The In-Crowd

The In-Crowd

Longing to be in the group? You'll enjoy health benefits when being part of the clan. But, sometimes, it's not always best to join the in-crowd.

Five Keys to Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence

Ninety Percent of High Performers Possess High EQ

The Same Thing that Makes Us Love Makes Us Hate - The "Us-Them" Quiz

Quiz yourself on your acceptance of other points of view

Of Oscars, Orangutans & Oxytocin, Friendship Tales

From humans to fruit bats, you gotta have girlfriends

A Lonely Child? Not in Today's World

Difficult to be lonely in this digital age.

The Neuroscience of Rejection

Why feeling left out feels so bad

Barack Obama: The Bedrock Confidence of Mr. Inside-Mr. Outside

Barack Obama defies self-esteem sociology with his resilience

Birds of a feather smoke and drink together

Why are we so similar to our friends?

Does wealth undermine your ability to savor everyday joys?

Wealthier individuals report decreased tendencies to savor mundane joys of life.

Finding Your Team

We all need community and a sense of belonging.

The Price of (Other People’s) Fame.

Why do people pay an absurd price for celebrity objects?

Seven Ways to Say “No” and Keep Good Relations

Set your boundaries without feeling guilty.

Is Your Language Making You Broke and Fat?

How language can shape behavior (and how it can't)

The Seesaw between Independence and Belonging

Trade-offs between belonging and independence never end. Enjoy the ride.

Must You Be a Cave-Dwelling Hermit to Write a Novel?

Utter isolation is a fond fantasy for many creative types.

Human Nature Abhors a Vacuum, Too

Beware! the need for stimulation can impair your judgment

Attachment vs. Detachment: Finding the Psychological Golden Mean (Part 2)

How do we distinguish between healthy--and unhealthy--attachments?

When People Use Willpower to Harm Themselves

How can you turn "wrong-way willpower" into "right-way willpower?"

Getting Rejected or Excluded: Can It Make You Smarter?

Rejection can make you sensitive in a smart way

Craving Connection

We desire relationships because they make us feel important

A Legacy Is More Intimidating than any Opposition

The virtuous circle is the essential feature of any dynasty.

The Narcissistic Ex, Part II

How to deal with exes who can't get over themselves

Why Facebook is killing God

Religion has no answer for narcissism