Dr. Irene S. Levine


Dr. Irene S. Levine

Road Warriors Dish on Airplane Etiquette Breaches

Traveling can be tough these days, especially if you’re going from here to there by air. In addition to the hassles that stem from tightened security, airlines are continually seeking ways to increase shareholder profits. This means stuffing more passengers in the same size plane by minimizing seat size, making intimate bedfellows out of strangers in the process.

It’s getting increasingly difficult, too, to reserve decent seats without a significant upcharge. The cost of business or first class s…

5 Reasons Your Friend "Ghosted" You

It’s official: The term “ghost” is a verb as well as a noun. In fact, the term was just added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary this month (February 2017). It is defined as follows:

To ghost: To abruptly cut off all contact with (someone, such as a former romantic partner) by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, instant messages, etc.

The increasingly common phenomenon of ghosting someone (or being the unfortunate victim who’s been ghosted by someone else) isn’t limited to lovers. In …

Galentine's Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate Female Friendships

When images of hearts, chocolates and flowers begin popping up all over, you know that Valentine’s Day is soon approaching. Of course, the holiday has become highly commercialized since its origins in the 1800s: Couples typically celebrate by exchanging gifts, cards and other expressions of affection. After Mother’s Day, it’s the second busiest day for dining out at restaurants.

Yet, as nice as it is to have a spouse or lover on Valentine’s Day, neither one can substitute for a close female frien…

Friendship: 5 Myths and Misperceptions

Friendships are unique and complicated. Not only do they vary from person to person but also, from one relationship to another. While no friendship is perfect, individuals are often reluctant to discuss the darker side of friendships — when it’s tough to make friends or friendships don’t pan out as we hoped they would. As a result, these relationships are often shrouded in mystery, myths and misperceptions:

Here are five common friendship myths:

Myth #1 - It’s too late to make friends.


Storia Picks: 5 Food Trends to Watch in 2017

Depending on personality and food passions, some people dine on the same standard fare and others look towards what’s new and different. If you like to follow the trends, here are five you won’t want to miss:

1) Poke Salad

If you are a fan of ceviche, fish tartare or sashimi, you’ll likely fall in love with poke (pronounced po-kay). Poke migrated to the mainland U.S. from Hawaii, where it’s been traditionally served as either an appetizer or entrée since the 70s. Now this raw fish salad seems to b…

5 Tips to Turn an Acquaintance into a Friend

People tend to have far more acquaintances than they do friends.

For one thing, social media, in general — and Facebook, in particular — has turned the definition of what it means to have a “friend” or be a “friend” on its head. In fact, we all know people who have hundreds of so-called social media “friends” but still feel lonely. That’s because the overlap between those media friends and “in real life” (IRL) friends is usually quite small.

Dunbar’s Number

Anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who studie…