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The Science of Saying “I’m Sorry”

Substantial scientific evidence shows that forgiveness is good for psychological and physical health because it helps people move forward with their lives. With so much emphasis on forgiveness, it is easy to overlook the fundamental role of a sincere apology. “Say you are sorry,” mothers routinely tell mischievous toddlers, but learning how to say one [...]

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What Tech Gurus Do Better

Why is it that so many of the people who have provided us with technology are also the ones wisest about limiting its use? Many top Silicon Valley executives choose to send their children to decidedly low-tech schools that emphasize play-based learning and hands-on experiences. Instead of using iPads to teach fractions, they chop up [...]

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Advice from a Legend

When I was training to become a psychiatrist, a wise and experienced legend in the field gave me some advice: Don’t just focus on what the patient says during the session. Pay attention to the moments ‘in between.’ He was referring to the time before a session begins and after a session ends. For example, [...]

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A Blueprint for Falling in Love

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. Even Einstein thought of love as something that defies explanation. Psychologist Arthur Aron begs to differ. For the past 20 years he has been researching this question and has developed a technique that can make two strangers fall in love: A heterosexual man and woman enter [...]

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