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I Didn't Expect to Find Pornography in My 9-Year-Old's Web History

A father-son talk in the Internet age<p>This was the conversation I was dreading—the one probably every father dreads—and it was happening much earlier than I’d expected. I’d been steeling myself all day for it; I knew neither of us was ready. Watching my boy bound out the doors of his school, all …

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'I Feel Fat': The Real Story Behind Body Image Research

<i>I feel fat.</i> It's the absolute worst thought to have while getting ready. That, or possibly, <i>I hate my muffin top!</i><p>Isn't it amazing how many vocabulary words have been created to describe undesirable areas of fat on a person's body? Muffin top, bat wings, love handles, fupa, cankles...<p>Yesterday, I was …

Body Image Issues Are Not Just For Women

Body image issues are prevalent within our perfection-focused society. We are told to conform to impossible beauty standards, to fit a certain body shape and that if we don't look a certain way, we aren't beautiful. We have diet fads and crazes thrust upon us to try and encourage us to get that …

Yes, Men Struggle With Body Image Issues, Too: Here's My Story

<i>By Chris Tognotti</i><p>I can remember the first time I ever consciously ate something when I wasn't really hungry. I was young, maybe about six. In those days, I'd occasionally be babysat by my grandmother, who lived up to at least one stereotypical Italian trope -- she was always pushing food on me.<p>I …

Body image isn't just a 'girl thing': Boys suffer too

Obsessing about weight, worrying about physical flaws, or just aspiring to take a perfect selfie isn't just a "girl thing." Negativity about our body image has no gender boundaries and, increasingly, research shows it’s an issue for boys, too.<p>One mom shares the story of her 12-year-old son who …

We Need to Set Lower Standards for Positive Body Image

You read that right -- lower standards. None of this unrealistic (and unhealthy) thigh gap, artificial, Dorito-colored tan and breasts filled with silicone crap. It's time to lower the bar to an attainable height.<p>This isn't coming from a professional. This is coming from me, an average sized …

'Too Skinny': Teen Boys' Body Image Linked With Depression, Steroid Use, Study Finds

Teen boys who view themselves as "too skinny" when they are actually a healthy weight may face a higher risk of depression in adolescence and later in life, while boys who feel like they are underweight compared with their peers have a higher risk of steroid use, according to two new studies …

Men Who Work on Themselves Are Sexy

I'm a feminist who loves men. Not only do I appreciate the beauty of the male physique and the intoxicating power of masculine energy--I value the ways in which men process emotions, relationships, and life differently than women.<p>I've had the deep honor and privilege of counseling hundreds of men …

About Love

I was in a class once during my senior year in college, and the professor asked the class, "How long do you think people stay in love for?" We went around the classroom with an estimate and it was very disconcerting to me that nearly everyone put it in the six months - one year range. <i>What?</i> Didn't …

Nearsightedness and the Indoor Life

Why did myopia increase by 66 percent between the early 1970s and the early 2000s?<p>Not too long ago, kids with glasses were the odd ones out, favorite targets of school bullies. But glasses-wearing students are increasingly becoming the norm, with as many as one in four children needing corrective …

Our Moods, Our Foods

The messy relationship between how we feel and what we eat<p>Eating a meal, any meal, reliably makes an animal, any animal, calmer and more lethargic. This means humans, too. Hunger makes animals alert and irritable, which explains why couples always fight about where to eat dinner. This emotional …

The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates

A course at Northwestern University teaches students about what makes a healthy relationship.<p>Research shows that practically every dimension of life happiness is influenced by the quality of one’s marriage, while divorce is the second most stressful life event one can ever experience.<p>Yet nearly …

Where Does Wisdom Come From?

What, exactly, is wisdom, and where does it come from? As to the first question, I would argue this: wisdom is a belief that's not only true but that …

Consciousness

The Healthy Tea You Haven’t Heard Of

You'll love this tasty, good-for-you concoction<p>Step aside, green tea—there’s another herbal drink that’s getting major hype lately. <i>Kombucha!: The Amazing Probiotic Tea that Cleanses, Heals, Energizes, and Detoxifies</i> hits shelves tomorrow. Haven’t heard of the drink? Kombucha is a bubbly fermented …

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Grains of Truth

To the best of my knowledge, the ardent vegans have not yet marched off, lances burnished in the morning light, on a holy crusade against the New-Age anti-grain crowd. To my knowledge, the wheat detractors have not yet declared jihad against those meat detractors. And thank goodness, the most …