Why “Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder” Isn’t the Same as “Sex Addiction”

The WHO’s newest mental health disorder isn’t what you think. By Sarah Sloat Adecade-long debate seemed settled in June when the World Health Organization officially added “compulsive sexual behavior disorder” to the newest edition of the International Classification of Diseases. Unfortunately, in the aftermath, many publications declared “sex addiction” was officially a mental health disorder. Technically, that’s wrong, but the blunder sheds light on the controversy surrounding the diagnosis. Even now, scientists are still trying to figure out the best way to think about people with very strong sexual urges. It was a calculated choice by the WHO to replace the existing ICD-10 category of “excessive … Continue reading Why “Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder” Isn’t the Same as “Sex Addiction”

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

OBY MELVILLE / REUTERS by OLGA KHAZAN A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?”“Almost all of them raised their hand and got dreamy looks in their eyes,” she told me. They talked about it “like a tidal wave would sweep over them,” he said. Sploosh. Huzzah! It’s accounting!Would they have unlimited motivation for their passion? They nodded solemnly. “I hate to burst your balloon,” she said, “but it doesn’t … Continue reading ‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  Georgia and Sam on series four of the UK’s Love Island. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Society is obsessed with happily ever afters, and it’s not just on reality TV shows that walking out alone makes you a loser Strapped to a lie detector in the final week of Love Island, contestant Dom was asked a simple question. “Did you come here just for a root?” “No,” the hunky project manager said. The machine beeped. A lie! What struck me about this scene was not that a young, virile 26-year-old man might come on a TV … Continue reading What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually