Jason Valendy

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The Club Where You Bare Your Soul to Strangers

An evening with the “authentic-relating” movement, playing games designed to build intimacy<p>It’s a Sunday evening in Austin, Texas, in a calm gray room the perfect size and shape for a circle of around 30 adults. It’s a fairly diverse group, though there are more men than women here. Most of the …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Intolerant Left

A conversation with the writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jeffrey Goldberg about self-righteousness among progressives, the appeal of Donald Trump, and the entitlement that comes with being white in America<p>The writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has firsthand experience with the …

Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report

In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own more …

Confident Men, Confidence Gap, Female Leadership Video

Confident, mediocre men are in every office and every industry. They’re not the most competent group of employees, yet somehow they keep rising up …

Malawi Vampire Crisis Out of Control As Vampire Hunters Kill People Based on Rumors

Mass hysteria has broken out in the small southeast African nation of Malawi, where rumors of real-life blood-sucking vampires have become so …

The stunning difference between Trump's reaction to the Las Vegas shooting and the NYC attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> On October 1, a man shot and killed 58 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas -- the largest mass murder in modern American history.<p>On October 3, President Donald Trump was asked about the impact of the shooting on current gun laws -- and possible future gun control measures. He said …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Jr.'s Hilariously Bad Tweet

So much revealed in one not-very-funny joke<p>Just before 7 p.m. on Halloween, Donald Trump Jr. posted a tweet of his daughter tilting her orange bucket of candy toward the camera, and staring up forlornly at the photographer. Appended to the darling photo was a lesson, or an attempt at a lesson, by …

Donald Trump

Why Can’t Christians Get Along, 500 Years After the Reformation?

Martin Luther left behind a rich legacy of protest and reform. But the global church still isn’t over the fractures he helped create.<p>Elizabeth Eaton is in a bit of a bind. Exactly 500 years ago on October 31, Martin Luther allegedly nailed his famous “95 Theses” to the door of a German church, …

Christianity

For Less Boring Conversations, Embrace Your Vulnerabilities

If you’ve ever felt like a completely dull person, take solace in this idea the School of Life presents: you’re not boring, you’re probably just …

Gender Study: Boys Think They Are Smarter, But Girls Work Harder And Perform Better

A recent article published in <i>Science</i> is causing an uproar in social and mass media, because it shows that certain forms of gender bias are observed in children as young as six years of age. The results are being widely interpreted as showing that girls are less confident about their intelligence …

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

“People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw. Our research suggests there’s truth behind this saying: bosses matter far more for employee job satisfaction than any other factor we measured. But what makes someone a great boss?<p>Studies of leaders often focus on their …

The Three-Word Question That's Changing What Charities Do With Their Resources

Humanitarian groups are reevaluating their work in light of how easy (and efficient) it is to just give cash to those who need help.<p>If there is no doubting the good that humanitarian groups have done in the last half century, there is also no doubting that they could have done much more. …

Humanitarianism

C.S. Lewis on Equality and Our Core Misconception About Democracy

“The tempter always works on some real weakness in our own system of values: offers food to some need which we have starved.”<p><i>“The notion of obligations comes before that of rights, which is subordinate and relative to the former,”</i> wrote the great French philosopher Simone Weil shortly before her …

C.S. Lewis

Here's Your Millennial Leadership Guide For Success

Boy, I wish I knew about these before I hit 30. Live and learn.<p>While this article may resemble yet another listicle to hack your way to leadership glory, quite frankly, it has a personal testimony attached. They are laser accounts of how I reinvented myself as a leader.<p>I'm not tooting my own horn. …

How to Refresh Your Brain in a Matter of Seconds When You're Stressed

Experiencing a massive brain shutdown? Try these 3 ways to restore your higher-level thinking.<p>Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once.<p>For example, let's say you're in a meeting with someone. You could be processing:<p>what happened in your last meeting with her;<br>• the concerns that …

Here's What Happened to 15 Key Players in Hamilton After the Duel

The death of former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton—murdered by Vice-President Aaron Burr in a duel on July 12, 1804—shocked a young nation and …

UN threatens to place Venice on endangered list unless Italy bans cruise ships

Venice will be placed on Unesco’s list of endangered heritage sites if Italy fails to ban giant cruise ships from the city’s lagoon by 2017, the United Nations has warned.<p>The world heritage committee has expressed “extreme concern” about the deteriorating state of the lagoon and approved a …

The Senate's Only Black Republican Opens Up About Being Mistreated by Cops

Citing recent killings by police, Tim Scott of South Carolina asked his colleagues to stop ignoring the struggles of those who face racial prejudice.<p>Tim Scott of South Carolina is the only black Republican in the United States Senate. This week, moved by police killings of Eric Garner, Walter …

Law Enforcement

Why Women (Sometimes) Don't Help Other Women

It’s not because they’re inherently harsher leaders than men, but because they often respond to sexism by trying to distance themselves from other women.<p>There are two dominant cultural ideas about the role women play in helping other women advance at work, and they are seemingly at odds: the …

Feminism

The Delicate Art of Growing Orchids Professionally

Rosalinda Luna talks about being a woman in agriculture and the challenges of nurturing a fickle plant.<p><i>Lea este artículo en español.</i><p>American agriculture looks very different than it did a century ago. Small and mid-sized farms are practically relics, eclipsed by large plots built for mass …

Siblings

How American Politics Went Insane

It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.<p><b>I</b>t’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at …

Political Science

Descendants of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are Friends

In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. They were bitter enemies, but that's not an …

Why You Should Skip the Pre-Rinse Before Loading Your Dishwasher

Most of us are in the habit of rinsing our dishes before stacking them in the dishwasher. Aside from saving time and water, there’s another reason to …

At one border park, separated immigrant families hug across a steel divide

SAN DIEGO — Gabriela Esparza has a standing date on most Saturdays to talk to her mother, on a schedule that never changes. She drives down Interstate 5 and turns off into a sprawling wildlife habitat bounded by the beach and Pacific Ocean and an 18-foot galvanized metal fence that stretches as far …

Behind the Birmingham Letter

One of the most historic pieces to ever appear in the pages of <i>The Atlantic</i> is MLK’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” published in our August 1963 issue. Dr. King had released it a few months earlier, on April 16—53 years ago today. The open letter was in response to a public statement from eight …

This Graphic Reveals 10 Cognitive Biases That Shape Our Thinking, With Examples

Critical thinking is an essential skill in our age of constant information (and misinformation), but our own subconscious biases don’t help matters …

No, Wait, Short Conversations Really Can Reduce Prejudice

A new study redeems a remarkably successful canvassing approach that was rocked by scientific fraud last year.<p>In early 2015, a team of 56 volunteers knocked on the doors of conservative voters in Miami, Florida to talk about transgender rights. Local officials had recently passed a law that …

Psychology

When Religious Groups Do What the Government Won't

Are faith-based programs for the poor a problem when there's no secular alternative?<p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Inmates in the Little Rock branch of Arkansas Community Correction Center have three options for how to spend their day. They can stay in the prison and do work duty, washing clothes and scrubbing …

Foster Care

How the Church Helps Black Men Flourish in America

The structure it provides, along with the values it instills, strengthens employment prospects, family life, and more.<p>From Barack Obama to Rand Paul, Ta-Nehisi Coates to Jason Riley: Across the ideological spectrum, scholars, pundits, and politicians seem to agree that black men are floundering. As …

Black Culture