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Reflections on the human condition.
Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA
Neuroscience research sheds light on why bodily discomfort is common in anxiety, with discussion of avenues for relief and resolution.
New research connects specific parenting approaches with maladaptive personality development.
New research defines paths from insecure to secure attachment.
New research explores the impact of being in touch with our core values.
Disaster mental health experts share learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sophisticated research suggests that self-assessment accuracy is more stable over time than believed. The DK effect may be exaggerated.
Sometimes, forgiving oneself means swimming against the current when other people aren't on the same page. Pace yourself, and prepare.
Coronavirus has catapulted therapy into the virtual realm. There are drawbacks but also benefits. What can we learn from therapy's sudden pivot to teletherapy?
When life gives you lemons, plant lemon trees. Without being pressured, make the most of the opportunities offered by adversity.
Seven lessons to learn from dealing with a global threat together.
Research on attachment style reveals the underlying factors which can keep people in unsatisfying relationships long after the expiration date.
Emerging research makes plain the third dimension of emotion, an inherently social experience we may not fully appreciate until it is clearly identified.
Insightful research on positive and negative parenting for childhood anxiety.
A new meta-analysis highlights potential approaches to overcoming trauma with resilience and post-traumatic growth.
Getting control of your mind gives you better choices when you most need them.
Learning to protect ourselves from destructive chaos without losing the spark.
Using research on leadership and information control to understand politics provides insight and opportunity.
Early research on depression, emotions, and narcissism provides useful insights for those contemplating the next steps toward change.
Powerful statistical tools advance our understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, identifying subtypes and correlations that may be clinically useful.
How therapists "use the self" to enhance the therapeutic process and outcomes is poorly understood but very important. Research spells out three key aspects.
Expanded research on childhood adversity and neglect draws connections with adult outcomes and clarifies bullying issues.
Transformative new research examines sexual disgust—including where it comes from, what behaviors evoke it, and the main ways we experience it.
The fog of mysticism evaporates in light of research showing how the brain connects us with collective sources of information, invisibly shaping who we (think we) are.
Qualitative research gives voice to hidden narratives around female sexuality.
Emerging research spells out the common sources of disagreement in relationships, and begins to identify how they impact satisfaction.
Relinquishing blame and replacing it with forgiveness enhances personal responsibility.
Self-hatred, often hidden and expressed in uncontrolled self-destructive enactments, underlies many thorny problems of living. Divining what is happening is the first step.
Research from the Kinsey Institute on coercive and consensual, unwanted sex.
How identifying suicide attempt-related PTSD is an important step forward in understanding and preventing suicide.
Useful data from a study of marital satisfaction spanning 20 years sheds light on two crucial aspects of life-partnering.
Grant Hilary Brenner, M.D., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, helps adults with mood and anxiety conditions, and works on many levels to help unleash their full capacities and live and love well.