stress

What to Do When Stress is Overwhelming

Stress is a feeling that many people experience day to day when their lives don’t go as easy as they would like. It’s not uncommon for people to have moments where they…

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Depression in Transgender Teens

While feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and feeling left out of social situations are common experiences for most teens, teenagers who identify as transgender are at a higher risk of experiencing a variety…

serotonin

Serotonin Deficiency: What to Look Out For

Everyone wants to feel healthy and happy, and for all of us, this involves a specific neurotransmitter that our body produces naturally called serotonin. Researchers call this chemical the “happy chemical”, because…

Malignant Narcissist

Is He a Malignant Narcissist?

Most people tend to prefer to have things go their way, but they are generally able to decipher the needs and wants of others and incorporate these things into the decisions they…

submarine

Do You Have Submechanophobia?

Everyone has something that they are afraid of; the world is filled with weird and scary things that can cause a person to feel nervous and frightened. While some things that scare…

relationship red flag

Relationship Red Flags

Building and maintaining healthy relationships is an important part of adult development; a large majority of humans spend their early adult lives searching for a compatible partner to have children and build…

female psycopath

Do You Know a Female Psychopath?

The term “psychopath” is a term that mental health professionals use to categorize a particular group of symptoms that accompany a personality disorder. Thanks to movies and television, however, most people have…

stendhal

What is Stendhal Syndrome?

Have you ever been to an art museum? If you have, you know that there are many amazing, beautiful works of art that have been created over the history of human life…

culinary therapy

Can Culinary Therapy Really Help?

The word “food” can mean many different things to a person, depending on their relationship with it. For some, food is comforting. For others, food is stressful. Similarly, the art of cooking…

emotional infidelity

What is Emotional Infidelity?

Relationships come in all different sizes and with different relational dynamics in each one; a relationship is established by developing some conscious (AND unconscious) boundaries and limits while developing an intimate connection…

self harm

What is Self-Harm Behavior and How is it Treated?

Approximately 322 million people worldwide experience depressive symptoms every day. While depression can look different from person to person, those who experience symptoms identify with at least some of the following general…

exhibitionist

How Common is an Exhibitionism Disorder?

Sex and sexuality have been studied for centuries and different cultures have their own unique perspectives about what constitutes appropriate and “normal” sexual expression and sexual conduct. What has been learned when…

ASD

What is Acute Stress Disorder?

When someone experiences a severe or traumatic event in their life, they can begin to develop disruption in their mental health and overall functioning. Mental health professionals describe these mental, physiological, and…

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What is Emotional Blackmail?

Emotional blackmail is a relationship dynamic that involves a person instilling fear, obligation, and guilt into a relationship with another person, as author and psychotherapist Susan Forward had described. She explains that…

faking happiness

Are You Faking Happiness?

In a world where we are so interconnected by the internet and social media, the way we interpret our own self-worth can be heavily influenced by what we see from those we…

covert narcissist

Is Your Partner a Covert Narcissist?

Often when discussing narcissists, people are quick to talk about all of the outward social behaviors that related to narcissism: arrogance, grandiosity, lack of empathy, entitlement, expressing that they are unique, special,…

choleric

What is a Choleric Temperament?

As mentioned in my previous article about sanguine temperament, Hippocrates, a Greek physician that lived from 460-370 BC, had a theory that connected the inner workings of the body to a person’s…

type c

What is Type C Personality?

We’ve all heard of Type A personalities; these are characteristics in people’s personalities that include: competitiveness, neurotic, perfectionism, strict organization, ambitiousness, aggressiveness, impatience, and meticulousness. People who have Type A personalities generally…

shadow psychology

What is “Shadow Psychology”?

Carl Jung was one of the most famous psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and founders of psychology as we know it today. He developed theories about why we think and feel the way we do…

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Why Do I Cry When I Get Angry?

While people generally experience the same emotions, the way they express them can be rapidly different from person to person. Some may have more muted reactions to their emotions, while others may…

ethical monogamy

What is Ethical Non-Monogamy?

While some cultural standards have idealized the goal of finding that one person to marry and spend eternity with, it appears that this is harder than it looks. Research continues to show…

sanguine temperament

What is Sanguine Temperament?

Many theories about personality and general psychology come from theories developed long ago that still hold true today. Theorists like Freud and Jung often are credited for a lot of the ways…

halo effect

What is the Halo Effect?

Social psychologists have long studied the ways people think about and interact with others, due to the fascinating ways our brains can affect our relationships. These researchers and theorists have found that…

mental health goals

6 Mental Health Goals for 2019

The beginning of the new year can feel like a motivating and inspirational time; January 1st often marks a clean slate on the calendar where people re-focus on goals or dreams they…