April 26, 2017

Does sex define our personality?

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We often talk about ‘male’ and ‘female’ personalities – but do they exist? Personality profiles appear to reveal consistent (if subtle) differences between men and women – but are they meaningful? Christian Jarrett untangles a knotty and controversial question: It’s been said that men and women are so unlike each other, it’s as if they’re from different planets – a claim that continues to amuse and irritate. John Gray’s original mega-selling book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, first published in the early 1990s, has sold millions, spawning numerous parodies (such as Katherine Black and Finn Contini’s Women…

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Shopping gives same feeling as getting high

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That feeling. You know the one. The adrenaline rush and desire you feel even thinking about it. You need your next fix. When you’re close to it, you can’t stop yourself — from buying, that is. For some of us, the signs shouting 50 percent off, one-day-only sale and clearance are not so different from the siren call for other types of addictions: the feeling of winning at shopping a sale is not unlike the addiction to alcohol, drugs or even food, therapists say. Even those of us not diagnosed with true compulsive buying disorder (an impulse control disorder recognised…

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Is it right to train babies to sleep?

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It is a nightmare every parent — but especially mothers – has experienced at one point or another. Baby simply won’t sleep and won’t let you either. It will keep crying, sometimes wanting to be fed or sometimes just to be held. You simply cannot have that restful sleep you so deserve. Tough luck for you if you are one of those working moms that must still report for duty the next morning. In the last five years there has been an increase in Europe in the number of consultants who say they can train babies to sleep through the…

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