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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
Christmas music doesn't bring everyone cheer.
1. Trick Yourself: Making Resolutions Stick
Can reverse psychology help you with your New Year's Resolution?
3. Seven Relationship Resolutions to Keep
Invest in what matters in 2014.
4. Your Body on Display
Beware the dangers of getting too caught up with your online look.
12. Three Core Anxieties and How to Calm Them
Realistic hope for liberation from anxiety
5. The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession
On the bright side of bad times
2. The Power of Permission
Giving yourself the green light
6. When the Goal Looms Larger
Why are people more generous at the end of a charitable campaign?
9. Defeat Without Dishonor
An anecdote from Mandela's childhood and a lesson about peace
10. How to Find Solitude on a Busy Day
Time alone can boost your productivity and creativity.
11. Language and the Math Handicap
Does Asian math superiority derive partly from a difference in number names?
7. Why Aren't the Holidays Happier?
The holidays are a time of Pollyannaish expectations.
13. The Greatest Invention of All Time
What is the most important advance in the history of humankind?
21. Can Intuition Predict Marital Success?
Choosing a romantic partner
14. Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?
Time seems to pass more and more quickly as we age. Why is this?
16. How Daughters Change Fathers
Men's gender ideology and support of women's rights may depend on child gender.
17. When Adolescents Renounce the Family Faith
Teens can reject religion and return to it later on.
25. What Is Knowledge?
A basic review of how philosophers approach knowledge
18. Too Much of a Good Thing
How can you improve fluid intelligence in an era of crystallized intelligence?
15. Are You a Slacktivist?
Stop liking causes on Facebook.
19. Self-Victimizing Again?
There is relief for the persistently victimized.
22. The Power of the Gifts We Hide
The power of the gifts we hide: our true self and our false self
23. How to Read About a Feared Illness
It's a matter of not knowing enough.
24. Ten Sources of Low Self-Esteem
What happened while you grew up was not your fault.
20. All Rise
Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity
From the ever-expanding Googleverse to the snarky payoff of celebrity gossip, life is splintered and refracted in a million ways by contemporary communication tools. The media has a profound impact on how we perceive ourselves and our world.
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Most of us wish we could improve certain things about ourselves. Lasting change is difficult though—many of our habits are deeply ingrained, and certain core personality attributes may be immutable.
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