Carlin Flora
Journalist, Freelance

Carlin Flora is a journalist and former features editor at Psychology Today. Her work has appeared in Discover and Scientific American Mind, among others. She is the author of Friendfluence (2013).

Written by Carlin Flora

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 1988. Photo by Elliott Erwitt/Magnum

Essay/
Personality
Indescribable you

Can novelists or psychologists better capture the strange multitude of realities in every human self?

Carlin Flora

French teenagers on a boat in the Seine river, Paris, 1988. Photo by David Alan Harvey/Magnum

Essay/
Love and 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

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Essay/
Personality
How luck works

You’re at the casino and you win big – a lucky fluke, divine intervention or inner smarts? The answer’s against the odds

Carlin Flora

In praise of praise. Photo by Luca Zordan/Gallery Stock

Essay/
Childhood and adolescence
Praise them!

Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple

Carlin Flora