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Personality Can Change Over A Lifetime, And Usually For The Better

Psychologists have been arguing for decades over whether personality traits are real or a myth. More recent research shows that traits are real, a scientist says, and have a big effect on behavior.
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Michael Phelps Attempts To Make 5th Consecutive Olympic Team

Phelps holds a lion's share of Olympic swimming records. As he is about to turn 31, an age long past retirement in his sport, he is expected to be a threat for more medals at this summer's Rio games.
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To Help A Criminal Go Straight, Help Him Change How He Thinks

More than half of prisoners released from prison are rearrested within a year. Cognitive therapy can help prisoners change the thinking that gets them in trouble, like "I'll never back down."
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What Of London's 'Beautiful Idiots And Brilliant Lunatics,' Post-'Brexit'?

Many people know London as a true city of the world, says NPR's Scott Simon. But he wonders what the U.K.'s recent vote to leave the European Union may mean for that reputation.
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Personality Tests Are Popular, But Do They Capture The Real You?

It can be a lot of fun taking those back-of-the-magazine personality tests. But tests may be less fun when they are used by employers to make big life decisions on hiring and job performance.
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Week In Politics: Brexit, House Democrats' Sit-In Over Gun Control

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brooking Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union, Donald Trump's visit to Scotland and House Democrats' sit-in over gun control.
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What It's Like To Be A Part Of The 'Vanishing Middle Class'

Mat Johnson grew up poor, but managed to land in the middle class as an adult. Still, he says, opportunities for advancement are few and far between, and it's all too easy to slide back economically.
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Sobering Up, And Facing The Reality Of Sex Without 'Liquid Courage'

Author Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking when she was 35. "Nothing frightened me as much as sex without alcohol," she says.
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Cavaliers' Historic Win Was Just What This Fan Needed

People from Cleveland know not to get ahead of themselves. We know what it's like to lose. Until now.
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Father's Day Is Now A Thing In India — But My Dad Is Not A Fan

Growing up in India, I never had to worry about Father's Day. But now I do. Would dad like a booze flask with a mustache decal?

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