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Rethinking the way we treat ourselves.
Juliana Breines Ph.D.
Someone who donates one of their kidneys to a stranger seems worthy of the highest praise. But reactions to a recent viral article reveal that this is not always what happens.
Coping with health challenges can be stressful. Research suggests that self-compassion may help quell health-related anxieties and motivate us to address problems proactively.
Seeing someone struggling doesn’t always evoke compassion—sometimes it evokes the opposite: judgment and blame.
Compounding the effects of age discrimination, negative beliefs about aging can become internalized in ways that harm health and well-being.
Do you find yourself feeling irritated when you see someone wearing a mask? Here are four potential reasons for this reaction that you might not have considered before.
The whole point of self-deception is that we don’t know we’re doing it. But the truth has subtle ways of revealing itself to us.
When we’re struggling, it can feel like no one else would understand. But it’s possible that others are going through the exact same thing—and we’re just not seeing it.
In a job interview or other high stakes context, it can be tempting to say what you think the other person wants to hear. But catering to others' expectations can backfire.
Fictional fear can be oddly comforting—and instructional.
In a new miniseries, viewers gain insight into some of the ways victims may be blindsided by predatory behavior.
When it comes to health, “don’t worry about it” may not always be the best advice.
Supporting others not only benefits the recipient; it can also benefit the giver by reducing stress and improving well-being. But this is only true under certain conditions.
Certain personality traits are associated with better relationships, career success, and other benefits. But taken too far, these traits can have the reverse effect.
The best way to respond when we’ve been hurt may depend on a number of factors, including the offender’s intentions.
These psychological biases may hinder your ability not just to reach your goals, but to know what they are in the first place.
People sometimes behave in ways they know to be unethical yet continue to see themselves as moral people. Here are some possible reasons why.
Are you being self-compassionate or just taking the easy way out? Ask yourself these four questions to distinguish between the two.
Misconceptions about non-parents are common and can make for awkward conversations. Here are some tips for navigating them.
Do you ever find yourself staying up too late despite your best intentions? If so, this approach might help.
Social distancing is essential for saving lives during the pandemic. Here are some ideas for reducing the feelings of loneliness that can accompany it.
Research suggests that the way we evaluate others provides insight into our own desires, fears, and personalities.
Regret is hard to avoid, but there are ways to lighten the burden. Research suggests that these three perspective shifts can help.
Far from self-indulgence, this strategy might be a more effective way to reach your goals.
It’s natural to want to be happier. But research suggests that the things we do to increase our happiness don’t always work the way we hope they will.
On the surface, a lack of willpower might seem like a personal failing, but research suggests the truth is more complicated. In some situations, it may be the more logical choice.
Why do people sometimes behave in ways that put their health at risk, even when they have no desire to harm themselves? Research suggests social concerns can play a role.
It’s common to have fears and insecurities about relationships, but sometimes these fears take on a life of their own—with destructive consequences.
Success may inspire others, but it can also fuel resentment. Here’s why — and what you can do about it.
“Never settle” is a helpful mantra, but it can cause problems when taken to an extreme.
Many people are overly critical of their appearance. If you're one of them, self-compassion might help.
Juliana Breines, Ph.D., is a social and health psychologist whose research examines how self-compassion relates to stress reactivity, behavior change, and body image.