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Does Your Body Language Reveal Your Personality to Others?

Does Your Body Language Reveal Your Personality to Others?

By Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

An important question that psychologists have studied for over 75 years concerns how subtle nonverbal cues might reveal your personality. Famed psychologist, Gordon Allport, studied this question of personality and expressive movement. What are the results? Does your expressive behavior reveal your inner personality?

Why Republicans may benefit from the sudden concern over immigration

Why Republicans may benefit from the sudden concern over immigration

By Susan Ferrechio

Republicans have started to turn the tables on Democrats, enabled by news stories and Images of tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied children who have walked over the border in Texas in recent months and are straining the resources of overwhelmed federal authorities and local.

9 Productivity Secrets From Hard-Working Chefs

9 Productivity Secrets From Hard-Working Chefs

BY Erik Sherman

People who have to be creative and make complicated businesses work have something worth learning.

Chefs and their staffs must be creative, meet expectations under time-sensitive conditions, and all while keeping customer satisfaction up and costs down.

Set exacting standards

Being demanding may seem like the opposite of productivity. You spend more time trying to meet the standards. But it's like planning: The apparent loss of time up front is more than made up by the time you save. In a restaurant, it's bringing in customers, keeping them happy, preserving the brand, justifying higher margins, getting more positive organic PR, reducing waste, and fending off potential competitors. Just what you'd want to do in any business.

A warning, though: Most entrepreneurs haven't the slightest idea of how demanding exacting standards are because they're unlikely ever to have experienced them. Here is a trailer for a movie called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It's about Jiro Ono, who is widely considered to be the greatest sushi chef in the world and the first whose all-sushi restaurant received three Michelin stars. For those who don't follow the food industry or fine dining, it means even restaurant professionals are in awe of what he's been able to accomplish with rice and raw fish. It's one of the more instructive works I can think of to show what the possibilities of greatness in a field can be.

Robin Williams: Yet Another Victim

Robin Williams: Yet Another Victim

By Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D.

We would prefer to think that we were "surprised" that Robin Williams lost his life at his own hand, but the knowledge of depression's prevalence and its lethality are shockingly publicized, but woefully under addressed problems across all sectors of society.

Prostitution and the internet: More bang for your buck

More bang for your buck

Prostitution and the internet: More bang for your buck

How new technology is shaking up the oldest business

For those seeking commercial sex in Berlin, Peppr, a new app, makes life easy. Type in a location and up pops a list of the nearest prostitutes, along with pictures, prices and physical particulars. Results can be filtered, and users can arrange a session for a €5-10 ($6.50-13) booking fee. It plans to expand to more cities.

Peppr can operate openly since prostitution, and the advertising of prostitution, are both legal in Germany. But even where they are not, the internet is transforming the sex trade. Prostitutes and punters have always struggled to find each other, and to find out what they want to know before pairing off. Phone-box “tart cards” for blonde bombshells and leggy señoritas could only catch so many eyes. Customers knew little about the nature and quality of the services on offer. Personal recommendations, though helpful, were awkward to come by. Sex workers did not know what risks they were taking on with clients.

Now specialist websites and apps are allowing information to flow between buyer and seller, making it easier to strike mutually satisfactory deals. The sex trade is becoming easier to enter and safer to work in: prostitutes can warn each other about violent clients, and do background and health checks before taking a booking. Personal web pages allow them to advertise and arrange meetings online; their clients’ feedback on review sites helps others to proceed with confidence.

Even in places such as America, where prostitution and its facilitation are illegal everywhere except Nevada, the marketing and arrangement of commercial sex is moving online. To get round the laws, web servers are placed abroad; site-owners and users hide behind pseudonyms; and prominently placed legalese frames the purpose of sites as “entertainment” and their content as “fiction”.

Robin Williams was found hanging inside his home

Actor allegedly hanged self in apparent suicide, was troubled by financial problems

 BY Larry Mcshane

‘All he could talk about (was) serious money troubles,’ a friend told RadarOnline about a recent chat with the comedian. ‘There were clearly other issues going on and Robin sounded distant during the telephone conversation.’

“There was also frustration that Robin expressed at having to take television and movie roles he didn’t want to take, but had to for the paycheck,” the family friend said. “Doing sequels was never Robin’s thing, and he wasn’t that excited at having to reprise the role of Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Is Elisabeth Moss the One 'True Detective' Loves? She Doesn't Deny It.
A Reason to Avoid Antibacterial Soaps

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A Reason to Avoid Antibacterial Soaps

A recent study found chemicals in pregnant mothers' urine and newborns' cord blood.

Julie Beck

Antimicrobial chemicals are so ubiquitous that a recent study found them in pregnant mothers' urine and newborns' cord blood. Research shows that their risks may outweigh their benefits.

Antimicrobial chemicals, intended to kill bacteria and other microorganisms, are commonly found in not just soaps, but all kinds of products—toothpaste, cosmetics, and plastics among them. There is evidence that the chemicals aren’t always effective, and may even be harmful, and their ubiquity means people are often continually exposed to them.

The Science of Loneliness

The Science of Loneliness

By Robin Marantz Henig

Friends and relatives might be surprised that I think of myself as lonely. But I do, which is why I was so struck by the findings of John Cacioppo, one of the nation's leading experts on the science of loneliness, that suggest the lonely brain is its own worst enemy, seeing social rejection in every interaction -- which sparks a destructive, self-defeating loop.

Robin Williams and the Dark Side of Genius

Robin Williams and the Dark Side of Genius

People have long thought that there is a correlation between intelligence and mental illness, and especially between creativity and mental illness.Nancy Andreasen, MD, PhD, studied writers from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop. This is one of the top, if not the top, writing program in America, producing 17 Pulitzer Prize winners and 6 US Poet Laurets. She said:

Many definitely had experienced periods of significant mood disorder. Importantly, though handicapping creativity when they occurred, these periods of mood disorder were not permanent or long-lived. In some instances, they may even have provided powerful material upon which the writer could later draw, as a Wordsworthian "emotion recollected in tranquility."

When Wilderness Boot Camps Take Tough Love Too Far

 When Wilderness Boot Camps Take Tough Love Too Far 

Sulome Anderson

Troubled teens are occasionally sent to corrective outdoor programs, where they hike for days or perform manual labor. But some parents are saying the physical exertion verges on abuse.

It’s dusk in the high desert of Utah. The heat of the day is starting to abate, and the cooling air smells of sage. There’s nothing but rough terrain for miles—the closest town, a tiny hamlet called Enterprise, is about an hour and a half away by car.

A group of teenagers huddle together by a tarp shelter. They are members of the latest crop of students at Redcliff Ascent, a wilderness program for troubled youth. They talk animatedly, exuding a kind of brittle bravado—all except for one of them, a heavy-set, red-faced girl who cries under the tarp with her knees pressed to her chin.

“I just want to go home!” she wails. “Please, I just want to go home!”

The boys and the other girl in the group don’t seem to notice her distress. Instead, they exchange tales of how they came to be in this camp—leagues away from their familiar world of running water, soft beds and Playstation 4s. Two adults stand close by with watchful eyes.

“They woke me up at 4 a.m.,” one of the boys says. “My parents came in and told me, ‘We love you,’ and then left me alone with these goons … after that, I just tried to act nice, but I was really pissed. I didn’t cry or anything, but my bat wasn’t in my room, so I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Robin Williams: the sadness of a clown that couldn't be fixed

Actor-Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63

Robin Williams: the sadness of a clown that couldn't be fixed

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

First thoughts: Williams, like many others, struggled with addiction and personal demons. Mental illness is a great leveller – but is still too little understood

The sadness of the clown is an old showbusiness irony. The death of the clown is even sadder. But Robin Williams was no ordinary clown, he was a clown in the round, a master of the one-liner, of verbal riff, mimicry, disguise, facial distortion, fury and hilarity. He made them laugh and he made them cry. He had the gift of enhancing the lives of others, yet he could not handle one person’s life, his own. Only last month Williams was admitted back into a rehab centre in Minnesota.

Williams’ presumed suicide is receiving the same scrutiny as the recent deaths of other celebrity addicts such as Philip Seymour Hoffman and Peaches Geldof. Addictive substances appeared to be the way in which these well-known people coped with the pressure of life. In that, they are no different from thousands of non-celebrities subject to even greater pressure. Yet it seems inexplicable that their addiction should be immune to personal success, the care of a loving family and all the therapies money could buy.

Physical illness is something the medical profession understands. It knows what to do when the human body malfunctions and what not to do. Mental illness, if illness is the right word, seems lost in some dark age. Otherwise healthy people with every reason to be happy are found wrestling with private demons. Therapists wander the scene like surgeons on a medieval battlefield, at a loss for what to do.

Williams appeared to have recovered from cocaine addiction but not from alcohol. He had been in and out of rehabilitation. In a remarkably frank interview in the Guardian four years ago, he was eager to discuss his problems lucidly. He was a regular member of probably the most successful therapy in existence, Alcoholics Anonymous, with its emphasis on non-judgmental group support. There was no help that Williams and others like him could not and did not receive. It failed.

All illness is a great leveller, but none levels like mental illness. It remains the poor relation of medicine. 

Success is no barrier to suicide

Robin WIlliams, who has been found dead at the age of 63

Success is no barrier to suicide

By Theo Merz

Men are much more likely than women to kill themselves, yet why do we only talk about male suicide when it involves a famous person?

The full story will come out in time, but Williams - while one of the most high profile casualties of suicide in recent years - is far from unique among apparently successful men when it comes to succumbing to depression.

According to official figures, there were 5,981 suicides in the UK in 2012, of which 77 per cent were male. And while the number of women taking their own lives has dropped by almost 50 per cent over the last three decades, the number of men has remained unchanged over the same period - with suicide currently the biggest killer of young men in the country.

Jane Powell, director of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK, says it is partly the myth that successful people don’t take their own lives which makes the subject of male suicide so taboo.

“We have a series of assumptions about suicide that are explicit and implicit, and they make a toxic mix,” Powell says. “One is that suicide is undertaken by failures: people who have no friends, who spend all their time in their room, who have something wrong with them. Are you going to talk about people close to you who might have taken their own lives if that is what others are thinking? If you say your son has taken his own life, then that means saying he’s a failure too.

Eugene Robinson: Bush got us into this Iraq mess

Paying for Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq

As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it’s useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Their decision to launch a foolish and unwarranted invasion in 2003, toppling Saddam Hussein and destroying any vestige of the Iraqi state, is directly responsible for the chaos we see today, including the rapid advance of the well-armed jihadist militia that calls itself the Islamic State.

Let’s review what actually happened. The U.S. invasion toppled a Sunni dictatorship that had ruled brutally over Iraq’s other major groups — the Shiite majority and the ethnic Kurds — for decades. It seems not to have occurred to anyone planning the invasion that long-suppressed resentments and ambitions would inevitably surface.

What Does It Take To Attain Enduring Success?

What Does It Take To Attain Enduring Success?

By Allison Conner, Psy.D.

Ever witness startling success stories and wonder how it all happened? And furthermore, how it continues to happen? Who hasn't? Regardless of the particulars of any one individual's success, we can typically identify something we can apply to our own lives to enhance our own success story.

The Devolving U.S.-Russia Relationship

The Devolving U.S.-Russia Relationship

A root cause of the Ukraine crisis is diplomatic.

By Jeffrey Tayler

The Russian Aggression Prevention Act is just a proposed bill, for now. But if the Republicans take the Senate (and retain the House of Representatives) in November’s midterm elections, the legislation shows the direction in which Congress will push President Obama as the current standoff intensifies. Elections aside, the measure represents a hardline approach that the White House is warming to—at a pivotal moment in the months-long crisis when the Ukrainian military is advancing on the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk, and Russian troops are massing on the border. Corker’s document reveals a grave, even inexplicable (in light of history) misapprehension of how to deal with an assertive Russia.

Ever since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, which put Russia’s socialist, expansionist regime at loggerheads with much of the world for most of the 20th century, the West, and especially the United States, has struggled with a confounding question: What to do about Russia? In the 1970s, the Nixon administration found an answer: détente, a policy predicated not on threats, but on dialogue. Russia is too big, too resource-rich, too vital (as an energy supplier to Europe), and too technologically advanced to disregard (or “isolate” as Obama has said he hopes to do). Its nuclear arsenal alone—the only such arsenal capable of destroying the West—imposes an imperative: dialogue, as distasteful as that may be to many. In short, if Russia and the United States are quarreling, global peace is under threat.

How Many Bites Do You Take a Day? Try for 100

How Many Bites Do You Take a Day? Try for 100

It isn't so much what we eat but how we eat that matters, some researchers say. New gadgets remind us to eat more slowly and chew each bite more.

In the never-ending pursuit of weight loss, a number of researchers are developing tools that count how much or how fast we eat.

The Bite Monitor, worn on the wrist like a watch, tallies the number of bites you take. The going assumption is that 100 bites a day is ideal for men and women to lose weight, according to researchers at South Carolina's Clemson University who developed the device. The concept will soon be tested in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. A commercial product could be ready in about a year and is expected to cost about $195.

"If you're eating too fast, you're probably not chewing and enjoying your food very well and you're probably going to be more likely" to eat too much, said Michael Jensen, an endocrinologist and obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Encouraging people to eat more slowly, take smaller bites and chew each bite more is an important component of weight control and management, experts say. They also believe slowing down while eating benefits digestion, lessens problems like acid reflux and allows for more nutrient absorption.

How President Obama's Iraq intervention will affect the midterms

How President Obama's Iraq intervention will affect the midterms

By Susan Crabtree

At a fundraiser in Martha's Vineyard Monday, President Obama had a tricky set of arguments to make. First, he described America's intervention in Iraq as part of its role as the world's policeman. Then he pivoted back to his campaign speech, touting the stronger economy and criticizing.

Some of Obama’s biggest Democratic supporters, such as Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have bristled at his decision to re-engage and launch airstrikes after saying for years that it was up to the Iraqis to solve their own problems.

Dana Milbank: Obama vacations as the world burns

Obama vacations as the world burns

Dana Milbank

Even presidents need downtime, but his decision looks tone deaf.

Robin Williams’ Deadly Depression

Robin Williams’ Deadly Depression

By Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
5 things the US can actually do instead of complaining about the new Iraq war

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5 things the US can actually do instead of complaining about the new Iraq war

Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie Cox

The price of constant war is constant investigation. The American strikes are happening – now let's hold Obama and his military accountable

American culture is stuck in perpetual rewind: the Clintons, the Ninja Turtles, Buzzfeed. Now comes a much more serious affair – Iraq War 3: Revenge of the Jihadi. Like all horror-movie sequels, this one has a new cast but the same basic plot line, plus the threat of an even bloodier ending at the hands of a new masked enemy.

Audiences can shout the obvious at the protagonists – “Don’t go in the house!” – but in the forever conflict that is the Middle East and North Africa in the 21st century, former anti-war candidates and generals don’t hear us like they did in the 20th. There is no turning off a war that has no end. Not that we shouldn’t try – it’s just that we can’t act as if we know exactly how to do it.

Does the 6-Year Itch Spell Doom for Obama?

John Kerry: No US combat troops to go to Iraq

John Kerry: No US combat troops to go to Iraq

Katharine Murphy

John Kerry talks to reporters in Sydney.

Secretary of state says US will look to 'additional options' to help stabilise new government, but not troops

US combat forces will not re-enter Iraq, John Kerry insists, but the US says it will explore more “political, economic and security options” as the country transitions out of political deadlock with a new prime minister.

During a visit to Australia for the annual Ausmin talks, the secretary of state told reporters the US government congratulated Haider al-Abadi on his nomination, and he urged the incoming prime minister to form a new, inclusive and functional cabinet “as swiftly as possible”.

With Nouri al-Maliki effectively deposed overnight by Iraq’s president in favour of the rival Shia candidate, Kerry said the Obama administration stood ready to “fully support a new and inclusive Iraqi government”.

Kerry said the government in Iraq needed to create circumstances where the “forces of Iraq are not a personal force defined by one particular sect and sworn to allegiance to one particular leader, but .. truly represent Iraq”. With a new “inclusive, participatory” government in Baghdad, the US would “absolutely look to provide additional options” to help stabilise the country.

Kerry made it clear this did not mean a return of US combat troops.

“There will be no reintroduction of American combat forces into Iraq,” he said. “Nobody, I think, is looking forwards to a return to the road that we’ve travelled.

Why Muslims Hate Terrorism More
Obama must make new friends in Iraq – fast

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Obama must make new friends in Iraq – fast

Cale Salih

The Kurds are a unique US ally – largely secular, pro-Western and willing to fight a group that could threaten America more than al-Qaida in its heyday

President Obama has suddenly warmed up to the Kurds. In his address Thursday night announcing the authorization of limited airstrikes against the Islamic State (Isis), Obama explicitly cited the need to stop an Isis advance on the Kurdish capital of Irbil. In an interview with Thomas Friedman the next afternoon, he pointed to Kurdistan’s tolerance and functionality as reasons that the region is worth protecting: the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, Obama said, “is functional the way we would like to see.” And after years of avoiding eye contact with Irbil, reports suggest that the US started covertly arming the Kurds.

For many Kurds, hearing Obama’s words of praise was a first. Obama and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) got off to a shaky start: the KRG, which mostly benefited from the US invasion of Iraq, was wary of an American president anxious to withdraw and detach from the country. The Obama administration mostly shunned the Kurds, preferring instead to deal with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad. By early 2014, things had gotten so awkward that KRG President Masoud Barzani cancelled a trip to Washington, saying he would refuse to meet with Obama until Iraqi Kurdish parties were removed from the US terrorism list.

Obama and Maliki had a fundamental common interest from the start: getting the US out of Iraq. Obama hoped that Maliki would be the strongman, but the Kurds clashed with him over the extent of their autonomy, and in 2012 Barzani and other adversaries tried, unsuccessfully, to unseat Maliki in a vote of no confidence.

As a result, for most of his presidency, Obama and his staff “saw the Kurds as a nuisance”, Kenneth Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told me over the weekend. “For the first five years of this administration, they were terrible apologists for Maliki. So anyone who had problems with the Maliki administration would get a tongue-lashing.”

Police Suspect Suicide in Death of Comedian Robin Williams

Police Suspect Suicide in Death of Comedian Robin Williams

By Travis Langley, Ph.D.

Oscar-winning actor and comedian has died in what police call an apparent suicide. Williams, who has suffered bouts of depression and drug abuse throughout his lifetime, recently entered a rehabilitation program again. He had recently returned to television in The Crazy Ones, which CBS cancelled after a single season.

What Does It Take to Film for 'Shark Week'?

What Does It Take to Film for 'Shark Week'?

Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Andy Casagrande has filmed sharks for 13 "Shark Week" specials. He joins the News Hub with Sara Murray to talk about the thrill and dangers of shark filming.

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies

Robin Williams, before a performance in Virginia in 2009.

Credit Jay Paul for The New York Times

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies


Mr. Williams was found unconscious at his home in Tiburon, Calif., the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. His death appeared to be a suicide, the authorities said. He was 63.

The statement said that the office received a 9-1-1 call at 11:55 a.m. saying that a man had been found “unconscious and not breathing inside his residence.” Emergency personnel sent to the scene identified him as Mr. Williams and pronounced him dead at 12:02 p.m.

Mr. William’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Mr. Williams “has been battling severe depression.”

His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.” She added: “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Attacking Obama Policy, Hillary Clinton Exposes Different Worldviews

Attacking Obama Policy, Hillary Clinton Exposes Different Worldviews

For the 19 months since Hillary Rodham Clinton departed as President Obama’s secretary of state, she and Mr. Obama, and their respective aides, have labored to preserve a veneer of unity over how they worked together and how they view the world.

On Sunday, that veneer shattered — the victim of Mrs. Clinton’s remarkably blunt interview with the Atlantic correspondent, Jeffrey Goldberg, in which she criticized not just Mr. Obama’s refusal to aid the rebels in Syria but his shorthand description of his entire foreign policy.

“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Mrs. Clinton said, referring to the line that Mr. Obama has used with aides and reporters to describe his reluctance to inject the United States into messy foreign conflicts.

Mrs. Clinton said she assumed the line was more a “political message” for a war-weary American public than his actual worldview — an interpretation that makes her words even more stinging, since “don’t do stupid stuff” was in fact the animating principle for the new foreign policy blueprint that Mr. Obama laid out at West Point in May.

That Mrs. Clinton is more hawkish than Mr. Obama is no surprise to anyone who watched a Democratic primary debate in 2008. Her policy differences with the president are well-documented: She favored supplying arms to moderate Syrian rebels, leaving behind a larger residual force in Iraq, and waiting longer before pulling American support for Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak during the historic protests in Cairo.

Friedman: U.S. clueless in Mideast

Friedman: U.S. clueless in Mideast


Thomas Friedman is pictured. | AP Photo

Fresh off his interview with President Barack Obama, Thomas Friedman on Monday said the U.S. is clueless when it comes to Middle East policy.

“If there’s anything we should have learned from Iraq … it’s that we don’t know what the hell we’re doing,” the New York Times columnist said on MSNBC.

Friedman suggested that Obama — who has authorized airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants and has weighed arming the Syrian opposition in the country’s civil war — is doing what he can in the region with limited options.

The columnist, who specializes in Middle East issues, suggested that the previous U.S. strategies of full-scale invasion and occupation in Iraq and a targeted mission to destroy Muammar Qadhafi’s regime in Libya and quickly leave had not worked. He added that Obama said in the interview that he is struggling to arm the Syrian opposition because of its heavily extremist elements.

Friedman said a sustainable solution to Iraq would be virtually “impossible,” because it would rely on an international body to commit significant economic and political resources for two or three decades.

What's Next for Tony Stewart

What's Next for Tony Stewart

The racing icon Tony Stewart is used to seeing the world zoom by in a high-speed blur. But in the next few days, things will move slowly as authorities investigate the death of a race-car driver struck by the three-time Nascar Sprint Cup champion.

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