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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, January/February

A Family's Agony
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE CAPTURE OFTHE UNABOMBER, HIS BROTHERTELLSTHESTORYOFTHEIR COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP.TWENTY YEARS AGO this April, news broke that the FBI had apprehended the so-called Unabomber-a murderer who carried out a nationwide bombing campaign...
A Mind for Love
NEW RESEARCH REVEALS A HIDDEN TRAIT THAT CAN MAKE SOME PEOPLE MORE ATTRACTIVE, by Theresa DiDonatoLET'S SAY YOU'RE on a first date with someone, and in the getto-know-you conversational volley, the ball is in the other person's court. Are you completely...
Brave New Digs
AS THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE NUCLEAR FAMILY FADES, HOW WILL WE DEFINE "HOME"?THE MODERN HOME is a shapeshifter.Single mothers are sharing houses; committed spouses are living separately. Solo "tiny home" occupants reside in the backyards of friends or family....
Come Right In!
PLACES SELLING EASY AFFILIATION ARE ESPECIALLY USEFUL TO PEOPLE ON THE MOVE.HOME IS SUPPOSEDLY where the heart is, but the average American moves quite frequently-about 11 times in total, according to census data. All that migration appears to influence...
Edgy Sex
About a year ago, I had a sexual partner who was very rough in bed, and it was life-changing for me. Since then, other men have not done it for me. Is this indicative of something in my character? And should I try to repress my yearning for this type...
Feedback
From the GutI enjoyed "The 10-Second Take" (December). Gut instinct is often a good measure, although it seems to be stronger in children. Perhaps we grow out of our natural ability to accurately gauge first impressions? Thanks for a great read.MARIE...
Genius Lives Here
DO CITIES HOLD the secret to creative genius? In The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, former NPR correspondent Eric Weiner looks at cities throughout history to make sense of legendary...
Home, Sweet Office
WORKING FROM HOME doesn't mean your workspace should be an afterthought. "We have definitive evidence that there is a connection between space and innovation. Where you are affects the way you think," says psychologist Ron Friedman. Here's howto make...
How to Pick a President
WHAT WE WANT IN A LEADER AND WHAT WE NEED IN A LEADER MAY BE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.THE TOUGHESTJOBIN THE WORLD just got tougher. The United States president today faces increasing pressure and compounding complexity at every turn. Domestic policy demands...
Know Your Space
FAMILIAR PLACES sometimes seem like characters in our lives: We can treasure, miss, and devote time and energy to them as we would a friend or relative. In Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life, psychologist and neuroscientist COLIN...
My 20 Percent Husband
AFTER GETTING DIVORCED, A WOMAN DISCOVERS AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF HAPPINESS WITH HER FORMER SPOUSE, by Wandy ParisIT S SATURDAY NIGHT and I'm sitting on the couch, sipping wine from a champagne flute. I've just thrown myself a birthday party, and the...
My Brother, the Unabomber
DAVID KACZYNSKI ALWAYS SENSED THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING UNUSUAL ABOUT HIS BELOVED OLDER BROTHER. TED. THE TRUTH WAS FAR WORSE THAN HE COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED. BY DAVID KACZYNSKIIN THE LATE SUMMER of 1995, my wife, Linda, put her hand on my knee as she...
Odd Emotions
By coming to grips with unnamed feelings-from the need to connect deeply with someone we've just met to the desire to know how things will turn out-we can master our interior life.THE FEELING FIRST came over Carrie Aulenbacher after her grandmother died...
Seeing the Light on Vitamin
THE NUTRIENT IS ESSENTIAL FOR BRAIN FUNCTION, YET MOST AMERICANS DON'T GET ENOUGH. by Hara Estroff MaranoIT'S WINTER. DO you know what your vitamin D status is?If you're like most Americans, your level is suboptimal (under 30 nanograms/mL) if not frankly...
She Knows Why You Just Ate That
BEE WILSON HAS SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW WE LEARN TO EAT AND WHY IT GETS US INTO SO MUCH TROUBLE, by Gary DrevitchSOME BABIES WHOSE systems cannot tolerate formula derived from cow's milk or soy are given a more digestible hydrolysate alternative, which...
Solution Recovery 2016
OUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TOP FACILITIES FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT AND THERAPEUTIC CARELIFELINES. THAT'S THE BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGY TODAY IS IN. Every bit of the information we present in print and online is intended to rescue people from all manner of problems...
Some like It Flat
CERTAIN LOCALES MAY APPEAL TO YOUR OWN PERSONAL NATURE.FROM THE MOUNTAIN man of the West to the quiet monk of the East, the notion that hills and mountains attract solitary types exists in many cultures. But is there any truth to it? A new paper in the...
The Doors Are Always Open
WE GO TO stores to shop and restaurants to eat, but some commercial places mean more to us than the things we buy there. From your neighborhood bookstore to the corner pub, the most meaningful spots between work and home, also known as "third places,"...
The Dream Catchers
IN THE 1950s, AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO CREATE A PERMANENT DATABASE OF DREAMS PREDICTED OUR MODERN MANIA FOR ARCHIVING PERSONAL INFORMATION-AND ITS PITFALLS, by Gary DrevitchAT LEAST SINCE the Sumerians began chiseling records on tablets in cuneiform,...
There's No Place like It
THE DESIRE FOR ONE SPECIAL SPOT IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF WHO WE ARE.THINK ABOUT THE house, trailer, apartment, or patch of land you consider home. The specific sights, smells, and textures conjured by such thoughts vary widely across cultural and economic...
The Unbearable Oddness of Being
MAKING SENSE OFTHE NONSENSICAL, ONE WORD AND IMAGE AT ATIME.WHEN THE PHOTO of two brothers landed on my desk I was immediately struck by how sweet the 10-year-old schoolboy appeared: upturned eyes and tender smile at the ready, a parakeet on his slight...
Trivers' Pursuit
The Wild Life of a Badass BiologistTO CALL ROBERT TRIVERSan acclaimed biologist is an understatement akin to calling the late Richard Feynman a popular professor of physics. As a young man in the 1970s, Trivers gave biology a jolt, hatching idea after...
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