My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK

The fourth time a Poughkeepsie police officer told me that my Vassar College Faculty ID could make everything OK was three years ago. I was driving down Wilbur Avenue. When the white police officer, whose head was way too small for his neck, asked if my truck was stolen, I laughed, said no, and shamefully showed him… » 11/29/14 1:56pm 11/29/14 1:56pm

Forget Tiger Mom. Success Is About Skechers and the Ethnic Food Aisle.

We the American people can finally rejoice. As you may have heard, Amy Chua (aka Tiger Mom)'s new book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America is officially available. Finally, the lowly unsuccessful (by cultural upbringing) people can finally unlock the… » 2/10/14 5:15pm 2/10/14 5:15pm

The Perfume-Spraying Robot That Tells You How Popular You Are Online

With our various electronic devices always pinging and beeping to notify us of various developments in the world, be it a "liked" Facebook status or a breaking news alert, you wouldn't think we'd need MORE ways to gauge how well-received we were online. And yet, apparently we do. That's why Benjamin Redford invented a… » 5/15/12 5:15pm 5/15/12 5:15pm

Let Google’s Marissa Mayer Learn You Some Trite Business and Life…

No big deal or anything, but Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Google's Local, Maps, and Location services, fielded 14 job offers when she graduated Stanford in 1999 before accepting an offer from Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to become the company's first female engineer and only its 20th employee. So, if… » 3/31/12 12:00pm 3/31/12 12:00pm

Teaching Kids That Failure Is Okay Will Make Them Fail Less

Today in research that is not that surprising but still kind of heartwarming: telling kids it's okay to make mistakes will help them do better in school. » 3/12/12 7:10pm 3/12/12 7:10pm

Finally, a Reason to Stop Trying So Hard at Life

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and have a conversation in hushed tones with yourself about whether driving so hard to be a success in your professional life is really worth it? Well, here's some good news for you: It's not! A new study has found that ambitious people don't necessarily come out on top.… » 3/06/12 6:30pm 3/06/12 6:30pm

Are New Year's Weight Loss Resolutions Keeping Women Down?

It doesn't take a PhD in How Shit Works Studies to understand that the notion that any of us can really "have it all" is absurd. The perfect family, the perfect career, the perfect sex life, and the perfect body are all such demanding mistresses that unless we prioritize and choose one or two, we end up with none of… » 1/24/12 6:30pm 1/24/12 6:30pm

The Terrible Curse Of "Most Likely To Succeed"

It's no longer enough for kids to work their asses off in high school so they can win the increasingly cutthroat race for the best colleges. Now there's something else to consider: the "Most Likely To Succeed" Curse. » 5/11/11 12:25pm 5/11/11 12:25pm

The Illustrious Career Of A Crap Psychologist

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa has made it his mission to oppose feminism, which he defines as "the radical notion that women are men." His latest column — on why all women are essentially prostitutes — inspired us to take a look back at his mansplaining oeuvre. » 3/28/11 6:00pm 3/28/11 6:00pm

Women Say They're More Successful Than Their Boyfriends — And Everyone…

According to a poll, 49% of (straight) women feel they're more successful than their significant others. But doesn't this mean they are destined for a life of cheating and misery? That is, after all, "how the world works!" » 2/11/11 10:00am 2/11/11 10:00am

Ballad Of The Female "Self Promoter"

There's a part in Tiny Furniture where one confused young daughter of success tells another, "Our moms are assholes. [They're] too successful not to be." I thought of that while reading a recent profile of new New York City schools chancellor Cathie Black, who until recently was the chairwoman of Hearst magazines. … » 2/07/11 3:30pm 2/07/11 3:30pm

Is George Clooney Dating Down?

Now that George Clooney is reportedly dating Italian model/TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis (above, the couple in Milan today), we wonder why he's established a pattern of dating women much less professionally successful than himself. Let's take a tour. » 7/28/09 5:00pm 7/28/09 5:00pm

Does Being A Successful Woman Mean Staying Single?

The thing about the Madonna divorce is this: If you're Madonna, who can » 10/16/08 4:40pm 10/16/08 4:40pm you live happily ever after with? Who doesn't make you feel, "Been there, done that"? Can she even married? Her whole life has been built on reinvention. And maybe this problem is unique to Madonna. Marriage is not enough for her, and she's tried