Gravity Flubs the Psychological Impact of Being in Space

Gravity is an amazing film in almost every way, except psychologically.

The Five Funniest Kid's Letters to Santa

I scoured the internet looking for the funniest kids’ letters to Santa.

Surviving Loneliness Over the Holidays

Lonely people dread the holiday season more than any other time of year.

The Five Ingredients of an Effective Apology

There are 5 essential keys to an effective apology. Sadly, we're usually more than one or two short.

Men’s Self-Esteem Drops When Female Partners Succeed

A new series of studies found men and women’s self-esteem reacts very differently to their partners’ success.

Test Your Practical Emotional Intelligence

Can you distinguish between healthy and unhealthy responses to emotionally charged situations?

Five Very Common But Unhealthy Psychological Habits

One of the reasons we maintain maladaptive psychological habits despite the harm they cause, is we convince ourselves they have some benefit.

5 Key Tips for Managers of Returning Government Employees

What would you feel like when you returned to work after your company labeled you a non-essential employee and sent you home for 16 days?

How to Immunize Yourself From Rejection Before a Date

Dating involves balancing two opposing psychological forces.

Feeling Guilt Increases Our Subjective Body Weight

When we resolve guilty feelings we describe it as having, “a weight lifted off our shoulders.” New research now demonstrates that such metaphors are grounded in actual physical experience.

Why Loneliness Is a Trap and How to Break Free

Loneliness is far more common than we realize and once we’re trapped, it can be very difficult to get out.

A Simple Mind Trick that Reduces Emotional Pain

Recent studies have demonstrated how a simple mind trick can significantly reduce the emotional distress we feel when reflecting on painful experiences or memories from our past.

Why You Should Investigate Your Failures Like a Detective

Failures can offer you a veritable road map for future success--but you have to know how to read the map correctly.

Why Some People Hate Receiving Compliments

What is it that determines whether someone enjoys compliments or whether they turn sour at the first hint of positive feedback?

3 Ways to Keep Guilt From Ruining Your Relationships

Guilty feelings are often beneficial but only when they’re triggered for good reason.
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Setbacks Can Poison Your Outlook. Humor Is the Antidote.

Using humor can turn a demoralizing and embarrassing event into an empowering one.

Rejection Increases Financial Risk-Taking and Gambling

Rejection can cause us to make riskier financial decisions and engage in gambling behavior. Here’s why:

How to Overcome Empty Nest Syndrome

Parents left with an empty nest must start a new chapter in their own lives or succumb to feelings of loss.

Depression and Loneliness Are More Contagious Than You Think

How worried should you be about ‘catching' loneliness or depression from your roommate, close friend, family member, or spouse?

Why Rejection on Facebook Hurts as Much as in Real Life

We get rejected on social media far more often than we do offline and it hurts just as much. But should it?

The Essential Guide for Recovering From Failure

Recognizing the various psychological injuries we sustain when we fail and learning how to treat them will help you recover both psychologically and emotionally.

Improve Your Mental Health by Practicing Emotional First Aid

We’re well aware of the need to treat physical wounds as soon as we sustain them, so why are we so apathetic when it comes to treating our psychological injuries?

The 7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Healthy People

Adopting the following seven habits and ‘treating’ common psychological injuries when they occur can protect your mental health and improve your emotional resilience.
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10 Surprising Facts About Rejection

Rejections inflict damage to our psychological well-being that goes far beyond mere emotional pain.

Together but Still Lonely

More people than ever are married yet extremely lonely. Here’s what you can do about it.

Does Self-Esteem Function as an Emotional Immune System?

Our self-esteem represents an emotional immune system that helps protect us when we encounter psychological assaults. The trick, is getting it to function more effectively.

Do Others Underestimate Your Emotional Pain?

Even our nearest and dearest are likely to underestimate how much pain we feel following a rejection—here’s why.

10 Signs That You Might Have Fear of Failure

Everyone hates to fail, but for some people, failing presents such a significant psychological threat their motivation to avoid failure exceeds their motivation to succeed.

The Seven Hidden Dangers of Brooding and Ruminating

It is natural to reflect on painful experiences or worries but this adaptive process of self-reflection can easily go awry.