Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
Verified by Psychology Today
Connecting and Disconnecting in Modern Life
Andrea Bonior Ph.D.
The science is beginning to show that purpose—not pure happiness—is what helps our well-being. Here's how to begin the search for yours.
Are you stagnating in a "just okay" relationship? Here are some signs that it's worse than you may think.
In infidelity's aftermath, you may feel like your world has been shattered. As you take a breath, here are some steps to help you cope and find a path forward.
Almost all of us must interact with people we can't stand, occasionally or on a regular basis. Here are some tools for emerging from these situations with your sanity intact.
We often stay in not-great relationships because of inertia. Wondering if you're better off alone? Here are some signs to get you thinking.
Are your tools for managing stress and anxiety getting stale? It's time to try something new.
The public's understanding of narcissism is growing, and many people see how it can be a challenging trait in a partner. But does it increase the likelihood of abuse? Read on.
Lots of people waver on whether they should take the plunge and see a couples therapist. Might it be time for you and your partner? Here are some clues.
Most of us want to be happy for our friend's successes. But when they hit us where it hurts, weathering the disruption can be tough. Here's how to handle it.
No child's social life is perfect, and friendship dilemmas are common. Navigating them healthily can make the difference in your child's long-term happiness. Here's how to help.
Many people believe that therapy is just for specific mental health disorders. But many everyday concerns—including those rarely spoken about—can be helped by it as well.
The more love, the better. But love can often blind you to differences that need to be worked out before the wedding. Here are some unexpected things to think about.
Do you tend to think of your social life as a luxury to be pushed aside when things get busy? You might want to treat it like a crucial health issue. Read on for why.
Keeping a good relationship strong or getting a relationship back on track starts with the smallest of steps. Want some simple daily actions to increase your connection? Read on.
Many people are feeling an unprecedented amount of stress in the current political climate. Want to stay active and informed without getting burned out? Here's where to start.
Some little white lies—even to ourselves—are harmless. But others become defining aspects of our dysfunction. Are you deceiving yourself with the narratives you've adopted?
Certain characteristics of new relationships are meant to make us happy. What happens when they serve to cover up controlling behavior?
In anxiety-ridden times, it is easy to begin believing the absolute worst-case scenario. Here's how to stay strong and fight it.
If you keep coming up short when trying to meet goals, you might want to give this theory a look.
Issues surrounding money are one of the most common conflicts within relationships, even where there is plenty of love. Here are five ways that money damages partnerships.
A new book explains how those dusty Psychology 101 theories shed light on your behavior and your relationships.
When we've lost faith in someone, it can be difficult to move forward. Wondering how to salvage a relationship? Here are nine things to consider.
Are you stuck in a friendship rut? Not enough friends, or too many superficial friends or toxic friends? Try these steps to work toward the relationships you've wanted.
Do you frequently struggle with meeting your goals? Do you feel trapped in a rut where you're your own worst enemy? These are five common ways people sabotage themselves.
What would motivate a person to create a hoax and claim victimhood, like what's assumed in the Whole Foods cake case? Several factors are likely at play.
Few actively choose to become bitter, hardened people. But in the face of pain, it can sometimes feel hard to prevent. Here are some tricks to help you stay open to life.
Emotional intimacy is crucial to a loving and lasting relationship. Here are some signs it is suffering, and a resource to try to get it back.
Here's how to figure out what to do when you discover your partner meets the criteria.
Not the resolution type? Overwhelmed by lists of things to accomplish? Try one simple thing in the new year that is bound to make a measurable difference in your daily mindset.
Too often, the grab for gifts brings out an ugly underbelly of the holidays. Do you want your family's focus to be more on relationships instead of stuff? Read on.
Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is the author of the new book Psychology: Essential Thinkers, Classic Theories, and How They Inform Your World and teaches at Georgetown University.