Why We're So Full Of Ourselves: In Defense of Narcissistic Qualities

There's a huge difference between being a "narcissist" and being self-centered, although you wouldn't know it by how often it's used as an insult. Even so, being a little self-centered isn't just a good thing, it's necessary for our mental health. Sure, there's a line, but let's talk about where that line is, and how… » 11/05/14 3:28pm 11/05/14 3:28pm

Why Humiliation Is the Most Intense Human Emotion

Like anyone, I suppose, I take great pains to avoid humiliation. But as a fat person, humiliation is built into my everyday existence—just living in my body is coded as humiliating by the culture at large—so when I was younger, I always went out of my way to be more in control of my image than I needed to be. More… » 5/07/14 5:00pm 5/07/14 5:00pm

Old People Aren't Mad All the Time--They're Just Wrinkled

I never really thought about it before, but I guess "sad" and "angry" are emotions stereotypically applied to the elderly. Get off my lawn and all that. Dropping it into the ocean at the end. No, you can't have equal rights because the '50s. Et al. But a new study suggests that older people don't actually exhibit… » 5/29/13 2:50pm 5/29/13 2:50pm

Men Still Terrible at Detecting Subtle Emotional Cues From Women

NEW STUDY SAYS: Men aren't so great at guessing your emotions, but they can read dudes like they were separated at birth with the exact same ball sack. Is it because you're a master bluffer with dead eyes, or because they are biologically hard-wired to put bros before hos? It's both! It's neither! What it is is dumb. » 4/22/13 4:00pm 4/22/13 4:00pm

Is the Sensitivity Gene a Real Thing?

Some exciting new research has recently hit the scene suggesting that some human beings might be in possession of a special gene that makes them more sensitive than others. No, this does not mean that Jennifer Aniston was right when she said that Brad Pitt was missing a "sensitivity chip." It has nothing to do with… » 1/25/13 11:10am 1/25/13 11:10am

The World According to How Emotional Everyone Is

Ugh, El Salvador. Always on their period, right!?!? I can't tell you the number of times El Salvador has woken me up in the middle of the night because they just watched an ASPCA commercial and need to come over and eat some Ben & Jerry's. But then Russia—have you ever seen that dude upset? It's like, bro, sometimes… » 11/29/12 4:50pm 11/29/12 4:50pm

Man Develops Delightful Giggling Disorder After Surgery

Huug Bosse had hip surgery three years ago and hasn't been the same since. Specifically, he cannot stop laughing. He's annoying everyone around him, but he doesn't care — everything is amusing to him. Of his wife, who seems highly irritated by his new personality, he says laughingly, "She actually doesn't love me,… » 3/16/12 9:30am 3/16/12 9:30am

For Lasting Romance, Find Out Why She's Sad

It's no shock that showing empathy for your partner leads to a better relationship. What's a little more interesting, though, is that men and women seem to value different kinds of empathy: in a new study, women cared more about their partner understanding their negative emotions, whereas guys were more concerned with… » 3/06/12 10:20am 3/06/12 10:20am

Santorum Meant to Say It's Ladies' Weakness, Not Emotions, That Keeps…

Last week, Rick Santorum said he didn't think women should be allowed in combat because the "types of emotions that are involved." Well, he's since clarified his position, and it turns out he wasn't referring to women's out of control emotions but men's. You see, he's worried that male soldiers would get themselves in… » 2/13/12 11:00am 2/13/12 11:00am

It's Still Not Okay for Ladies to Get Angry

Every lady who has ever cried in the middle of an argument or been told to "calm down" after raising her voice knows that the best way to get other people to dismiss you as irrational is to get visibly upset. I'd say that the pervasive universal brush-off of female anger is fucking bullshit, but I don't want anyone to… » 1/27/12 6:30pm 1/27/12 6:30pm