Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
The benefits of human touch are many and it can act as a “magic bullet” for emotional distress.
Our reserves of strength, stamina, and vitality have been drained by the events of the past year, and many of us feel we have nothing left in the tank.
We light candles to mask unpleasant odors, but if we don't take time to address the source of the odor, we're doing nothing about the "stink." Radical self-care gets to the source.
Research shows that a positive attitude is much more likely to predict success than focusing on negative outcomes or feelings.
As life stressors continue to pile up or persist, there are simple tricks to use to help you handle your own reactions.
The risk for extra-relational cheating isn't limited to romantic cheating—competing attachments can include technology, addictions, and social commitments, among others.
Let your friendships offer you a peek into the wider world rather than merely being a mirror of who and where you are today.
Chats with "casual friends" play a significant role in your well-being. Don't let those friendships become casualties of the pandemic.
Resilience is needed to recover from the damage the virus causes, but it's also needed to cope with the emotional damage of the stigma the diagnosis can bring with it.
Until you get outside your comfort zone and consider alternative ideas, you won’t really “know” what you “know” or even know “why” you believe what you believe what you do.
A narcissist has such deep-rooted insecurities that they cannot tolerate the give and take of normal human relationships.
Collective narcissism brews intergroup hostility to protect fragile egos; communal narcissists use “causes” and false social interest to protect their own egos.
Advocacy begins in the belief of the worth of another and the ways in which your efforts can further give agency and voice to another.
When we’re engaging in online connections exclusively, we’re focused on the similarities; moving to a face-to-face relationship may bring our differences into focus.
Whether we rely on phone calls, video calls, texts, or visiting with masks and staying six feet apart, our lives have value because of the value we have in the lives of others.
Get ready to put on your "hard pants" as we physically, emotionally, and psychologically get ready to re-enter the world of social engagement.
Even as restrictions lift, we’re likely to keep the virtual meeting culture going strong. Here are ways to "zen your Zoom meetings" to make them less exhausting.
Sometimes the voice of an old friend or former love is what we long for most when life seems so uncertain.
Here's wisdom from Dr. Adam Carter on how to best support your kids during this period. Key advice: "Trust your instincts and honor your family’s norms and coping strategies."
A new study suggests that working from home may be compromising our mental health as we try to figure out work-leisure boundaries, exercise time, and communication.
Digital hangouts give people a place to socialize with multiple people and to simulate the feeling of hanging out with a group, but some of us prefer solitude or one-on-one time.
Rejection is painful, but there are positive ways to channel the negative energy it triggers if you take a breath before reacting.
The heavy-duty, commercial-grade screen time demands of video meetings are especially grueling as we cope with uncertainty and fears.
Tune out the external world by focusing on the sound of the treadmill and the movement of your body as you fall into sync with the rhythm.
Creative ways to find social support to minimize the damage that the loneliness of self-isolation could create.
If you witness your partner engaging in these types of behaviors, it's a sign that they value you.
As we isolate from others, make sure that you're still emotionally present for the people you care most about.
If you’re worried about whether or not you’re doing enough to protect yourself from COVID-19, you’re probably doing enough. Maybe too much.
Perhaps the biggest misconception we have is a belief that happiness is a “destination” or that happiness can be “bought.”
Relationships change over time because people change over time. Not every relationship, though, is durable or flexible enough to handle these changes.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.