There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
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I've got that old feeling.
Krystine I. Batcho Ph.D.
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Is the idea of a true love that lasts forever an outdated concept?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. Is shaming effective? 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?
Once considered beneficial, attachment to home is now viewed as dysfunctional. Is love of home a disorder? Or is it a foundation for healthy relationships?
As you contemplate how time will erase some of the present, do you feel the sadness of losing what you love or do you feel a richer appreciation for what you still have?
Do your secret playlists bring you the pleasure of private enjoyment or hide aspects of yourself you'd rather not share?
Happiness can be elusive, especially for those who fear it.
Celebrities are exceptional individuals. Can we learn from how they cope when their glory fades?
Children squabble, but adults do battle. Can we learn anything about conflict and peace from childhood?
The past is gone, cannot be changed, and cannot return. Is revisiting it in memory a reluctance to live in the present?
People expect that sad music will make them feel better by providing catharsis, the opportunity to work through sadness, or the knowledge that other people have also had similar feelings. But does it?
Sad and tragic headlines assault us daily. How do we keep our compassion safe from fatigue?
Raising a child can be daunting. In the midst of the hectic effort to meet all our children’s needs, we might wonder what will make the most important difference in their lives. What will they remember best about their childhood experiences with us?
We are being bombarded with implicit and explicit judgments in our professional and personal lives. Does constant evaluation take a toll on our psychological well-being?
Can we benefit from thinking about our dreams? Will attending to our dreams waste our time or, even worse, mislead us into inferences of false meaning?
What do your childhood memories say about you? Do our early memories merit our consideration?
Virtual relationships can foster a sense of bonding and belonging, but psychological distancing can increase loneliness and alienation.
Krystine Batcho, Ph.D., is a professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.