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  1. science of us
    What It’s Like to Be Stalked by Your ProfessorAn interview with Donna Freitas, author of the book “Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention.”
  2. atypical
    What It’s Like to Have Multiple PersonalitiesOnce called “multiple-personality disorder,” dissociative-identity disorder remains a controversial diagnosis.
  3. atypical
    My Breast Implants Made Me SickIn 2014, Maria Gmitro got a breast augmentation. Months later, she started getting sick.
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    What It’s Like to Have MeaslesIt used to be that only people born in the 1960s or earlier knew what measles was like, but outbreaks have grown more common in recent years.
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    What It’s Like to Lose $1 Million in an Online Dating ScamAs dating sites and social apps proliferate, so, too, do scams.
  6. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be a Diagnosed NarcissistThe term ‘narcissist’ gets thrown around easily, but what does it really mean?
  7. atypical
    What It’s Like Being a Relationship AnarchistAccording to two people who practice it — with each other, and others, too.
  8. atypical
    What It’s Like Dating a PsychopathAn interview with a man who knows.
  9. atypical
    My Life As a PsychopathAs told by an anonymous woman diagnosed with psychopathy.
  10. atypical
    My Life With Borderline Personality DisorderA 31-year-old woman shares her story.
  11. self reflection
    What It’s Like to Go Through Life As a Really Beautiful Woman“I look back over my life and think, What did my looks do for me?”
  12. sex
    What It’s Like to Visit ‘Dr. M,’ New York’s Erotic Masseur for Women“It’s so vanilla, and yet so kinky.”
  13. atypical
    What It’s Like to Reconstruct Your Own Foreskin“I will never grow back all the nerve endings lost during circumcision, but I did get back some sensitivity.”
  14. evangelicalism
    What It’s Like To Experience Gay Conversion Therapy“The pastor was inches away from my face, screaming for the demon to get out.”
  15. Some Psychologists Call for a Positive Framing of Autism and Niche InterestsFour people with autism — and one parent of a severely autistic adult — share their stories.
  16. The Intriguing Potential of a Little-Known Plant From Southeast AsiaThree people share their stories.
  17. atypical
    When Your Child Eats Magnets And Other Things That Are Definitely Not Food“He’d get Happy Meals and eat the entire meal. The box. The wrappers. The straws. The lids. The toys.”
  18. atypical
    What It’s Like When Your Daydreams Are Just As Real As LifeA maladaptive daydreamer describes just how overwhelming it can be.
  19. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be a Celibate Pedophile“There are a lot of pedophiles who never offend. It’s understandable that people have never heard of us, because we must remain hidden.”
  20. atypical
    What It’s Like to Cope With Your Agoraphobia by Buying a Motor HomeThat’s one way to do it.
  21. atypical
    When Your Mother’s Death Is Kept Secret From YouThe reverberating effects of hiding the truth.
  22. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Unable to Bear the Sound of Someone Eating“Any time I hear someone chewing with their mouth open, I lose my mind.”
  23. atypical
    What It’s Like to Periodically Collapse and Pass Out for Several Hours“I know nothing is going to happen to me, I know I will wake up and I won’t die — but it’s so totally and utterly humiliating.”
  24. atypical
    What It’s Like to ‘Wake Up’ From Autism After Magnetic Stimulation“I just thought my inability to read people had held me back my whole life. And if there is something that could change that, I should try it.”
  25. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be a Stoner Who’s Allergic to Marijuana“I’d kept an old joint, and sometimes I’d light it and have a fake little religious ritual where I would waft it like a sage stick around the room.”
  26. atypical
    What It’s Like When Your Spouse TransitionsMany straight men don’t stay through a partner’s transition. But for the ones who do, it can spark an identity crisis.
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    What It’s Like to Be Chemically Castrated“It hurt. It took at least two shots before I noticed my sexual thoughts slowing down.”
  28. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Water“When you find out that you are allergic to water, that’s an internal crisis beyond anything else.”
  29. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be an Intersex Nudist“I don’t have to deal with the politics of sex and gender and men and women. You guys are welcome to all that crap.”
  30. atypical
    What It’s Like to Lose 350 PoundsAnd be blind. And be a carnival worker.
  31. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Single With Tourette Syndrome“I’m terrified of airports because as soon as I walk through the door my mind tells me to say bomb or gun: Say bomb. Shout it. Shout it. Shout gun. Shout bomb. It’s just torturous.”
  32. atypical
    What It’s Like to Have Severe Sleep ParalysisHe thought he was being personally haunted by a ghost.
  33. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Profoundly Face-Blind“I’ve walked right past my husband, my own mother, my daughter, my son, without being able to recognize them.”
  34. atypical
    What It’s Like to Have Severe Lyme Disease“If I had not been an insider and if I had not been able to push for the information I needed, there’s no question I’d be dead.”
  35. atypical
    What It’s Like to Remember Nothing From Your PastNo looking back. Because you can’t.   
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    What It’s Like to Have Severe Vaginismus“It’s like having an ob-gyn exam every single week for three months, and each time they’d introduce a different size dilator.”
  37. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Wi-FiA conversation with a woman who says she is suffering from a disorder that many scientists believe doesn’t exist.
  38. atypical
    What It’s Like to Ask People Really Awkward Questions“I don’t think there’s been a single subject who I haven’t ‘connected’ with.”
  39. atypical
    Ask Our ‘What It’s Like’ Interviewer AnythingShe certainly has some stories to tell.
  40. what it’s like
    Atypical: What It’s Like to Live on the Margins of ExperienceWhat it means to see yourself as different. And to be seen that way.
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    What It’s Like to Be a Really Hairy Woman“The hair is thick and dark, and it goes from my sideburns to my neck and my chin.”
  42. atypical
    What It’s Like to Date Your Dad“We discussed whether it was wrong and then we kissed.”
  43. atypical
    What It’s Like to Slowly Lose Your EyesightWatching the darkness close in for years and years.
  44. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be a 58-Year-Old VirginYears and years of loneliness.
  45. atypical
    What It’s Like to Be Covered in ScalesWhat it’s like to watch your body transform, permanently, for the worse.
  46. atypical
    What It’s Like to Feel Lost in Your Own HomeAn interview with a woman whose rare neurological disorder makes her feel disoriented, even in familiar surroundings.