A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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It's been a tough year and the cumulative effects of the physiological stress response can increase health risks. But you can increase your resilience.
Psychological research explains how companion animals, like cats and dogs, can prevent and reduce the effects of pandemic stress.
Regret is painful and common, and sometimes debilitating. Fortunately, psychology offers some healthy ways to better manage your regrets.
Cultural traditions that represent and contribute to social inequality are psychologically harmful. When we learn of this, we should willingly retire them.
The psychology of risk perception offers explanations for why people don’t take COVID-19 preventative actions, but these are cold comfort to the high-risk people stuck at home.
Interesting findings from a new study examining gender stereotypes over time finds that while gender roles have changed in the last 70 years, some gender stereotypes persist.
COVID-19 has created a stress pandemic. Fortunately, even the simplest forms of social support help people’s coping and resilience in the face of disaster.
Preventative behaviors can reduce our own and others’ risk of illness from COVID-19, the flu, and the common cold. Psychology tells us how to scare people into doing them.
Here are 10 questions to ask if you’re wondering whether you’re in an enabling romantic relationship, and what you can do if you are.
Generation gaps are normal but we have to push back so they don’t promote ageism or harm cross-generational relationships and cooperation.
Examining your anger through a gender lens makes it more likely that your anger will be an empowering tool instead of a source of new problems.
Psychological perspectives and research on whistleblowing are interesting to consider in the context of the Ukraine scandal.
The most interested/least interested relationship dynamic usually leaves both partners feeling badly. Here’s what to do if you’re in one of these relationships.
It’s hazing season, and students’ desire to belong puts them at-risk for abuse and humiliation, injury, and even death. How can we inspire them to reduce hazing risks?
Caring for senior parents can enrich and heal the parent-child relationship and improve a senior’s life quality, especially when adult children promote “assisted autonomy.”
A relationship’s end or being single doesn’t mean you or your relationships are failures. Thinking so can lead you into trouble.
Does your empathy get you into helping trouble? Here's how to better manage your helping boundaries.
What should we do when a group norm is harmful or unhealthy? Can we change it or should we distance or leave?
Is an unaddressed issue coming between you and another? If so, it's time to use constructive confrontation strategies to enrich and save your relationship.
Senator Martha McSally's (R-AZ) testimony about her sexual assault while serving in the Air Force illustrates common sexual harassment dynamics and points the way for change.
Defensiveness is an enemy of relationship satisfaction and longevity. Fortunately, there are ways to counteract it.
According to leadership theory and research, President Trump’s leadership style is a recipe for ineffective leadership.
Already feeling overwhelmed by holiday demands? Setting limits on what you do during the holiday season can help keep your holidays merry and bright.
Why do women comprise only 23% of the United States House and Senate? How will their numbers increase?
When you expect criticism or conflict at a family gathering, these five strategies can help you keep the peace.
Research explains why we knock on wood and wear lucky socks. Not only is superstition natural and normal, but it can also reap psychological benefits.
The case shows how power and harassment myths silence victims and protect harassers. But it also shows positive effects from the #MeToo movement.
Those of us with major depression call it the "dark passenger" for a reason but it's worth it to fight the battle in the hopes of winning the war.
There’s a big difference between the closeness of a healthy friendship and the closeness of the unhealthy codependence. Here's how to tell them apart.
Feeling frustrated because your loved one won't take your health advice? Here’s how to keep their health problems from becoming a relationship problem.
Shawn Meghan Burn, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Presence of Mind is a blog examining individual, group, and social problems through the lens of social psychology with a focus on the psychology of sustainability and the psychology of gender.