Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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How to save a life
Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
Many of us are breaking traditions to have a safe holiday. How can we honor our feelings of sadness and still create a holiday that is meaningful?
There is one area of research that offers a lot of insight, if not answers, to why we live our lives the way we do, and particularly, how we operate in relationships.
It’s okay to give yourself permission to seek a little bit of peace right now. Here are five ways to help you do it.
Many of us are resistant to recognizing our ambivalence around relationships. Here are three ways to identify if you're giving in to your fear of intimacy and pushing love away.
These two things can help you let down your guard and let someone in without feeling like you’re losing important aspects of who you are.
Missing people for a prolonged period of time can increase stress, grief, and depression. Here, I share three practices to help you cope.
Three suggestions for mental wellness to help us power through the trials of our time.
How building inner security, embracing self-compassion, and challenging our “critical inner voice” can help us overcome even our deepest insecurities.
Looking at our past can help shed light on the origins of our negative self-concept. Knowing the source of our insecurities can help us challenge them from the ground up.
When it comes to unhooking from a relationship, we can adopt certain psychological strategies to keep ourselves centered and on a healthy path.
New challenges and responsibilities leave little time for parents to connect to the things that have meaning to them personally aside from their kids.
Many are worried the pandemic could lead to an increase in suicides. Yet, new challenges can be met with a new way of talking about suicide and reaching out to those in crisis.
Countless studies have shown the adverse effects of racism.
With the rise in new challenges between you and your partner comes an opportunity to learn long-term strategies to overcome obstacles and deepen your connection.
Mental health principles from experts that can help us meet this moment with resilience and self-compassion.
Here are 10 powerful and effective ways to feel more resilient in the face of loneliness.
When we combine what we already know about loneliness with our new, isolating circumstances, how can we respond with resilience and silence to an inner voice making us feel worse?
Whatever state we're in right now, self-care is essential. There are powerful tools and practices to adopt that can help us take care of ourselves and one another.
Maintaining a strong sense of self while being able to get emotionally close to a romantic partner is one of the most effective ways to keep love alive. Here's how to do it.
Every interaction we have with our partner is a possibility for lively connection. How do we break deadening habits and drop into this "plane of possibility?"
Why does our outlook change so quickly—and how can we connect to a healthier, more realistic way of seeing ourselves and the world around us?
While trauma can seem like a complex and daunting problem with no quick fix, there are strategies to help you free yourself of much of the pain of your past.
By adopting this one practice, we'll be better able to keep any resolution we make this New Year.
What you may find if you dig deeper into your online dating behavior is that what you think you’re looking for isn’t always what you’re actually seeking out.
In honor of the thankful holidays ahead, here are four science-backed reasons to practice more gratitude—and three ways to do it.
Adverse childhood experiences have a lasting impact on our mental and physical health. But can positive childhood experiences help protect those who've been affected by trauma?
Seeking out and actively choosing novelty helps us feel more alive, engaged, and attuned to ourselves and others.
Whenever we feel triggered in a particular way by our partner, we're likely to fall back into the same bad habit. But there is a way to break this cycle.
Whatever challenges a couple is facing, there is one skill anyone can work on to greatly improve a relationship; that skill is listening. Here are five ways to be better at it.
With social media as a potential facilitator, what are the other factors, psychological processes, and cognitive influences leading Millenials to feel lonelier?
Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, an author, and the Director of Research and Education for the Glendon Association.