Eating disorders and gay male culture

If one were to read many of the popular magazines aimed at a male demographic, particularly those skewed to the LGBT population, images of what is considered masculine or desirable would be visible front and center. Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling—shirtless photos of these men and many others along with their six-pack abs serve as a major selling point for items ranging from clothing to movies. For many men, particularly those who identify as gay, these media images of what’s attractive aren’t necessarily in line with the reality of their body shapes or sizes. What used to...

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Seven Ways To Overcome Inertia and Get Yourself Unstuck

The law of inertia states that it is the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion. That is, an object at rest will stay at rest, unless it is acted on by an external force. The same is true of an object in motion.

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How to Completely Forgive Yourself

We have a natural tendency to blame ourselves when something goes wrong in our lives. This is because we have evolved to experience emotions like shame and regret, especially when we behave in a ways that violate the expectations of ourselves and others. Read more

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The Trust Molecule

  Could a single molecule—one chemical substance—lie at the very center of our moral lives? Read more Research that I have done over the past decade suggests that a chemical messenger called oxytocin accounts for why some people give freely of themselves and others are coldhearted louts, why some people cheat and steal and others you can trust with your life, why some husbands are more faithful than others, and why women tend to be nicer and more generous than men. In our blood and in the brain, oxytocin appears to be the chemical elixir that creates bonds of trust not just in our...

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How Preschool Behavior Can Predict Addiction and Problem Gambling in Adulthood

  Children’s behavior at age 3 offers some surprising clues about their risk of developing addictive behaviors like problem gambling or drug misuse in their 30s, according to data from an ongoing study of nearly 1,000 people in New Zealand. Read...

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