Is There Really True Love?

Is the idea of a true love that lasts forever an outdated concept?
Krystine I. Batcho

Why Should We Grieve the Death of a Wild Animal?

It’s natural to mourn the death of a loved one or a beloved pet. But what would it mean to grieve the death of an animal we come upon in the wild?

In the Midst of Hate, Why Not Love?

How did the "summer of love" appear out of a backdrop of war and discontent?

Why Shaming Doesn't Work

Many people consider shaming an acceptable way of changing behavior. Is shaming effective? Research reveals that shame is a complex emotion.
Krystine I. Batcho

Are Your Conversations Becoming More Difficult?

Is winning an argument worth losing a friend or ruining a relationship? More productive conversations preserve and enrich relationships.
Krystine I. Batcho

When Your Heart is Breaking

When you lose someone you love, it can feel like your heart is breaking. Attending to emotional suffering is as important as taking care of physical pain.
Krystine I. Batcho

Beyond Hate: Healing in the Aftermath of Violence

Defeating hate is one of the most pressing issues of our time. How can we move beyond the impact of hate-filled violence?

Keep the "Child" in Childhood

If we keep chipping away at childhood, how will future generations deal with a world transformed by digital reality and robotic versions of ourselves?

Smoothie, Anyone? Or Maybe a Psychic Cleanse?

Are you letting old fears, resentments, and ways of thinking deprive you of happiness? You can replace such obstacles to growth with healthy options.

Do You Know A Hypocrite?

You might be quick to identify hypocrisy in others, but are you as aware of your own inconsistencies?

12 Things You Missed While You Were on Your Smartphone

Are you stalled in a digital time warp instead of being there for your loved ones?

Homesickness: A Sign of Weakness or Strength?

Once considered beneficial, attachment to home is now viewed as dysfunctional. Is love of home a disorder? Or is it a foundation for healthy relationships?
Krystine I. Batcho

Missing the Present Before It's Gone

As you contemplate how time will erase some of the present, do you feel the sadness of losing what you love or do you feel a richer appreciation for what you still have?
Krystine I. Batcho

What Do Your Secret Playlists Reveal About You?

Do your secret playlists bring you the pleasure of private enjoyment or hide aspects of yourself you'd rather not share?
Krystine I. Batcho

Are You Afraid to Be Happy?

Happiness can be elusive, especially for those who fear it.
Krystine I. Batcho

Faded Glory: What Can We Learn From the Formerly Famous?

Celebrities are exceptional individuals. Can we learn from how they cope when their glory fades?
Krystine I. Batcho

Conflict and Peace: Lessons from Childhood

Children squabble, but adults do battle. Can we learn anything about conflict and peace from childhood?
Krystine I. Batcho

Looking to Our Past: Escapism or Exploration?

The past is gone, cannot be changed, and cannot return. Is revisiting it in memory a reluctance to live in the present?
Krystine I. Batcho

Should We Beware of Sad Songs?

People expect that sad music will make them feel better by providing catharsis, the opportunity to work through sadness, or the knowledge that other people have also had similar feelings. But does it?
Krystine I. Batcho

Too Much Tragedy Making You “Heartworn”—Weary of Compassion?

Sad and tragic headlines assault us daily. How do we keep our compassion safe from fatigue?

What Will Your Children Remember About You?

Raising a child can be daunting. In the midst of the hectic effort to meet all our children’s needs, we might wonder what will make the most important difference in their lives. What will they remember best about their childhood experiences with us?

Tired of Being Judged? Try This.

We are being bombarded with implicit and explicit judgments in our professional and personal lives. Does constant evaluation take a toll on our psychological well-being?

6 Ways That Tonight's Dreams Could Change Your Life

Can we benefit from thinking about our dreams? Will attending to our dreams waste our time or, even worse, mislead us into inferences of false meaning?

What Your Oldest Memories Reveal About You

What do your childhood memories say about you? Do our early memories merit our consideration?

No Limits: Relationships in Cyberspace

Virtual relationships can foster a sense of bonding and belonging, but psychological distancing can increase loneliness and alienation.
Photo by Krystine I. Batcho

Why We Love Sad Songs

Happy music can elevate our mood and share our joy. So why would we risk losing our good mood by listening to sad music?
Photo by Krystine I. Batcho

Can Pets Help Us From Beyond the Grave?

Grieving the death of a pet can be a lonely process. Is loving a pet inherently a short-lived joy?

Are We Trying too Hard to Be Happy?

Can the lure of future happiness be self-defeating?
Are Some Offenses Unforgivable?

Are Some Offenses Unforgivable?

Does forgiving bring healing, or incur its own costs?
The Greatest Challenge of Fatherhood

The Greatest Challenge of Fatherhood

We might want fathers to tell their children “I Love You” more often like mothers do. But it’s more important that fathers make their love known even without the words.