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Reflections on the human condition.
Grant Hilary Brenner MD, DFAPA
Research on gratitude in social interactions shows a straightforward step we can take to boost the benefits of thankfulness.
New research identifies how people try to cover their tracks when engaging in infidelity.
New research identifies a key brain region involved with procrastination and suggests how to manage emotions to reduce procrastination and cope when we do put things off.
Qualitative research sheds light on a critical phase of paternal development by taking a deepdive into first-time fathers' attitudes during the third trimester.
Research on closeness and sexuality suggests that greater enjoyment is based in how much we include the other person in our own sense of self.
New research from the perspective of relatives and romantic partners sheds light on common problems in relationships involving pathologically narcissistic people.
Narrative-based research unearths the experiences of struggling students and suggests what needs to change.
Research sheds light on how personality and giftedness are related.
COVID-19 lockdown suddenly pitched millions of people in isolation. Studying how people cope under extreme circumstances provides useful insights for dealing with adversity.
Social exclusion and feeling threatened drive moral judgments of others.
Severe loss may evoke stigmatizing responses from others. Research sheds light on how people tend to react and suggests ways to support those in greatest need.
Research identifies specific parenting factors that make inauthenticity more likely—and suggests avenues for intervention for personal growth.
Closely analyzing personal accounts of suicide and survival opens a window into a poignant inner reality.
New research identifies underlying risk factors for divorce among married couples and suggests areas for divorce prevention and increased relationship satisfaction.
"Negative capability," a term used by poet John Keats to describe William Shakespeare's brilliant intellect, provides an alternative when logic and reason aren't working well.
New research comparing people with and without BDP highlights the critical role of emotional self-awareness and theory of mind, further clarifying key positive change pathways.
Dream research from early in the pandemic in Italy provides insight into the underlying themes and emotions we are all grappling with together.
When we let others' motives override our own, we set ourselves up to be lost and unhappy. Here's how that happens, and what to do about it.
Underlying classes of sexual fantasy provide useful data and stimulate the imagination.
Reflections from a disaster mental health volunteer.
Three studies look at how unpredictability influences enjoyment of life.
Research spells out what people seek in intimate partners when contemplating ongoing commitment.
New data on how bullying, ghosting, and cancel culture affect younger people in the workplace offers useful suggestions for constructive avenues for change.
New research about Gen Z provides critical data points for creating adaptable post-pandemic work environments.
Six ways we unwittingly let others know we can be taken advantage of in the ways we try to fix interpersonal problems.
New studies look at how strivings for power and love shape how we conceptualize and respond when there are problems with other people.
New research reveals specific ways that Dark Triad traits undermine sense of self, offering insights into healthier relationships.
An interview with the founders of LAAUNCH, an organization on the front lines in the fight for diversity, equity and inclusion.
New research on bullying outcomes underlines an alarming unmet need. Effective interventions include antibullying, trauma-informed, family-based and systemic approaches.
The inside story on "doorknob comments," meaningful statements or questions that seem to come out of the blue right before a therapy session is over.
Grant Hilary Brenner, M.D., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, helps adults with mood and anxiety conditions, and works on many levels to help unleash their full capacities and live and love well.