The Top Posts of 2012

The Top Posts of 2012

The posts that caught fire this year shed light on love, autism, introversion, creativity, and more. (Cloud photo from Shutterstock.)

8. Twenty Thoughts on How to Say, “It’s Over”

Ending a relationship is painful, but facing the truth will set you free

1. Twelve Ties That Bind Long-Term Relationships

Which relationships stand the test of time, and why?

3. The Most Dangerous Word in the World

This word can damage both the speaker’s and listener’s brain.

4. Asperger’s, Autism, and Mass Murder

Let’s stop the rush to judgment.

12. Seven Proven Tips for Weight Loss Success

Diet and weight loss strategies based on the latest scientific research

5. Seven Things Extroverts Should Know About Introverts (and Vice Versa)

Some simple guidelines for friendship across the personality gap.

2. DSM 5 Is Guide Not Bible—Ignore Ten Worst Changes

APA approval of DSM-5 is a sad day for psychiatry.

6. All Work and No Play Make the Baining the "Dullest Culture on Earth"

Bateson called them "drab and colorless:" The culture where play is shameful.

9. Lack of Empathy: The Most Telling Narcissistic Trait

Don't expect them to listen, validate, or support you.

10. The Science of Sex, Beer, and Enduring Love

What’s the one best question to predict casual sex?

7. Why Do We Have Sex?

We have sex more for connection than for procreation or pleasure.

13. Do Men Find Very Skinny Women Attractive?

Women often misjudge men’s preferences.

21. How Kids Can Benefit From Playing Video Games

Think twice before limiting your kids’ video play; then don’t.

14. Ten Things Happy People Do Differently

Anyone can steal the strategies that are part of happy people's lives.

16. How to Flirt Without Being Obvious

Make the first move without really making it.

17. Why Nice Guys and Gals Finish Last in Love

Why being nice doesn't lead to love.

25. The One Social Skill that Can Change Your Life

6 easy ways to remember names and faces

18. How to Develop Attraction to People Who Are Good for You

You know who would be good for you. So why aren't you attracted to them?

15. Kids Today Are Less Free—And Less Creative

New research suggests that American schoolchildren are becoming less creative.

19. The Triggers of Sexual Desire: Men vs. Women

Are male brains hard-wired to see females as sex objects?

22. What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain

The damage added sugar does to our bodies begins in our brains.

23. Seven Worst Things About Being a Male

The psychological burdens of carrying around a Y chromosome.

24. Why Are Mean People So Good Looking?

People who are bad know how to make themselves look good.

20. Ten Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work

You CAN overcome the frustration of feeling blocked.