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Finding the Goldilocks zone in personal development, relationships, and politics
Jeremy Shapiro Ph.D.
Marital and family therapists are continually amazed by how often good, intelligent people see things completely differently. This post explains some of the reasons why.
There is a common interaction pattern that can wreak havoc in relationships unless you suss it out. Here's how to identify and correct these pernicious feedback loops.
The holiday season can be the best of times or the worst of times, so we need an approach that works with both.
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Basic neuroscience becomes a tool for self-understanding and self-acceptance when we grasp its central lesson.
Why arguments with your partner are escalating out of control, and how to avoid this pitfall and argue constructively.
Partners can be compatible in many ways but clash because of differences in their personalities. Here’s how to create harmony.
When is it right to be selfish? When is it wrong to be self-sacrificing?
Anxiety is so unpleasant that sometimes we wish we could just get rid of it, but the real solution is to moderate it enough to be our friend.
Perfectionism is not so much a bad thing as too much of a good thing, and dialing it down transforms it into a strength.
If Democrats grasped this principle of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, they could reach out to the other side without losing their base, thus linking moderates and progressives.
Everyone believes in assertive behavior, but it is easier said than done. Read this post to find out how.
Trying to become a different kind of person doesn't work. Self-improvement succeeds when our goals align harmoniously with our existing personality style.
The science is clear that wearing masks reduces transmission of the coronavirus, but a large segment of the population is unconvinced. Will you help?
Try this scaling exercise to figure out whether someone’s thinking or behavior has veered from balanced moderation to binary polarization.
Ancient philosophers and modern mental health experts agree that psychological balance is the key to living well, but that is easier said than done. Read this post to find out how.
Jeremy Shapiro, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty member of the Psychological Sciences Department of Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of Finding Goldilocks and Psychotherapeutic Diagrams.