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How to protect your psychological health, improve your relationships, and enhance your self-esteem.
Guy Winch Ph.D.
New Year resolutions have the general goal of improving quality of life, yet strangely, they never include the one factor that determines our quality of life more than any other—our emotional health.
This was the year of Emotional First Aid, as while not all my articles were on the topic of the common emotional injuries we sustain in daily life, those that resonated with readers were.
Gravity is an amazing film in almost every way, except psychologically.
I scoured the internet looking for the funniest kids’ letters to Santa.
Tis the season for consumer anger
Lonely people dread the holiday season more than any other time of year.
There are 5 essential keys to an effective apology. Sadly, we're usually more than one or two short.
A new series of studies found men and women’s self-esteem reacts very differently to their partners’ success.
Can you distinguish between healthy and unhealthy responses to emotionally charged situations?
One of the reasons we maintain maladaptive psychological habits despite the harm they cause, is we convince ourselves they have some benefit.
What would you feel like when you returned to work after your company labeled you a non-essential employee and sent you home for 16 days?
Dating involves balancing two opposing psychological forces.
When we resolve guilty feelings we describe it as having, “a weight lifted off our shoulders.” New research now demonstrates that such metaphors are grounded in actual physical experience.
Loneliness is far more common than we realize and once we’re trapped, it can be very difficult to get out.
Recent studies have demonstrated how a simple mind trick can significantly reduce the emotional distress we feel when reflecting on painful experiences or memories from our past.
Failures can offer you a veritable road map for future success--but you have to know how to read the map correctly.
What is it that determines whether someone enjoys compliments or whether they turn sour at the first hint of positive feedback?
Guilty feelings are often beneficial but only when they’re triggered for good reason.
Using humor can turn a demoralizing and embarrassing event into an empowering one.
Rejection can cause us to make riskier financial decisions and engage in gambling behavior. Here’s why:
Parents left with an empty nest must start a new chapter in their own lives or succumb to feelings of loss.
How worried should you be about ‘catching' loneliness or depression from your roommate, close friend, family member, or spouse?
We get rejected on social media far more often than we do offline and it hurts just as much. But should it?
Recognizing the various psychological injuries we sustain when we fail and learning how to treat them will help you recover both psychologically and emotionally.
We’re well aware of the need to treat physical wounds as soon as we sustain them, so why are we so apathetic when it comes to treating our psychological injuries?
Adopting the following seven habits and ‘treating’ common psychological injuries when they occur can protect your mental health and improve your emotional resilience.
Rejections inflict damage to our psychological well-being that goes far beyond mere emotional pain.
More people than ever are married yet extremely lonely. Here’s what you can do about it.
Our self-esteem represents an emotional immune system that helps protect us when we encounter psychological assaults. The trick, is getting it to function more effectively.
Even our nearest and dearest are likely to underestimate how much pain we feel following a rejection—here’s why.
Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and author of Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts.