We all harbor secrets. Some are big and bad; some are small and trivial. Researchers have parsed which truths to tell and which not to.
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I've got that old feeling.
Krystine I. Batcho Ph.D.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of life's most difficult challenges. No one should have to struggle alone.
Graphic and intense coverage of the war in Ukraine poses questions about the emotional impacts on viewers. What might be gained or lost by witnessing the suffering of others?
We can’t always protect children from exposure to violence. How can we strengthen children’s ability to persist during adversity and thrive in the aftermath?
Apathy has long been considered unhealthy. Can apathy ever be beneficial? Is there such a thing as good apathy?
How a person understands who they are has implications for their wellbeing and interactions with others. What is gained or lost by maintaining more than one identity?
People can feel pressured to hide their true feelings for a variety of reasons. What is gained or lost by keeping our emotions private?
Goodbyes have become increasingly common in our lives. Have the comings and goings and uncertainty surrounding them affected our relationships and psychological wellbeing?
As we mature, we move beyond our youthful notions of romantic love and our experiences with romance. But in some important ways, does our first love last forever?
We are immersed in stories, but little is known about their cumulative impact on us over time.
Songs can entertain us. But can they do much more?
We shouldn't wait for a crisis to acknowledge that many young people lack a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.
It's understandable that people often postpone difficult or unpleasant tasks. But why do people delay enjoyable or meaningful activities?
Is comparing a current relationship to when it was new beneficial?
When talking about love, does “too much of a good thing” apply?
Are we confusing an abundance of pleasures for happiness?
Much effort has been devoted to enhancing memory, but many people suffer from not being able to forget painful experiences. If you could erase a memory from your brain, would you?
In a world of social distancing and mistrust, is being loved still worth it?
In a world of social distance and uncertainty, are we becoming touch deprived?
Is the stigma associated with hearing voices warranted?
Is the idea of a true love that lasts forever an outdated concept?
It’s natural to mourn the death of a loved one or a beloved pet. But what would it mean to grieve the death of an animal we come upon in the wild?
How did the "summer of love" appear out of a backdrop of war and discontent?
Many people consider shaming an acceptable way of changing behavior. But is it? Research reveals that shame is a complex emotion.
Is winning an argument worth losing a friend or ruining a relationship? More productive conversations preserve and enrich relationships.
When you lose someone you love, it can feel like your heart is breaking. Attending to emotional suffering is as important as taking care of physical pain.
Defeating hate is one of the most pressing issues of our time. How can we move beyond the impact of hate-filled violence?
If we keep chipping away at childhood, how will future generations deal with a world transformed by digital reality and robotic versions of ourselves?
Are you letting old fears, resentments, and ways of thinking deprive you of happiness? You can replace such obstacles to growth with healthy options.
You might be quick to identify hypocrisy in others, but are you as aware of your own inconsistencies?
Are you stalled in a digital time warp instead of being there for your loved ones?
Krystine Batcho, Ph.D., is a professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.