Change becomes you
Being the same person over time is not about holding on to every aspect of your current self but about changing purposefully
On the happy life
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE
The self-help game
Millions believe that pop psychology can change their tennis skills, their love life or their moods. Are they all wrong?
The makeover trap
From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side
The Phineas Gage effect
When someone changes for the worse, we see a totally different person. But what happens if the change is for the better?
Don’t think too positive
Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?
Crowds aren’t as smart as we thought, since some people know more than others. A simple trick can find the ones you want
Don’t beat yourself up
Learning to be kind to yourself when you (inevitably) make mistakes could have a remarkable effect on your happiness
Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time
A gifted child, an adventure, a dark time, and then ... a pivot? How Silicon Valley rewrote America’s redemption narrative
The pleasure of their pain
Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure