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Science Explains How to Be Luckier in 2018

And just like that, 2017 is finally behind us. Our social media feeds are, once again, filled with resolutions, wishes of a better year, and grainy mobile videos of year-end parties and fireworks.

It will be the “Yellow Mountain Dog” (Year 4715 on the Chinese calendar) on Feb. 16, 2018 and astronomy and Feng Shui experts are already sharing tips on which lucky numbers and colors would bring good fortune.

Psychologist Argues Chinese People Think Like 6-Month-Old Infants

A psychologist has argued that most Chinese people have the mental age of a six-month-old and never got out of what Sigmund Freud called the oral stage in his psychosexual theory of development.

The oral stage is the first of Freud’s five stages, where the mouth serves as the primary erogenous zone. In essence, this stage is all about the infant putting stuff into his or her mouth to satisfy its desires.

Science Explains Why Narcissistic Jerks are More Likely to Be Successful

If you’ve ever suspected your boss was a narcissistic jerk, a new study may back you up.

Researchers from the University of Bern found that workers who scored higher on some “dark triad” traits — psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism — often had more opportunities for raises and promotions to leadership positions, according to Minds for Business.

Giving Children Money Makes Them Work Harder — But There’s a Catch

The mere act of handling money causes children as young as 3-years-old to take more and give less, according to new research.

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and University of Illinois at Chicago found that the positive and negative effects of handling cash occurred even in children who did not know what money was used for.

Why Being Weird Might Help You Find a Date, According to New Study

Men and women prefer partners who are weird, according to a new study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

The study’s researchers asked a group of heterosexual and bisexual people from the United States, the United Kingdom and India to select individuals from online dating websites that interested them. They were also asked to describe their ideal partners and to imagine date scenarios with a person they just met.

Science Reveals Why Some People are Selfish Jerks

New research supports the idea that selfishness is programmed into Machiavellians. These individuals exploit others’ willingness to play fair and cooperate for individual gain. In the eyes of a Machiavellian, people are tools to be used as a means to an end in fulfilling their own aims.

A questionnaire that tests for this trait finds that people who are high in Machiavellianism tend to agree with statements such as: “The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear” and “It is wise to flatter important people.”

Here’s What Happened to a Man Who Took 40,000 Ecstasy Pills in His 20s

A 2006 case report tells the story of a 37-year-old man identified only as Mr. A who admitted himself to a group of doctors at the London Psychiatry Centre because he was having issues with his short-term memory, depression and anxiety. He told his doctors he suspected they were a result of his taking 40,000 ecstasy pills while in his twenties.

According to the report, written by Dr. Christos Kouimtsidis and his University of London Colleagues and published in the journal Psychosomatics, Mr. A. claimed that he had consumed a total of 40,000 tablets of ecstasy from the ages of 21 to 30.