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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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
Let your friendships offer you a peek into the wider world rather than merely being a mirror of who and where you are today.
Chats with "casual friends" play a significant role in your well-being. Don't let those friendships become casualties of the pandemic.
Resilience is needed to recover from the damage the virus causes, but it's also needed to cope with the emotional damage of the stigma the diagnosis can bring with it.
Until you get outside your comfort zone and consider alternative ideas, you won’t really “know” what you “know” or even know “why” you believe what you believe what you do.
A narcissist has such deep-rooted insecurities that they cannot tolerate the give and take of normal human relationships.
Collective narcissism brews intergroup hostility to protect fragile egos; communal narcissists use “causes” and false social interest to protect their own egos.
Advocacy begins in the belief of the worth of another and the ways in which your efforts can further give agency and voice to another.
When we’re engaging in online connections exclusively, we’re focused on the similarities; moving to a face-to-face relationship may bring our differences into focus.
Whether we rely on phone calls, video calls, texts, or visiting with masks and staying six feet apart, our lives have value because of the value we have in the lives of others.
Get ready to put on your "hard pants" as we physically, emotionally, and psychologically get ready to re-enter the world of social engagement.
Even as restrictions lift, we’re likely to keep the virtual meeting culture going strong. Here are ways to "zen your Zoom meetings" to make them less exhausting.
Sometimes the voice of an old friend or former love is what we long for most when life seems so uncertain.
Here's wisdom from Dr. Adam Carter on how to best support your kids during this period. Key advice: "Trust your instincts and honor your family’s norms and coping strategies."
A new study suggests that working from home may be compromising our mental health as we try to figure out work-leisure boundaries, exercise time, and communication.
Digital hangouts give people a place to socialize with multiple people and to simulate the feeling of hanging out with a group, but some of us prefer solitude or one-on-one time.
Rejection is painful, but there are positive ways to channel the negative energy it triggers if you take a breath before reacting.
The heavy-duty, commercial-grade screen time demands of video meetings are especially grueling as we cope with uncertainty and fears.
Tune out the external world by focusing on the sound of the treadmill and the movement of your body as you fall into sync with the rhythm.
Creative ways to find social support to minimize the damage that the loneliness of self-isolation could create.
If you witness your partner engaging in these types of behaviors, it's a sign that they value you.
As we isolate from others, make sure that you're still emotionally present for the people you care most about.
If you’re worried about whether or not you’re doing enough to protect yourself from COVID-19, you’re probably doing enough. Maybe too much.
Perhaps the biggest misconception we have is a belief that happiness is a “destination” or that happiness can be “bought.”
Relationships change over time because people change over time. Not every relationship, though, is durable or flexible enough to handle these changes.
With sex on your mind, you may alter how you present yourself in a dizzying array of ways.
What if an app’s suggestion to reach out to a friend starts to feel more like a parent’s nagging reminder?
If self-care isn't part of your regular routine, you may need to rely on a self-soothing. Try these tips to learn to self soothe instead of burning out.
Sexual attraction is a basic and normal physiological response to an attractive stimulus, but sometimes that stimulus is out-of-bounds.
When we're asked to be “100 percent present” for a friend, it can take a lot more energy and effort than we typically spend totally focused on any one task.
Finding out more about the roles your partner’s friends play in their life can help you become a better partner to the person you love.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.