Male Serial Killers Are 'Hunters,' Female Serial Killers Are 'Gatherers'

A recent study from Penn State has put together a definitive profile of the average American female serial killer, combing through the 64 "FSKs" who committed their crimes in the US between 1821 and 2008. » 3/06/15 3:10pm 3/06/15 3:10pm

How to Talk About Race with Your Kids

It'd be wonderful if you could just say to children, "People might look different and come from different places, but we're all equal and should be treated the same" and leave it at that. But if recent news has taught us anything, it's that reality is not so simple, and we need to face the topics of race and racism… » 1/23/15 8:00am 1/23/15 8:00am

How to Get Rid of 'Mommy Guilt' (or Daddy Guilt) Once and For All

The moment your new baby comes into your arms, a whole new set of emotions rushes in—pride, joy, wonderment, fear, and, yes, guilt. Because everything you do or don't do as a guardian of this child is all your fault forevermore. » 1/15/15 10:00am 1/15/15 10:00am

If You Really Want to Change, Better Do It Before You're 30

The times they are a' changin', but, make no mistake: You aren't. Especially if you're over 30, because at that point you're too old and set in your ways to do anything transformative about your personality. Sorry. » 11/30/14 2:15pm 11/30/14 2:15pm

What One Man's Life With A Micropenis Reveals About The Human Condition

New York Magazine's Alexa Tsoulis-Reay spoke with a 51-year-old English teacher from the U.K. to learn about his life with a micropenis. His response says a lot about what it means to be human – whether one possesses a penis or not. » 11/08/14 9:37am 11/08/14 9:37am

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 8:00am 11/05/14 8:00am

Why It May Not Pay To Steal Someone Else's Partner

A surprising number of relationships are the product of "mate poaching", the ethically dubious practice of stealing someone else's partner. Though common, nearly nothing is known about the quality of the ensuing relationships. New research now suggests they suffer both in the short- and long-term. » 10/30/14 8:10am 10/30/14 8:10am

Here's How to Never Lose An Argument Again

Are you ready to win an argument every time? Whether you're debating world peace, civil rights issues or who should have taken out the garbage on Monday night because it was their turn and no one should have to remind them because we are adults, Mark, and we do not live like animals, there's now a better way to argue.… » 7/28/14 6:30pm 7/28/14 6:30pm

Next Pixar Film Will Take Place Inside the Mind of an 11-Year-Old Girl

Pixar brass have broken their silence (or, you know, just started talking now because they weren't entirely sure before) about the plot of the studio's forthcoming animated feature, due in theaters next summer. Inside Out will take place entirely inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, and it will tell the story of a… » 6/11/14 12:40pm 6/11/14 12:40pm

Why We Love Tear-Jerkers

People! We love being entertained and, furthermore, we love being entertained by sad-as-fuck movies. But is there a reason why we're so attracted to stories that make us cry our eyes out? You know, besides a basic blood lust and affection for our fellow humans' suffering? » 6/04/14 1:20pm 6/04/14 1:20pm

Why is dependency seen as a problem?

If there is any type of construct that is quintessentially part of the dominant American culture, it is the concept of independence. The idea of independence has led us down some questionable paths as a country. You should look no further than how our national dialogue is focused more on "dependency on welfare" than… » 5/18/14 4:08pm 5/18/14 4:08pm

​Here's Why You're Wearing More Makeup Than Everyone Thinks You Need To

When you leave home ready to face the public having spent five minutes or 50, you have artfully negotiated a far more complex arrangement than can be summed up in a study about how much makeup is the most attractive according to men, women, pets, postal workers, goldfish, or Bangor University students. Nonetheless,… » 4/29/14 12:00pm 4/29/14 12:00pm

Stop Pretending You Enjoy Bad Sex

A newly published study on people's perceptions of sexual satisfaction in committed, heterosexual relationships reveals that men and women are both surprisingly good at estimating their partners' contentment (or lack thereof) with their sex life. » 3/13/14 12:00pm 3/13/14 12:00pm

How I Learned to Stop Being So Jealous and Finally Get on with My Life

Jealousy and envy are two of the most common—yet negative and useless—emotions many of us have. For a long time, I let both of these destructive feelings overwhelm and poison me. Here's how I finally gained control over them. » 2/25/14 4:00am 2/25/14 4:00am

Why Hipsters Are All the Same

Are you sick of so many bearded, flannel-shirted, thick-rimmed-eyeglass wearers slowing down the lines in your coffee shop before they crowd up your sidewalk as they scoot their way to their artisan butchery class? Are you tired of that quirkily homogeneous mass of humanity? We'll tell you why it exists. » 2/23/14 12:00pm 2/23/14 12:00pm

You are suffering from womb envy

Growing up in the modern world it's impossible not to have knowledge of the famous Freudian concept of penis envy. Less well-known is the concept of womb envy, and even less well-known than that is the woman who came up with it. » 2/18/14 1:40pm 2/18/14 1:40pm

My Vagina Smells Like Shame

I had a friend in university who grew a moustache because he liked going down on women and retaining their scent the day after in the hairs beneath his nostrils… I used to see him in my quantitative methods class stroking his moustache upwards and winking at me. He gloried in the smell of pussy. But when I was growing… » 1/29/14 2:30pm 1/29/14 2:30pm

Why You Make Bad Decisions When You're Attracted to Someone

Dating new people is fun and exciting. It's also likely to cause even the most rational, level-headed people to make really dumb decisions. Don't worry, though. Your brain is supposed to do that. Sort of. » 1/14/14 8:00am 1/14/14 8:00am

The Science Behind Why Breakups Suck (and What You Can Do About It)

Love feels like the greatest thing in the world... until it ends. When it does, we stop functioning at our full capacity. We lose motivation, find challenges insurmountable, and sometimes feel like we won’t love again. Fortunately, several studies have uncovered the root of why breakups just plain suck—and what you… » 11/11/13 8:00am 11/11/13 8:00am