Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Finding the spiritual treasure in our everyday emotions
Josh Gressel Ph.D.
Work holds value for men because good work upholds masculine values.
Going through a once-in-a-lifetime experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. What can you learn about yourself going through this one?
One couple's fight to reconnect was made possible because of a few pieces of lint removal paper. Reconnecting to each other can be that simple and that profound.
Couples avoid being vulnerable with each other for fear of being hurt. We should spend less energy avoiding hurt and more in learning to repair it.
It can be heartbreaking when a perfect relationship starts to show its first cracks, but that is only the start of the next stage of growth.
With so much to despair in our world, one constant thing of beauty is the bond between grandparent and grandchild: one of the most special relationships humanity has to offer.
As a therapist I push people to expect more of themselves. Too often we don't know what it looks like to fire on all cylinders or to hold ourselves accountable.
People trying to find their way on a spiritual path can seem flaky or inconsistent. What if this means there's something right, not wrong, with them?
The reality of living pulls us away from our inner world and can convince us that the outer world is the only thing that's real. It's important to remember that this is not true.
In 30+ years of working with couples, I hear myself saying the same things over and over. So often that I have come to believe them to be true. Do you?
What does long-term marriage have to offer that we don't get with the freshness of youth and newness? How can we keep it meaningful as it gets older?
We all have to do things in life where we feel we have no choice. How we handle those moments can feel like servitude or freedom. Attitude is what makes the difference.
Why do we continue to tolerate media misrepresentation of men? Are all the men you know really pretty boys, ladies' men, action heroes, or buffoons?
Can too much of a good thing be bad for us? If so, does that apply to beauty?
Is a boy's hero play ever outgrown? Why do adult men seem to still need heroes—particularly other men—and still want to be a hero to others?
Why is it so hard for a man to express his feelings? What obstacles do we put in his path to prevent him from doing the thing we say we want from him?
Wanting to quit therapy is a natural part of the process. How can you know when it's really time to quit and when it's time to push through and keep going?
Falling in love with your therapist is as old as therapy itself; Freud was the first to notice it. Why does this happen?
We may think our relationship misery is unique, but our struggles fall into classic patterns. One of the most common: The Serenity Prayer Couple.
Darkness is not something American culture likes to face. That doesn't make it go away. Getting more familiar with some of its contours can prepare you should it show up for you.
We all think we say "yes" to life, but it's important to look at how true that really is. Answer a few questions to see where you stand on the openness scale.
Being out of our element can help us stay open to new vistas outside and inside of ourselves.
Men like to project an aura of competence, mastery, and self-assurance. What's behind this presentation? Often, a scared boy afraid of being found out.
Do you find yourself envious that everyone else appears to be more successful than you? Here are three ways to deal with your envy.
Finding a regular way to exit the tumult of daily life is important in helping us direct our lives from a deeper level.
Death isn't all morbid and dark. It is also sobering, putting into perspective what really matters during life. Stop and think about your death to live your life better.
Many of us vow to be the opposite of the parent who wounded us growing up. Here's what to do when you find out you're just like him or her.
Have you struggled for years with a particular issue? You may be dealing with a family legacy, something that is more deeply embedded in your family history than you realized.
How is it that the people who hold the highest ideals of love and brotherhood fall prey to divisiveness and hatred? What is it about religion that pairs it so closely to violence?
How one Israeli, Orthodox woman lives a modern life.
Josh Gressel, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay area and a student of Jewish mysticism.