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Donald Trump, the refugee ban, and the triumph of cruelty

Trump's immigration crackdown is an exercise in government cruelty.<p>On Friday, Donald Trump made the most plainly indefensible promise of his presidential campaign a reality. He suspended all refugee admissions to the US for 120 days, even as millions of displaced people from Syria, Iraq, Myanmar, …

Immigration

5 Things Everyone Must Understand About Verbal Abuse

The most maddening—and the most common—response I get when I write about the daughters and sons of unloving mothers is that people point out that the …

The Lost Generation

ADHD in women manifests differently, often later, and can be damn near imperceptible.<p>There’s a character named Penelope in <i>Brothers Bloom</i> that …

The Boy Who is Bad at School

My son is the boy who laughs so infectiously, an entire Barnes & Noble was laughing with him. The boy who calls his best friends into a group hug …

Parenting

Learn from the Pros | 10 of the Best Writing Advice You’ll Ever Read

What these writers have learned in years, you’ll learn in minutes.<p><b>Medium is truly a godsend</b> — especially for those who just started writing on Medium …

Creative Writing

5 Ways the Silent Treatment Is Really Damaging (And How to Deal with It)

The silent treatment isn't just hurtful; there are actually many ways that is damaging to both the person doing the ignoring, and the person being …

Self-help

Driving While Distracted: Why can't we ignore the pings?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most people will admit that texting, checking social media or playing a video game while driving isn't safe, and yet, some still do it. Why?<p>David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, says it has to do with the addictive nature of smartphones and how our …

The talking dead: How personality drives smartphone addiction

<b>(Kostenko Maxim via Shutterstock)</b><p>Temperamental people are more likely to be addicted to their smartphones than their more stable counterparts<p>James A. Roberts<p>August 5, 2016 8:59am (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>How many times a day do you check your …

Research suggests being lazy is a sign of high intelligence

New research seems to prove the theory that brainy people spend more time lazing around than their active counterparts.<p>Findings from a US-based study …

Gulf Coast

After studying over a million people, my company found that top performers share this difficult skill — here's how you can develop it

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact).<p>The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control — a skill that unleashes massive …

Can adults who've grown up on ADHD meds function without them?

More than 10 percent of school-aged children across the U.S. have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).<p>Many will be …

Why Does America Invest So Little in Its Children?

How the U.S. became one of the worst countries in the developed world for kids under 5<p>“He was very angry. He was scratching his face, kicking, and screaming,” Carrie Giddings, a preschool teacher, said of one of her students during his first days in her class at Kruse Elementary School in northern …

Education

Study finds increase in snacking related to parental oversight - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

In a new study examining how parenting contributes to snacking, researchers found that parents who have a hands-off approach to feeding children may …

10 Common Things Well-Intentioned Allies Do That Are Actually Counterproductive

This is mostly done by well-intentioned white folks who are not inviting or trying hard enough to get black people at the planning table.<p><b>Generally,</b> …

Networking: You're Probably Doing It Wrong

If you were asked to take each person you know and categorize them under just one label: colleague, friend, relative, or associate—could you? If you answered “yes,” your social graph isn’t quite social enough. Social graphs aren’t about contacts, categories, or caliber—they’re about …

How Taking Off In An RV Saved This CEO’s Sanity–And His Business

Joel Holland worried his wanderlust would undo his business. Instead, it transformed it.<p>It was 2013, and Joel Holland should have been happy.<p>Holland had friends, a girlfriend, and was living the entrepreneur’s dream: his stock footage company, VideoBlocks, was profitable and doing $10 million in …

9 tourist attractions that are dying

<b>(CNN) —</b> The dilemma is sometimes likened to a double-edged sword.<p>Historical and natural sites of extraordinary beauty often draw large numbers of visitors to the countries that host them, providing a healthy tourism revenue.<p>However, those same crowds often have a detrimental effect on the places …

Taj Mahal

Artist Creates A Transparent Cabin Out Of Wood And Mirrors

Here's one way Apple's next big iPhone update will make your phone a lot smarter

Siri will be able to communicate with apps so that it can offer relevant information before you ask for it. You'll be able to search for anything on your iPhone — even content from within your apps — through the iPhone's search bar.<p>But Apple is going one step further by actually predicting which …

Seven Strategies for Dealing with Toxic People

Are there people who constantly criticize you, tell you that you can’t do things, make you feel bad about yourself, even yell at you? These are toxic …

In A Relationship With A Highly Sensitive Person? Here's What You Need To Know

Let's be honest: relationships are complex, no matter what kind of personality you have. And some truths are universal, like fighting is never fun. Romantic gestures are usually appreciated. Communication is definitely valued. Compromise isn't always easy.<p>But a lot of these nuances are only …

How to Build Emotional Intelligence in Your Child

You have probably heard the term "emotional intelligence" many times but what exactly is it? And why is it important for children to develop their emotional intelligence?<p>Emotional intelligence, or emotional quotient (EQ) is a "person's ability to identify, evaluate, control and express emotions." …

Narcissistic Abuse – You’re Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

One of the most frustrating things about being narcissistically abused is that you are often told how bad, insensitive, selfish, uncaring and …

Emotional abuse: damage, despair and self-doubt

The most important thing a victim of emotional abuse can do is talk about the problem, in order to make sense of it. Their self-esteem isn’t actually …

America is a Ponzi scheme: A commencement speech for the scammed

If you’re graduating from a liberal arts college, you’ve been taken for a ride. Start getting used to it<p>It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives -- or enter them -- depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four years later in your graduation togs with …

Game-Changing Discovery Links the Brain and the Immune System

Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited<p>Reprinted with permission from …

5 Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Required for Effective Leadership | Inc.com

Emotional intelligence is widely known to be a key component of effective leadership. The ability to be perceptively in tune with yourself and your emotions, as well as having sound situational awareness can be a powerful tool for leading a team. The act of knowing, understanding, and responding to …

Depression is no longer the No. 1 mental-health concern among college students

Anxiety is now the No. 1 mental health diagnosis on college campuses, according The Times. The Times cited a recent study of more than 100,000 students by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State which found that more than half of students seeking help at campus clinics report anxiety …