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Are You a Feminist? Cont'd

Many readers are emailing about Sophie’s frustration that a growing number of female celebrities are shirking the “feminist” label:<p>I’m male, and I used to think feminism was outdated, since women already achieved the right to vote and work. As time passed I came to realize feminism is still …

Why the Best Mental Health Day Is a Vacation

<i>By Loes Daniels, Founder, HotelGift.com</i><p>It's easy to spot the deep tan that marks someone recently returned from vacation. But the most important and long-lasting effect of travel may be one of the least visible. Books like <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> and <i>Wild</i> have become international bestsellers by describing …

The state of our mental health system is one of the great scandals of our time

As Bootham Park Psychiatric Hospital is forced to close suddenly, Bryony Gordon wonders why Britain has such a Dickensian mental health system<p>If you are one of the 200,000 or so people who live in York, and you find yourself this week feeling suicidal, or on the verge of a breakdown, or suffering …

Mental Health

Trying To Change, Or Changing The Subject? How Feedback Gets Derailed

Pour yourself a cup of tea, turn your (right) ear toward your speakers and take a listen to the very first episode of the Hidden Brain podcast. We're talking a lot about feedback. First, we'll hear from author Sheila Heen about a common communication problem that pops up in many relationships.<p>Then, …

Social Sciences

How to get the 40 percent of food the US wastes to 50 million hungry Americans

Go to your local supermarket and look at the produce section. You’ll probably see some oranges, some organically-grown red delicious apples, some cucumbers; if you’re making the trek out to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, you might even see some star fruit or black sapotes.<p>But there’s one constant …

Experts are hailing this exotic fruit that tastes like pulled pork as a 'miracle' crop, which could save millions from starvation

On the outside, this giant fruit resembles something out of the Jurassic era and emits a sweet yet putrid stench.<p>But don't be fooled: The fruit, known as a jackfruit, is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation. And the unique fruit inside of it is just the …

Chimps Are No Chumps: Give Them An Oven, They'll Learn To Cook

If you give a chimp an oven, he or she will learn to cook.<p>That's what scientists concluded from a study that could help explain how and when early humans first began cooking their food.<p>"This suggests that as soon as fire was controlled, cooking could have ramped up," says Alexandra Rosati, an …

The Four Different Types Of Introverts According To Jungian Psychology

By Heidi Priebe,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1L1eREy<p>Earlier this year, an article in New York Magazine emerged, suggesting that there are four …

Inhabitants of forests in Bossou, south-eastern Guinea, enjoy rich, alcoholic brew fermented from sugary sap<p>The boozing starts from 7am. Though large amounts are often drunk, the sessions are orderly, even sociable. A skinful later, and always before nightfall, enough is enough and they rest.<p>They …

Alcohol

Can Reading Make You Happier?

Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of …

Literature

Lesbian, Kink, or ‘Female Friendly’: Girls Talk About the Kind of Porn They Watch

We asked eight of our regular female contributors whether women are more sensitive than men when it comes to wanking material.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE France.</i><p>Over the course of the last few years, there have been a ton of initiatives to make pornography more accessible to women. …

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 …

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

The Brain

25 Numbers That Show Police Killings Are A Bigger Problem Than We Ever Knew

Two comprehensive reports published since Saturday provide new information about police killings in the United States, filling a void left by the lack of a national standard for reporting the use of deadly force.<p>The Washington Post on Saturday published an analysis of 2015 fatal police shootings …

8 Conversations You Need To Have Before Marrying Again

Frank Sinatra once crooned that love is lovelier the second time around but Ol' Blue Eyes wasn't telling the whole story: when you remarry, love is also a whole lot more complicated.<p>The best way to stave off a second (or third) divorce is by addressing challenges as early as possible. Below, …

Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

Entrepreneur Petar Vujosevic was just a regular guy who saw a big problem with the way the hiring system works.<p>Typically, a hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate and resumes come flooding in. After doing some interviews, the manager has to make a gut decision: Who is the …

Employment

Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

Antidepressant drugs that work in hours instead of weeks could be on the market within three years, researchers say.<p>"We're getting closer and closer to having really, truly next-generation treatments that are better and quicker than existing ones," says Dr. Carlos Zarate, a researcher at the …

Depression

California's Drought Makes It Rain Big Bucks For Local Businesses

When people call up Leigh Jerrard, founder of Greywater Corps, they're greeted with a recorded message: "Note that we are overwhelmed with inquiries right now, so it may be a while before we get back to you. But have faith."<p>Jerrard's company helps homeowners with the complicated process of …

6 Important Credit Lessons Your Parents Didn't Teach You

It can be challenging to listen to the wisdom of the generations before us (we all have to make our own mistakes, right?), but there are some key credit lessons that are long overdue their time in the spotlight.<p>Here are six credit lessons we wish our parents had taught us.<p><b>1. Paying interest is</b> …

This is your brain on Whiteness: The invisible psychology of white American ignorance explained

The contrast in media narratives about Baltimore and Waco are undeniable—but many white Americans are blind to them<p>Earlier this week, outlaw motorcycle clubs engaged in a daylight gun battle in Waco, Texas. This combat involved hundreds of people. The mall where the riot occurred was left …

Our dogs can read our minds: The new neuroscience of animal brains and understanding

<b>(ANNA TITOVA via Shutterstock)</b><p>Understanding emotion in others is basic to survival, grounded in evolution. Animals have the skill just as we do<p>Michael C. Corbalis<p>May 23, 2015 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Wandering Mind: What The Brain Does When You’re Not Looking”<p>In the quest to identify what …

University of Chicago

What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?

They switched diets.<p>Twenty South Africans gave up their corn porridge and vegetable stews for burgers and fries.<p>And 20 Pittsburghians sacrificed fast food staples for the low-fat, high-fiber fare that South Africans traditionally eat.<p>Dr. Stephen O'Keefe, a professor of nutrition at the University …

A little, insightful comic about living with chronic depression and anxiety

The World Health Organization reports that more than 350 million people suffer from depression, and yet there is so much many of us don't understand …

Depression

3 Keys to Marriage Success: Intimacy, Passion and Commitment

There are many theories about what makes a marriage strong and which qualities allow a couples to grow and function well together.<p>I have always appreciated Dr. Robert Sternberg's concepts in the Triangular Theory of Love: intimacy, passion, and commitment.<p>I first read about it in <i>Psychology Today</i> …

We've Missed the Entire Point About GMO Food -- A Farmer Explains Why

When it comes to the subject of GMO (Genetically-Modified Organism) food, it's hard not to have an opinion. You might be skeptical or inquisitive, outraged or indifferent; perhaps more often than not, you feel a little of each. Still, there's growing consensus on the issue. A recent poll states …