We tend to find our mothers, wives, and sisters some of the most difficult people to deal with in our lives, a new study has found. Why is that, and why don't we simply cut ties? Chances are, we all have a nag in our lives – unless we are that nag ourselves, that is! This person may often be well-meaning, but the truth is that being around them can become tiring and emotionally draining. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley and Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, indicates that, in most cases, that "difficult" person is a woman we're closely related to: our mother, wife, or sister. Why is it, though, that we seem to overwhelmingly perceive our female kin as exasperating? "The message here is that, with female relatives, it can be a two-sided thing," suggests Claude Fischer, senior author of the study. Claude Fischer The researchers' findings were recently published in the American Sociological Review. Fischer and team used data from approximately 1,150 … [Read more...] about Female relatives ‘nag’ the most, says study
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The baby-faced kid is crushed against the chain-link octagon, swallowing punches from a fighter twice his size. His skin glows under the lights, until something gives way, and soon he's covered in blood. He's done--pinned, but too proud to tap out--yet the crowd jeers when the ref stops the fight. Even his father protests. Somehow, this Cleveland cage fight has become Caesar's coliseum.Why so angry? That's the question I'm mulling ringside. And I'm not talking about the grapplers. As combatants in the unofficial minor leagues of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, one of the fastest-growing sports in America, their anger is subsidized. I'm talking about the fans. According to a 2006 Harvard study, 10 million adult men in the United States are so angry, they're sick. In fact, their disease has a name: intermittent explosive disorder, or IED.The condition has been on the books since 1980, but the Harvard study claims it's far more common than anyone believed. Few people see psychiatrists … [Read more...] about Why So Angry?
I had just turned 51, my wife was about to turn 50, our daughter had just graduated from college, and our son had just graduated from high school, so I did what any normal American dad would do: I bought four round-trip plane tickets to Las Vegas.It's not what you're thinking. We did pig out at the world's largest buffet, and I did see a forty-something woman smoking a cigarette, playing video poker, and drinking both coffee and a cocktail at 6:30 in the morning, and my son did overhear a tattooed guy with slicked-back hair pleading into his cell phone, "Baby, c'mon, baby, I told you not to call me in Vegas." But we didn't gamble or hire prostitutes or make a down payment on a building lot in a brand-new subdivision resembling the surface of Mars. We went to Las Vegas not for any of the usual reasons, but because that was where I'd arranged to pick up the 24-foot-long recreational vehicle I'd rented for the purpose of taking my family on a 10-day tour of northern Arizona and southern … [Read more...] about My Great American Family Road Trip
How's this for a mission? Serve your country. To do it you must leave everyone you love and travel halfway around the world to a place you've never been, where it's ungodly hot, the people don't like you, and you have to wear full body armor just to take a pee. Oh, and watch out for incoming fire. At all times. It takes serious balls to carry out such a mission without crumbling, and in the five years since U.S. troops arrived in Iraq, 55,000 American women have risen to the challenge. WH talked to four of them--daughters, mothers, wives just like you--about what they sacrificed, how they stayed sane in a so-not-in-Kansas-anymore situation, and how defending their country changed them forever. Here are their stories.Melissa Stockwell, 28 - In Iraq March through April 2004I was obsessed with the American Flag when I was a kid. Everything in my room was red, white, and blue. And when anybody asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, being in the Army was always my answer. I joined the … [Read more...] about Women in Iraq: Not Your Average Desk Job