting

Constant Multitasking Is Damaging Millennial Brains, Research Shows

And their employers are making things worse.<p>You probably know that multitasking makes you less productive not more so. Neuroscientists, psychologists, and efficiency experts have been telling the world for years that since the brain can't actually pay attention to more than one thing at a time. …

Time Management