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It Used to Be Okay for Parents to Play Favorites

The idea that you’re supposed to treat your children equally is recent, and it’s still not the norm in much of the world.

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What People Actually Say Before They Die

Insights into the little-studied realm of last words

Charles Dunst

Cambodian Deportees Return to a 'Home' They've Never Known

America is deporting Cambodian refugees convicted of crimes. Did the U.S. have a responsibility to help them when they first arrived as refugees?

The Skeletons in Abusers’ Closets

In a series of emotionally charged group therapy sessions, convicted batterers reflect on the beliefs and attitudes that underlie their behavior.

How Individual Actions Affect Economic Inequality

Thinking micro about a problem that’s macro

A Northwestern Student Took Her Own Life. Is a Sorority to Blame?

The death of Jordan Hankins is an unusual case of potential campus hazing, but the fallout is following a familiar pattern.

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Dear Therapist: My Sister Is a Mess and I Don’t Know How to Help Her

My younger sister is constantly anxious whenever she comes to visit, and I want to help without completely draining myself.

The Fellowship of the Ring Finders

A website connects people who have misplaced their rings with metal detectorists who know where to look.

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How Divorces Work for the Super-Wealthy

Jeff Bezos is splitting up with his wife—which means they have an estimated $137 billion in assets to divvy up.

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Educated Americans Paved the Way for Divorce—Then Embraced Marriage

The countercultural revolution of the 1960s and ’70s didn’t get rid of the institution of marriage. It transformed it along class lines.

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The Personality Trait That Makes People Feel Comfortable Around You

People with positive “affective presence” are easy to be around and oil the gears of social interactions.

What American Men Do With Their Extra Half Hour of Daily Leisure Time

They’re using a lot of it to watch TV.

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Dear Therapist: My Co-workers Think I’m Rude, and I’m Not Sure How to Change

My supervisor isn’t allowed to give me more details for the sake of anonymity, and I don’t know how to change without changing my entire personality.

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Kids. Kids Who? Kids Tell Terrible Jokes.

Orange you glad someone wrote an article about this?

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Isn’t Really a Makeover Show

The organizational guru’s new Netflix series isn’t about judgment, decor, or the spectacle of mess. It’s about cultivating empathy for the things that surround us.

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American Immigrants and the Dilemma of ‘White-Sounding’ Names

First names can shape the way people are treated, and even their job prospects.

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Don’t Go Out on New Year’s Eve

It’s not worth it.

A man and a woman walk away from a cake and toward and an ambulance

Dear Therapist: My Mother-In-Law Didn’t Mean to Ruin My Wedding, but I’m Still Angry With Her

After a weekend of not speaking to me, she collapsed and cut my wedding night short, and I don’t know how to deal with the resentment I still feel.

Finding a Way Through an Unspeakable Loss

Maddy’s mother and I became friends right after our children were born. Now Maddy’s gone, and so is the world we lived in.