Psychology Today

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

A Family's Agony
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 over nearly two decades. He was a Harvard-educated recluse living in a oneroom cabin in the Montana...
A Mind for Love
LET'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 focused on what he or she is saying? Are you listening deeply and without judgment? Or does your...
Brave New Digs
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. Unrelated professionals split apartments long-term.As more people put...
Come Right In!
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 how people relate to the places where they land, University of Virginia...
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
THE TOUGHESTJOBIN THE WORLD just got tougher. The United States president today faces increasing pressure and compounding complexity at every turn. Domestic policy demands ever-expanding expertise on topics from the economy to airport security. Proliferating...
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
IT 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 guests have all left. My 7-year-old son, who was allowed to stay up late for the occasion, is sprawled across my...
My Brother, the Unabomber
IN THE LATE SUMMER of 1995, my wife, Linda, put her hand on my knee as she sat me down for a serious talk."David," she asked, "has it ever occurred to you, even as a remote possibility, that your brother might be the Unabomber?"At the time, the hunt...
Odd Emotions
THE FEELING FIRST came over Carrie Aulenbacher after her grandmother died in 2008. "I was old enough then to have an introspective moment about my own death," says Aulenbacher, 37, of Erie, Pennsylvania. "I thought about no longer having a body and no...
Seeing the Light on Vitamin
IT'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 deficient (under 20 ng/mL), and you don't get enough of the nutrient from food to meet current standards,...
She Knows Why You Just Ate That
SOME BABIES WHOSE systems cannot tolerate formula derived from cow's milk or soy are given a more digestible hydrolysate alternative, which happens to taste extraordinarily sour. Yet in a study involving two such formulas with slightly different tastes,...
Solution Recovery 2016
LIFELINES. 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 that preoccupy them or threaten to overwhelm their lives. And is there a better...
Some like It Flat
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 Journal of Research in Personality, which examines 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
AT LEAST SINCE the Sumerians began chiseling records on tablets in cuneiform, humans have been, to varying extents, entries in databases. Since long before then, we have sought ways to hold onto our most ephemeral personal data-our dreams-and to try...
There's No Place like It
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 lines. But the feelings that arise-comfort, longing, a sense of...
The Unbearable Oddness of Being
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 shoulder.On learning that the boy was Ted Kaczynski, who...
Trivers' Pursuit
TO 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 idea that illuminated how evolution...
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