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Not all sex addicts are sexual predators – many are just struggling to contain their destructive urges. Andrew Anthony meets addicts and therapists to hear how they cope with this secretive pandemic<p>Of the many alleged victims of the film producer Harvey Weinstein, perhaps the most overlooked and …

Mental Health

Narcissists Are Sick, Stressed, and Insecure

They put up a self-satisfied front that shatters every time something goes wrong.<p>Narcissists will often admit their narcissism, but not its adverse effects. If you took them at their word, as researchers did for decades using self-reports, you'd think that narcissists are happier, healthier, …

Can You Predict Your Scores on an Important Personality Test?

The Big Five model is a very big deal to psychologists, and has been for decades. At the moment, it is the most respected, widely studied method for …

A leading procrastination expert reveals which personality types tend to put stuff off

If you're impulsive, disorganized, or consider yourself a perfectionist, Pychyl says you might not be knocking out tasks in a timely fashion.<p>Pychyl is an associate professor at Carleton University. He has been studying procrastination for the better part of two decades, which makes him perhaps the …

Five Self Help Books That Changed My Life

I've never been much for self-help books.<p>As a general rule, I don't read a lot of non-fiction. And for a long time I think I was a bit of a snob where self-help books were concerned, thinking they were somehow low brow.<p>I was wrong. In the past few months, I've had occasion to read a couple of …

It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us. We not only lose our words, but …

These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200

Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is …

Breaking the mold: Top 10 architectural oddities

Guangzhou Circle Mansion<p>Although the Guangzhou Circle Mansion bears more than a passing resemblance to something you'd expect to find in <i>Homer</i> …

What should you read this summer? A mega reading list

<i>Illustrations by Maya Sariahmed/TED</i><p>40+ TED speakers recommend the books you need to read right now.<p>OK, so it’s not summer everywhere right now. But …

Want to Write a Bestseller? Consult This Infographic First

Want to write a bestselling book? Good writing, intriguing characters, and an engrossing plot won't necessarily cut it. You'll also have to navigate …

Books

Spirituality Through Service

My grandfather Baba Amte, was born in 1914 and was called a 'fearless seeker' by Mahatma Gandhi. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he spent a quarter of his life as the son of a wealthy landlord, owning 4000 acres of land, a pet cheetah, a Singer racing car and a deep pen-friendship with Greta …

35 Killer Ways to Use Your Empty Vertical Space

You probably don't even realize how much untapped vertical space you've got in your home and garden. Think about those empty corners, the space above your stove or toilet, the exterior walls behind your flower beds, even the half-an-inch behind your furniture -- all of that space can be used to add …

The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco

<i>This originally appeared on</i> <i>TheCooperReview.com</i><i>.</i><p>After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly …

San Francisco

When Starting A Business, You Need A Brain Trust

People starting a business after 50 are often told one of their first priorities should be putting together a board of directors of recognized experts in their field. But I believe that entrepreneurs who jump right into developing a board of directors are missing a real opportunity to test and …