Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
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.
Reflection, pinpointing, reframing: Therapists use interview techniques to gather useful information that will, in turn, help them better understand the client’s difficulties.
Too often, high quality and affordable childcare is inaccessible, and care that is accessible and high quality is too expensive.
Client-therapist rapport—a trusting "therapeutic alliance"—is a potent common factor in therapy success.
Forgetting and remembering function, to an extent, as parts of one integrated, adaptive system, like wakefulness and sleep.
Loneliness is considered a symptom, not a formal diagnosable disorder, but given its complexity, prevalence, and adverse consequences, a rethinking may be in order.
Even those aspects of humanity we view as self-evident, universal, and innate are in fact dynamic contextual adaptations.
Internal representations of people, objects, and events based on experience guide our future expectations, reactions, and decisions.
A gap exists between the tasks our brain has evolved to manage and the tasks it is currently asked to manage.
"Psychological hardiness" denotes an ability to assess stressors accurately, face them intentionally, and act on them with courage and purpose.
The fact that the childfree path is less traveled does not make it less worthy or legitimate.
This year, vow to protect and elevate your gifts. In turn, your gifts will protect and elevate you.
Regret is a common and useful human emotion. If you haven’t experienced it, you lack experience; if you haven’t hit that note, you haven’t played all the keys.
Noam Shpancer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a practicing clinical psychologist in Columbus, Ohio.