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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Play to win. Talks will lead to solutions, and your hands-on approach to whatever comes your way will be rewarded. You will find yourself in a position to make significant and triumphant improvements. Seize the moment and the opportunity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A problem with a relationship must be dealt with practically. Do not let your emotions cause you to make a costly mistake, leaving you in a vulnerable position. Love, romance, and socializing should be welcomed and given top priority.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Generosity and excess will be your downfall. Do your best to focus on honing your skills or looking for a better position. Striving to get ahead instead of overindulging or taking on projects that won’t pay the bills will be a must.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make plans to socialize or network with people who may be able to help you improve your position. Love is in the stars, and building a stronger relationship with someone who contributes to your goals will help secure a better future.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take action. Talking about what you want to do will solve nothing. You must be willing to go the distance if you want to gain credibility. Let your heart lead the way. Sincerity will be key when dealing with relatives, peers, or your lover.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Speak your mind, but avoid getting into an emotional argument that leads to a no-win situation. Focus on being dedicated and loyal. Avoid impulsive purchases or decisions that can contractually bind you. Practicality will be required.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Avoid making last-minute changes because of what someone else does. Stick to your plan, and rely on your experience and past friends, colleagues, or partners to fill in whatever gap is missing. Your resilience will leave a good impression.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, and protect what you have worked so hard to acquire. Innovative ideas will come to you that will help turn a situation that appears grim into a positive turn of events.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t let passion and emotional matters hold you back. Put your energy into building a better domestic life by spending time with the people you feel can contribute the most to your future achievements and happiness.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Keep your communication with friends, relatives, and superiors cordial if you want to get your way. Positive changes to your position will develop if you show dedication and are willing to adapt quickly to what’s offered.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Strive for perfection, and pick up skills that will help you advance. Showing greater enthusiasm and helping without being asked will make a difference to the outcome of a new venture. Greater demands will also bring you greater pleasure.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If possible, close a deal, settlement, or pending legal matter without getting into a scuffle. You will be forced to compromise, but in the end, it will benefit you. Love is within reach, but demands will make you revise your plans.



Secret Confessions of an Academic Psychologist:

• I know all kinds of trivia, and I have a solid vocabulary, but I can barely finish the airline magazine’s crossword. I usually get about six responses on the 8New York Times* Sunday Crossword before pretending I’m bored.

• I teach about obedience to authority, influence, the bystander effect, and critical thinking … but I still say “yes, sir” when a guy in an orange vest (who looks nothing like a cop) asks me to move my car.

• … Another time, I was with a fellow psychology professor when we saw a very drunk man wandering in the middle of the road. We both agreed that someone else should call the police.

• A teacher once said I was smart but lazy before grudgingly acknowledging that even with 80 percent effort, my reports were fine. For some, this might have been a wake-up call, not a mantra …

• I know I’m supposed to enjoy TED talks, but I seem to always end up watching a Cee-Lo Green video instead.

• I don’t enjoy layperson books about psychology, particularly by journalists, especially when they’re good — more out of jealousy than anything. I enjoy layperson books about economics and sociology (or, at least, I buy them and occasionally look at their covers).

• Whenever I do something stupid that could easily kill me, I always fear I’ll make News of the Weird and the headline will read “Intelligence Researcher Dies by Sticking Fork in Electric Outlet” or “Academic Killed Opening Mail with Knife.”

James C. Kaufman is a professor of psychology at California State-San Bernardino, where he is the director of the Learning Research Institute.









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