Age, gender and culture 'predict loneliness'
A young man living in an individualistic society—such as Australia, the UK or the US—is more likely to report feeling lonely than an older woman in a collectivist society—such as China or Brazil.
Cost transparency can increase sales 20%
Retailers who reveal something about themselves may notice an increase in sales as customers feel they are buying into a relationship and developing a perceived support network.
COVID-19: The downside of social distancing
When faced with danger, humans draw closer together. Social distancing thwarts this impulse. Does this dilemma pose a greater threat to society than overtly antisocial behavior?
How couples weather the COVID-19 financial storm
It’s all very well to “be there” for your partner, but unless you know that that means for them, you’re not going to get very far. We assume we know and, statistically, 90% of the time we don’t.
Can't buy me love - or friendship
When people’s self-worth is contingent on money, they view their financial success as being tied to the core of who they are as a person. But much of what’s required to achieve success in the financial domain comes at the expense of spending time with family and friends.
The best way to support stressed out friends and family
Too often we try and console people by using language that is more about us than them. The person in an anxious, stressed or depressed state is not concerned with what you understand or know.
If the virus doesn't kill us the isolation might
During this period of plague, we have to separate ourselves to stay disease-free. But we mustn’t allow employers to take this as an excuse to make exclusion from the workplace permanent.
Toxic masculinity is unsafe...for men
The idea of the toxic “real man” is actually quite new in historical terms, beginning with the myth of the self-sufficient American cowboy. The belief that “real men” must be strong, tough and independent may be a detriment to their social needs later in life.
High rate of suicidal ideation in children
With 8% of US children aged 9-10 reporting suicidal ideation, greater effort is needed to protect children from early life adverse experiences.
Does our culture make us sicker?
Face-to-face social support is what humans were designed to need. Without human contact, our immune system is lowered and we are more vulnerable to malignant microorganisms.
Love actually: Americans agree on what makes people "feel the love"
Strong men, dictators and authoritarian CEOs rely on fear rather than love. But leaders who show love to their followers and acknowledge their strengths and try earnestly to meet their needs produce better, more harmonious and vastly more productive societies and businesses.
Why women must be be likeable, and men don't
In mixed-sex pairings for the cooperation game, female participants contributed on average 4.70 euros in high mutual likeability teams, and about 37% less in low mutual likeability teams. In contrast to same sex teams, the likeability effect for men factored in mixed sex teams. If mutual likeability was low, men's contribution was 50% lower than if mutual likeability was high.
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