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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Daydreams can be healthy, but there can also be a dark side. Here's what to do when your daydreams become maladaptive.
Feeling overwhelmed? Shifting your perspective can make a difference.
How do you know when to stay or leave your job, relationship, home, or another important part of your life? Some psychological considerations can help you decide.
When your partner stops talking to you, it might mean they're struggling with intimacy issues. Two important techniques can help.
The more you know about your personal stories, the better for your mental health.
How do you weigh the need for the joy of freely being with others against the need to protect yourself and your loved ones? Finding a balance isn't easy, but it may be possible.
If you often second-guess your decisions, you may feel like you have a serious problem. But a different perspective can help you put those doubts to good use.
Are you having trouble getting started on something you want to do? The stories you're telling yourself might hold the keys to your motivation.
Taking responsibility for our actions is often difficult, but when we learn to do it honestly, we frequently feel better about ourselves, our loved ones, and our colleagues.
Guilt and shame are often confused, but there are important differences in the two emotions. What's also important is that guilt can help you overcome shame.
It's hard not to feel guilty, or angry, or both when someone guilt-trips you. A small shift in attitude can make a big difference.
What can you do if you suffer from feeling like an imposter?
It's not unusual to feel let down, disappointed, and irritable after a celebration, no matter how well it went. But how do you overcome the day after blues?
It's hard to know when to stay and when to leave. But you've already got some tools that can help you decide.
Many families are making plans to spend time together this fall and winter. Old stressors may erupt. Here are some ways you can make any gathering more joyful.
Learning to make room for dissociated thoughts and feelings can help you manage unpleasant life circumstances and emotions.
People who blame themselves, or someone else, when things go wrong may unintentionally make their circumstances more difficult.
So you make mistakes. Maybe a lot. But do you also do things well? Can you pay attention to both sides of that picture?
The level of anxiety and/or discomfort about separation has escalated during the pandemic.
ROCD related thoughts and worries will affect your love life, but they could also be hurting your self-esteem, mood, and even the ability to function at work.
Do you love someone with borderline personality disorder? There is a possibility of a loving relationship as long as you keep some specific things in mind.
If you're sad, angry, frustrated, or feeling empty, you might be suffering from "ambiguous loss" or "frozen grief." Here's what can be done about it.
Are you a secret true crime devotee? You aren't alone. True crime has become increasingly popular in recent years. But is it harmful or helpful to its viewers?
Having trouble getting motivated or staying focused post-pandemic? You're not alone. Five psychology-based modifications can make a big difference.
Lessons learned by introverted people during the pandemic can help you manage the stresses of the post-pandemic world — whether or not you consider yourself to be an introvert.
Relationships affect our happiness and trust is basic to relationships. But trust is complicated. How do you choose who to trust?
Feeling anxious, irritable, and unhappy? Research shows that self-soothing can improve your mood and your functioning at home and at work.
Mistakes are part of life. Research explains why it's important to acknowledge them. Seven rules tell you how.
We are born with an innate curiosity. This inborn desire to learn can help in times of uncertainty and doubt.
Even before the pandemic, loneliness had become a growing concern around the world. Researchers tell us that wisdom can help fight it.
F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author in private practice in New York City.