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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


How to spot high-conflict people before it's too late

Here's a fast fact about high-conflict people: life is better when you avoid them. Bill Eddy, mediation expert and president of the High Conflict Institute, describes them not only as difficult but also potentially dangerous. So how can we avoid becoming a target in their path of destruction? First, you have to be able to recognize them, says Eddy. They tend to share these four key characteristics: a preoccupation with blaming others, all-or-nothing thinking, unmanaged emotions, and extreme beha...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Friendship, Personality, Innovation, Fear, Emotions, Eddy, Bill Eddy, High Conflict Institute


New Study Shows Most Americans Are Lonely

If you are feeling lonely, you’re not alone. A recent study involving 340 San Diego County residents of various ages has found that loneliness is shockingly widespread.1 The study suggests that there is a 76% prevalence of moderate to severe loneliness in American society. This is a bombshell statistic. After all, our country has enshrined the pursuit of happiness in its constitution and prides itself on having a high standard of living (twelfth in the world), which apparently doesn’t equate wit...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Friendship, Happiness, Social Media, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Social Life, Spirituality, Un, San Diego County, Loneliness, University Of California San Diego, Mental Health And Wellness


Can relationship anarchy create a world without heartbreak?

Can you imagine a world without heartbreak? Not without sadness, disappointment or regret – but a world without the sinking, searing, all-consuming ache of lost love. A world without heartbreak is also a world where simple acts cannot be transformed, as if by sorcery, into moments of sublime significance. Because a world without heartbreak is a world without love – isn't it?More precisely, it might be a world without love's most adulated form: romantic love. For many people, romantic love is the...
Tags: Psychology, Gender, Marriage, Sex, Relationships, Love, Friendship, Trust, Happiness, Communication, Feminism, Innovation, Gender Equality, Nordgren, Dorothy Tennov, Andie Nordgren


The Surprising Meaning of Loneliness and How to Beat it

Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults.   The prevalence of loneliness has also increased over the past few decades. Compared to the 1980s, the number of people living alone in the US has increased by about one-third. When Americans were asked about the number of people that they can confide in, the number dropped from three in 1985 to two in 2004.  In the UK, 21% to 31% of people report that they feel lonely some of the time, and surveys in other parts of th...
Tags: Psychology, UK, London, Relationships, Friendship, Happiness, US, Resilience, Loneliness, Connection, Association, Miller, Coping, Cacioppo, Goossens, Masi


Common Threads of Well-Being: 5 Ideas that Influence and Integrate

The concept of well-being has many facets, yet themes weave through all stages of development and point to critical aspects of how and with whom we spend time. Money can’t buy love, but up to a certain level it is crucial to well-being. Health and relationships matter, and pursuing goals deemed personally worthwhile also impact well-being. While there are no formulas there are fundamentals that, when understood and applied, can improve the quality of being and integrate the roles and activities...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Relationships, Friendship, Generosity, Happiness, Communication, Volunteering, Gratitude, Mental Health And Wellness, Gallup, Simon, Abraham Maslow, MASLOW, Panepinto, Rath


How to Tell a New Partner You’ve Been Divorced

It might be a little risky. When a divorce is done and over with, the next thing a new divorcee typically does is meet and date new people — not necessarily to get into another marriage but to find intimacy, companionship, and friendship. After all, everyone gets beat up in the face of the separation, negotiation, and fight. So knowing how to get a guy to like you, a newly divorced woman, can be challenging. And learning how to tell your new boyfriend about your recent divorce — without scari...
Tags: Psychology, Marriage, Relationships, Friendship, Divorce, Intimacy, Dating, Publishers, Marriage And Divorce, Yourtango, Companionship


The Psychology Behind Instilling a Sense of ‘Home’

Home can be your childhood roots and the pizzeria around the corner. Home can be the house you grew up in and the familiar sights, sounds, tastes, and smells that are as familiar to you as the sun rising each day and setting each night. It can be the physical place you reside and the community it bestows.  Home can be the conversations with loved ones at the dinner table about anything and everything. It  can be talking with your friends over a cup of hot tea or coffee. It can be vacations w...
Tags: Psychology, Home, Family, Friendship, Personal, Moving, Memories, Penn State, MASLOW, Homesickness, Baumeister Leary


How to bring more confidence to your conversations

To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
Tags: Psychology, Video, Leadership, Relationships, Friendship, Communication, Empathy, Language, Innovation, Debate, Jwplatform.com


Visiting The Dying – Was It Providence?

I got a call from a gal last week. She told me about this old lady, I might want to visit. She said she was sick and lonely. If you’re read here awhile, you know I have an affinity to … Read More... Continue reading Visiting The Dying – Was It Providence? at ElsaElsa .
Tags: Health, Death, Friendship, Astrology, Providence, 8th-house, Jupiter in Sagittarius


Ideology drives us apart. Neuroscience can bring us back together.

How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Friendship, Communication, Neuroscience, Play, Brain, Innovation, Collaboration, Mind, Cooperation, Personal Growth, Charles Koch Foundation, Sarah Ruger Don


Princess Jellyfish - Getting Together in Good Fashion

Growing up as children, we’re led to believe that we can all get along with one another. Adults tell us to be kind towards others. As we get to adolescence, we start to separate into certain groups... More after the jump!
Tags: Psychology, Religion, Friendship, Anime, Manga, Princess Jellyfish, Tsukimi Kurashita, Kuranosuke Koibuchi, Prolonged Contact


What Are You Looking For In Life?

I was talking to my lifelong friend, Ben. This was right before I was going to surgery. I told him at one point, “This is our conversation in case die.”  He’s a Scorpio matched with my 8th house. He told … Read More...
Tags: Psychology, Friendship, Scorpio, Astrology, Real Life, Ben, 8th-house, Ben This


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


Post Anime NYC – On Women and Their Impact on My Life

2017 is a year I will always remember with regards to anime conventions. The Bay Area finally received an anime convention in Crunchyroll Expo, that looks to spearhead the next generation of anime... More after the jump!
Tags: Psychology, Life, Relationships, Religion, Friendship, Loss, Bay Area, Fandom, Crunchyroll Expo


Belief Compassion Dreams – More Picture Books that Inspire

The well of picture books possessing that alluring duality to entertain and inspire never seems to run dry. Here are a few new titles to keep you topped up. Feathers by Phil Cummings and Phil Lesnie Phil Lesnie used pencil, watercolour and a tiny bit of gouache to decorate Cummings’ story of compassion and hope. … Continue reading Belief Compassion Dreams – More Picture Books that Inspire The post Belief Compassion Dreams – More Picture Books that Inspire appeared first on The Boomerang Books ...
Tags: Books, Hope, Animals, Friendship, Belief, Compassion, Mental Health, Resilience, Migration, Emotions, Humanity, Journeys, Multicultural, Cummings, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, New Book Releases


Why FOMO Is Actually Social Anxiety and What You Should Do About It

You’re probably rolling your eyes at this point when you hear the term FOMO, but bear with me because it turns out that FOMO isn’t about fear of missing information. It’s about feeling anxious that you’re missing out on bonding time with your social group. Here’s what to do about that anxiety.Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Friendship, Mental Health, Anxiety, Social Gps, Emotional Health, life-hacks


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


New Year, New Chance to Raise Your Self-Esteem

It’s one of the most common concerns I hear in my practice. Clients worry that their self-esteem isn’t high enough for them to succeed in relationships, work, school — almost anything. Not feeling good about themselves, they feel that changing their direction in life is impossible. They want to feel better. They want to feel they deserve better. They want to feel confident and competent again. They want to talk about it in session so they will feel good enough to make changes in life. Pop p...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Friendship, Self-esteem, Dating, New Year's, Gratitude, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Holiday Coping, New Year's Resolution, Roy Baumeister, Baumeister, Alfred Adler


32 Yr Old Virgin Friend Joins SM Sex Club and I Am Worried

My best friend and I are very different from each other but we have grown a very strong relationship over the years. She is a smart, highly educated, 32 year old virgin that I hardly think has ever even kissed someone. Myself, I have been in many relationships but am currently single, 32 years old as well. My friend has been growing as a person a lot over the last year, and in August she came to me and said she´d started dating someone she met online. I was very supportive that she started onlin...
Tags: Psychology, General, Sex, Friendship, Anxiety, Self-esteem, Personality, Kuala Lumpur, Norway, Alan, Bondage, Personal Growth, Alan Alan, Sex Club, Sadomasochism


The Social Club: A Shelter in the Storm

“Hey, Matt, come with me. I am going to my satellite office. Bring your laptop; you can do some work,” Uncle John said. As I hurriedly grabbed my belongings, I visualized Uncle John’s office. It was probably a nondescript building tucked in a tony Minneapolis suburb. I wondered if Uncle John had a corner office. Within minutes, I was walking into an unassuming strip mall in an affluent Minneapolis suburb. But there were no humming laptops or frazzled secretaries greeting Uncle John. ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Minneapolis, Friends, Friendship, Communication, Personal, Social Life, Hobbies, John, Jack, Arnold, Industrial And Workplace, Social Support, Socializing, Matt


Accepting the Gift of Criticism

Criticism is often shot with such irrationally charged arrows that it’s natural to yield a defensive shield, which can deflect any kind of positive resolution or self-growth. Also, criticism can be jarring to one’s self-image. For instance, if you perceive yourself as a productive member of your company and someone declares that you’re a slacker, it can be a blow to your ego. It’s natural, then, to try and combat criticism. Some people will react to critical words by withdrawing. Others like t...
Tags: Psychology, General, Friends, Friendship, Judgment, Communication, Self-help, Self-esteem, Criticism, Personal Growth


Losing Friends

We’ve all done it. We’ve all lost a friend or two. One minute the friend is present, communicative and, well, friendly. The next minute our friend is gone. It doesn’t feel good when it happens. In fact, it can be devastating and downright confusing. Let’s investigate some of the key reasons people lose friends. Envy Jealousy can kill a friendship. Case in point, Marie and Jill are violin players. They’ve played the violin since they were children. In high school and college, they played...
Tags: Psychology, General, Colorado, Friends, Friendship, Communication, Self-help, Arizona, Envy, Jealousy, Bob, Dishonesty, Maggie, Stigma, Grief And Loss, Michael


I Get Bored of People Too Quickly and Thus Do Not Have Any Friends

I am a student at university and I’ve had some very good friends in the past, but with some of them I lost touch because I changed school and with others I do not have anything in common anymore. I have recently moved to another city (for the 3rd time, because of university and my personal travel passion) and started school 1 year ago. I have made exactly 1 friend by now, and without me he would otherwise be the lonely guy because he is very shy and introverted (I am an introvert too, which is p...
Tags: Psychology, College, Relationships, Germany, Friendship, Challenge, Self-esteem, Personality, Boredom, Social Skills, Making Friends, Group Therapy, Intellect, Attention Deficit


Make a Better First Impression By Focusing On Your Four "Social Gifts"

Your first impression counts for a heck of a lot. When you’re meeting someone for the first time, focus on the four “social gifts” you bring to the table to make your impression a good one.Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Social, Relationships, Friendship, Social Gps, Lifehacks


Best of Our Blogs: October 28, 2016

Too often we let our illness, past, and differences prevent us from living fully. We’re afraid of getting hurt or we think we aren’t deserving. So we wait. Some of us wait never experiencing what it’s like to truly be. Outwardly we pretend to be like everyone else. We hide our eccentricities. Secretly, we’re resentful and in pain. But whole living isn’t about being perfect or “normal” even. It’s embracing the life we have. It’s allowing ourself the freedom to be. Let this excerpt from Mary Olive...
Tags: Psychology, Friendship, Emotion, Feeling, Interpersonal Relationship, Best Of Our Blogs, Mary Oliver


Psychology Around the Net: October 22, 2016

Once again, my friends, I come to you from behind a computer screen with a box of tissues on one side and a trash can on the other. Tears are running down my cheeks, I can’t stop sneezing, and even though I can’t breathe my nostrils aren’t too stopped up to — well, I won’t get gross. Wasn’t it just a few months ago I was suffering from allergies? Can you even get allergies in the fall? According to WebMD, you sure can, and thanks to a myriad of potential culprits (mold spores and pollen hiding ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Technology, Instagram, Supreme Court, Parenting, Parents, Children, Friends, Friendship, Research, Disorders, Stress, Self-esteem, Break Up, Schizophrenia


Four Ways to Help a Muslim Victim of Domestic Abuse

By Janet Kozak Data gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) shows that one in three women and one in four men will be victims of domestic abuse at some point during their lifetimes. For those that survive, these experiences can be horrifically shattering. However, the hurt can be made easier by the kindness of strangers, support of friends, and love of family. The Qur'an notes that the oppressed call out to Allah for help and assistance from those around them. They a...
Tags: Health, Life, Religion, Friendship, Women, Uncategorized, Society, Help, Domestic Violence, Canada, Islam, Men, Sisters, Social Justice, Muslims, Brothers


How Mindful Living Creates Lasting Intimacy

We often understand mindfulness as a practice that helps reduce stress or moves us toward spiritual awakening. But there is another benefit to being mindful that doesn’t receive much attention. Mindfulness is an essential foundation for fulfilling and lasting intimate relationships. Being present means noticing what we’re actually experiencing inside. In his popular book Wherever You Go, There You Are Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be pres...
Tags: Psychology, General, Love, Friendship, Communication, Mindfulness, Intimacy, University Of Chicago, Connection, Inspiration & Hope, Closeness, Eft, Jon Kabat Zinn, Sue Johnson, Eugene Gendlin


Can’t Commit in Friendship, Is It Normal?

I used to be an extremely self confident person, so confident that some even think I’m arrogant. And also, I’m somewhat charismatic person too, someone you’d like in the very first meeting. And, lately I’ve been very concerned. I have very little friends. And by ‘friends’, i mean the ones who aren’t superficial. It’s not them. It’s me. I have the tendency to ‘jump in’ a group of friends and then ‘jump out’ and move on to another group. Like, i can’t commit and cherish the friendship i am having ...
Tags: Psychology, School, General, Relationships, Friendship, Teen Issues, Commitment Issues, Making Friends



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