It’s been a bizarre year; more so in the USA than most other countries. Not only did America have the pandemic to tackle but also a Presidential Election campaign being fought in very trying circumstances, against a polarised backdrop. With the constant culture war that was being waged combined with how the pandemic was affecting the US population in 2020 compared to other countries, is it any wonder that the US media was offering a negative view of Covid-19 compared to science journals and the international media? It’s likely that the effects of the coronavirus were impossible to disentangle from management (or non-management) of attempts to control the spread of the virus. US news has been overly negative Source: Ono Kosuki/Pexels Why did this happen? David Leonhardt in The New York Times thinks it might be something about how journalists need to expose the truth, it’s a core part of their role in society. And perhaps in the impact and management of Covid-19 in … [Read more...] about Do Americans Prefer Bad News?
Psychopaths are callous, remorseless, and exploitative individuals. Psychopaths have a characteristic way of communicating. Consider Ted Bundy, a serial killer who could likely meet the criteria for psychopathy : If you watch his 1977 prison interview, available in part on YouTube , you may find something peculiar about how Bundy talks, expresses emotions, and gestures. The question I would like to address in this post is whether we can identify psychopaths by examining how they communicate. To answer this question, I will summarize the findings of a recent study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research , which reviews characteristics of psychopaths’ communication . 1 Psychopathy is sometimes confused with psychopathology (mental illness), psychosis (delusions and hallucinations ), and other similar-sounding words, so before discussing the present study, let me very briefly describe what psychopathy means. Who are … [Read more...] about You May Be Able to Identify a Psychopath by the Way They Talk
Source: fizkes/Adobe Stock More than 15 million Americans have an alcohol-use disorder , and overuse of alcohol leads to nearly 90,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A new systematic review by the Cochrane Collaboration takes a careful look at a decades-old treatment for alcohol abuse : Alcoholics Anonymous. The review includes 27 studies with nearly 11,000 participants in total. The studies looked at whether the traditional format of Alcoholics Anonymous led to longer periods of abstinence from alcohol use; some compared Alcoholics Anonymous to other types of therapy or group meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, was founded in 1935 on the idea that alcoholics could come together to support each other’s sobriety. Today, there are more than 2 million AA members across the globe. The program is based on 12 steps that include admitting that alcohol is a problem in your life, apologizing for your … [Read more...] about The Evidence on Alcoholics Anonymous
People give advice to each other all the time in all kinds of relationships. Whether it’s with your closest romantic partner, a family member, or a co-worker, it’s likely that advice-giving is a frequent aspect of your many interactions. “Should I wear this outfit today?”, your partner asks. You suggest something else you consider more attractive. Much to your surprise, your partner responds, “That’s okay, I’ll stick with my original choice.” Inwardly, you feel annoyed, but you decide to let it go as it’s not that important. But what if this is a regular pattern? What if your partner never listens to you, on matter small or large? Perhaps the person who ignores your advice isn’t as close to you as your romantic partner, but is an important individual in your life, nonetheless. You might have a relative who asks you for advice in planning a (socially distanced) family picnic. You spend several hours researching various potential sites, putting together a menu, and coming up with … [Read more...] about How do You Handle People Who Ignore Your Advice?
Note: This guest post is co-authored by Marianne Brandon and James Simon, with an epilogue by Glenn Geher. His wife had gone to bed early, so he locked the basement door to ensure privacy. He had planned this moment all day. Unlike his wife, who seemingly had lost interest in sex years ago, his lover was waiting downstairs, eager to please. Never critical or demanding, with such soft eyes and skin, sex had become such a pleasure. He had even come to love the way his lover pronounced his name. In spite of being a robot, she somehow managed to say it with such tenderness. . . Source: Panajiotis Pixabay We have become a massive, unintended sexual experiment. Our understanding of sex and gender is evolving at astonishing rates. Paradoxically, as powerful, exhilarating, and necessary as this process is for our collective future, we are simultaneously at a perilous moment for the future of intimacy and intimate relationships. Forcing sex into a politically … [Read more...] about Have We Reached the End of Sex?