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The Emotional Impact of a Nanny's Leaving

A nanny's departure can affect the whole family.

Six Ways to Be More Supportive to Those Closest to You

When the people you care about the most are in need of support, are you ready to be there for them? Based on new research, these 6 tips will help you help them.

Loneliness Poses Greater Public Health Threat Than Obesity

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
The loneliness epidemic is growing and becoming more costly by the day. But there is something you can do about it.

Are Dogs Getting Cuter?

Dogs that fit Lorenz's 'Kindchenschema' are becoming ever more popular, but at great cost to their welfare.

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Even Vegans Die: Life Lessons for Everyone

By Lisa Kramer Ph.D. on May 08, 2017 in Markets in Mind
No one should feel guilty for getting sick. I wish someone told me that when I faced a cancer diagnosis in my twenties.
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Are You an Empathetic Person?

Have you ever wonder if empathy is learned or innate? This article will show you that empathy can be learned and in fact, is in high-demand now. Also included are journaling prompt

Psychodynamically Informed Clinical Work

A psychodynamic perspective can enhance and individualize non-analytic treatment — even "med checks."
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What To Do If You Think You Have Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on May 03, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Are you or someone you love new to hearing loss? Get on the right path medically, emotionally, and practically with these tips.
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Guilt and Grief: Placing a Loved One in a Nursing Facility

10 ways to cope with one of the hardest decisions.

What Robots Can Teach Us about Intimacy

By Gurit E. Birnbaum, Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Intimately Connected
The Reassuring Effects of Robot Responsiveness

Ethical Issues in Treating Childhood Obesity

How do doctors decide when to recommend surgery for a child with obesity?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what does it mean?

Aging and Depression

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Life After 50
Is getting old getting you down? Distinguishing between sadness and depression.

Ambulatory Detox Modality Delivers Better Results

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
As America succumbs to an addiction epidemic avant-garde and cost-effective treatment program could help to dent the addiction curve.
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A Collection of Last Words

The many ways to say goodbye.

The Woman Who Does it All

Women seem to hold up the world. Is this an identity, a self-created fate, or a default position when men in our lives do less than their share?

Dealing With Feelings

"Minimize affect inhibition... Maximize positive affects… Minimize negative affects.” — Silvan Tomkins

Top "Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces from the Past 6 Years

I always celebrate my anniversary of writing for Psychology Today with a post that offers some of my past pieces for reading.

A Lost Opportunity for Mental Health Reform?

We don't let persons with Alzheimer’s leave the nursing home and wander the streets. Then, why do we allow persons with mental illness to refuse treatment and live under a bridge?

When Aging Parents Feel Like Giving Up—Now What?

The emotional price for caregiving can be high. But there are some things you can do to improve your energy and that of your loved one.

Photography Documenting Mental Illness Draws Criticism

Through her project, feelings of pain and hurt that Melissa held toward her mother were gone, and she found herself feeling greater empathy, acknowledging her mother's illness.

Nurture the Phoenix

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Can art + environment + psychology = a formula for our phoenix to rise from the ashes?

Can Empathy Heal?

By Julie K. Hersh on March 04, 2017 in Struck By Living
With one out of four people managing depression, chances are the person next to you can empathize and offer help.
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Touching the Dying

The comfort of touch.

Are You Suffering From Caregiver Fatigue or Burnout?

Do you have any time or energy left in the day to take care of YOU?

A Better Mousetrap: The Heart of Com-passion

By Gregg Levoy on February 27, 2017 in Passion!
Passion means "to suffer," and compassion means shared suffering. This story explores what's at the heart of compassion, and asks what we're willing to pay for it.
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How to Develop Self-Compassion

By Diana Raab PhD on February 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Self-compassion is a very important aspect of self-care. Many of us get wrapped up in caring for others and neglect ourselves. Sometimes writing can help us develop self-compassion

Polite Doctors are Safer Doctors

Little things like polite communication and consistent use of basic safety habits can mean the difference between life and death medical care.

Unselfish Singles: They Give More Time, Money, and Care

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Living Single
Studies based on tens of thousands of participants show that the stereotype of the self-centered single person is exactly wrong. Singles are more giving than married people.

Caregiving and Complicated Family Dynamics

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Social Lights
How to care for yourself amidst the chaos of caregiving.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Giving

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 12, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Give time, caring, and attention as well as gifts, experiences, and words.

Everything You Need to Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 07, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
"Lighting Up a Hidden World" is the most comprehensive guide to-date on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a little-understood illness that can have a devastating effect on people’s lives.

Trauma and First Responders: When the Helpers Need Help

It’s not easy to admit you’re struggling emotionally. It’s even harder when you’re one who usually comes to the rescue of others.

Do Scars Always Make Us Stronger?

By Erin Wood on January 18, 2017 in Marked
How a cliché causes us to miss important discoveries.