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Tag Archives: Psychology and Psychologists
Here Are 12 Health Podcasts Worth Listening To
Here are a dozen delightful and informative suggestions.
The $2 Billion Question of Who You Are at Work
Employers are finding personality tests — measuring how employees think and feel — more useful than ever while navigating hybrid work. But the tests are not always up-to-date.
This Book Changed My Relationship to Pain
The pain psychologist Rachel Zoffness explains how pain is a “biopsychosocial phenomenon” — and how we can better treat it as such.
A Mother Makes the Case for Conservatorship
Her son was “losing his mind.” But how do you help someone who doesn’t believe he is mentally ill?
How Teens Recovered From the ‘TikTok Tics’
A wave of teenagers who developed tics during the pandemic has receded, illustrating the powerful influence of stress on the body and the resilience of adolescents.
How Therapy-Speak Took Over Dating
In a time when emotional maturity is highly desirable, almost everyone is “doing the work.”
How to Stop Having Those Same Silly Fights With Your Partner
There are ways to meet somewhat near the middle, experts say.
Barbara Stanley, Influential Suicide Researcher, Dies at 73
Her simple idea, for patients to write down a plan that would help them weather a suicidal crisis, rapidly spread in clinical settings.
How to Find the Right Couples Therapist
Going to counseling with your partner can strengthen, or even save, your relationship. But first you need to pick a therapist. Here’s how to search for one and decide if they’re a good match.
Why the Ranks of Populism Are Filled With ‘Nasty’ Characters
What does this constant brinkmanship and playing to the gallery do to democracy generally?
Prince Harry Said Psychedelics Helped His Grief. Here’s What to Know.
In his new memoir, Prince Harry talks about taking psychedelics to deal with the ongoing pain over the death of his mother. Here’s what we know and don’t know about their effectiveness.
Clutter Is Good for You
Take that, Marie Kondo.
How to Help Someone When They’re Sad
A limited yet growing body of research suggests that one of the most powerful ways to support someone is also the simplest: Start a conversation.
What is Freudenfreude? And How to Cultivate It.
The joy we derive from others’ success comes with many benefits.
Unpacking the Psychology of Gift-Giving
What makes for a great present? Attention, empathy and a little bit of espionage.
With Anxiety On the Rise, Some Children Try ‘Exposure Therapy’
A gold-standard treatment for phobias and anxieties encourages young people to follow an old and simple dictum: Face your fears.
Depression After Covid: Symptoms to Watch for and How to Treat It
The risk of developing symptoms of depression remains high up to a year after you’ve recovered.
Why Humor and Levity Are Important, According to Experts
Beyond making tough moments a little easier, cultivating levity is good for your health.
How to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time
Earlier mornings and shorter evening light can be a tough adjustment. But there are ways to prepare for the end of daylight saving.
‘You Don’t Look Anorexic’
New research shows that our assumptions about eating disorders are often wrong — and that many larger-bodied people are starving themselves.
Sadder but Wiser? Maybe Not.
A landmark 1979 study found that depressed people had a more realistic view of their influence over events. New research calls that into question.
Overlooked No More: Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers, Creators of a Personality Test
Mother and daughter, they developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which has helped millions of people discover if they are introverts or extroverts or thinkers or feelers.
What Teenagers’ Mental Health Can Tell Us About America
Adolescents live at the fault lines of a culture, exposing our weak spots.
Interrogating the Stories We Tell About Our Minds
The journalist Rachel Aviv complicates narratives surrounding mental illness.
A psychologist and friendship expert has advice for how to make friends as an adult.
Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?
A unique research project is tracking hundreds of people at risk for suicide, using data from smartphones and wearable biosensors to identify periods of high danger — and intervene.
How Hard Should Your Workout Be?
Every strenuous exercise involves some mixture of suffering and pleasure. The key to sticking with it is getting the balance right.
The Forgotten Lessons of the Recovered Memory Movement
A deep understanding of how cultural trends and psychology interact is more important than ever.
Fall Is the Season for Building Mindfulness and Resilience
Yes, the easy summer days are behind us. But if you’re willing to brave the chill, autumn holds a special set of rewards.
Mental Health in America: The Politics of ‘Insight’
Psychiatry still wants patients to have the “correct attitude,” but too often ignores how that can depend on culture, race, ethnicity and faith.
Is There Too Much ‘Mental Health’ Awareness in the United States?
Has the term become so expansive as to be meaningless?
What is E.M.D.R.? Understanding the Trauma Therapy Practice
The once-experimental trauma treatment has become increasingly popular. Here’s how the therapy works.
The Transcendent Power of Walking
Walking in my neighborhood taught me what running wild in the mountains couldn’t.
Work Is Intrinsically Good. Or Maybe It’s Not?
A question to ponder on Labor Day.
‘The Best Tool We Have’ for Self-Harming and Suicidal Teens
Studies indicate that dialectical behavior therapy offers greater benefits than more generalized therapy. But treatment is intensive, and expensive.
A Teen’s Journey Into the Internet’s Darkness and Back Again
As anxiety and depression soar among adolescents, researchers struggle to understand how exactly social media affects mental health.
Red Flag for Shootings? Life Crisis, Not Mental Illness, Experts Say
While some mass shootings are committed by people with diagnosed mental illnesses, a life crisis is a better predictor of violence, researchers say.
Where Money Meets Feelings: Financial Therapy Finds Its Footing
Planners weren’t equipped to address the emotional roots of how clients dealt with money. Therapists couldn’t guide finances. Now, there’s a bridge.
Kids’ Mental Health Is a ‘National Emergency.’ Therapists Are in Short Supply.
Could books and online materials help fill the gap?
How to Navigate a ‘Quarterlife’ Crisis
The generation entering adulthood now faces novel, sometimes debilitating, challenges. Experts offer tools to navigate a “quarterlife crisis.”
‘Parentese’ is Truly a Lingua Franca, Global Study Finds
In an ambitious cross-cultural study, researchers found that adults around the world speak and sing to babies in similar ways.
A Top Mental Health Expert on Where America Went Wrong
The psychiatrist and public-health expert Thomas Insel discusses how mental illness is a medical problem that requires social solutions.
7 Mindfulness-Based Strategies to Stop Spiraling into Despair
Name your emotions. Take action. Know your limits. These seven mindfulness-based strategies can help you stay grounded while caring deeply about the world.
How Weight Lifting Can Help Heal Trauma
Everyone knows that weight lifting increases physical strength. But, for some, it can give psychological power, too.
His PTSD, and My Struggle to Live With It
After my partner was brutally beaten on the street, I became one of the many thousands of Americans caring for someone with post-traumatic stress disorder — and our relationship changed forever.
My O.C.D. Diagnosis Was a Blessing, Until it Became Too Central to My Life
Getting a mental health diagnosis can be a huge relief. But can the label become a problem?
7 Questions to Strengthen Your Relationship
After two years of tumult, these essential conversations can help couples talk about what’s working, what’s not and where the relationship is headed.
Shanghai Wrestles With Psychological Scars From Lockdown
The lockdown fueled anxiety, fear and depression among the city’s residents. Experts have warned that the mental health impact of the confinement will be long-lasting.
6 Ways to Help Your Child Deal With Anger
Anger has a bad reputation, but it is a basic human emotion like any other. Here’s how to help children cope.