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Pressure to Succeed

Once Upon a Time

Vicki Abeles | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

The more-is-better, bigger-is-better mentality begins to inform every decision, leaving students with full schedules and sleep deprivation in the name of "achievement" and "results."

Phony Impostors or Merely the Burden of Great Potential?

Dr. Valerie Young | Posted 02.09.2013 | Women
Dr. Valerie Young

If you don't think you can live up to other people's expectations then it makes sense you'd try to protect yourself by minimizing expectations. So you decide that it's better to play small than to risk humiliation. Plus, you get extra points for being modest -- especially if you're female.

Parental Pressure: The Fine Line between Caring... and Caring Too Much

Juliette Fay | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Juliette Fay

You often hear successful people saying "my parents pushed me to achieve." I wonder if there are more adults saying that to auditoriums full of admirers... or to therapists.

Mad Men Through the Boomer Lens: Lane Pryce Stars in a '60s Version of 'Leaving Las Vegas'

Steven C. Eisner | Posted 08.04.2012 | Fifty
Steven C. Eisner

This week, the show's writers provided us with a far deeper understanding of the dangerous pitfalls that await those who dare to compete in advertising's "big leagues."

A Kick in the Career: Back To School or Back to Boot Camp?

Thomas Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Stern

Here in Southern California, whence this column originates, kindergarten naps are a thing of the past.