Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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How mental health influences all that we do
Jean Kim M.D.
Ricky Gervais captures both the absurdity and fragility of narcissism to great comedic effect in his characters on "The Office" and "Extras."
Halloween allows people to confront their darkest horrors and their mortality in a festive, communal way. The holiday could be a societal form of mass fear exposure therapy.
How do written and visual forms of artistic expression vary and intersect? How can they inform one another to produce interesting art?
What are the psychological reasons people have turned to cooking, baking, gardening, and other domestic hobbies with gusto during the pandemic?
The 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing is a time of measured reflection on the capacity for human trauma and human grace.
Neighbors occupy a unique role in our social lives. What psychologically drives our relationships to them, and can we better harness the benefits of positive ties to them?
The American psyche's tendencies towards narcisissism and individualism have been weaponized into a toxic mentality that desperately needs reform and change.
The hit reality show Tiger King provides both a desperately needed distraction and a cynical verification of our deepest fears.
In our often harried and stressful lives, building in visits to nature can have significant psychological and physiological benefits.
Crying can be an important signal and mechanism for connection and empathy. As a society, we need to reflect and be more forgiving as to why people cry.
Has the Internet's easy spread of information and social networking become catnip for con artists who seek fame, attention, and opportunity?
As another decade rapidly ends, what lessons have we learned about technology's rising influence on society, and how it affects our mental health for better or worse?
What are some of the common ways people avoid telling the truth in therapy? How can we better understand these defense mechanisms?
Opening up to a therapist can be as tough as talking to a stranger, but ultimately it can be the best way to address crucial knots in your life that need to be worked through.
Is the mindfulness behind Danish hygge a worthy self-care approach, or is it the latest trendy way to cater to the bourgeois?
Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel is more prescient than ever in its observation of how a seemingly simple and civil society is a front for unspeakable horror.
With the 50th lunar landing anniversary, we can reflect on humankind's fascinating relationship with the moon, a psychological symbol of our own existence in many ways.
Narcissistic personality disorder's wide clinical variability may reflect three major subtypes that help people understand its complex presentation and prognosis.
Does nonstop media coverage of violent events perpetuate a form of societal PTSD? Are we becoming too prone to polarized thinking and emotional numbness as a result?
The prime minister has demonstrated that interpersonal, sympathy-based leadership combined with moral clarity can be strengths for a woman leader.
Are views on open-toed shoes being unprofessional and other forms of fashion for professional women a sign of our outdated psychology on women in the workplace?
Thinking of large, challenging goals or projects in terms of smaller steps and narrative quests can help reduce your anxiety and increase your productivity.
What do our current technology-driven, resource-draining societal behaviors indicate for our future survival?
The tragic rivalry between Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart reflects the perilous psychological balance of feminine roles for women in power.
Is the nature of social media (and other new ways of disseminating news) leading to negative changes in human society?
While online dating has led to many happy relationships, its nature provides cover for people looking to take advantage of others, for different reasons.
Despite well-researched evidence, people often still reject aspects of modern medicine. While there are valid reasons for skepticism, magical thinking and ego may also play a role.
Yayoi Kusama's profound art reflects deep insights into our human struggles, mental illness, and the meaning of life.
Is the rustic chic trend a form of idle nostalgia—or a reinvention of the past?
The art of Edvard Munch reflects his traumatic youth and his battles with depression and anxiety, and the profound creativity borne from his struggles.
Jean Kim, M.D. is a psychiatrist and writer working in Washington, DC.