A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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Anthropology, Biology, and Human Nature
Mel Konner MD, PhD
Men don't hate women; they just oppress them. Some love.
For most of human history men have tried to control women for their own reproductive aims. Despite worrying recent voices, this must soon come to an end.
During our evolution, group loyalty to the point of hatred may have promoted cooperation and altruism within groups, but has this become maladaptive at last?
My generation has officially entered the older phase of life, and our whining threatens everybody else with a Boomer Bust. We need to get over it.
We should do all we can to prevent it, but we will not always succeed, and when we fail we should learn the facts before we start to blame grieving survivors, who are often also victims.
Depressed or anxious about the election results and the upcoming change of government? Over the long haul they mean much less than you think.
Can psychological symptoms once have offered adaptive protection? Can they now? And are positive moods also an ancient legacy?
If you think that happiness is a good mood or a rush of pleasure, a bishop, an Islamic scholar, a rabbi, and the Dalai Lama beg to differ.
Facebook and Twitter may seem new, but they reflect basic human needs that have been with us in other forms since the beginning.
Behavioral science is, and should be, at the heart of global health and the fight against disease, and one key behavioral weapon is to educate and empower girls.
Like many other chronic health problems, attention deficit and hyperactivity were not much of a problem for our ancestors.
Seducing your wife is not a game and it's not therapy. Remember why you married her? It's love.
We evolved to stay active and store fat whenever possible. But how do we handle it now, when it's always possible?
Human nature is real and in many ways unchanging, and leaders in high places act on their own ideas about it. Psychologists and social scientists should try to describe and understand it, not pretend it doesn't exist.
Darwin's theory predicts a big divergence between men and women in every aspect of sexuality. But what do the data say?