Hope is double-edged, false hope can set you on a collision course with despair. Know when your hopes are well-founded and how to turn your deep desires into results.
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Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW on May 15, 2023 in Chronically Me
Chronic illness can create barriers to making and keeping friends. Learn why this is so and ways to challenge these barriers.
Annie Wright LMFT on May 13, 2023 in Making the Whole Beautiful
Peer parental privilege in our social circles can trigger relationship trauma recovery. Here is why and how to cope with this pain.
Susan Krauss Whitbourne PhD, ABPP on May 13, 2023 in Fulfillment at Any Age
Most people would probably do anything, or almost anything, for a friend A new critical analysis of one of psychology’s most famous experiments shows why this is true.
Jett Stone Ph.D. on May 10, 2023 in The Souls of Men
By rescuing this phrase from its negative connotations, we shift the conversation from who men shouldn’t be to who they can be.
Stephanie Cox MS on May 10, 2023 in Family Prep
No one likes being embarrassed, but some people seem to handle it with more grace than others. How can we get there too?
Marisa G. Franco Ph.D. on May 9, 2023 in Platonic Love
If you're wondering where you can make friends, the answer is already all around you.
Josh Gonzales PhD(c) on May 8, 2023 in Points On the Board
Group decision-making tip: Be honest and share your preferences. A "no-preference communication" can backfire, leading to resentment and bad decisions.
Myron Nelson LCPC on May 6, 2023 in How to Be a Burden
People pleasing is a sugar-coated term. It's the wrong tool for intimate conversations or solving complex group problems.
Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on May 2, 2023 in The Teen Doctor
When someone cuts off one person, they also hurt others who are caught in the middle.
Matthew Legge on May 2, 2023 in Are We Done Fighting?
Being present with someone without even speaking is a powerful act. Evidence from eye gazing to negotiation studies explains this power.
Terri Cheney on May 2, 2023 in The Bipolar Lens
A Personal Perspective: Do you assume others can’t handle your depression? You may be depriving yourself of wonderful friendship opportunities.
Gail Gross Ph.D., Ed.D., M.Ed. on May 2, 2023 in Strategies for Living
By maintaining a relationship with a narcissist, you are discounting your very nature, the you that you were meant to be.
Jennifer L Keluskar Ph.D. on May 2, 2023 in Alone Together
Learning that your child has been excluded can bring up painful emotions. Creating a teaching moment can go a long way in helping your child grow from this common life challenge.
Cortney S. Warren PhD, ABPP on April 28, 2023 in Naked Truth
Trying to be friends with an ex? Here are 4 signs that you may not be ready for a platonic relationship.
Jen Sarché MPH on April 27, 2023 in Pain Is Personal
A Personal Perspective: On singing, community, disability, and asking for help.
Nick Norman LICSW on April 26, 2023 in Men’s Mental Health Matters
We prioritize the work that leads to personal change and growth by making space for inner reflection and self-improvement.
Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 24, 2023 in Singletons
How only children acquire and celebrate their sibling substitutes.
Pamela D. Brown Ph.D. on April 21, 2023 in School Culture
Unfortunately, how your child responds to meanness is a skill they will need throughout adulthood. Practice makes perfect, and it starts now.
David Ludden Ph.D. on April 20, 2023 in Talking Apes
There’s plenty of advice on how to make a good first impression, much of it contradictory. New research shows which strategy works best.
Mark Travers Ph.D. on April 20, 2023 in Social Instincts
What to do when your energy isn't yours to spend anymore.
Kate Kaufmann on April 19, 2023 in Unapparent
Want more friends who don't have kids? Try these five savvy strategies to find them.
Mark Travers Ph.D. on April 19, 2023 in Social Instincts
Do you feel like someone might not have your best interests at heart?
Betsy Holmberg Ph.D. on April 17, 2023 in The Science of Self
Why are humans endlessly self-critical, yet supportive and caring toward friends?
Kim Samuel on April 17, 2023 in The Power of Belonging
A conversation with Nelson Mandela underscores how belonging isn’t just a need, but a right.
Grant Hilary Brenner MD, DFAPA on April 17, 2023 in ExperiMentations
Research on how people end friendships identifies seven major strategies and 43 specific actions taken, shaped by personality, age, and gender.
Paul Dobransky M.D. on April 14, 2023 in Of Minds and Men
If many of the fights in relationships are caused by a specific power imbalance, this technique could smooth away the conflicts.
Mark Travers Ph.D. on April 12, 2023 in Social Instincts
Changes are hard. As a friend, do you step up or step down?
Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. on April 11, 2023 in High Octane Women
When you're on the road to burnout, friends can make a huge difference.
Patricia Prijatel on April 10, 2023 in All Is Well
Personal Perspective: I can get so flummoxed by an opinion different from mine that I'm paralyzed and can't think of a response until it's too late.
F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 9, 2023 in Off the Couch
Research shows that it's hard to make new friends as we get older. But understanding what makes it hard and shifting your perspective just a little can make it much easier.