Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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Breaking out of mental loops
Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.
Ways to encourage older aged people to dispose of their belongings may be different than that used for younger people.
Social relationships have an impact on our lives. Being rejected or excluded can result in negative psychological reactions and physical pain.
Parental favoritism can result in lasting positive effects for the favored, but also long-term deleterious effects for all the children.
Self explorations into the real you.
Repeatedly doing what you should do or what you like to do can come at a great cost; especially if long-term consequences are not considered.
When bitterness runs through your veins souring every moment and casting a gray patina over every experience, the only way out of that dark hole is an optimistic frame of mind.
Life is to be lived in the present based on what we have learned from our past and our optimism for a better future.
For true psychological comfort, our exterior spaces should satisfy our inner needs.
Reunions can be highly valuable to our well-being by helping us learn more about ourselves and making stronger connections with important others.
Self-worth can vary across time and situations. For some, this instability may impact their psychological health—wherein they should rethink how they evaluate themselves.
Disagreements in important relationships are inevitable. Some key issues in understanding their impact as well as how to express and resolve them.
Engaging in mindless living is not thinking about what you want out of life. If this is you, move your psychological compass NOW in the direction of where you want to be going.
Humility can be so important to a patient’s treatment and recovery that academic physicians believe it should be part of medical students’ education.
It may mean having to cast one’s line deeper into the existential ocean beyond the universal triggers for hurt. It will not be easy, but do no forget self-compassion.
Be aware of the limited time you have to make the most of your life, and then do it.
Why do you attribute self-blame to the occurrence of negative events? Doing so can come with benefits but also risks. Be careful!
Faith in miracles shouldn’t be mistaken as a sign of mental illness. It diminishes giving meaning to life, particularly when life is threatened.
Machiavellian Mary is “mean business.” Her authoritarian style poisons the working environment by lowering morale, causing employee strife, and damaging productivity.
Don't underestimate the value of being kind to others. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events.
Life’s a gamble, but are you gambling with your life?
Perpetrators of mass violence aren't always apparent in the form of a readily identifiable monster. They often appear as the garden variety people who live among us.
There is a reason for vacations as there is a reason the human body needs sleep.The body and mind need time to recover and repair from the continuing demands of daily life.
The power of knowledge can not only improve our emotional symptoms, but our physical ones as well.
The social importance of laughter is that it’s a form of communication to others. It's effect can buoy spirits or deflate them. Be careful how you use it.
Like a child who uses a blanket to self-soothe, a memory may be a psychological mechanism awakened at certain moments to protect us from hopelessness.
Rational decision-making should play a role in assessing if delaying gratification is worth it—but not be the only factor. Emotions are important too.
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For many of us, being dependent on others for comfort, support, and security gives us the ability to be independent.
In assuming a caretaking role for a family member, we must accept that everyone has limitations (us as well as the recipient of our care).
It’s unrealistic to presume that people don’t get angry when driving. The important issue for all of us is to cope with frustrating situations and diffuse our anger appropriately.
Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D., are psychology professors at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.