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Six Celebrated Character Flaws

Ted Harro | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Ted Harro

It's easy to think that people are successful because of their character flaws rather than in spite of them. So we begin to celebrate those flaws and more sadly, emulate them. We hope that by acting like this guy, we can get rich, powerful, and famous like him.

Yes, Power Corrupts, But Power Also Reveals

Adam Grant | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Adam Grant

Perhaps gaining power doesn't cause people to act like takers. It simply creates the opportunity for people who think like takers to express themselves.

Women Who Will: Valerie Jarrett Announced as Wellesley College Commencement Speaker

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

The room bubbled over with sounds of seniors (seniors!) chatting and drinking champagne as we waited for the announcement of the night: the speaker at the 135th commencement exercises at Wellesley College sending forth the class of 2013 into the world.

The Heartache of a Television Serial Dater

Alena Dillon | Posted 04.28.2013 | TV
Alena Dillon

Last night, 24 and I concluded things once and for all. It probably should have ended at least a season earlier, when Jack started hanging out with guys like Freddie Prinze Jr., but it seems that all serious relationships never end as soon as they should.

How to Make a Bed

Steven Amsterdam | Posted 04.22.2013 | Books
Steven Amsterdam

A nursing degree may not be the straightest route to a book deal. It has, however, refined my field of vision. Reading people correctly is a crucial skill for working on a ward. For an author intent on building a character fact by fact, a tightened view of the physical world it is just as vital.

Two Tails on the Road to Redemption

Rob White | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

I thought about how crazy off-based I was about Joe. And then I began to wonder: How many other people had I misjudged because of my preconceptions based on their outward image and demeanor?

A Look at Hypocritical Characters in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

One big reason why people read fiction is to feel strong emotions -- joy, surprise, anger, etc. And when it comes to anger, few literary experiences make our blood boil more than observing the actions of hypocritical protagonists.

Character Matters

Domonique Foxworth | Posted 03.30.2013 | Sports
Domonique Foxworth

Trying to understand what drives some people to make astoundingly callous decisions continues to perplex and dishearten me, as an American citizen and as NFLPA President.

Beyond 'Grit:' Where the Character Conversation Is Going Wrong

Stephen Chiger | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Stephen Chiger

For kids, the secret to success is... experiencing success. If we try to tease out character education (or school safety) as being unconnected to a rigorous academic environment, we'll never be able to craft solutions that best serve our kids.

Lance Armstrong, MLK, America and the Rules of the Game

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

The stakes are higher now than most people realize because this latest fall from grace further deteriorates belief in the American Dream.

Little Lessons Along the Way: Building Character

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Michelle Threlfall

I have been thinking about what creates shady or untoward people, and how we can teach children different ways of being. In my reflections, I started to think about where I learned about character, and realized that it was through little lessons along the way.

What Lance and Mitt Forgot

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

That's what we humans do. We are like human thermometers measuring in our minds, a person's reputation and character. Whether it's a celebrity or a brand, a company or a CEO, we are continuously assessing the character of others.

A Side Project Wins an Emmy and Approval From George Lucas

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 01.16.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

While working at Vimeo, Casey Pugh used his flex time to create a full-length swede of Star Wars IV.

Why Is My Dialogue Stuck?

Alan Watt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Alan Watt

The surest way to kill the aliveness of our characters is by insisting that they always make sense. When we follow the labyrinth of most conversations, we discover one constant: people always want something.

Romney Supporter and YouTube Sensation Trisha Paytas Elaborates on Her Political Beliefs in Exclusive Interview

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

LA YouTuber Trisha Paytas has become something of an Internet sensation after she gave her official endorsement to presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a video this past week.

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Baby Names for Foreign Parents

Hulya Aksu | Posted 11.27.2012 | Parents
Hulya Aksu

My son is competitive, and he is certainly touchier than my daughter when it comes to criticism. He's identical to me. I wonder if the fight for his name is the source of his ambition. It certainly had something to do with mine.

Impulsiveness and Discipline: The Coattails Phenomenon

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.21.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

New studies offer evidence for a social self-regulatory process, by which we draw close to others to compensate for our flaws.

The Three Rs vs. the Three Cs -- or Is It the Five Cs?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

We all know the three Rs of Education are not cutting it anymore. It's not even a debate. The only question left to ponder is what to do about it.

How Children Succeed

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

What do you think? Do you and/or your children have what it takes to succeed?

Character and Cognition on Cornfield Creek

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Studies have documented the mind's deep, powerful, evolved attachment to nature, and shown convincingly that even brief exposure to nature can refuel us mentally -- focusing our attention and replenishing the cognitive resources needed for everyday challenges.

POLL: Ryan Addition Fails, Latino Voters Still Don't Trust Romney

The Huffington Post | Janell Ross | Posted 08.23.2012 | Latino Voices

While President Barack Obama’s persistently large Latino voter lead over Gov. Mitt Romney has become a campaign season theme, a new poll indicates t...

5 Characteristics That Can Distinguish Success From Failure

Eldon Taylor | Posted 10.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

What does it take to maximize your income potential at a time when the economy seems uncertain? What does it take to secure some cushion of comfort that promotes peace of mind? If you're like many people today, financial concerns top the list of worries.

Making Time Count

Greg Woodburn | Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

My experiences in Ghana taught me that I am my most authentic and joyous self when I am empowering others to run forward -- toward dreams, toward passions, toward fulfilling lives. Making others count makes time count.

Nora Ephron's Former Nannies Reflect On Her Life Lessons

Salon | Posted 07.13.2012 | Women

A lot has been written about Nora Ephron over the past week. She was a kind and generous person. All of this and more is true. The truly beautiful thi...