Tom Chivers We think of psychopaths as killers, alien, outside society. But, says the scientist who has spent his life studying them, you could have one for a colleague, a friend – or a spouse
NICOLE ELPHICK Do we need more doulas who can give to support those undergoing terminations?
Yeonmi Park I lived in North Korea for the first 15 years of my life, believing Kim Jong-il was a god. I never doubted it because I didn't know anything else. I could not even imagine life outside of the regime.
Alana Schetzer Alana Schetzer examines her reluctance to cut her hair.
Melisa Martin After her near death experience, Melisa Martin would rather have said it too often, than to never be able to say it again.
Jenny For a chance of happiness, one woman put everything on the line.
Sarah Whyte There is more than one way to get ahead.
Sarah Hicks My name is Sarah Hicks and I'm addicted to exercise. I currently spend two to four hours a day, seven days per week exercising.?
Shine a light
Susan Metcalfe Susan Metcalfe finds out what happens when you put aside the fear that tells us not to get involved.
Every life-changing moment should come with a sweet, quiet video like this.
'They took us to a prison'
SARAH OAKES There are all kinds of reasons we choose the subjects we do in high school.
CHLOE ANGYAL Some guidance for concerned friends and family.
Images of joy
Spring is being ushered in across the Hindu world.
Marion Cory Marion Cory expresses her masculinity by pumping iron at the gym, blurring the gender divide.
KASEY EDWARDS 16-year-old British girl Lottie Twiselton has allegedly been excluded from her school because she’s recovering from anorexia.
CLEMENTINE FORD It's not easy. But sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do.
Andrea Black She knew it was coming but Andrea Black finds that dealing with the death of a pet can be a long road.
Polly Chester Sometimes experiencing mental illness can make you a better mental health practitioner.
Alana Schetzer And this is what happened next.
SARAH MACDONALD It’s not about deteriorating gracefully, or with attitude.
Laura Jackel Mother of one Laura Jackel describes her heartbreaking ‘missed miscarriage’ – discovering her baby had died when she went for the 12 week scan.
CANDICE CHUNG Asian families don't tend to openly display their affection. But is it necessarily a bad thing?
SARAH DARMODY Fearing for your life isn’t just the fear of death alone. It’s the fear of having no life.
Hannah Kohlman Hannah Kohlman suffered a major pulmonary embolism after taking the pill. Here is what she wishes she had known.
Happy v meaningful
Sarah MacDonald What if the two goals aren't as compatible as we think?
My indigenous heritage
CELESTE LIDDLE When I am asked what term I prefer people to use when describing my indigenous heritage my short answer is "Black".
Playing cultural catch-up
PAUL CHAI It may surprise you from the above pasty-white byline photo, but I have recently been getting in touch with my Asian heritage.
Carly Findlay Carly Findlay on why it's okay to be proud of having a visible difference or disability.
SARAH MACDONALD At what stage in life does our home mean most to us?
Kathrine Ley What happens when you are faced with an irreversible decision later in life?
KATE FRIDKIS I'm not even looking for naked women and I'm seeing them everywhere. I can't avoid them if I try.
Charity Norman While she has no regrets about emigrating, Charity Norman is dreading a certain phone call from her family in the UK.
Healing power of whinging
Alice Williams Who says you have to be a 'negative person' to enjoy a good, cathartic rant?
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. Friends, acquaintances, family members and complete strangers are remarkably comfortable questioning and commenting on various aspects of our lives.
DOM KNIGHT They used to be your most-prized possessions, a mark of your exceptional taste and indie-cred. but times have changed. "I can admit now that my CD collection was assembled to impress women".
KATE FRIDKIS "I spent the entire evening on my computer, reading lists of thousands of names. I canceled some plans. My daughter needed a name!"
Annie Young Annie Young's unborn son took priority but she paid a price.
JULIA BAIRD A friend who understands your hopes and desires will never stop being your friend.
Yeong Sassall Some people argue that cross-cultural adoption isn't 'natural'. But adoptee Yeong Sassall begs to differ.
Dr Catherine Hamlin
SARAH MACDONALD We salute the dedication of a woman who has devoted her life to clean, safe births.
JUDITH IRELAND The belief that somewhere, the universe should be holding on to evidence of our undiscovered genius.
Candice Fox What it's like to share your childhood with a revolving door of some of Australia's most disadvantaged and damaged children.
Awkward men's fashion
Dominic Rolfe Men's shorts are shrinking, Dominic Rolfe wonders where the hemline will be drawn.
SARAH BERRY She pictured herself graduating from high school, going to college and having children. She told herself it would all be OK and not to worry if life didn't work out the way she planned.
Judith Woods And what people actually mean when they say, "You must come to dinner!'
PIP DOYLE What it feels like to have your partner's middle aged parents as housemates for six months.
John Schwartz Polygamy as a lifestyle choice, and a reality television brand name.
Lynne Scrivens Lynne Scrivens made radical changes to her life last year. She changed jobs, moved cities and committed to writing what she was grateful for each day on social media.
KATE FRIDKIS How persistent self-disapproval can erode our happiness and our confidence.
Pets of the year
Laura Vitto Forget Miley, Pope Francis and Beyoncé — the real stars of 2013 were the famous pets who wagged their adorable tails all over our Instagram feeds.
ELLY VARRENTI "Why bother going to the trouble of stuffing a bloody turkey now that the worst has happened to my family."
Miley the husky was left on a trash heap by her former owners, and in the months she'd lived there she had developed countless wounds and ailments. Happily, this moving video shows her recovery.
MARLAINA READ Writer Marlaina Read on why having a mental illness doesn't necessarily make someone an unfit mum.
[Trigger warning: graphic description of sexual abuse]
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight is enjoying his new role as a secular godfather.
Is bromance dead?
Katy Waldma The best male friendships were once seen as "sublime and spiritual" so why do so few men have BFFs now?
Rowan Savage Rowan Savage on the joys and frustrations of growing up with lesbian parents.
RUBY HAMAD The unspoken dangers of cosmetic surgery that's aimed at "Westernising" non-Caucasian features.