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3 Reasons You Don't Want a Red Ferrari

Barb Abramson | Posted 05.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barb Abramson

Have you heard about the guy that wanted a red Ferrari? Story goes, it represented a symbol of success, of working hard and finally making it in the...

'Fifty Shades of Grey' -- From the Personal to the Political

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Jane Simon, M.D.

To turn to the real world, it is not uncommon to find households in which one parent dominates another. The power play in turn impacts the children.

Tips to Make Healthier Food Choices

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Anita Mirchandani

With 90 percent of U.S adults owning and using smartphones, the rise of health and fitness apps has made it easier for us to access relevant information to make smart decisions. The following apps will provide you the education you need to make healthier choices.

The High Costs of Status Seeking

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

What is the psychosocial link between income gaps and societal dysfunction?

Why 'What Do You Do?' Is A Question We Should Stop Asking

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living

If the sentence "your professional position has become the central verdict on your character" sounds familiar, you probably suffer from something call...

Being Busy as a Status Symbol: Why American Culture Values a Lack of Leisure Time and What We Can Do About it

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

This 'busy-means-high-status effect' is not just a recent development driven by mounting pressures due to rising individualism, technology and connectivity.

The ABC's of Success

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 06.15.2014 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

The road to success doesn't come with explicit directions. While each individual may take incredibly different paths, there are some commonalities that all will share.

The Secret to Authentic Success

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 06.03.2014 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

Obtaining authentic success requires an ongoing honest assessment of your current state of affairs. Consider the spouse who won't leave a terrible marriage for the sake of keeping the family together or the person who holds onto a job she despises.

Evolution and Inequality

Baba Brinkman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Science
Baba Brinkman

Recently I engaged in a dialogue with a family friend who is a creationist of the "your faith in science is no different from my faith in God" variety, and part of our disagreement came around to the question of whether the world is getting better or worse for people.

Women at Work: The Language of War and the Invisible Codes of Honor

O'Brien Browne | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

If a businesswoman doesn't command this language, men think she doesn't "get it." If she does, people say she's not a "real" woman. To make matters even more complicated, what men say and how they strut, huff and puff may have very little to do with how they act in reality, away from the battlefield.

The Catch-22 Underlying Millennials' Lack of Trust

David DeSteno | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
David DeSteno

What do SES disparities have to do with trusting? Quite a lot, according to the work of Berkeley psychologists Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner.

Why Girls Get Called Bossy, and How to Avoid It

Adam Grant | Posted 05.17.2014 | Women
Adam Grant

If we want girls to receive positive reinforcement for early acts of leadership, let's discourage bossy behavior along with banning bossy labels. That means teaching girls to engage in behaviors that earn admiration before they assert their authority.

Stop! Don't Buy That! Be Happy!

Nancy Deville | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

Conspicuous consumption is kind of a fun concept. We've all done it. Clothing. Cars. Jewelry. Homes. Does buying more things make you happier? Actuall...

Coping With Contagious Affluenza: Mindful Consumption

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Do we really need all this stuff? Why are we eating so much? Why can't we focus on what's happening right now? The symptoms and effects of affluenza are plentiful, but there is good news -- relief is possible, and it can be put into action right away.

How Many Types of Law School Are There?

Jay Conison | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Jay Conison

Accredited law schools today are guided by a standard model. This model is not required by the accreditation standards. Rather, it is an unwritten set of characteristics widely viewed as the ideal for legal education.

Narcissists and Children of Narcissists: Yes, It Is Getting Worse!

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

I believe people have much to teach us and that we truly are equals. I was raised to believe that people, given the chance, can make something of themselves. But I do not value someone being wealthy or having stuff or having power as being successful.

Sizes of Food Orders Are Affected by the Need for Status

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

An interesting recent study suggests that the size of a portion that someone orders can be influenced by their need to enhance their status.

Five Ways Our Need To Fit In Controls Us

Michael Taft | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

As a society, we Westerners exalt individualism and self-reliance, and yet our biology moves us in other directions. Humans evolved as social animals, and we posses a number of behaviors that motivate us towards group conformity.

Will Pay for Status

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

In the U.S., the outward markings of success are for sale. The value of these status symbols is particularly high for people when they are feeling that they are being discriminated against.

8 Signs She's Not A True Friend

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 03.10.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Not every social climber exhibits the same exact behaviors, but here are some telltale signs (crowd sourced by other posters and doctored by me) that can save us all some heartache.

The Relationship Between Power And Infidelity

Sam Sommers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

What if the presumed sex difference in infidelity isn't as set-in-stone as we assume it is? What if power does predict unfaithfulness, but no more so for men than women?

Has Coddling an Entire Generation of Children Set Them Up for Failure?

David Rock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Rock

It may be that we have failed a whole generation of children by telling them how special and great they are, and coddling them from doing anything too difficult (or dangerous).

Illegal, But Not Alien

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Juan has the intelligence, dedication, skills, commitment, and caring needed. What he doesn't have is a green card.

Not A Problem, A Pribble

Sally Kohn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sally Kohn

Some problems, a friend recently suggested, are not in fact problems at all. They are pribbles -- problems of a privileged existence.

Visitors From The Planet Money

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lita Smith-Mines

The on-going exchange [...] was about the newest styles of certain designer handbags, and how the changes rendered last year's bags suitable for nothing more than make-up totes and packing accessories.