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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Celebrating the human experience.
Saul Levine M.D.
When the pandemic is over, will we return to the past? Will we be unprepared for other disasters, revert to human selfishness and aggression, or will we strive to live in harmony?
In the midst of a pandemic, evidence that face masks are effective, and the urging of scientists, many still refuse to utilize them. Wearing them is a metaphor for civility,
Invalid Conspiracy Theories abound now, as they have throughout history, attracting fervent True Believers. They can be transient and harmless, or deeply entrenched and dangerous.
We often felt stressed by life's pressures, even before COVID-19 inflicted dramatic losses. When we finally vanquish that viral menace, will we better appreciate our lives?
An opportunity for our species? The virus has wreaked havoc, destruction, and pain, but humans are coming together to communicate, care, and commune.
In our roiling world people are increasingly confused, not knowing what or whom to believe, what or who is trustworthy. Those with simplistic answers often attract true believers.
One might think that after years of diverse experiences, personal introspection, and even therapies, we would be free of old insecurities, but under duress, they can return unbidden.
Just about everyone has craved the experience of "falling in love," most of us have reveled in the thrill of "being in love," and many of us have endured the loss of love.
Gun ownership and related deaths and injuries are stratospheric here compared to any other developed country.
Even in times of turmoil, the symbolism of Thanksgiving—gratitude for our lives, families and friends, achievements and freedoms—is particularly meaningful.
Years ago youth captivated by promises of fulfillment left their families to join religious cults. Can society channel their idealism for personal growth and social betterment?
We humans have achieved greatly in the arts, sciences, medicine, and architecture, and in acts of communality and benevolence. We have also, however, been hateful and brutal.
My brother's diagnosis years ago was "early infantile autism," a sudden upheaval to my parents. His life was complicated and challenging, but provided salutary lessons to us all.
Elected political leaders must be held to higher standards of behavior than other citizens, because public office has inherent responsibilities to be trustworthy role models.
Old, close friends contribute immensely to our lives. As we age, losing these worthy souls leaves a painfully palpable void. Time heals, but there are other helpful remedies, too.
Major increases in acts of hateful Anti-Semitism in many countries are a harbinger of groupthink extremism, destructive to everyone's personal freedoms, laws, and democracy.
People of all ages and backgrounds evaluate their worthiness through senses of Being, Belonging, Believing, and Benevolence.
I disdained or feared dogs and cats as a child, but when I had my own family, I learned to appreciate the roles they play, in loving and sadly leaving us, in enhancing our lives.
Many people have experienced puzzling, moving, and meaningful coincidences in their lives, which have felt jarring—and may have led them to wonder about fate, karma and mysticism.
People who hate others because of skin color, nationality, religion, etc, are zealous true believers, ill-informed about their reasons and close-minded. We can do so much better...
Myriad online dating sites are avidly utilized by millions of people around the world who are seeking connections with others, in part as a remedy for their poignant loneliness.
I have been wrestling with my own relationship with religious beliefs, the existence of God and the meaning of spirituality. Have these same issues ever been on your own mind?
In our rancorous social climate, people on opposite psychological or political sides are more inclined to ignore or detest each other than pursue meaningful, constructive dialogue.
Incivility, dislike and anger are growing. Harmonious living is thereby threatened, which can enable fascistic tendencies.
Widely different men, from extremely diverse backgrounds, captivate millions of followers and at the same time provoke extreme dislike in many others. How do you respond to each?
Loneliness saps strength, sinew and spirits. Belonging improves health and uplifts the soul. A long-standing men's group has provided Belonging: Camaraderie, community and caring.
Eighteen years ago my wife and I adopted an infant girl from China, a momentous decision considering I already had three biological sons. I learned about nature, nurture and love.
A reunion of immigrant children 67 years after graduating from elementary school is salutary. These octogenarians have more than "given back" to their "host country." We can hope.
Machu Picchu, the wondrous Incan town in the Andes, was built by human inspiration and creativity, and ravaged by human avarice and hate...The Enigma of the "Human Condition".
The flu is caused by a seasonal virus, but it has major physical, psychological, social and economic roots and consequences.
Saul Levine M.D., is a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Diego.