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What gay men's struggles and successes reveal about resilience and community
One thing to be grateful for in this difficult year: The decency that drives people to act heroically.
The pandemic is traumatizing everyone. But we can consciously tap into the emotional resources that got us through our earlier traumas to get through this one.
One way to get away from politics, the pandemic, and the world is to go hiking. You’ll be amazed what it can do for your health and well being.
Meet three men who have “lived to tell about it.” They know a few things about thriving after you’ve already managed to survive.
Americans lived with high rates of loneliness even before the pandemic. Fortunately, there are effective ways to address its impact on our health.
Do you have boxes of old family photos to organize "someday"? You may be missing an excellent opportunity to feel connected to "your people" and support your resilience.
Resilient and responsible people wear face masks in order to remain coronavirus free and protect others. That's real freedom.
A friend's casual racist remark got me thinking about the ways and words used to demean those of us who are "different" from the white, heterosexual norm.
Even when life seems to be "all COVID-19, all the time," we get to choose how the pandemic defines our lives. A devastating medical diagnosis taught me that.
Is the COVID-19 pandemic stirring up anxiety and wearing you down? Here are simple steps to keep you resilient and hopeful during this challenging time.
Gay men had to learn in the "dark years" of the HIV pandemic how to protect ourselves while getting on with our lives. It's a model for living with the novel coronavirus.
Community and family histories offer rich stories of adversity and survival. Connecting to their lessons in resilience can even help the most vulnerable among us to avoid HIV.
Claiming our inheritance of courage and heroism offers a sense of meaning, purpose, and belonging. It’s also key to living authentically and with resilience.
Old photos, cemetery visits, and a grandfather’s ID bracelet become powerful tools in supporting good mental health.
Old, unhealthy family dynamics can wreck our nerves during the holidays. A shift in focus and healthy boundaries can help us enjoy our family of origin without going insane.
Being grateful for our blessings every day is key to making us more resilient and less prone to being swept away by challenges.
Healing from a traumatic experience requires learning to reframe the story of what happened. It’s work. But the payoff is when you are healed enough to be “strong” for a loved one.
You can make the autumn of your life its most brilliant season yet, like my friend Steve did. Even while he was living with a brain tumor.
Biomedical HIV treatment and prevention are remarkable. But even the strongest drugs fail if we're too depressed, strung-out, or traumatized to take them.
As "deaths of despair" rise in America, it's not surprising that so many already living with stigma turn to drugs to escape their pain. Meth actually makes their problems worse.
Weathering another "storm," a personal history of resilience comes to bear in making one of life's hardest choices.
Dealing with a loved one's impending death is tough. But you'll be better able to be present and provide care to your loved one if you also take care of yourself. Here's how.
Gay men long have used camp humor to cope with homophobia, and gallows humor to cope with deadly health crises.
The 1969 Stonewall riots changed the way LGBTQ people tell the stories of our lives. Now we can speak about our courage and resilience, not our victimhood.
"Before Stonewall" shows LGBTQ women and men surviving and thriving in the years when homophobia was the law of the land. What they knew about resilience is still relevant today.
The HIV-AIDS epidemic traumatized gay men. It also showed us to be highly resilient and heroic. We need to celebrate those qualities and tell healing stories that highlight them.
Keeping memories and hope alive help keep us going as individuals and communities. Visual reminders can keep us connected even to long-ago people and events that still inspire us.
We must keep alive and honor our heroes' memories because they show us how to live with courage and strength, just as Bill Bailey did until AIDS took his life when he was only 34.
What we let our challenges and traumas "mean" makes all the difference. The words and language we use to tell our stories make it either a heroic journey or a tale of woe.
There is a widespread perception that "all" religions reject LGBTQ people, and that "all" LGBTQ people reject religion. It's not true. Just ask these religious leaders.
John-Manuel Andriote is an award-winning author, journalist, speaker, and communication consultant.