Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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The new psychology of posttraumatic growth
Stephen Joseph Ph.D.
Therapists need to reflect on the role of power in society, and the tensions between individual freedom and social responsibility.
It is all too easy in the rush of everyday life not to give ourselves the time, solitude and stillness to pay attention to what is genuinely going on inside ourselves.
Research shows that authenticity acts as a buffer to the negative impacts associated with loneliness.
Post-traumatic growth describes positive changes that may be experienced by survivors of trauma, but is it ever appropriate to apply this concept to the perpetrators of violence?
To live an authentic life, it is not enough simply to try to be ourselves. We also need to know ourselves and own ourselves.
Are you looking for happiness? Thinking about a more authentic life can help.
A good psychotherapist won’t try to push clients to go faster than they can. To do so can feel threatening and, paradoxically, lead a client to become more entrenched.
Everyone agrees that well-being is important, but what exactly is it? New research has identified the fourteen components that make up the good life.
Parents want their children to lead happy lives, but paradoxically this can lead them to push their children in the wrong directions
If you, a loved one or friend, has recently been through a traumatic and upsetting event, it may be worth considering some of the following ways of coping
It is normal to experience various psychological reactions in the days following a traumatic event. But if these reactions persist for several weeks it may be time to seek help
It seems like a great idea to be yourself. But what does it actually mean to lead an authentic life? There are three parts to authenticity.
Are you in danger of executive derailment? Looking out for the warning signs might help you divert career disaster. New research on workplace bullying, burnout, and PTSD.
Finding meaning in life is important in all sorts of ways, but too often we don’t take the time to sort out for ourselves what it is that actually provides our sense of meaning.
In recent years psychologists have become interested in people’s orientations to life. This refers to the reasons behind what we do and whether we seek pleasure or meaning in life
Big changes in life can take time. Like changing the course of a huge ship, it takes you to tilt the rudder only slightly to take you to a very different location.
In a truly authentic relationship you feel valued for who you are, not for who your friends think you ought to be.
Going for success is like crossing a river on stepping stones, there is always the possibility of getting wet.
What would it be like if we took Maslow's idea that human beings are hardwired for self-actualization more seriously?
Authentic parenting is hard and no one is a perfect parent. right all of the time. Here are three things that you can try to make it easier.
Authenticity is about more than speaking your mind with passion and commitment.
Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.
Yes we need authenticity in our politicians. But let's also look at ourselves and why we put up with politicians who exaggerate, evade questions, and even lie to our faces
Workplace bullying. What is your organization doing about it?
Rarely mentioned in the textbooks is the remarkable fact that 24 percent of Asch's participants did not conform.
The hunger for authenticity guides us throughout our lives.
The miracle question can help us to think about what changes we would like to make in our life.
Poetry and the healing power of writing to work through questions of anger and loss
New research on self-acceptance suggests it makes a difference in how we cope with trauma
Non-directive therapy is often misunderstood as sloppy, unstructured, and passive, but actually it means very actively following the direction of the client, carefully, closely, and creatively.
Stephen Joseph, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology, health, and social care at the University of Nottingham, UK, and author of What Doesn't Kill Us.
This blog is about counseling and psychotherapy, psychological trauma and positive psychology.