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Shyness: The Ultimate Teen Guide

I thought I was shy in grammar school, but in hindsight, I don’t think I was shy, exactly. Introverted seems a more accurate term. And yet, we often call people introverted when really they are just shy: The two are not the same. That’s...

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Unrequited: Women & Romantic Obsession

Lisa A. Phillips discusses the interesting psychology behind unrequited love in Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession. Phillips, a journalist and journalism professor at the State University of New York-New Paltz, incorporates personal narrative, interviews, history, scientific research and evolutionary psychology to illustrate her...


Book Review: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

The other day, while taking a walk in the park, I started thinking about a sometimes contentious issue between my husband and me. I thought about it, and then I started having an imaginary conversation about it with him. I supplied both sides of...

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Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade

I’m currently taking a forty-five hour course called Citizen’s Academy, taught by police officers. In the hopes of appearing less ignorant in class, I decided to read Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone to Tell All. Though I haven’t yet had the opportunity to use any of my new-found knowledge in class, I look forward to sharing what I’ve read. It was a fun, easy, and informative read.
The book is written by CIA officers Philip Houston, Michael Floyd,...