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The Challenge and Risk of Seeing Problems as Clinical Disorders

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Ideas about what is a problem or simple misbehavior versus what is a clinical disorder have evolved over the past few decades. The consequences of this evolution are complicated.

Masculinity: Toxic or Tenuous?

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Research on gender roles reveals a curious sense in which men are the “weaker sex.” Many men seem to live in a chronic state of insecurity about whether they are “real men.”

So Many in the West are Depressed Because They’re Expected Not to Be

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Depression is listed as the leading cause of disability worldwide, a standing to which it has progressed steadily over the past 20 years. Yet research shows a rather interesting pattern: depression is far more prevalent in Western cultures, such as the US, Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand, than in Eastern cultures, such as Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China.

Believing in Divine Forgiveness May Affect Well-being

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Depressive symptoms are lower when people feel forgiven by God, but especially when they don’t forgive themselves.

The Paradoxical Wonderfulness of Knowing the End of Life is Approaching

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You might expect those who know that death is not too far away, such as senior citizens, would be bummed out. But seniors are usually happier than younger people.

Thinking Enjoyable Thoughts is Hard

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Would you rather be alone with your thoughts—free to conjure up any wonderful thing you can imagine—or do almost anything else?

What Is Your Single Greatest Life Challenge?

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How we think about challenging personal events in the past relates to our present-day mental health.

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