General

Do Audio-Only Press Briefings Make It Easier to Mislead?

The decision of the White House to allow only audio recordings of some of the press briefings, instead of the full audiovisual airing, has caused a stir. People wanted to know why that was happening. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that when the cameras are off, the discussions are more substantive. Jake Tapper of CNN said, “People in power like to hide things from the public.”

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Love & Affection

A Sublimely Condescending — and Inaccurate — View of Single People

The very best studies challenge the conventional wisdom that if you get married, you will get healthier and happier. That’s what I argued recently in an article that ruffled some feathers. In one such study, for example, people who got married actually got a little less healthy than they were when they were single, and then their health slipped even more over the course of their marriages.

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Love & Affection

What’s Wrong with Our Cherished Beliefs about Marriage?

In an op-ed that was published in the New York Times, I challenged the cherished belief that getting married makes people healthier and happier. That did not make marriage advocates very happy. They have been critiquing my article.

What I have written here, in response, is much, much longer than the typical blog post. This article addresses some of the big issues about how research on marriage is conducted and what’s wrong with the conclusions that have so often been drawn from that research.

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The Psychology of Being Alone in Public (Part 2): How It Really Feels

In my previous post in this 2-part series, I described the results of a series of studies on the psychology of being alone in public. In the studies from Part 1, participants imagined how they would feel in various settings (such as restaurants and movie theaters) when they were alone compared to when they were with other people. Those kinds of studies tell us what people expect to feel, but they don’t tell us how they really do feel.

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