Top 25: December 2013

Top 25: December 2013

Check out our top posts of the month, including: How to improve yourself (for real) this new year, how we think about charity, and the greatest invention of all time.
8. When Music Hurts

8. When Music Hurts

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D.
Christmas music doesn't bring everyone cheer.
1. Trick Yourself: Making Resolutions Stick

1. Trick Yourself: Making Resolutions Stick

By Juliana Breines Ph.D.
Can reverse psychology help you with your New Year's Resolution?
3. Seven Relationship Resolutions to Keep

3. Seven Relationship Resolutions to Keep

By Kory Floyd Ph.D.
Invest in what matters in 2014.
4. Your Body on Display

4. Your Body on Display

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Beware the dangers of getting too caught up with your online look.
12. Three Core Anxieties and How to Calm Them

12. Three Core Anxieties and How to Calm Them

By Bill Knaus Ed.D.
Realistic hope for liberation from anxiety
5. The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession

5. The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession

By Adam Grant Ph.D.
On the bright side of bad times
2. The Power of Permission

2. The Power of Permission

By David Finch
Giving yourself the green light
6. When the Goal Looms Larger

6. When the Goal Looms Larger

By Jason Plaks Ph.D.
Why are people more generous at the end of a charitable campaign?
9. Defeat Without Dishonor

9. Defeat Without Dishonor

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D.
An anecdote from Mandela's childhood and a lesson about peace
10. How to Find Solitude on a Busy Day

10. How to Find Solitude on a Busy Day

By Polly Campbell
Time alone can boost your productivity and creativity.
11. Language and the Math Handicap

11. Language and the Math Handicap

By Peter Gray Ph.D.
Does Asian math superiority derive partly from a difference in number names?
7. Why Aren't the Holidays Happier?

7. Why Aren't the Holidays Happier?

By Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D.
The holidays are a time of Pollyannaish expectations.
13. The Greatest Invention of All Time

13. The Greatest Invention of All Time

By Alex Lickerman M.D.
What is the most important advance in the history of humankind?
21. Can Intuition Predict Marital Success?

21. Can Intuition Predict Marital Success?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
Choosing a romantic partner
14. Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

14. Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis
Time seems to pass more and more quickly as we age. Why is this?
16. How Daughters Change Fathers

16. How Daughters Change Fathers

By Elizabeth Aura McClintock Ph.D.
Men's gender ideology and support of women's rights may depend on child gender.

17. When Adolescents Renounce the Family Faith

By Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.
Teens can reject religion and return to it later on.
25. What Is Knowledge?

25. What Is Knowledge?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D.
A basic review of how philosophers approach knowledge
18. Too Much of a Good Thing

18. Too Much of a Good Thing

By Christopher Bergland
How can you improve fluid intelligence in an era of crystallized intelligence?
15. Are You a Slacktivist?

15. Are You a Slacktivist?

By Adam Grant Ph.D.
Stop liking causes on Facebook.
19. Self-Victimizing Again?

19. Self-Victimizing Again?

By Jill P. Weber Ph.D.
There is relief for the persistently victimized.
22. The Power of the Gifts We Hide

22. The Power of the Gifts We Hide

By Ken Page L.C.S.W.
The power of the gifts we hide: our true self and our false self
23. How to Read About a Feared Illness

23. How to Read About a Feared Illness

By Fredric Neuman M.D.
It's a matter of not knowing enough.
24. Ten Sources of Low Self-Esteem

24. Ten Sources of Low Self-Esteem

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D.
What happened while you grew up was not your fault.
20. All Rise

20. All Rise

By Robert W. Fuller Ph.D.
Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity