Mental Health

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Your average psychopath isn't a ruthless killer. It's far likelier you'll find them running for office, leading a company or just enjoying a cup of coffee next to you at work.

By Clint Pumphrey

If you ran into a chainsaw-swinging psychopath, you’d probably remember. But what about everyday pscyhopaths?

By Laurie L. Dove

Throwing games to make kids happy may negatively affect their ability to make important decisions — even if it does boost their self-esteem.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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After you try this pungent party trick, you'll never doubt the power of garlic.

By Kate Kershner

According to doctors, injecting cooking oil into your muscles to make them appear larger does not work, could possibly kill you.

By Jesslyn Shields

Are patients actually developing a foreign accent, or has something else gone haywire?

By Oisin Curran

One bad apple may indeed spoil the whole bunch, especially if it's a bunch of adolescent siblings and one of them is delinquent.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

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Breaking eye contact during conversation doesn't necessarily mean we're insecure — it means we're human.

By Jesslyn Shields

You may have thought shotgun marriages died out following the era of peace, free love and rock 'n' roll, but in some groups, they're actually rising.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

Being stuck in the middle seat on a long flight — or any flight — stinks. But does that entitle the middle-seater to the armrests? We asked an etiquette expert.

By Julia Layton

Living in racially hostile societies has been connected to the circulatory and cardiac health of both blacks and white.

By Jesslyn Shields

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They're not hallucinations, but they're not just regular nightmares, either.

By Oisin Curran

The reason why cringe when you hear your weird, terrible, monstrous voice? It all has to do with physics, biology and sonics.

By Laurie L. Dove

But the Twitter hashtag #SheCantBeAutistic started by Guardian columnist Nicola Clark is trying to bring attention to the issue, one tweet at a time.

By Cristen Conger

Just jump already! Your backup plan may be getting in the way of you achieving your dream.

By John Donovan

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Urine for a shock when you learn how much pee is in the average public pool. Even Olympic swimmers admit to peeing in the pool -- just like you and me.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

What is Jessie's Law, and why might it help the opioid epidemic?

Understanding prehistoric societies explains why most people are happiest in small groups — but some of us break from the norm with cities and solitude alike.

By Jesslyn Shields

Just about every nation and culture has its own special alcoholic beverage — and its own hangover cure. Some may actually work while others may just make you sicker. Which one of these will you try?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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We blink our eyes so often, yet we usually don’t perceive that the world has gone dark, if only for a microsecond. Why is that?

By Yves Jeffcoat

Don't worry, you'll grow out of it – unless you're among the tiny percent of adults who still experience horrific sleep visions. Learn all about night terrors at HowStuffWorks.

By Oisin Curran

For difficult questions (Brexit, anyone?), large numbers don’t make for better decisions, says this researcher. But why?

By Dave Roos

Statistics show people have a strange tendency to overestimate the female presence. What are the actual stats behind the "too many women" complaint?

By Julia Layton

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A writer test-drives advice on running her life according to her biological body clock with some surprising results.

By Alia Hoyt

The key to a losing weight, winning an argument or anything else depends on knowing if you're a bear, lion, dolphin or wolf, says author of upcoming book.

By Alia Hoyt