Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Noam Shpancer Ph.D.
Are mass shootings the price we must pay for living in a culture that prizes individual freedom?
The recipe: Find a hobby; don’t fight with your spouse in front of the guests; volunteer; pack a sandwich; and read the funnies.
A majority of American parents believe that spanking children is effective and good. They are wrong on both counts.
Affairs are as costly and widely condemned as they are common.
People often are advised to go to therapy to “process” some issue. But what does “processing an issue” actually mean?
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR once famously declared. But was he right?
Every year, for the last 20 years, I’ve taught a human sexuality class. Over so many years of this work, one observes things.
A good metaphor is worth a thousand explanations.
Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.
We fancy ourselves rational and independent, eager to learn and adapt. But are we?
Most of us don’t wish success on selfish, nasty, and dishonest people, and yet many such people are successful. How come?
Can therapy rewire your brain? Can brain differences predict therapy outcomes? Can brain differences diagnose psychological disorders?
What we talk about when we talk about talk therapy.
What might rappers, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?
It’s quite impossible to watch president Trump and remain unperturbed. But why?
What explains our ability to suspend our moral principles and inflict cruelty on others, in clear violation of the moral principles we claim to espouse?
A previous post listed several mental health errors that may hinder psychological well-being. But wait, there’s more…
If you don’t hear much about propaganda, that’s what you’re hearing.
These common mental health ‘blunders’ that may undermine well-being.
You don’t need to be a psychologist or a committed politico to recognize that Donald Trump makes for a fascinating psychological case study.
People who fake orgasms deprive themselves of great pleasure for an empty show of it, introduce a lie into an act of trust, distance into an occasion for closeness. Why?
Why would anyone experience pain and humiliation as sexually arousing? No longer defined as a psychological disorder, sexual masochism still puzzles psychologists.
For most couples, sexual passion fades with time. But some manage to keep it up for years. What’s their secret?
In love and sex, character is destiny; research points to a significant predictive association between the big five personality traits and romantic life.
The philosopher Alain de Botton has a theory about the malaise of modern marriage and how to fix it. He may be missing the target on both counts.
Instead of asking what politicians’ behavior reveals about them, we may ask what it reveals about ourselves.
When it comes to sex, most people will agree that the partnered version is better than the solitary one. But how many partners should a person have?
Sex education should focus on what sex is about in our time: Connection, pleasure, and (planned) parenthood.
Good therapy is not hard to find, if you know what to look for.
The common explanation that ‘rape is not about sex’ is long on ideology, but short on accuracy.
Noam Shpancer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a practicing clinical psychologist in Columbus, Ohio.