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

Kimberly Sena Moore
Christmas music doesn't bring everyone cheer.

1. Trick Yourself: Making Resolutions Stick

Juliana Breines Ph.D.
Can reverse psychology help you with your New Year's Resolution?

3. Seven Relationship Resolutions to Keep

Kory Floyd Ph.D.
Invest in what matters in 2014.

4. Your Body on Display

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

Bill Knaus Ed.D.
Realistic hope for liberation from anxiety

5. The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession

Adam Grant Ph.D.
On the bright side of bad times

2. The Power of Permission

David Finch
Giving yourself the green light

6. When the Goal Looms Larger

Jason Plaks Ph.D.
Why are people more generous at the end of a charitable campaign?

9. Defeat Without Dishonor

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

Polly Campbell
Time alone can boost your productivity and creativity.

11. Language and the Math Handicap

Peter Gray
Does Asian math superiority derive partly from a difference in number names?

7. Why Aren't the Holidays Happier?

Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D.
The holidays are a time of Pollyannaish expectations.

13. The Greatest Invention of All Time

Alex Lickerman M.D.
What is the most important advance in the history of humankind?

21. Can Intuition Predict Marital Success?

Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
Choosing a romantic partner

14. Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

Jordan Gaines Lewis
Time seems to pass more and more quickly as we age. Why is this?

16. How Daughters Change Fathers

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

Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.
Teens can reject religion and return to it later on.

25. What Is Knowledge?

Gregg Henriques
A basic review of how philosophers approach knowledge

18. Too Much of a Good Thing

Christopher Bergland
How can you improve fluid intelligence in an era of crystallized intelligence?

15. Are You a Slacktivist?

Adam Grant Ph.D.
Stop liking causes on Facebook.

19. Self-Victimizing Again?

Jill P. Weber Ph.D.
There is relief for the persistently victimized.

22. The Power of the Gifts We Hide

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

Fredric Neuman M.D.
It's a matter of not knowing enough.

24. Ten Sources of Low Self-Esteem

Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D.
What happened while you grew up was not your fault.

20. All Rise

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