The Whole Foods Cake Case: Why Do People Fake Victimhood?

What would motivate a person to create a hoax and claim victimhood, like what's assumed in the Whole Foods cake case? Several factors are likely at play.

9 Mental Habits That Will Make You Bitter

Few actively choose to become bitter, hardened people. But in the face of pain, it can sometimes feel hard to prevent. Here are some tricks to help you stay open to life.

6 Red Flags for Any Intimate Relationship

Emotional intimacy is crucial to a loving and lasting relationship. Here are some signs it is suffering, and a resource to try to get it back.

7 Steps to Breaking Free of a Controlling Partner

Here's how to figure out what to do when you discover your partner meets the criteria.

Do This One Thing for Increased Happiness in the New Year

Not the resolution type? Overwhelmed by lists of things to accomplish? Try one simple thing in the new year that is bound to make a measurable difference in your daily mindset.

6 Ways to Squash Kids' Materialism This Holiday

Too often, the grab for gifts brings out an ugly underbelly of the holidays. Do you want your family's focus to be more on relationships instead of stuff? Read on.

6 Tips for Avoiding Family Drama

The holidays are upon us—and every year, family tensions can cause more indigestion than that lumpy gravy. Here are six concrete steps to take in preparation for holiday drama, to help you banish stress and increase your enjoyment of the day.

7 Ways to Make Your Most Difficult Conversations Easier

The need to talk about something difficult can fill us with anxiety, whether at work or in our romantic, family, or friend relationships. Often we enter these conversations without being mindful of how to make them go the best they possibly can-- and we can make things far worse if we're not prepared. Here are important factors to consider when planning the interaction.

Why Do We Make Fun of Men Who Hang Out Together?

We're always taking little jabs at men's friendships. But over the course of their lives, there are few things more important to their health.

5 Questions Better Than "How Was Your Day?"

Kids worldwide are back at school-- and parents are eager to hear how it's going. If your child seems to stall out at "Fine" when asked how his or her day went, these five questions can set the stage for a more interesting discussion.

The Truth Behind Your Rainbow Profile Picture

In a spontaneous and beautiful display of support, many people rainbow-tinted their profile pics to celebrate marriage equality. What many did not know was how much cold, hard data analysis goes on about their decision to do so.

How to Make Your Way Into (Practically) Any Group

Entering any group as an outsider can be difficult. Often, we sabatoge ourselves by assuming that others are snobby or exclusive, when in reality they just already know each other-- and that's what makes us uncomfortable.

20 Signs Your Partner Is Controlling

The stereotype of a controlling partner is one who is physically intimidating and threatening. Sometimes, the signs are much more subtle—but the danger is just as real.

7 Ways to Combat Facebook Jealousy

Many of us are trapped in a cycle of seeking out social media almost automatically when we're bored or stressed. Sometimes, though, it can do more harm than good—especially if it spurs on jealousy. Here are seven ways to break free.

7 Tips for When Friendship Suddenly Becomes Something More

Some of the strongest romantic relationships can grow from long-time friendships that suddenly developed a spark. Other times, an ill-advised sexual hookup can all but ruin an otherwise brilliant friendship. If you're caught in the crosshairs the morning after, take a deep breath and follow these steps.

6 Awkward Things You Must Tell Your Therapist

Some topics can be especially difficult to discuss with your therapist, no matter how good your relationship. Here are six things to make the effort to bring up, to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment-- after all, you're in this to get better, aren't you?

7 New Year's Resolutions Bound to Fail

Many of us have the best of intentions with New Years' resolutions. But the exact way we word them and think about them makes all the difference. How can we stick to our resolutions? Here are some commonly failing resolutions, and how to slightly change them to up your chances of success.

How to Help a Friend Who's Been Sexually Assaulted

With high profile cases in the news lately, there is still a lot of miscommunication about just how to help someone who has been the victim of a sexual assault. Here is how to be the friend that does good rather than harm.

8 Awful Reasons to Get Engaged

Holiday season means that proposals are in the air. Engagements can have a domino effect through a group of friends, especially given our culture's obsession with weddings: but sometimes you should hold that thought. Here are eight reasons that shouldn't be why you get married, and are likely to lead to some warning signs within the wedding bells.

A Surprising Solution for the 'Mommy Wars'

The worst part of the so-called Mommy Wars is that they're bad for your health. Here's how to protect yourself within the fray.

22 Ways Having Three Kids Is Different Than Having Two

"Should we have a third?" Many families are on the fence about enlarging their family. Here are 22 things that will be different if you choose to take the plunge.

Do You Need to Break Up With a Friend?

When friendships come to an end—no matter what the reason—the result can be devastating. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate the transition.

Six Ways to Strengthen Your Best Friendships

Many of us have a decent-enough amount of decent-enough friendships. But how do you enhance a friendship, and take it from being just okay to being one of the best parts of your life? Here are six easy ways to make a friendship better, taking it from good to great, that you can start today.

12 Tips for Raising a Child Who Won't Sexually Assault

Wondering how to make a difference in changing rape culture? Start with these tips for raising your children to understand the true meaning of consent.

Stop Saying His Name and Clicking On His Videos

In the horrifying wake of mass shootings, many of us are curious in our sadness. Why do killers kill? We look for answers about a killer's motivation, but in doing so, we give reason for someone else to follow in their footsteps.

Why Sticks Are Good For Kids

A lot of parents automatically ban sticks at the playground. But this kind of play can be great for children's creativity and physical expression. Here's how-- and why it's dangerous to assume, in this digital age, that nature is dangerous.

6 Signs Your Partner Is Facebook-Cheating

People often equate cheating with sex. But overly intimate online relationships can be deadly for a relationship. Here's how to tell if your partner's online relationships are threatening the intimacy of yours.

The Surefire First Step to Stop Procrastinating

Many of us procrastinate because the tasks before us are big, scary blobs of work that we think will take indeterminate amounts of time. Stop procrastinating now by facing that first starting hurdle—and using a surprising method that will help you get more done than you think.

How to Control Anger: Seven Quick Tips

Many times, anger rushes over us and leads to impulsive choices that are far from being in our best interest. When we can take the time to manage anger correctly, we—and the people around us—can benefit greatly.

Plan Your Vacation—For All of Our Sakes

An alarming majority of American workers don't use all their vacation days. Ultimately, this is bad for all of us, in terms of health and-- if that doesn't convince you enough-- even productivity.

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