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Rethinking Narcissism: Self-Pride Can Be Healthy

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If you’re a “narcissist,”  you’re a bad person. This appears to be the general consensus. Being someone with a degree in psychology, I’ve always wondered about the term myself, and why everyone is so fast to apply the label. And it’s getting worse. These days, you’re a “narcissist” if you allude to any personal achievement, or if you name-dropped at a party, or even if you simply showed up wearing nicer clothes. Due to this disturbing phenomenon, my wonder has increased to concern. How big is the gap between narcissism and simple self-confidence and are those who hiss the term “narcissist” even aware of that gap? Are we too close to thinking narcissism and positive words like “esteem” and “confidence”…

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Ron Clark’s Move Your Bus asks: Are we a “rider” society?

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Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I know that there are those who are runners in business and in life — but what do we do about those who are merely riders? These words, “runner” and “rider,” are courtesy of Ron Clark, the New York Times bestselling author of The Essential 55 and winner of Disney’s “American Teacher of the Year.” He was even Oprah Winfrey’s “Phenomenal Man” selection and he has founded The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia; to date, over 25,000 educators have visited. There, parents and teachers learn how to better unlock a child’s potential. Perhaps you caught The Ron Clark Story, an uplifting film starring Matthew Perry? Clark’s latest book, Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating…

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The Notorious RBG: We love the new rock star feminist!

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done some amazing things. But prior to the current craze that’s sweeping the Internet, putting this woman’s name and rock ‘n roll in the same sentence was usually part of a joke. Oh, ha-ha, a societal and political leader elevated to the Supreme Court, who doesn’t exactly sport the latest fashions, is a what? A rock star? Please. Oh, but she is. The legendary feminism leader, and one of the most critical figures in American history, is heating up the digital space. She’s got it all rolling now; there’s a new biopic starring Natalie Portman, her well-documented role in the gay marriage issue, and that glove. Wait, a glove? This picture showed up in TIME magazine and added fuel to…

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Joe Wenke Interviews: Rita Mae Brown on being a Lambda Literary Pioneer

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This year’s recipient of the annual Lambda Literary Award’s Pioneer Award is bestselling author Rita Mae Brown. To celebrate her remarkable career, Bantam is reissuing her groundbreaking first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. Recently, noted author and activist Joe Wenke (The Talk Show, The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) spoke to Brown about her writing, her latest accolade, and the future of the LGBT cause. JOE WENKE: Could you talk a little bit about what it was like for you to write Rubyfruit Jungle? In the introduction to Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser, you say that for you writing “was a gift.” Was that what the experience of writing Rubyfruit Jungle was like? Was it a…

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Miley Cyrus tweeted — she found her show in Grace and Frankie

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The story behind the renewal is amusing. But the bottom line is more important. The new Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie has been picked up for a second season, perhaps due in part to Miley Cyrus. Yes, that’s correct: Miley Cyrus. As it turns out, the pop superstar loves the show that sees two women in their 70s – Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin – struggling to start over after their husbands leave them for each other. Cyrus Tweeted that she had “found her show,” and Grace and Frankie got their second season the very next day. Even co-creator Marta Kauffman cited Cyrus’ influence as a reason for the show’s extension. See? It’s an amusing little story. It’s also encouraging to see Cyrus, a…

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