The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M.
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.
Being marginalized by your family is deeply painful — and can be especially tough at the holidays. Research investigates how to shore up resilience in the face of such conflict.
An examination of the biological basis for music’s relaxing effects.
Think you're an informed and engaged voter? Think again.
A study investigates why people may hold negative views of tattooed individuals.
When adult children choose to estrange from one or both of their parents, the process and outcome can fill them with doubt.
A new study identifies how experiences in childhood can shape our health and happiness as adults.
A new study finds practical strategies to cope with a breakup.
What is it like for an adult to be estranged from a parent? A recent study explores this difficult process.
Prolonged and undesired singlehood as an adult is a real form of loss, which calls for deeper ways of managing the pain.
A new paper explains why prolonged singlehood is a form of loss that's difficult to grieve.
Research finds that eye color can predict certain human characteristics.
Research reveals what makes Olympic champions tick—and the lessons we can all learn from them.
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.