Can Friends Raise Your Pain Tolerance?

Social networks have many purposes, some good and some bad, but who would have thought that they might work as a painkiller?

The Best Way to Say Goodbye to College Friends

“I can’t wait to get to college!” “I’m so glad to be leaving behind all of the gossip and backbiting of high school friendships!” “I don't want to leave my best friends"

4 Steps for Dealing With Self-Centered People

Amanda is loads of fun to be around. But, “the price of being Amanda’s friend,” says one member of her group, “is that you have to give all of your attention to Amanda."

How Can We Understand Our Fear of the Other?

What can science fiction and fairy tales tell us about our emotional selves?

What’s the Best Way to Deal with Rude and Selfish People?

What is the cause of selfishness, rudeness and entitlement? What draws us to someone with these qualities? And what can you do when someone is rude to you or someone you love?

Tweens, Teens, Texting and Sexting

Pat's thirteen year old was going to send a sexy picture of herself to her new boyfriend. Should Pat take away the phone, ground her, monitor all electronic activity?

Do Men Have a Problem With Dating Smart Women?

Years ago, Sara’s mother had told her, “if you want to find a husband, don’t be too smart.” Was she right?

Why Is It Hard to Say “No” and How Can You Get Better At It?

Do you have troubles saying "no"? You're not alone. Here are some reasons why this little word is so hard to say, and seven simple ways you can learn to say it better.

How Much Guilt Is Enough?

As the New Year approached, Dan*, a college professor in his early thirties, told me that he was feeling so guilty about all of the things he had failed to do this year.

How Much Money Do You Need to be Happy?

If money doesn't always lead to happiness, why do we think that we will be happier with more of it?

6 Tips to Make the Most of Your Office Holiday Party

When was the last time you heard someone say, “I can’t wait for my office holiday party! It’s going to be so much fun!”? 6 tips to help you shine during this year's festivities!

Terrorists Want Us to Feel Insecure - 5 Ways to Triumph

5 ways to keep the terrorists from winning.

Why Do You Keep Making the Same Relationship Mistakes?

Do you keep having the same argument with your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or partner? Do you keep falling into a relationship rut? How can you change these old patterns?

A Brilliant Way to Avoid College Application Insanity

For years I have worked with parents and adolescents, high school advisors and college counselors, all of them struggling with the madness of the college application process and the years building up to it. Finally, I have come across someone with some brilliant, common sensical and easily applied ideas about how to deal with the "mania" of college applications.

The Pain of Rejection (and How We Justify Dishing It Out)

Researchers have provided evidence for what you and I already know – being ostracized, or ignored or excluded by a group to which we would like to belong or have already been part of is not good for our psyches or our souls. But what about the ostracizers? Do they get off scot free? Or does something happen to them as well.

5 Ways to Protect Your Personal Space

Do you work in an open cubicle? Does someone in a nearby cube talk too loudly on their phone, or talk to you nonstop? Are you (or do you know) a college student who could be in danger of sexual boundary violations? Do you have a roommate (or a child or sibling) who “borrows” your clothes without asking, and returns them damaged – or not at all?

It's Easier Than You Think To Misread Body Language

It never fails to surprise and disappoint me when therapists make dumb comments.

5 Reasons to Ditch Perfection and Embrace 'Good Enough'

A mom I know was trying to arrange a birthday party for her child. “I want it to be the best party ever!” she said. “I want her to have memories of this party for the rest of her life.” What's wrong here?

Is It True That Your Physical Pain Is In Your Mind?

“I think there’s something wrong,” Marjorie said. “I feel like I have a urinary tract infection all the time. But the doctor can’t find anything the matter. He says I have an anxiety disorder." A week later, tests showed that she had a UTI. Why hadn't the doctor picked it up before?

What's the Best Way to Deal With a Negative Body Image?

Lianne* came to see me for help with her eating. "I can't stand myself," she said. "I've tried every diet I can think of. I lose weight...and then I gain it all back...and more." Lianne was smart and very funny. She had a successful job and many women friends. But she didn't like her body. And she didn't like herself.

Does Your Relationship Need a Reality Check?

Most of us want to be admired and even, on occasion, slightly idealized by our loved ones. But at a certain point, the good feelings can turn bad. Too much admiration can damage a relationship. What’s the tipping point, and what can you do to avoid it?

Mommy Cliques: 7 Ways to Beat Being Outside the 'In' Group

When my son was a toddler I signed him up for a “gymnastics” group, hoping not only to use up some of his energy, but to find some friends for myself. Instead, I found that there was an "in" group of moms and kids -- and we were definitely on the outside. I felt like a third grader again. If you've ever been in this situation, you'll like these psychologically savvy ideas.

Unhappy? Research Says a Small Smile Can Improve Your Mood

An attractive, well-dressed, and recently divorced client told me that she knew she was looking “old, fat and ugly. What man is going to be interested in me now?” she asked. I wondered about the discrepancy between how I saw her and how she saw herself.

5 Ways to Deal With A Guilt-Tripping Mother

“It doesn’t matter what I do for my mother, it’s never enough.” “I bought my Mom a beautiful gift for her birthday, but she took it back. She always takes my presents back. What’s with that?” “I hate Mother’s Day. I can’t ever get it right.” Sound familiar?

5 Ways to Make Small Talk Worth the Trouble

Do you hate small talk? You’re not alone, of course. Maybe you’re shy, or introverted, or maybe you’re bored by it. Or do you get irritated by the apparently endless and meaningless chatter? Here are 5 reasons to change your mind. And 5 techniques for getting better at it.

If I Talk to a Therapist Will I Stop Speaking to My Parents?

A young man walked into my office for his first therapy session. “If I start talking to you, am I going to end up not talking to my parents?” he asked.

Disappointed? Disillusioned? 8 Ways to Deal With a Letdown

You love everything about your new job, boy- or girlfriend, home, puppy... And then you start to feel less excited. Disappointment is normal. What you do about it is important.

What Does It Mean to Really Listen to Someone?

Psychoanalysts learn to listen in our training – it is quite possibly one of the most important things we do in our work. Yet one of the ongoing themes of a conference on "The Art of Listening" is not only how we listen, but also what it actually means to listen and how well we do it.

Some Things Get Better With Age

My ninety year old aunt complains that she does not have much energy anymore. She doesn’t like it that she can’t remember what day it is, or the names of new acquaintances. But when it comes to emotional advice, there’s no one better to ask. Research has shown that as we age, not all of our cognitive abilities are on a steady downward path.

Why It's Easier to Be Kind to Strangers Than to Our Partners

Ann and Bob have been married for five years and, after trying to get pregnant for two years, have just had their first baby. Their friends and family are all thrilled for them. And while they are both excited to be parents at last, they are also exhausted, anxious and miserable.