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5 Healthy Ways to Heal a Broken Heart

Put the pieces back together again. Trying to figure out how to move on after a breakup is rough. Having a broken heart is no cup of tea — and learning how to get over a breakup, especially a painful one with someone you love, is a lesson no one wants to learn. So what do you do next after letting go of love? Have you worked hard to get out of a relationship that wasn’t serving you? Are you feeling overwhelmed by emotion and the empty space that is the result letting go of your love? You are ...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Friends, Love, Self-help, Self-esteem, Netflix, Friendships, Mars, Breakup, Publishers, Self Care, Yourtango, Broken Heart, Healthy Ways to Heal a Broken Heart


5 Ways to Let Go of a Friendship

When a marriage dissolves, there is legal process that involves steps of grieving the end of the relationship. Signing papers, although painful, acknowledges the end of years together and also signifies freedom to move on to a new life. Broken friendships, however, have no process in place. Oftentimes the ending is muddled, with confusion over what went wrong and whether or not there is any chance of reconciliation. The broken bond can be just as traumatic as a divorce, especially if you have ye...
Tags: Psychology, Grief, General, Relationships, Friends, Friendship, Vulnerability, Self-help, Betrayal, Loss, Rejection, Abandonment, Journal, Grief And Loss, Coping Skills, Henri Nouwen


Intention, Action and Accountability to Accomplish Your Goals

I don’t create New Year’s Resolutions  because, for myself and most others I know, they don’t last. As we have just crossed the threshold from 2018 to 2019, this topic is fresh on people’s radar. Diets, gym membership and smoking cessation programs take upticks at this time of year. At my gym where I work out 3-4 times a week, I notice that the machines are more occupied right before and right after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day. Does motivation run higher at those times...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Navy Seals, Friends, Habits, Accountability, Action, Personal, Exercise, Intention, Perfectionism, New Year's, Motivation And Inspiration, New Year's Resolution, Naval, Adm William H McRaven


A New Look at Grief Beyond Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages

A few weeks ago, I said goodbye to a long time, dear friend who had become a sister of choice, a traveling companion, a ‘kvetch and moan’ sounding board, as well as a compassionate confidant who didn’t hesitate to call me on my stuff when needed. She died after a nearly two-year encounter with cancer. I hesitate to call it a battle as many do when given the diagnosis that she was. She was more a reluctant dance partner with the disease, attempting to improvise her way through the steps and t...
Tags: Psychology, Grief, Family, Relationships, Friends, Personal, Loss, Bereavement, Grieving, Grief And Loss, Michael, Inspiration & Hope, Health-related, Coping, Buddhist, Elisabeth Kübler Ross


On Being a Friend: Seeing Someone with Depression — and Seeing Myself

I am a friend. Therefore, these words are my own stories, opinions, impressions, and thoughts on having a friend with depression in this moment. They are not concrete or bible or forever — they are my truth right now. I am a friend. I think a damn good one. That is all, but sometimes it is a lot. As I think back, depression was always a part of our relationship. But at 18, 21, 24 we didn’t call it that. We didn’t know it was that. It was “caving” or “winter blues” or just, “I need a break”...
Tags: Psychology, Friends, Personal, Depression, Caregivers, Peer Support, Relating To Others


Are Most of Our Problems Self-Created?

Are life’s difficulties the result of overwhelming external circumstances? Or are unpleasant situations self-created? A viewpoint that is popular in some spiritual and New Age communities is that we are responsible for whatever happens to us. When something goes awry, we’re invited to ask, “How did I create that?” Perhaps unfortunately, we are not as powerful as we might think. Five billion years from now, the sun will explode in a supernova, frying all life on earth. No one will be around to ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Spirituality, Thich Nhat Hanh, Levine, Payne


PODCAST: Why People With Mental Illness Should Remove Toxic People From Their Life

 Living with mental illness means accepting that some things are out of our control. It also means tolerating annoyances like pillboxes, regular doctor visits, and the symptoms we just can’t quite get under control. But, does living with mental illness mean we have to keep toxic people around us? Do we, as people who are managing a severe and persistent illness, just have to take the abuse that people heap on us because at least we aren’t alone? In this episode, Gabe & Michelle e...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Friends, New York City, America, Star Trek, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Mars, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Gabe, Vin, Michelle Michelle, BetterHelp


9 Ways for Parents to Promote Prosocial Behavior in Early Childhood

Prosocial behavior, the ability for children to voluntarily act in a positive, accepting, helpful, and cooperative manner, has been associated with many factors of well-being. Prosocial behavior has been correlated with positive social interaction skills, positive self-concept, positive peer relationships, peer acceptance, as well as a lower risk of externalizing behaviors and lower levels of problem behaviors at school. These habits of the interpersonal are a keystone of development and p...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, Friends, Research, Self-help, Childhood Development, Children And Teens, Socializing, Bronson, Sarmadi, Wittmer, Prosocial Behavior, Guilford Press Bower, Hyson M Taylor


Feeling Vulnerable? It May Not Be a Bad Thing

Have you ever avoided asking for help because you felt that it might make you look incompetent? Or have you struggled to tell your colleagues that you made a decision that didn’t work out because of a concern that you’d lose their trust or respect. When we talk about being vulnerable, it’s often in the context of personal relationships. Being vulnerable is also integral in other areas of life though, including the workplace. Sometimes, yes, it is easier, and it may be more socially or profes...
Tags: Psychology, Google, General, Relationships, Friends, Stanford, Communication, Research, Empathy, Vulnerability, Self-esteem, University Of Houston, Shame, Courage, Stephen, Personal Growth


How to Have a Minimalist, Meaningful Holiday Season—And Why It’s So Important

It’s very easy to feel very stressed over the holiday season. After all, there’s so much to do on top of our regular responsibilities. There’s also pressure to have a perfect holiday—and to give lots and lots of presents, which for many of us busts budgets and creates or deepens debt. And if you’re doing all the shopping, wrapping, cooking and cleaning, you may feel more resentment than joy. This is where minimalism can help. People have many misconceptions about minimalism—it’s stark, sterile...
Tags: Psychology, Family, General, Parenting, Relationships, Friends, Happiness, Christmas, Stress, Self-help, Humility, Jesus, Santa, Gift Giving, Humble, Holiday Season


How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Our phones are the first things we see in the morning and the last things we see at night. They’re regularly by our sides (and bedsides). Any time we’re waiting anywhere for anything, we automatically pull them out. At the checkout line. At the doctor’s office. At the bank. At the bus stop. In the car line. In front of the microwave. In front of others. Basically, any time there’s a pause, we pull out our devices. And often we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Because it’s become a reflex. We...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Technology, General, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Facetime, Mental Health And Wellness, Success & Achievement, Memory And Perception, Catherine Price


What It Means to Be Emotionally Safe in a Relationship

Have you ever loved someone but didn’t feel internally relaxed with him or her? Have you experienced a longing to connect, but something kept disrupting the closeness you wanted? It’s frustrating to love someone but not experience the trust and safety that would allow the relationship to deepen. The intimacy we want may seem so close, yet sadly elusive. Feeling emotionally safe is an essential foundation for any intimate relationship. Although not easy to build, it creates the necessary climate ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Friends, Happiness, Communication, Vulnerability, Self-help, Insecurity, Intimacy, Dating, Trust Issues, John Gottman, Emotional Safety, Marshall Rosenberg, Jett Psaris


Psychology Around the Net: October 20, 2018

This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on picture books and children’s mental health, why it’s important to maintain friendships when you’re in a romantic relationship, the mental health benefits of commuting in a natural environment, and more. Can Picture Books Meet the Crisis in Children’s Mental Health? Author Matt Haig is hopeful his first illustrated story, The Truth Pixie, will encourage children to talk about their mental health. As the name suggests, the book focu...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, Celebrities, Parenting, Relationships, Friends, Research, Kanye West, Nature, Urban Planning, Commuting, Friendships, Stigma, Children And Teens, Money And Financial


"I hate babies. Is something wrong with me? I'm a female in my mid 20s and I find myself loathing babies."

"Is there anything wrong with me? No, I never had any traumatic childhood experience or something of that sort. Seeing baby photos and videos make me mad and want to squish their chubby cheeks to death. Of course, I wouldn't do that and I'll never try to hurt babies but I can't help but hate them. Is this some kind of mental illness like the psycho-freaks who hurt the animals for pleasure? Because I'm really bothered. Please no answers like 'Babies are the greatest gift on earth' or 'You were a ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Law, Babies, Friends, Reddit, Evolution, Ann Althouse


Why Do We Forgive?

“Forgiveness is the most powerful thing you can do for your physiology and your spirituality.” – Wayne Dyer There are many reasons why humans choose to forgive, some that they tell themselves and others that they’ve come to believe because of what they’ve been taught by religion, family upbringing, and societal acceptance. Yet, forgiveness is a deeply personal act, one that demands careful thought and deliberation. Why do we forgive? Here are some science-backed (and other) reasons that ma...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Friends, New York Times, Time Magazine, Inspiration & Hope, Wayne Dyer, Ethics & Morality, University of Wisconsin Madison, American Psychological Association, Journal of Health Psychology, University of the Basque Country, Enright, International School for Advanced Studies, Aging Mental Health, Forgive Research


How Saying No Can Save Your Relationship

Saying no gets a bad rap. If you refuse a request, you’re afraid you’ll sound selfish or upset another person. Maybe a co-worker wants a favor or a family member asks for a loan. You say yes because sometimes, it’s easier to “be nice” and keep the peace. You act like everything is fine hoping to avoid confrontation. But over time, being nice and keeping the peace creates more problems. Something has to change, but you’re not sure where to start.  This article explains how sometimes sayi...
Tags: Psychology, Energy, Family, General, Relationships, Friends, Habits, Self-help, Self-esteem, Intimacy, Respect, Resentment, Truth, Honesty, Self-talk, Self-compassion


Listening to Your Gut: How To Handle “Off” Situations

Hi! I'm glad you're here. Thank you for reading my blog. Jennifer We have likely all experienced a time when we’ve noticed something “off” about someone we care for. It can often be unclear as to what our role is when we make this observation, but when our gut gets moving, I think it's important to take action! It could be something simply, like your friend is [...] The post Listening to Your Gut: How To Handle “Off” Situations appeared first on Allen Counseling Center | I Choose Change.
Tags: Psychology, Couples, Marriage, Relationships, Friends, Support, Depression, Bipolar, Psychotherapy, Helping, Plano, McKinney, Counseling, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Stress Worry, Life Coach Articles and Information in Allen


"The law of closure states that individuals perceive objects such as shapes, letters, pictures, etc., as being whole when they are not complete."

"Specifically, when parts of a whole picture are missing, our perception fills in the visual gap. Research shows that the reason the mind completes a regular figure that is not perceived through sensation is to increase the regularity of surrounding stimuli. For example, the figure that depicts the law of closure portrays what we perceive as a circle on the left side of the image and a rectangle on the right side of the image. However, gaps are present in the shapes. If the law of closure did no...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Relationships, Friends, Wikipedia, Jennifer Aniston, John, Ross, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen


Glimpse Inside the Brain of an Introvert

In the age of social media, networking and global never-ending communication, introverts are often viewed as rather inefficient. They are considered as people who would not happily express their opinion during the staff meetings or actively participate in brainstorming sessions. They are often considered to not be good at multitasking or be particularly charismatic. They are rarely at the center of attention at a party, and they often ignore their smartphones for hours in a row. These days, wh...
Tags: Psychology, Mark Zuckerberg, Friends, China, Isolation, Personality, Creativity, Introverts, Publishers, Solitude, Brain And Behavior, Success & Achievement, Social Interaction, Personality Traits, Neuroscience Research, Brain Blogger


Psychology Around the Net: September 1, 2018

Happy September! Let’s kick it off with the latest on a professor who created a Harry Potter college course to help her students better understand developmental psychology, why it’s so easy for the human brain to hold a grudge, how on-again, off-again relationships cause psychological distress, and more. This Professor Uses ‘Harry Potter’ in a Magical Way to Teach Psychology: Professor Georgene Troseth of Vanderbilt University discusses how she came to create her college course “Harry Potter...
Tags: Psychology, Students, College, Relationships, Friends, Love, Religion, Research, Brain, Depression, Child Development, Harry Potter, God, Perfectionism, Clickbait, University Of Michigan


Psychology Around the Net: August 25, 2018

Happy Saturday! School just started back in my neck of the woods, so in addition to the connection between brain function and heart health, the psychology of food, and other mental health news, this week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at some important kid-specific topics like dealing with back-to-school anxiety, the impact of mental illness on teen friendships, and why doctors are going to start prescribing playtime! How to Help Your Kids Cope With Back-to-School Anxiety: Some worr...
Tags: Psychology, School, Business, Teens, Students, Children, Friends, Research, Brain Function, Anxiety, Heart Health, Friendships, Appetite, Brain And Behavior, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens


The Generosity of Listening

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” – Epictetus When we hear the word “generosity,” we may think about donating money and helping the needy. While these can be expressions of a generous heart, there is a more fundamental and soulful way that we can extend generosity in our everyday lives. And it doesn’t cost us any money. A deep human longing is to be seen, heard, and understood. The epidemic of loneliness and depression in our society can be tra...
Tags: Psychology, Family, General, Relationships, Friends, Communication, Mindfulness, Self-help, Depression, Edwin McMahon, Peter Campbell, St Benedict


5 Ways to Help a Friend in Trouble

  In this day and right now, someone you know may be going through a hard time. It may be because of a death in the family, a serious relationship that ended, devastating health news,  or something else. What matters is that sometime or other, you may have been on the receiving end of support by a friend and you need to pay it forward. You may think that your friend is probably already receiving lots of help from other people and your help isn’t needed anymore, but there isn’t such a thing ...
Tags: Health, Family, Fashion, Relationships, Friends, Friendship, Health & Fitness, Ridgefield, Relationships & Marriage


Cancer

So… where to begin. Last week I started to run a fever that would not break.  I was hot and cold all week and I kept waiting for it to break.  I taped an episode of a Shaw/The StarPhoenix show on Tuesday and thought I was doing okay.  I drove back to work, finished the day and when could barely drive home I was so tired.  I was done work at 6:00 a.m. and Wendy was done at 6:30 p.m. and I fell asleep in the Safeway parking lot waiting for her. I went right to bed when I got home and never really ...
Tags: Health, Google, Family, Video, Friends, Cancer, Blogging, Personal, Oliver, Wendy Cooper, Mark Cooper, Vlog, Mark, Wendy, Safeway, Jerry


Rebuilding Relationships After Rehab

You’ve done it. After years of denial, after suffering many losses (people, jobs, money), you finally looked at your life of addiction and said “Enough.” You went into rehab to quit the addiction and to start a new life. Give yourself enormous credit for that. Making the decision to do it took courage. Staying in the program took commitment and determination. Now you have to meet the challenge of returning to the life you left. You have made major changes. But chances are that the home you a...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Parenting, Relationships, Friends, Friendship, Trust, Habits, Happiness, Personality, Betrayal, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Resentment, Recovery, Alcoholism


6 Ways to Tune Up Your Listening

We all want to be heard, right? We have a human desire to be seen and understood. But how skilled are we at extending listening to others? Here are six ways to sharpen your listening skills. Be Present Listening requires being in the moment. When someone is expressing a feeling or thought, try to stay present in your body and heart. This makes it easier to register their feelings and grasp their meanings. Empathy means noticing how another person is experiencing something. Notice if you’re di...
Tags: Psychology, Family, General, Relationships, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Empathy, Mindfulness, Self-help, Attention, Nervous System, Listening Skills, Listening, Distraction


All Roads Lead to Therapy

December 2016 arrived, and I had given the year all that was left in me. Most of the year was spent cycling in and out of depressive episodes, battling severe loneliness, and questioning if moving across the country was a grave mistake. The pains of the year brought one realization to light, I could no longer go through life’s journey alone anymore. I needed something beyond that motivational speech from a good friend. I needed more than the insight that a caring coworker could provide. I neede...
Tags: Psychology, General, Friends, Regret, Melancholy, Support, Happiness, Personal, Depression, Treatment, Self-esteem, Resilience, Sadness, Shame, Loneliness, Worry


Instaspam, Pintemess, and Don’t Be a Twitt(er)

You are an addict. Seriously. “What?” you protest. “I am a moderate drinker and haven’t smoked the green stuff since that fateful Saturday night in college.” “Have you checked your cell phone lately?” I counter. You nod. Sheepishly. In fact, you have checked your cell phone apps three times since clicking on my Psych Central link. The cell phone is our society’s teddy bear and blankie. We are scared and, yes, feel naked without our favorite accessory. While I have misplaced ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Relationships, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Social Media, Communication, Stress, Personal, Anxiety, Social Isolation, Text Messaging, Worry


7 Red Flags to Watch Out for in a New Relationship

You’re dating someone new and everything seems to be going pretty well. That is until you see something a little off in their behavior. When you’re first getting to know someone, you don’t want to analyze and judge every single thing they do or way they act, but you also want to evaluate what kind of person they are and if they could be a good fit for you. When we really like someone, we often want to overlook certain behaviors and chock it up to them having a bad day or our reading the situ...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Friends, Self-help, Personality, Trauma, Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse, Spousal abuse, Anger, Women's Issues, Selfishness, Controlling, Self-compassion, Marriage And Divorce, Men's Issues


Backhanded Compliments: Identify, Recognize, & Resolve

Ever give a compliment to someone and they seemed upset with you? Maybe they did not show the gratitude you thought they would or gave you a funny look after. This could be the result of accidentally giving a backhanded compliment. A backhanded compliment is a compliment that actually has an insult in it as well. WHAT?! I know, seems to not make much sense right? How could complimenting someone be loaded with an insult? Especially when we had no intentions of insulting the person. Unfortunat...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Friends, Communication, Self-help, Insult, Body Language, Hurt Feelings, Nonverbal Communication, Offensive



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