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Why do humans often want to create a world of “us” vs. “them”? And what can we do about this unhelpful, often damaging, yet somehow reassuring instinct? Psychologist Robert Waldinger has some useful advice.

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Everyone is in favor of high self-esteem — but cultivating it can be a surprisingly perilous quest. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why — and describes smart ways we can help build ourselves up

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Psychologist Guy Winch shares some practical tips for soothing the sting of rejection.

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We’ve all felt lonely from time to time. But sometimes, things can get out of hand. Psychologist Guy Winch lays out some straightforward tips to deal with the pain of deep loneliness.

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Why do we work? Not, it turns out, just for the paycheck. Psychologist Barry Schwartz describes the meaning and engagement that some workers derive from some professions you might not expect to be fulfilling.

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British psychologist Elizabeth Stokoe studies the patterns in talk that most of us don’t even notice. She explains how her research can be used to train people to interact more effectively.

Psychologist Paul Bloom studies the nature of pleasure. In this conversation with Ben Lillie, he discusses how knowing the history of an object can profoundly affect our enjoyment of it.