Megan Feil

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Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

Unsuccessful people focus on “The Gap.” Here’s what successful people focus on

“The way to measure your progress is backward against where you started, not against your ideal.” — Dan Sullivan, THE GAIN AND THE GAP<p>Key concepts to …

Happiness

An extremely clear definition of emotional labor for anyone who still doesn’t get it

Some months ago, I got coffee with an extremely successful, wealthy, white man. It was an unlikely pairing: He, a multimillionaire media mogul, invited me, a broke 24-year-old who spends much of her time criticizing rich, white men, to educate him about sexism at work.<p>To my surprise, our discussion …

Siblings

Japan’s biggest bestseller is a philosophy book on “The Courage to be Disliked”

When I visited Japan last November, I asked a few people whether everyone was as obsessed with Marie Kondo, the Japanese guru who inspires millions with her treatise on the magic of tidying up, as Americans were. Sure, they said. They knew about Kondo. But the real phenomenon, they told me, was a …

Psychology

Survey: The secret to a successful life is apparently tied to your mouth

If you want to become successful, break out your dental floss. According to a new Porch survey of over 1,000 people, the most successful people were …

'Agencies should think like consultancies': Colenso taps former Accenture exec to lead transformation

The former digital strategy lead for Accenture in the ASEAN region has left the consultancy world to return to the agency world to promote …

Innovation

The Future of Psychedelics, As Explained by Michael Pollan

Trying to figure out what to put in our bodies to make them healthier is a full-fledged American pastime, which is why writer and journalist Michael …

Common Sense

The One Odd Trait Most Successful People Have That Is Often Confused For A Weakness

Pain moves us. Comfort keeps us still.<p>This is why people color their hair or move to Costa Rica right after a breakup. It’s why people find the courage to start their own businesses only after they’ve been let go or burned by their old job. It is also why people find it so hard to initiate change …

Self-improvement

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

SANE: #LetMeTalk by Iris | Creative Works | The Drum

SANE, a leading mental health charity, is launching a national advertising campaign to encourage those struggling with depression to find their voice …

Mental Health

How to Plan a Vacation That Will Actually Leave You Relaxed, According to an Expert

Do you ever just want to get away from all the stress and sit on a beach all day? You may want to rethink that.<p>According to Xinran Lehto, wellness …

Dear Therapist: My Adult Daughter Thinks I Was an Awful Parent

She’s 32, and she blames me for her unhappiness.<p>Editor's Note: Every Wednesday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at dear.therapist@theatlantic.com.<p><b>Dear Therapist,</b><p>My 32-year-old daughter has developed the idea that I am …

Mental Health

Mental noise is hurting us: Why silence is the think tank of the soul

Upon meeting a Zen master at a social event, a psychiatrist decided to ask him a question that had been on his mind for a long time.<p>“Exactly how do …

To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your Resilience

Wherever you live or work, stress is on the rise. According to the International Labour Organization, workers in developed and developing countries are facing increasing strain at work. The onslaught of mounting stressors include global challenges, such as climate change, terrorism, and political …

Letters: Should Code-Switching Be Taught in Schools?

Readers respond to a profile of one professor’s quest to change the way we teach young speakers of African-American English.<p>The Code-Switcher<p><i>Updated on April 30, 2018</i><p><i>In</i> The Atlantic<i>’s</i> <i>April issue</i><i>, William Brennan wrote about Julie Washington, a speech pathologist who believes that helping kids</i> …

Linguistics

The discovery of genes that are linked to the crippling condition throws up exciting new possibilities for its successful treatment<p>Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The …

Genetics

Want to Make a Great First Impression? Try the 1 Thing People Like As Much as Food, Money (and Even Sex)

Best of all, this technique for making a great first impression works even if -- especially if -- you're shy and introverted.<p>I couldn't help but overhear what she said about me to her friend as they walked away.<p>"He and I just had the <i>best</i> chat," she said. "What a wonderful conversation."<p>I smiled to …

The Brain

Everyone In My Office Is 30 Years Younger Than Me

As SYPartners’ senior adviser and entrepreneur-in-residence, Sherri Leopard, 62, is often the oldest person in the room, and she explains why that’s a plus.<p>Sherri Leopard has experienced being unique many times in her career. During her early professional life as a marketing consultant in …

The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours. But we don’t all recognise these colours in the same way.<p>Some people can’t see differences …

When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

Four years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich, 76, reached the realisation that she was old enough to die. Not that the author, journalist and political activist was sick; she just didn’t want to spoil the time she had left undergoing myriad preventive medical tests or restricting her diet in pursuit of a …

Breast Cancer

Here’s how to use Airtable, the user-friendly spreadsheet app that’s taking Silicon Valley by storm

Everyone in Silicon Valley seems to be talking about Airtable, a user-friendly spreadsheet app that makes it super easy to build custom applications — no coding experience required.<p>Airtable has achieved something of a cult following, especially among developers. Tesla uses Airtable to track …

This Common Word Makes You Sound More Negative Than You Want To

This tiny word is nearly unavoidable but frequently overused. Everything that follows it tends to make you sound like a downer.<p>The language you use shapes others’ impressions of you, but there’s a chance that some of your most common words don’t put you in the best light. In fact, I’ve already …

Self-help

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.<p>“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote.<p><i>To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone</i> …

Social Media

Chef David Chang Talks Netflix’s ‘Ugly Delicious’ and Why Food Is ‘One of the Last Bastions’ of Racism

The man behind Momofuku takes The Daily Beast inside his brand new L.A. restaurant and his return to TV in the new Netflix series ‘Ugly …

Taco Bell

Why is China creating utopian “art cities” in its former wastelands?

The Chinese mega-city Shenzhen normally conjures images of wide streets, tall buildings, booming factory production, record-breaking construction speed, money, pollution, and materialism. But on the eastern edge of the city, 15,000 Chinese people—many of them artists—don loose linen and cotton …

St. Vincent On World Cafe

<b>Toggle more options</b><p>The night before St. Vincent came in to <i>World Cafe</i>, she played a show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. And when I say she played a show, she <i>really</i> played a show.<p>Up on stage, St. Vincent looked like she should be on the cover of <i>Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition</i> meets</i> …

The world’s biggest mental health and arts festival features more than 60 events, ranging from relaxing art installations to Awkward Conversations<p>Anxiety can come in many forms: from feeling nervous about giving a presentation, to not wanting to leave the house. But can an arts festival provide …

Mental Health

Brené Brown: America’s Crisis Of Disconnection Runs Deeper Than Politics

Our national self-sorting into liberal and conservative enclaves is tracking with rising rates of loneliness. Why, and at what cost?<p>For 20 years, I’ve taught at the University of Houston, the most racially and ethnically diverse research university in the United States. I recently asked my class of …

Here’s Why This New Top-Rated App Is Causing Major Controversy

For years, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat have reigned supreme as our beloved apps of choice, allowing millions of users to share their lives with the world on a daily basis. Now, however, there’s a new app reportedly taking over, and it’s one you may never have heard of.<p>Say hello to …

Social Media