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Schadenfreude: The Joy in Others’ Woes

The emotion that everybody was collectively feeling might best be described by the word “schadenfreude,” which means taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others. What makes schadenfreude a complex term is that the pleasure we feel when we witness a person’s misfortune is not derived from seeing them in pain but in the delight in watching their fall from grace — particularly when the person is in a position that we might see as enviable. [ … ]

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Why A Television Anchor Turned to Meditation: A Q&A with Dan Harris

“Nightline” and weekend “Good Morning America” anchor Dan Harris realizes that meditation might not seem compatible with a career in hard-charging network news, but it’s been an invaluable tool for him to achieve both serenity and success. In his book, “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — a True Story,” [ … ]

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Expanding Mental Health in Pakistan

Khusro Elley is the director of a psychiatric hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, which provides free treatment for the mentally ill. A former vice president of Ethan Allen furniture who has devoted himself to philanthropy, Elley opened a small nonprofit rehabilitation center for psychiatric patients in summer 2010. [ … ]

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Why You Can’t “Just Say No”: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Frascella

Dr. Joseph Frascella, Ph.D., director of NIDA’s Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research Division, heads a broad drug abuse and addiction program of translational research and research training in clinical neuroscience, human development and behavioral treatment. He discusses how drug addiction changes the brain, why children are particularly vulnerable, and how neuroscience and brain imaging can change what the future holds for treatment. [ … ]

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The Future of Sports-Concussion Management

The NFL and NHL are contending with multimillion-dollar lawsuits because of brain traumas, giving concussions an awareness level never seen before. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 3 million concussions occur per year, most experts agree that incidence rates are much higher than realized. Many athletes experience concussions more often than they actually report them. [ … ]

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7 Steps to Better Relationships

We all want to have healthy and positive interactions with other people. Yet sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we simply can’t seem to achieve this goal. Much of our interpersonal conflict stems from how we communicate. Since communication is a multifaceted process involving two or more people, it’s important to take a minute to understand how the flow of communicated information actually occurs [ … ]

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Why Do We Love? The Science of Our Oldest Drive

The reason love is so hard to pin down scientifically isn’t just because it takes so many different forms (between friends, parents and offspring, pets, etc.) but because it’s not so much a part of the evolutionary urge as we first assumed. Some romantic love — like homosexuality, or the schoolyard crush we experience long before sexual maturity — serves no reproductive purpose at all. [ … ]