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Emotion in American Life
Why We Dislike Shame—and Can’t Get Enough of It

Why shaming is essential in America today—and some suggestions for curbing its excesses.

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The Neverending Debate
Circling the Death Penalty

A recent uptick in support for the death penalty is not cause for alarm. But it is cause for concern.

The Trust Crisis
An Emotional America

The growing role of feelings in shaping our reality.

Sincerely Yours

Sincerity, a quality we typically think of as a constant and unchanging human virtue, is anything but.

Social Studies

David Brooks’s attempt to popularize social science’s recent harvest of insight succeeds, mostly.

The Evolution of Grief

The growth of grief in a changing culture.

Mood Swings

American emotional conventions have changed, not always for the better.

Funny Bones of Contention

Political humor is serious business.

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