How to activate your brain's superpowers.
Reflections on the human condition.
Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA
When we use labels in difficult interpersonal situations, and moreover with ourselves, we seriously misunderstand what is happening and do great harm. Here's how to stop.
New research provides surprising insights on how relationship conflict and couples satisfaction is influenced by personality.
There's sure to be a lot of changes coming down the pike, so start building up those emotional muscles now.
Understanding post-traumatic reactions is of increasing significance as we begin to grasp the massive level of abuse and neglect we inflict on one another.
Intimidation is a hidden undercurrent in many of relationships. Dealing with intimidation is easier once we understand what may be going on underneath the surface.
How can we learn to fight fair when life isn't fair? Figuring out this thorny problem is imperative.
Is intimacy a source of anxiety and frustration? Moving from dysfunction to compassionate, caring, and constructive ways of relating allows us to build sustainable relationships.
Are you a cat-lover? Two research-based elements which shape human-feline bonding.
An old Yiddish proverb warns, "Love is blind. Jealousy sees too much."
As we understand climate change, the picture becomes evermore terrifying. Alarming research shows us that the mental health effects are bad, and this may just be the beginning.
Conspiracy theories seem more common than ever before. But what makes one person inclined to conspiracy belief, and another a skeptic? Research reveals three pro-conspiracy traits.
How can some people be so intimidating without seeming to know it? Is it on purpose, blameworthy — or perhaps more than meets the eye?
Projection is a basic way of dealing with emotional realities we cannot fully accept or understand. It works to protect us, but often leads to discord.
Being single isn't always easy, even if we choose to be. Researchers are starting to look at how attachment affects being single, when people chose to be, and when they don't.
Narcissism and authenticity may collide when it comes to perfectionistic strivings. Research reveals intricate connections among these three foundational concepts.
Self-doubt can be a tool for change when properly directed, rather than a way of undermining confidence.
Revealing research on how narcissism type, grandiose versus vulnerable, shapes jealous thoughts, feelings and behaviors . . . and what motivates different narcissistic reactions.
Are we turning the corner on sexual harassment? New research on insecurity and status extends our understanding of what spawns sexual harassment.
Cannabis is widely believed to relieve chronic pain, but this conclusion is based on limited evidence. New research sheds light on the issue.
Celebrity suicides highlight the tragedy of dying by one's own hand. Understanding how suicide happens can help decrease contagion while raising awareness and improving prevention.
An updated marshmallow experiment has surprisingly different results from the original landmark study, so influential to our thinking about children and success. What does it mean?
Do we think than men and women want totally different things from online dating? If so, we may need to revise our gendered stereotypes after seeing new research on sexuality.
Diagnosis and treatment can be obscured by stigma and misconceptions. Here are a few factors which can be addressed to clear up the confusion.
Mother's Day reflections on grace and grieving.
What we identify as our strengths provide clues about what is going on underneath the surface. Research sheds light on the key subject of intimacy and detachment.
How can couples in troubled relationships ensure their future health and well-being? Long-term research on couples' health behaviors provides actionable insight.
When we form a relationship before we have resolved leaving the prior one, we run the risk of carrying forward unfinished emotional business, per new research on "mate poaching."
Three months from now, will you like the person you met yesterday? Researchers can look at the brain activity of both parties and predict future affection.
When we cross the line, and end up hurting someone else, we can deal with it in different ways. Research suggests that true self-forgiveness stands apart.
Are stress and negative daily events draining your well-being? Gratitude may buffer the effects of negativity and enhance well-being.
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.