The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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New research identifies people high in empathy and darkness. Is it the best of both worlds?
Recognizing pathological needs is hard, but is the first step toward relief from holding on when it no longer serves a purpose.
Emerging research defines a unique constellation, connecting risks with health and illness, coping, stressors, and key COVID-related factors.
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Should we Marie Kondo the culture, or is there another way?
Having a steady sense of self, balanced with other key factors, helps one navigate the uncertainties of life while cherishing the joy.
Refreshing and timely ways to think about familiar issues before it's too late.
Guns are beloved by many Americans, part of our basic rights and culture. A new 12.2 year research study of 26.3 million people re-defines the gun-suicide connection.
Knowing how narcissists deal with pain helps us know how to deal with narcissists. New research provides key insights.
New research explores the broad relevance of self-compassion as a basic human concept.
New research identifies the reasons people may have trouble making friends.
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.
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.