In a 2013 poll by a YouGov , 41% of responders said it is impossible for most to achieve the American Dream, while 38% said it is still possible.  Most Americans perceive a college education as the ticket to the American Dream.  Some recent observers warn that soaring student loan debt crisis and shortages of good jobs may undermine this ticket.  The point was illustrated in The Fallen American Dream ,  a documentary film that details the concept of the American Dream from its historical origins to its current perception.
As for bantering and antagonistic flirting – it is still something that I am struggling with. I literally can't find myself being comfortable doing such conversations, unless it's someone that I know 200% that it is his style and won't get offended easily from such things. I guess it's a personality thing – I find myself easily embarrassed or feeling very awkward whenever someone starts being a bit more antagonistic with me – especially because I have a difficult time identifying if it's in a friendly way or in an insulting kind of way and thus I find myself paralyzed by confusion and not knowing how to respond.
Lastly, the herb was found to increase the excitability and stability of the brain during athletic competition. A Guiyang Medical College research group carried out testing on more than 300 professional athletes, including athletes of the China National Skating Team. All of the tested athletes reported that a Jiaogulan/Danshen recipe taken before the competition made them vigorous and alert, with quick reflexes and less nervousness. A control group taking Danshen alone did not feel increased stability and excitability of the nervous system during competition, although they also felt increased energy and endurance. 234, 235