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Why women stray

Evolutionary theory says men stray to increase offspring, but what motivates women? Enter the mate-switching hypothesis

David Buss

Classic /Social Psychology
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The herd instinct

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud, 1921

With a new introduction and commentary by Elizabeth Lunbeck
Essay/Political Philosophy
Join the party of love

Love is not just a feeling given or received, it is an action too. It could be a radical force in politics

Max Harris

Essay/Love & Friendship
Bad friends

Even the best of friends can fill you with tension and make you sick. Why does friendship so readily turn toxic?

Carlin Flora

Essay/Mood & Emotion
Only the lonely

Loneliness is hell: debilitating yet formative. Can we avoid the pains of loneliness yet enjoy the pleasures of solitude?

Cody Delistraty

Essay/Rituals & Celebrations
Smoking with friends

Life can be a lonely journey. But at your local cigar bar, all the guys know your name – or give you a new one altogether

Mark Teich

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
My secret life

Parents expect to know everything about their children’s lives. They need to remember that secrets are part of growing up

Tiffany Jenkins

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence
Spoken in scent

A hidden sense of smell might account for the mysterious sixth sense and a universe of subtle knowledge about the world

Elizabeth Preston