Diagnosing depression as an illness and treating it with anti-depressant medication may create new difficulties. The risks include dampening your ability to feel happiness and sexual arousal, and causing weight gain, drug dependency and relationship problems. What if you treat depression instead as indicating a problem in your life? Read More
The failure of a romantic relationship is always a difficult experience, but regarding it as a personal failure is even worse. But what does it mean for a relationship to a failure, and does this imply that you have failed personally as well? Read More
People with narcissistic and borderline personality disorder want to be the focus of your life. This can make it difficult to tell BPD and NPD apart when you really want to know what you're dealing with. With a little education, you'll know whether or not the person in your life is a narcissist or borderline (although someone can have both). Read More
Sad love. The concept is seemingly as ineffable as love itself, although most people understand exactly how sad love feels. Separately, sadness is felt as a heavy emptiness that may be coupled with a yearning to have what is unattainable or to bring back what was lost. Read More
The brains of twins are structurally similar to one another and are under relatively tight genetic control. Given the similarity in brain volume and structure of twins' brains should we expect similarity in dream content of twins? I would say yes but there are very little data out there to decide the issue. Read More
Instead of fighting him on this close attachment to his mother, join him. After all, if you love him and he is attached to his mother, it behooves you to see just what his attachment is based on. Read More
If we actually make an effort to look for ways to put a smile on someone's face - making that person feel loved or happy - we experience a feeling that can be intoxicating. You may even find yourself trying to outdo yourself in terms of grateful or romantic gestures.
Thus far in my posts I've painted a pretty bleak picture of pain from all vantage points. Pain routinely turns a sufferer inward, to the body that's crying out for help. But because the inside world is invisible, it's difficult to communicate how one feels to other people. Nor is it much easier for observers of pain, doctors and caregivers. Read More
The discipline in psychology called PNI (psychoneuroimmunology) focuses on studying how specific stressors affect specific areas of the body. Psychological studies have shown that certain emotions have more impact on the heart, for example. Read More
Freud's brilliant insight, "Groups take on the personality of the leader," is worth taking to heart. Policy matters, but so does personality. What Presidential personality traits do Americans seek in these treacherous economic times?