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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Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
As with food, we consume too much news, and too much of the news we consume is junk.
The complexity of human development cannot be hacked, short-cut, or reduced to a single key ingredient.
When it comes to the integrity of our physical body, objective facts matter more than subjective memories. But what about our psychological integrity?
The ascent of the concept of "privilege" appears to have produced more heat than light, more hostility than solidarity, and a more impoverished, rather than richer, dialogue. Why?
Casinos are intentional environments, designed for a purpose. The purpose is to take your money and make you feel good about it—no easy task. How do they do it?
We commit an error when we rush to attribute someone’s behavior to their character qualities while ignoring the much greater role played by circumstances.
Numerous indications of physical, psychological, and social well-being have been trending negatively for men. What's going on?
It’s a common stereotype, by turns celebrated and derided, that young people are having a lot of wild sex. The facts, alas, paint a different picture.
Our brain organizes concepts hierarchically. Our societies are made in the image of our brain. Social hierarchies are not a bug in the software, but a feature of the hardware.
The dominant models by which we view, classify, and treat psychological problems have failed to produce meaningful progress toward reducing psychological suffering.
George Floyd’s murder, which appears to exemplify the brutality of racism in America, may actually help to obscure it.
Psychology is often seen as less consequential than other sciences in accounting for the order of things. It isn't.
Given our current coronavirus situation, many people may feel anxious and want to know how to manage their anxiety properly. Here are a few tips.
While our short-term attention is biased toward negativity, our long-term memory is biased toward positivity.
While the mechanisms by which social life impacts health are not fully understood, the data are clear about this general equation: Connection = Health.
Our main problem is unhappiness. Unhappiness is mostly the result of inadequate relationships. Inadequate relations are the result of ineffective behavior. Change your behavior.
Postmodernism may reject the notions of objective truth and inherent value, but postmodern therapies provide true value.
From "covfefe" to "COVID," when Trump misspeaks, denial follows. Why?
For all but his most fervid fans, president Trump’s public behavior offers a common source of bafflement. Blame immature defenses.
I’ve been seeing adult clients in individual psychotherapy for over 25 years. Here are several things my clients have helped me learn, starting with: Shut up and listen.
Psychological research has delineated several mechanisms underlying our perpetual penchant for purveying preposterous plots.
The pandemic raises important questions about how we use science, how we learn from experience, and the morality of our choices.
If you find yourself experiencing a moment of spiking dread, a few tried and true strategies for calming yourself may help.
Research has shown quite convincingly that our default mode is resilience. And resilience can be cultivated.
The current coronavirus pandemic illuminates some fundamental characteristics of our psyche.
Psychotherapy may at times prove ineffective, and at other times even harmful.
Youth, it is said, is wasted on the young. Likewise, I argue, life in academe is wasted on academics.
Many of those who deal with anxiety disorders are not concerned chiefly with objects, events, or issues in the world. Rather, they fear the bodily symptoms of anxiety itself.
When our adaptive concern with negative social judgment becomes so extreme as to hinder our ability to function, the psychological adaptation may become a disorder.
Anxiety is like pain. It isn’t pleasant, but it provides us with information essential for our physical survival and psychological integrity.
Noam Shpancer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a practicing clinical psychologist in Columbus, Ohio.