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“A Table for One”: Singles Scholar Kinneret Lahad Tells Us about Her New Book

Singles scholar and Kinneret Lahad is out with a new book, A table for one: A critical reading of singlehood, gender, and time. If her name sounds familiar, that’s because I’ve talked about her ideas before, as, for example, in What’s so bad about waiting? and Who gets spooked by stories of single people dying alone?

I asked Professor Lahad, a gender studies professor at Tel Aviv University, if she would tell us about her book. Happily, she agreed.

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Love & Affection

Leaving Home in 15 Countries: How Old Are the Grown Children When They Leave and How Far Do They Go?

[I've been blogging here at Psych Central since 2011, and this post is one of the most popular ones I have ever written. Readers keep finding it even though it has been years since it was published. So I thought I would post it again for those who missed it the first time. It is a particularly apt topic around the holidays, when lots of people are returning...
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Love & Affection

Single People Are More Mature, Though That Is Rarely Recognized

In a discussion of the meanings of weddings in the Community of Single People, Kristin Noreen (a popular guest blogger here, and now with a wonderful new blog of her own) said:
“We make much of the wedding as the passage to adulthood, but that to me was an extension of childhood--receiving all these gifts that other people picked out for us.”
Are you thinking, “oh, but newlyweds use gift registries now”? It is true that wedding guests select gifts from...
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The Community of Single People: New Data on Who We Are and What We Talk About

In July of 2015, I started a Facebook group, the Community of Single People (CoSP), for people who want to share experiences and discuss every aspect of single life except dating or attempting to escape single life. We are people who want to live our single lives fully, joyfully, and unapologetically. (You can read more about the Community, and how it developed over time, here.)

The number of CoSP members surpassed 2,000 a few months ago. Thanks to the Facebook feature, “Group Insights,”...
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General

Part 2: Why Aren’t the Other Kids Playing with My Son? Guest Post by Amy Andrada

[Bella’s intro: This is the second of a 2-part guest post by Amy Andrada. The first part is here. As you may recall, Amy, a single parent, is trying to figure out why the other kids don’t play with her son and why the other parents are not so friendly to her. A coworker thinks it is because she is the only single parent, and suggests that she fake being married by wearing a wedding ring, then see what happens.]

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