There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
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By Julia Bueno M.A. on February 24, 2019 in The Brink of Being
An early pregnancy loss may well mean far more than you think.
By Leah Royden on February 15, 2019 in The Mourning After
Those who lose a sibling to suicide suffer a "double loss"—their sibling is gone, and so is their family as they knew it. Typically, they mourn both losses alone.
By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 01, 2019 in Hot Thought
The hypothesis that nonhuman animals grieve is the best explanation of behavior in many species.
By Leah Royden on January 13, 2019 in The Mourning After
We like to think we offer compassion to those bereaved by suicide, and that stigma was left back in the Middle Ages. Does research reveal more medieval attitudes?
By Marilyn A. Mendoza Ph.D. on January 13, 2019 in Understanding Grief
Is it time to start dating again?
By Leah Royden on December 06, 2018 in The Mourning After
People often say you “never get over” losing a loved one—and in the early days of raw grief, those words can feel like your own death sentence. But are they true?
By Kristin Meekhof on December 05, 2018 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
An alphabet designed for the bereaved and those who work with the bereaved.
By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 01, 2018 in Fixing Families
Leaving a relationship is always difficult, but more so when the relationship has been a long one. Here are some guidelines for navigating this difficult transitional time.
By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on November 30, 2018 in Good Mourning
Some losses simply are not recognized by others. How can we enfranchise "disenfranchised grief"?
By Ralph Lewis M.D. on November 17, 2018 in Finding Purpose
We have the ability to mitigate random or senseless tragedy and adversity by making something good come from it. People often don't realize how far-reaching their legacy can be.
By The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement on October 31, 2018 in Supporting Children Through Crisis and Loss
There are four concepts about death that are important for children to understand so that they will be better prepared to cope with a loss.
By Marilyn A. Mendoza Ph.D. on October 10, 2018 in Understanding Grief
Why do some people suddenly appear to get better in the final hours of life?
By The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement on September 27, 2018 in Supporting Children Through Crisis and Loss
Students who are experiencing the loss of someone close may easily be overlooked, but educators can make the effort to be available to grieving students.
By Hilary Jacobs Hendel LCSW on August 15, 2018 in Emotion as Information
Going to a funeral used to be a terrifying prospect for me. Walking into a room filled with sadness and grief evoked an intense desire not to be there.
By Noah Potvin Ph.D., MT-BC on August 08, 2018 in Into the Mystic
A new study suggests that music therapy can help "pre-bereaved" caregivers connect with care recipients as family or spouses once again.
By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on July 16, 2018 in Hot Thought
Philosophy that builds on science can help people to see that life can remain meaningful and morally valuable, even in the face of grief.
By Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D on June 30, 2018 in The Superhuman Mind
It is commonplace to divide emotions into basic and complex. Unlike basic emotions, complex emotions have highly variable components and are not universally recognizable.
By Jonathan Foiles LCSW on June 08, 2018 in The Thing With Feathers
The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have impacted many of us. How we talk about their deaths often perpetuates stigma about mental health rather than reduces it.
By Tchiki Davis, Ph.D. on June 06, 2018 in Click Here for Happiness
How to turn your negative experiences into meaning-making moments.
By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on May 20, 2018 in Good Mourning
At what age should a child be permitted to attend a funeral? The real key is to empower children to make a choice.
By Toni Bernhard J.D. on May 15, 2018 in Turning Straw Into Gold
The one constant in my life since I began writing for Psychology Today seven years ago has been chronic illness. Because 10 + 7 = 17, it’s time for “17 Tips from 17 Years Sick.”
By Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA on May 13, 2018 in ExperiMentations
Mother's Day reflections on grace and grieving.
By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 23, 2018 in Psych Unseen
New research brings us closer to understanding the links between crying, catharsis, and human connection.
By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on March 21, 2018 in Evolution of the Self
Ruminating about a past love, or a love neither returned nor perhaps even shared with the beloved, can generate a paradoxical, almost indefinable, excitement.
By Krystine I. Batcho Ph.D. on March 19, 2018 in Longing for Nostalgia
Is the stigma associated with hearing voices warranted?