Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP
A seven-level pyramid of language sheds light on how we grasp our experiences.
Relax, climb into your imagination, and allow color to wash over you. Watch your emotional reactions. Then learn about scientists who study the color-emotion associations.
Stress in America is peaking. Here are five tips for managing emotional contagion in times of high anxiety.
Journalist Jennifer Senior shed light on why we can be so deeply affected by political conflict. Bronfenbrenner's ecological model of human development also offers insight.
Attention to our breathing, senses, responses to stimuli, flow of attention, stream of thought, and reaction to stretching can promote intimacy.
Edwidge Danicat's "Everything Inside" is 8 short stories illustrating relationship truths. We need love, we are hard-wired to give, and we grow in wisdom through inevitable grief.
Older adults face greater risk from the pandemic than younger ones yet suffer fewer psychological symptoms and less suicidal behavior. Couples' shared experience can up resilience.
The pandemic has brought new meaning to "long-distance relationships." Explore some of the benefits and challenges of when a close relationship takes place more online than in person.
When the demands of a complicated September threaten to overwhelm you, tend to maintenance, mastery, and social relationships.
Yoga and its emphasis on breathing brought me comfort, insight, and power. A clinical trial comparing three wellness programs for students and a new book support my discovery.
When a sudden event disrupts your future, your nervous system automatically responds. Tools can help you restore balance and promote your well-being so you can respond optimally.
When life issues invitations or makes demands, we can choose our own response. Ambient and discretionary stimuli can direct, inspire, or engage our imagination, influencing action.
Our internal states, whether or not we are conscious of them, often determine our behavior, undermining our best intentions or surprising us by our own inclinations or actions.
Have you ever felt stuck on a treadmill in pursuit of life "success"? Try looking at the value of your efforts from an alternate point of view.
Changes in our political, climate, technological, and medical landscapes can converge to interfere with a person's best intentions. When outrageously frustrated, try these tips.
With over 38 million U.S. jobs lost, today's adults face unique challenges. At least seven sets of skills—four traditional and three personal—can be helpful in pursuing work.
The wisdom of "social distancing" during a pandemic urges couples to find ways of expressing love that go beyond physical closeness. Here are principles for rethinking intimacy.
Books from three different genres—fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction—address challenges women can face at mid-life and beyond and ways they can cope with them.
The COVID-19 pandemic offers coping challenges across our experience. Here are resources for entertainment, learning about unrelated topics, and reliable coronavirus information.
Unknowns surround the new coronavirus, amplifying pandemic-related stress. Shifting perceptions of time can help us cope with the resulting anxiety, anger, fear, or grief.
Poor coping can hurt individuals and damage relationships: Addiction, panic buying and hoarding, risk-taking, avoidance, aggression, blame, and emotional contagion are illustrations.
The kind of stress we experience and its impact depends on a person's unique history, temperament, and context, as well as the groups they belong to and the universal human condition.
The coronovirus pandemic is a source of disaster-related-stress for people around the globe. Adjusting your perspective and priorities can help. Here are resources to help.
Why do we visit museums? What impact can art have on our experience? How can we regulate our emotions so that the interest created by novelty does not evolve into exhaustion?
My strongest needs, desires, wants, and other yearnings gradually became conscious. Now the part of me they come from and the responsible, patient, directing adult I am are one.
Do you struggle with decisions, searching for some external standard to help you make a choice? Does fear of commitment fuel your distress?
Update your rituals so they stay meaningful. In an inspiring story, Jill Le Grand and her daughter updated their Christmas tree to support their beliefs. Unexpected joy resulted.
In a challenge, a mother was calm, problem-focused, and flexible, modeled morality, and intuitively understood the importance of discipline.
Interviews with mature adults and professional researchers in newspapers, magazine articles, and refereed journals show that attitudes toward sex in later life are expanding.
Do you struggle when giving gifts? Here are seven reasons why, plus three strategies to assure your gift will be treasured.
Roni Beth Tower, PhD, a retired clinical, research and academic psychologist, earned a BA from Barnard (Religion), her PhD from Yale, and did postdoctoral work in epidemiology and public health at Yale Medical School.