Queens of Chaos

Borderline personality disorder cuts a wide swath of destruction. Slowly, the condition is yielding to new understanding—provided patients get the correct diagnosis. It had been an idyllic day celebrating a cousin's wedding until Steve's wife turned to him during the reception and said she was having a panic attack. The loud music in the room seemed to be engulfing her, heightening her anxiety....

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Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep. Here's the Proof.

There is more to being physically attractive than just good looks. Many believe that people are born beautiful or handsome—that static qualities, such as a pretty face, nice hair, or a shapely body are inherited. You either have it or you don't. Our research, however, suggests there is another type of attractiveness—what we call dynamic physical attractiveness. What is dynamic attractiveness?...

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The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath

They hide among us, sometimes as the most successful people because they’re ruthless and superficially charming, with no regard for others. Sound like someone you know? Well, you do know at least one. Psychopath and sociopath are popular psychology terms to describe violent monsters born of our worst nightmares. Think Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs (1991), Norman Bates in Psycho (1960)...

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Your Field Guide to the Female Psychopath

Before I discuss the female psychopath, I will first address how to diagnose a psychopath—a subject of ongoing confusion. Once the distinction is clear, we can explore examples of how female psychopaths are similar to, and different from, their male counterparts. Two different terms, a similar problem The diagnosis "psychopath" is best made with the Psychopathy Checklist–Revised (PCL-R, 2003)...

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Can A Lack Of Love Be Deadly?

I taught myself about orphanages 12 years ago, not actually because of my work as a human biologist but because of my daughter. She was born in 2004 and her first 14 months of life were spent in an orphanage in China. I am well acquainted with the vast body of research that shows the physical and psychological harms of deprived environments. Orphanages can arguably be placed under this category...

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Your Brain Will Age Better If You Do This

Keeping a busy schedule may benefit the brain One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research. While scientists have previously recommended engaging in mentally challenging activities, a new study suggests that keeping a packed schedule may offer similar benefits. In a survey of over 300 people participating in the Dallas Lifespan...

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Quiz: Are You A Narcissist?

Take the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, developed by Robert Raskin and Howard Terry. Check the answer in each pair that comes closest to describing you. Don’t leave any pairs blank; try to complete the survey in just a few minutes. The highest possible score is 40, the lowest is 0. Click to take the test - http://time.com/3136687/narcissist-quiz/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook

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Exercise May Reduce the Risk of These 13 Cancers

Here's another reason to get active: Exercise may reduce the risk of 13 types of cancer, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed information from 1.4 million people in the United States and Europe; the subjects were in 12 different study groups and were followed for about 11 years. Participants were asked whether they did moderate or vigorous exercise in their free time, like walking, swimming or...

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