Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
One of the least recognized but potentially most destructive aspects of a breakup is the damage to your sense of who you are. How do you find yourself?
We’re reading all of these books about parenting, but what happens to our child if we can’t be the kinds of parents they say we should be?
A colleague recently commented that a student psychotherapist he was supervising seemed to think he was supposed to know everything. "What does he think training is for, then?"
Often bullies don't act alone. Who supports them, and why? Social psychology and Freud offer some interesting answers.
If you are feeling helpless and hopeless in response to world events, you are not alone. But there are some things you can do.
The question of psychiatric diagnosis has long been a confusing one. A new study suggests that they are actually not useful. Why?
You might use self-criticism to motivate yourself to change. But research says it can backfire, making us feel less motivated instead. What to do?
From a distance, change often looks easy. And it can be. It can also be exciting and challenging. But up close it can sometimes be distressing.
Self-care sounds obvious. Self-compassion can make you healthier, stronger, and more successful. But it's neither simple nor easy. Why? And what can you do about it?
How you manage the difference between something that happened to you and something you did can impact your self-confidence, well-being, and general satisfaction in life.
Here are six simple steps to healthier boundaries.
As men and women spend more time together, it's important to find ways to cross the divide.
Although mother-daughter relationships are often idealized in our minds, in reality they are frequently complex, varied, and surprisingly complicated.
Do negative thoughts interfere with your ability to enjoy the good things in your life? You can make those thoughts work for you, not against you.
Most of us have been hurt in big and small ways. How do you decide whether or not to forgive the other person? And how do you forgive yourself?
Recent research confirms that loneliness increases the risk of poor health—and even premature death. But overcoming loneliness is not about changing who you are.
The three techniques that often backfire when you’re trying to motivate a child or change a person’s behavior.
Is it always good to be generous and giving? Is selfishness always bad?
Did you know that highly successful professionals in every field sometimes worry about being frauds? See what you can do if you suffer from this problem as well.
Why do so many people do things we can’t understand and that we would never do? And what can we do about it?
You should be happy and excited to make positive changes in your life, right? So why do you feel so stressed?
While it’s hard enough to figure out why we behave in certain ways, it’s even harder to change those old behavior patterns.
Why are women and men who report wrongdoing attacked instead of praised? Psychology explains.
Facing a problem that you just can’t solve? If so, you’re not alone.
Just how different are friendships between men and women?
Some of us make friends easily, almost without effort, while others find it much harder. Here are 6 ideas to make it easier.
Graduation has traditionally been anxiety-provoking. But this year’s class faces particularly difficult times. Some suggestions for how to move forward.
Are you feeling sad? Angry? Happy? Excited? Bored? Writing down what’s going on in your life can change your mood and even improve your health.
Do you fear disappointment so much that you actually change your behavior just so that you won’t have to feel it? Research says you can change this instead.
Most of us try our best to hide our shame, and the behavior that led to it, from others, and even from ourselves. Here are some better ways to cope.
F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author in private practice in New York City.