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What Freud never knew
Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M.
Family estrangements are painful and isolating. What is most helpful (and unhelpful) for those who face this challenge?
Being ghosted can be devastating. Researchers identifiy what's most helpful and unhelpful in the aftermath.
Researchers find that body art can help survivors cope with trauma.
A recent study reveals what children find most difficult about parental mental illness.
Being estranged from your parents can have both positive and negative effects.
How does growing up with a mentally ill parent affect a person over the course of their life? A new study investigates this widespread but often invisible phenomenon.
What do we need to get through troubled times?
COVID-19 has, for many, caused immeasurable pain—but can we transform the resulting trauma into something positive?
Parsing a larger-than-expected and passionate following.
In an analysis of over 11 million tweets, research shows how liberals and conservatives communicate differently.
For those who dispute the importance of the BLM movement, copious studies demonstrate that Black people face systematic, wide-ranging, and horrific biases.
Is our political divide overwhelming you? Recent research helps explain our current partisan animus, and how we can improve the situation.
A new paper offers a path to radical hope when the fight for justice gets tough.
New research helps explain why conservatives and liberals see the threat of the COVID-19 so differently.
A recent study homes in on the causes of activist burnout, and how to address them.
The president stopped short of ordering a quarantine for the New York City region. But if one were to take place, what would the challenges and consequences be?
This commonplace act delivers potent psychological effects.
Recent research demonstrates the profound lessons therapists learn in their own treatments — and how they pass it on to their patients.
How does our current political climate affect talk therapy? A new study explores how therapists see politics play out in their therapy rooms.
A cheeky study investigates St. Nick's sleep patterns
Not sure what to give your nearest and dearest this holiday season? Here’s some research-backed and eye-opening advice.
Female-headed families have been on the rise over the years. A new study sheds light on what it means for children.
What do parents wish they could redo or undo when it comes to having children? A new study explores a taboo topic.
Research reveals what motivates the decision to sport a tattoo and how we feel about those who do.
Research reveals why supporting the LGBT community is good for everyone.
Vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, paleo, and weight-loss dieters don't just differ in terms of what they eat—they also show differences in key psychological characteristics.
New research explores how people of color cope with racially-charged social situations.
A recent study investigates the rise of “interspecies families.”
How do children of mentally ill parents cope with parenthood themselves? New research explores how their past informs their future.
A new study helps explain the whys and hows of ghosting.
Vinita Mehta, Ph.D., Ed.M., is a clinical psychologist and journalist. She was formerly the Development Producer and Science Editor of PBS's This Emotional Life.