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Rejection Based on Stigmatization is Particularly Distressing

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Rejection is always upsetting, but being devalued and rejected because one has a stigmatized identity is particularly distressing and undermines trust.

What WAS that Masked Man Saying? How Wearing a Mask May Influence Our Interactions with Other People

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We know that masks can reduce COVID-19 transmission, but how are they affecting our ability to communicate with each other? A psychologist who studies how well people understand each other offers some speculations.

Who Brings You Up When You’re Feeling Down?

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Empathic people who are trying to be empathic actually end up being less empathic.

Was Trump’s ‘Hope’ Comey’s Command? We Asked a Language Expert

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Much of former FBI Director James Comey’s recent congressional testimony hinged on a single utterance from President Donald Trump: “hope.”

According to Comey, on Feb. 14 President Trump dismissed the other participants from an Oval Office meeting and requested that Comey stay behind for a one-on-one conversation. During this conversation Trump reportedly said:

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Can a Brief Pause Get in the Way of Toddler Learning?

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The ability of toddlers to learn new words may be affected by how often their interactions with parents and other caregivers are interrupted by modern technology.