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Alissa Fleck
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Alissa Fleck is a freelance journalist and comedian living in New York City. She is editor-in-chief of, THE FLEXIST. You can also follow her on Twitter @AlissaFleck, where she practices her comedy routine on unsuspecting neophytes.

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What Happens When We Take a Stance Just for the Sake of Taking a Stance?

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 8:50 AM

We Americans are awfully fond of taking a stance, aren't we?

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And we should be -- it's important to formulate opinions, to challenge belief systems, to fight complacency, and to open up an inclusive dialogue, whether or not we want to. No great...

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Inside the Dating Mind: Analyzing Who Pays These Days and Why

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:45 PM

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According to research presented in January of 2014, more than forty million people in the U.S. have tried online dating. Whether or not these hopeful singles found success online (only 10 percent of that number "quit" after three months),...

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I Don't Know Do You: 25 Year Old Poet, Roberto Montes, Discusses His First Book

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 2:52 PM

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These days it's an uphill battle getting your writing published, particularly if you're a poet in a society that harbors a growing, yet unexpected love affair with monster erotica.

Then, enter someone like Roberto Montes, a...

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Exploiting Familial Ideals for a Car

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:49 AM

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Is anyone else more than a little crushed when images of gooey, familial perfection splash dazzlingly across the screen to a backdrop of dramatic music swelling to an emotional climax, only to have this scene culminate in an advertisement for the latest, greatest...

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The Basic Economical Psychology of Love and Desirability

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 8:56 AM

Why is it the more we perceive someone as being prized or "in demand," romantically-speaking, the more we are drawn to them (lurking variables aside)?

OK, before dismissing this postulation as mere sweeping generalization, consider a few points. As much as we would like to believe mature, "healthy" relationships are...

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Small Talk Is Dead and That's Going to Cost Us

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:36 PM

It's over, gone, and our children are going to suffer for it.

In 2012, Sherry Turkle explained in the New York Times how we have now "sacrificed conversation for mere connection," through the use of email, text messages and social media. Turkle's judgment, while accurate, is not groundbreaking....

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One Woman's Nightmare, Another's Scrap of Hope?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Robin Temple was effectively "butchered" by the people she trusted most to help her.

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But her story begins long before that, back when she was serving in the Air Force in the '80s. Temple alleged she was raped...

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Relief and Safety for the Sufferers of Many Kinds of Pain

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:20 AM

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When Kathleen Hammett's third daughter was born, Hammett suffered a massive postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and hysterectomy. Her baby daughter was able to go home two weeks before Hammett, who was stuck in the ICU, clinging to life with excruciating internal bleeding.

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The Dark Side of Farmville: When Social Media and Mobile Gaming Go Too Far

(16) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Maybe you haven't thrown everything away yet. Maybe you're able to enjoy social media and mobile app games in moderation.

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Unfortunately, that's not what companies like Zynga and King -- companies that develop popular gaming applications for social media and smartphones...

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Don't Have a Job? Good Luck Finding Love Online

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:25 AM

Twenty-nine-year-old Maria from Brooklyn is no stranger to the popular dating site OkCupid, but since recently quitting her job, she has encountered an unpleasant phenomenon with which many are already all too familiar.

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First, a girl messaged Maria, an active user, and the...

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Social Media and the Unmasking of Psychiatric and Neurological Illness

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 3:54 PM

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A good friend of mine from college, we'll call her "L" is living a nightmare. Her 56-year-old mother was recently diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).

"FTD can manifest itself in a number of different ways," notes L, "but it is...

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Netflix Continues to Upend the Ways We Forge and Maintain Romantic Bonds

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 4:51 PM

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When evening comes and my significant other proposes we go out on the town, I'm like, "You want to get on a train? Can't we just... Netflix it?" Indeed, Netflix has rendered the "date night out" nearly antiquated.

Whether...

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