How Rom-Coms Make Stalking Seem OK

In romantic comedies, a combination of persistence and grand gestures seems to always pay off. But translated to the real world, these acts of “love” can be downright creepy. In fact, a new study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Julia Lippman points out that rom-coms are actually normalizing stalking behavior off-screen. Years of watching lovers unrelentingly pursue their interests—only to end up with them …

The Negative Side Effects of Faking It

According to a recent study conducted by Maryam Kouchaki of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, acting inauthentically can spark unforeseen psychological consequences. When asked to describe an instance of faking an emotion, participants displayed feelings of uncleanliness and sought the need for moral compensation. In other words, faking it until you make it actually just leads us further away from the end goal. In a …