Looking at networking through this perspective is rewarding and fulfilling.

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Networking. All throughout adulthood, you will hear about the importance of networking. It doesn’t matter if you are becoming an eye doctor or a cosmetologist — it’s often who you know rather than what you know that gets your foot in the door.

For the socially awkward and introverted, networking can feel like a nightmare. Introducing yourself to new people, trying to show the value in your skills or business, and building a good rapport simultaneously? I’d have a better shot at being an Olympian!

I read book after book, trying to unlock the secret to charming strangers into business…

Can eating breakfast really help you lose weight?

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If you’ve ever picked up a women’s magazine, you’ve surely encountered an article about weight loss. Within that article, you probably encounter tons of supposed tips and tricks that supposedly aid in losing weight. Unfortunately, many of these claims are untrue. Here are four pervasive weight loss myths that you may still believe:

1. Eating breakfast helps you lose weight.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

We’ve all heard this message. Many still believe it. …

Men with toxic beliefs report being more satisfied with their lives — but what’s the real truth?

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Toxic masculinity, at its core, is a set of beliefs and values that define manhood in a constricted, unwavering way. Men with these views define themselves as “real men.” The views provide structure. But are there negative effects as well?

Promundo-US sought to learn more about men and their conformity to toxic masculinity (defined as harmful masculine beliefs) across the US, UK, and Mexico. Nicknamed “The Man Box,” the researchers identified seven facets of harmful masculine beliefs:

  • Self-sufficiency — men should not rely on others for help. …

Autism, ADHD, and other disorders may be deeply connected

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) attempts to classify and categorize mental disorders in order to properly diagnose and treat patients. It assumes each disorder is distinguishable and discrete from another.

To the DSM-5, some mental disorders were so inherently different, that they could never even co-exist. However, emerging research challenges that belief. Scientists are beginning to discover that mental disorders may not be so different after all.

Questioning the manual

As we learn more about mental disorders, psychiatrists update the DSM-5. 2013 saw Asperger’s syndrome reclassified as a part of the autism spectrum, the renaming of gender identity disorder…

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Eating has turned from the basic need to fuel the body to something completely different. People use food as an emotional crutch — giving allowance to eat take-out because you had a stressful day at work or delving into ice cream after a breakup. After you polish off that Ben & Jerry’s, you rarely feel better. If anything, you feel guilt.

The diet industry will say you need to develop healthy eating habits by counting calories and macros. Eat salmon and asparagus and resist dessert, pizza, and wings. …

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