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Entries by Maia Szalavitz from 02/2010

Liberals, Conservatives, Spanking and the NY Times

| Posted 02.15.2010 | Healthy Living

Nicholas Kristof had an interesting column about liberals, conservatives, and brain wiring. Unfortunately, he misunderstands the idea of "hard wiring," taking this to mean that liberals and conservatives are "born that way."

Addiction: Tough Love Or Tough Luck? Empathy Works Better

| Posted 02.17.2010 | Healthy Living

As a former heroin and cocaine addict, I was horrified by what I learned about treatment before I sought help: the idea was that addiction is cured by "tough love," by breaking people in order to fix them.

Empathy and the Economy

| Posted 02.21.2010 | Healthy Living

The countries with the least economic inequality have the highest reported happiness, the longest life expectancies, and the lowest rates of crime and infant mortality.