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Bering in Mind

Are Straight Women and Gay Men “Natural Allies”? An Evolutionary Account

Not every gay man has a female best friend, nor does every straight woman have a gay man as her most trusted confidant. But according to a recent article in Evolutionary Psychology, every one should. The authors of this piece, the psychologist Eric Russell and his colleagues from Texas Christian University, claim that the age-old [...]

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Observations

Accurate Self-Beliefs Strengthen Relationships

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How well do we know ourselves? The intuition that you are your own best judge is strong, yet flawed. The prevailing wisdom in social psychology today is that we are incorrigible self-enhancers. We tend to think we are more attractive, intelligent and agreeable than we really are. Conversely, depressed people have been found to make [...]

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PsySociety

The Psychology of Giving Thanks

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As we all sit down tonight to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will be going around the table giving thanks for our everyday sources of gratitude, like friendships, relationships, and good health. Luckily, there are actually plenty of reasons why Thanksgiving itself can help maintain and improve those very things for [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Take Care of Your Brain—and Your Friendships

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Fighting back emotion, Tony Dorsett, the former Dallas Cowboys’ running back, told ESPN last fall: “It’s painful, man, for my daughters to say they’re scared of me…it’s painful.” Dorsett said he suffers from memory problems, depression and difficulty controlling his emotions. He said he has even thought about suicide. The likely cause of Dorsett’s distress [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Even Lions Like To Cuddle

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Lion snuggles look adorable, but they betray evidence of the often violent life that lions lead. Cuddling may help to reinforce friendships that become necessary to protect a lion’s territory from intruders.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Cooler Than #SharkWeek: Sharks Make Friends, Too

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Shark Week is upon us, and rather than be fooled by sharky fakery or outright lies, how about some real, true, scientifically-accurate shark science? Here’s a piece I originally wrote in January, 2012. Many of us think of sharks as lone hunters. We imagine them spending most of their lives swimming alone, briefly seeking out [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Friday Fun: Dolphin Stampede

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This video (via the Washington Post, CBS Evening News, and Dana Point Whale Watch) showing a super-pod of perhaps 2000 dolphins off the coast of southern California, made the rounds last week. Dolphin society is typically described in the same way as primate society. Fission-fusion societies among dolphins are characterized by two levels of social [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Sharks With Friends

Blacktip Reef Shark

Many of us think of sharks as lone hunters. We imagine them spending most of their lives swimming alone, briefly seeking out the company of another shark for the purposes of reproduction, then going back to their solo ways. We also tend to think of sharks as dumb machines, capable of little more than hunting. [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

What Can Dolphins Tell Us About The Evolution of Friendship?

A version of this post was originally published on November 18, 2010. Click the archives image to see the original post. Scientists thought they had a pretty good handle on the social interactions of bottlenose dophins (Tursiops). They’ve used the term fission-fusion dynamics to describe dolphin (and non-human primate) society and so far it has [...]

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