Christine Coutu

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Research Shows That Many People Would Rather Give Themselves Electric Shocks Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Sooner than be alone in a room with their thoughts — no cellphone, no books, no TV, no distractions — researchers found that a quarter of people would rather submit themselves to a self-inflicted electric shock, according to a recently published study in Science.<p>"People usually think of mind …

Sometimes Women Want to Drink Alone

Just like eating alone, enjoying a drink alone is one of life's private luxuries. But why do we still, in the 21st century, have a problem with women doing it?<p>When it got to the point that Bobby, the barman at my favourite watering hole, began to heat up a brandy glass every time he saw me come in, …

Alcohol

A new study found people are terrible at sitting alone with their thoughts. How about you?

In 1654, scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Now, there's some science behind that statement.<p>A recent study in the journal Science found that many people choose to self-administer an electrical shock …

How To Be Alone — Without Your iPhone

Illustrated by Ly Ngo.<p>Most of us, though some might not care to admit it, have a wake-up routine that has nothing to do with yoga or a morning …

18 Fun Things to Do Alone

Because if your friend's gonna have a panic attack at the J.Crew sample sale, she's just gonna slow you down — and other times you should (or just want to!) roll solo.<p><b>1. Have dinner at a restaurant.</b> You know that moment before you come to terms with being alone that you call up a friend you don't …

10 Things No One Ever Tells You About Living Alone in Your Twenties

You're now the only one around to kill spiders and deal with the landlord.<p>Courtesy Everett Collection<p>Done with labeling your leftovers and waiting to use the bathroom? Getting your own pad is a right of passage, and you can learn a lot about yourself living solo. After all, you're now the only one …

Binge-Watching

22 Problems Only Women Who Live Alone Understand

Every day feels like a slightly different Law & Order: SVU cold open.<p><b>1. Getting a gorgeous wing chair off Craigslist and realizing you can't carry it yourself.</b> And winding up having to hire one of those shady "man with a van" guys and putting yourself in a situation that could quickly become very</i> …

Anyone can die alone – not just the lonely

The incredibly sad story of Anne Leitrim, who was found dead in her flat in Bournemouth six years after she died, brings to the surface once again our fear of loneliness.<p>The circumstances of Leitrim's death – her neighbours thought she had moved out, and her body only discovered when the bailiffs …

Single Life: The Best Thing About Being Relationship-Free

If you're single, there's a good chance that at one point or another, someone you know (we're looking at you, moms) has wanted to set you up.<p>And if you're happily single, your friends and families' well-meaning wishes to see you paired up can get old pretty quickly. Why can't they see there's just …

Single Life: 30 Big Misconceptions About Single People

Think that divorcees are lonely, miserable and secretly dying to be coupled up?<p>Think again. There are plenty of misconceptions about single life, and on Thursday, our readers on Twitter and Facebook offered up some of the most egregious examples.<p>Click through the slides below for 30 wrongheaded …

The price of being single

If you listen to politicians and certain parts of the media, you'd think only "hardworking families" were affected by the rising cost of living, hikes in energy bills and extortionate housing costs. If you dare to live alone you don't get a mention.<p>But, contrary to popular belief, being …

Settling for someone because you fear being single? You’re not alone

Anyone who has watched a lonely friend shack up with a useless buffoon can relate to this new finding: People really do settle for less in a relationship when they fear being single.<p>"Well, duh!" you say?<p>Just wait. For the first time, the dating phenomenon has been proven, thanks to research …

I enjoy the freedom of being single – but should I be looking for a partner?

<b>The dilemma</b> <i>I am a single woman in my mid-20s. I value my independence and have never sought out romantic relationships. The lack of a serious relationship has never bothered me. I have good friends, a good life and a job I find rewarding, and I don't feel anything is missing in my life. Actually, I</i> …

If You Feel Bad About Being Single, It's Not Because You're Single

"You're so great -- why don't you have a boyfriend?"<p>This misguided compliment, often doled out to young successful women, has given birth to a new thought experiment: <i>If a woman is great and no romantic partner is there to appreciate her, can she still lead a happy and fulfilling life?</i><p>Since 2000, …

9 Pieces Of Scientific Proof That Being Single Is Awesome

Single people put up with a lot: The endless questions about relationship status. The "pity face." The double standard wherein single women are desperate or "damaged," while single men are just "playing the field." Plus, there are financial downsides to being unmarried.<p>Fortunately, there are a …

What NOT To Say To A Single Person

I’m not sure of the exact timeline, but there seems to come a point where people feel you have been single <i>soooo</i> long that they must help you figure …

High Manxiety: Thirtysomething Men Are The New Neurotic Singles

Think thirtysomething single women are the only ones stressed about their dwindling options for marriage and kids? Turns out, men are the new Carrie …

Social workers need training to help them better understand self-harm

It is estimated that one in 12 young people have self-harmed at some point in their lives, according to charity YouthNet. The charity says 3,000 people aged 16 to 25 visit its digital support service TheSite.org every month after looking up self-harm on a search engine. Yet, despite these …

Social Media Spreading Self-Harm Behavior Amongst Teens

<i>Note: The content in this post may be disturbing to readers.</i><p>Ten years ago, if you were to tell someone you were going to "tweet" them, they'd probably have looked at you like you were nuts. Or, how about debating if you should "friend" your parents on Facebook? Social media has been a great asset …

Getting Over Single 'Shame'

After being unattached for 11 years, Sue had just started dating someone who had a lot of relationship experience, and she was embarrassed by her thin relationship resume. "How do I let go my feelings of inadequacy?" she asked author Sasha Cagen and I in a recent webcast.<p>Sue had a classic case of …

Dr. Brené Brown: "Shame Is Lethal"

Shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brené Brown says shame is the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging. It's the …

Positive Thinking

Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Facebook's mission "to make the world more open and connected" is a familiar refrain among company leaders. But the latest research shows connecting 1.1 billion users around the world may come at a psychological cost.<p>A new University of Michigan study on college-aged adults finds that the more they …

21 Comics That Capture The Frustrations Of Depression

For those who have suffered, are suffering, or simply want to learn more.<p>[Editor's note: This is by no means a definitive list. The comics featured here can not and do not represent everyone's experiences. But there are some things they do capture. Part of the difficulty of depression is that it is …

Burnout is the consequence of a broken way of work

It’s the time of the year where we can start to feel overly stressed by the demands of work, family, and community. But for some of us, the stress at …

The Quiet Crisis of Chronic Depression

Chronic depression, also known as dysthymia, is supposed to be a milder but longer lasting form of the illness than the more episodic and severe …

Depression