Research Finds No Evidence that Only Children Are More Narcissistic, Even Though People Are Likely to Think They Are

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say something like this after someone has behaved selfishly:

“Oh, I bet they’re an only child.”

It’s actually pretty wild, how pervasive the belief is that people who don’t have any siblings are destined to grow up to be more selfish and even more narcissistic than those who have brothers and sisters.  » Read more

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Our Idea of a “Fair Price” Is Heavily Biased By Whether We’re Buyer or Seller

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Confession: I love yard sales. Always have, ever since I was a little kid. It was a great way to find things I needed when money was thin. Before the eBay or the Internet was a thing, you could get some real bargains and find interesting stuff.

And the prices were usually not only well below the price you’d find them in a shop now but also well below the price you’d find in a thrift store.  » Read more

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Declinism, or Why “The Good Old Days” Seem So Good When You’re Older

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As I’ve written many times, it can be kind of annoying sometimes, and humbling, but the truth is that the human brain is calibrated for speed, not accuracy.

It makes sense when you think of it from an evolutionary perspective. Snap decisions are crucial in survival settings. If you’re being chased by a predator,  » Read more

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Turns Out a Lot of Friends With Benefits Want the Connection to Turn Romantic

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Ah, the friends with benefits (FWB) relationship… Just invoking it can cause sharp reactions in people. The label has a rather storied history, one that can be quite divisive, with many people saying they’d never pursue one and other people saying it’s a form of connection they prefer.

Still others say that they don’t do friends with benefits and go on to describe a situation that sounds remarkably like a traditional FWB setup,  » Read more

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You’re Likely to Weight Your Introduction to Something Far More Than You Should

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It can be kind of annoying sometimes, and humbling, but the truth is that the human brain is calibrated for speed, not accuracy.

It makes sense when you think of it from an evolutionary perspective. Snap decisions are crucial in survival settings. If you’re being chased by a predator, it’s more important that you react quickly.  » Read more

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Exposure to Nature Can Be Soothing and Good for Healing

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I never really gave much thought to the fact that I grew up in the woods (in Maine, more specifically).

The other night, however, my partner was showing me their white noise app (Relaxio). It has a bunch of sliding bars in it that are marked with icons. There are a couple for rain (either how it sounds if you’re outside or how it sounds inside hitting the roof).  » Read more

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What Kind of Person Is More Likely to Use a Cell Phone Dangerously While Driving?

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I’m sure you’ve been there.

You’re driving down the highway, just trying to get where you’re trying to go. Staying in your own lane. Driving as safely as you can with both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road…

When you come upon someone that’s driving like they’re a zombie who stole a car.  » Read more

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