There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Grant Hilary Brenner MD, DFAPA
People with high self-control enjoy success but may inadvertently alienate others.
Research identifies specific factors that shape how we experience loss during the pandemic.
Why do some teens and parents connect well, while others hide things, or even lie? More importantly, what can we do about it?
How we view each other, what it means, and what we can do to try and fix it.
Imagination paves the way for disinformation.
Marijuana is increasingly popular in spite of some significant health risks. A new meta-analysis looks at how Big Five personality traits can affect problematic marijuana use.
New research on attitudes and beliefs looks at how peer pressure, parenting, and media consumption shape adherence to traditional male norms.
Research on how to shift Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.
Research looks at how personal values drive cross-sex friendship.
Research on how narcissism and personality impacts positivity, self-esteem and well-being through how past events are interpreted and how partners are viewed in relationships.
PTSD begets PTSD. Which symptoms, left unaddressed, cause later problems, establishing a vicious cycle?
A study of 600 women identifies those who are likely to get PTSD after delivery.
Seven themes emerge about the needs of those who experience parental loss when young, providing key lessons for all on grieving, recovery and posttraumatic growth.
New research reveals how circumstances distort our sense of time to change perceptions, decisions, and behavior.
New research gets at the heart of how young adults learn about consent post-#MeToo, and how that affects sexual negotiations in early adulthood.
Emerging research suggests social media may be more harmful than we realize for body image, mood, eating behavior, and general health.
Novel research looks at resting state brain activity in expectant fathers and how it correlates with empathy, bonding, and effective parenting.
Research on gratitude in social interactions shows a straightforward step we can take to boost the benefits of thankfulness.
New research identifies how people try to cover their tracks when engaging in infidelity.
New research identifies a key brain region involved with procrastination and suggests how to manage emotions to reduce procrastination and cope when we do put things off.
Qualitative research sheds light on a critical phase of paternal development by taking a deepdive into first-time fathers' attitudes during the third trimester.
Research on closeness and sexuality suggests that greater enjoyment is based in how much we include the other person in our own sense of self.
New research from the perspective of relatives and romantic partners sheds light on common problems in relationships involving pathologically narcissistic people.
Narrative-based research unearths the experiences of struggling students and suggests what needs to change.
Research sheds light on how personality and giftedness are related.
COVID-19 lockdown suddenly pitched millions of people in isolation. Studying how people cope under extreme circumstances provides useful insights for dealing with adversity.
Social exclusion and feeling threatened drive moral judgments of others.
Severe loss may evoke stigmatizing responses from others. Research sheds light on how people tend to react and suggests ways to support those in greatest need.
Research identifies specific parenting factors that make inauthenticity more likely—and suggests avenues for intervention for personal growth.
Closely analyzing personal accounts of suicide and survival opens a window into a poignant inner reality.
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.