Bella’s intro: I can’t think of anyone whose scholarship on the psychology of deception I admire more than Professor Maria Hartwig’s. Mark Fallon is a former Special Agent and has led some of the most important counterterrorism operations in modern history. He also wrote the book critiquing the U. S. government’s torture program. I am so grateful to them for writing this important guest post.
I could not share this with you as soon as they wrote it, though. It had to be reviewed by the United States government first. That’s ironic, because the authors are challenging the government’s sweeping pre-publication review process in this article. That challenge is part of their broader examination of the role of bullshit in the contemporary American political scene, and how it undermines freedom and democracy.
I posted the first part of this article on my blog at Psychology Today. If you have come here from there, you can start reading at Part II.
I am delighted to let you know that a landmark online conference, “Singles Studies: Global Perspectives,” will take place on October 10, 2020. I am honored to be giving the keynote address, “Changing thinking, changing language, changing lives: The power and promise of Singles Studies.”
I was invited to blog at Psych Central in 2011 and I have been writing the “Single at Heart” blog there ever since. I recently learned that Psych Central has been sold to Healthline, and Healthline has decided to kill all the blogs. Sometime after October 2020, everything I’ve written there will be taken offline. That’s about 1,000 posts.
Gender Differences in Living Single, Marrying, Divorcing, Remarrying, Bereavement, and Living Arrangements
Is it a his and hers world when it comes to marrying, living single, living alone, or living apart from a romantic partner? What about initiating divorce or getting married more than once? We now know, sometimes from studies of more than 100 nations, and sometimes from more than a century of data, that there are gender differences in all of these matters.
What’s so great about being single? What does it mean for single people, for families, communities, and society that the number of single people has been growing and growing for decades? Contrary to stereotypes, single life can be deeply fulfilling, and single people contribute to the strength and durability of our interpersonal ties and societies in ways that are finally getting recognized.