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Christine Carter always tried to meet other people’s expectations—until she realized how out of sync with her own wants and needs she’d become.
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Linda Graham explains how therapists—and couples themselves—can prevent conflicts from spiraling out of control.
One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum—and for good reason.
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A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.
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There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?
Karen Bluth shares the highs, lows, and lessons from teaching mindfulness at a low-income high school.
Meditation is helping police officers to de-escalate volatile situations, improve community relations—and improve their own well-being.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
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Diana Divecha describes how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby.
Christine Carter gets to the heart of the resentment she feels on Mother's Day.
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A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.
Anger has a place at work, Deanna Geddes and Dirk Lindebaum argue, as long as it meets three conditions.
Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
Teen stress is on the rise. According to a new study, learning mindfulness and self-compassion can help teens cope.
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