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  1. Why We Joined the Institute for Liberal Values

    We’re proud to team up with an organization that shares our values of free expression, critical thinking, civic engagement, and humility.

  2. Gothic Childhoods

    Fantasy novelist Karen Nilsen reflects on how good parenting—and the emotional honesty of stories like Hans Christian Andersen’s—shielded her from her grandmother’s pathological narcissism.

    But are children today getting the same preparation? Or are our mermaids too watered down?

  3. What is Positive Maladjustment?

    There’s an easy answer and a much harder one.

    We’ll give you the quick and easy explanation of Dabrowski’s idea of positive maladjustment. Then we’ll talk about all that goes into truly learning to answer this question.

  4. A Glamorous Hell

    More and more of us are thinking of trying self-employment. Freelancer Morgan Grace Milburn debunks the simplistic narratives about this path to help you figure out if you really should make the leap.

  5. Gender and the Square Peg

    When a quirky kid goes online to ask whether she might be trans, the algorithms aren’t going to give her any alternatives to consider. That’s a problem that this magazine’s mission demands that we address.

  6. Unapologetically Speaking His Mind: An Interview with Upperhand Mars

    It’s never been easy to be an independent thinker, but discussing contentious issues that affect you personally on social media has to be the hardest way to do it. We sit down with Mars, a politically homeless transgender man, to talk about where he found his confidence and why he keeps talking despite the abuse he takes from Left and Right alike.

  7. A Fresh Perspective on Gender: An Interview with Angus Fox of Genspect

    A new, moderate organization offers a new take on gender, zooming in on neurodivergence, the need for role models, and the good that outliers do in the world.

  8. Dysphoria and Disintegration in Women Who Are “Too Much”

    Katherine knew she was uncommon. When she turned to the Internet to find people like her, they told her that was because a personality like hers did not belong in a female body.

    Then she happened upon an alternative perspective—one that her fellow uncommon women should have been making clearer to her all along.

  9. Getting Unstuck: Countering Polarization with Cognitive Flexibility

    Stuckness, says Dr. Mike Brooks, is at the root of both his clients’ anxiety and depression and our political polarization.

    So how do we get unstuck? In this interview, we chat about cognitive flexibility, the importance of relationships, and how it all unfolds on social media.

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