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3 Simple Tips on How to Apologize Effectively

Conflict is an unavoidable part of life. While many scientists believe natural selection has influenced numerous species to seek victory in the face of conflict, other organisms, including... Read More

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5 Facts about Stress (and 17 Ways to Deal with It)

Americans are famous for being a hard-working bunch, taking the fewest paid vacation days off. I, for one, spent the summer studying advanced yoga therapy techniques on weekends, and... Read More

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Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round: Managing Obsessive Thoughts

It usually comes at the end of a long day, when you are most in need of rest and settling into the comfort of a warm bed, eager for respite. It is the arrival of “busy brain,” or... Read More

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Treating Trauma: Why EMDR Might Be Right for You

The first question a person who is seeking help for trauma often asks is, “Will I ever get better?” It is common to feel hopeless after experiencing a traumatic event. Trauma affects... Read More

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Divorce Without Remorse: When Your Ex Won’t Apologize

I see it all the time in my work with divorcing people: the anger, bitterness, and frustration felt when one partner betrays or deceives the other with little or no remorse for their... Read More

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We Got It All Wrong about Gay Relationships

You know the stereotypes—gay men aren’t interested in long-term, committed relationships. Or they can’t sustain them. It’s all about sex, the quickies, the one-night stands.... Read More

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The Formula for Affair Repair: Time, Trust, and Discomfort

You find yourself in a fraught situation: your partner has just learned about your affair. Feelings of panic, anxiety, fear, shame, and guilt overwhelm you. You aren’t sleeping well,... Read More

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Guilt-Free Career Change: 4 Reasons to Find Your Happy Place

People seeking career counseling, like people coming in for therapy, present with a range of concerns, but one common trait is guilt. The idea of trying to do something that makes us... Read More

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Why It’s Not about Making Mom and Dad Happy

As an autism professional and parent, I am accustomed to having a difference of opinion when it comes to many of the things I believe and practice about autism. But this week I came... Read More

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5 Good Reasons to Try Co-Parenting Therapy

When parents divorce, they sometimes forget that their children didn’t also get a divorce. They still have their two-parent family, even if that family occupies two households instead... Read More


Alphabet Soup: Decoding Mental Health Credentials

Trying to find a reputable mental health professional can feel daunting. There are so many clinicians out there, and it’s important to find a good one. Many choose to start their... Read More

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The Shadow Effects of Leadership Power

Power, the ability to have an effect or to have influence, is our birthright. We all have power and need it to survive, to have relationships, and to be productive. Think how much power... Read More

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How Many Hate Crime Victims Know Their Perpetrators?

September 23, 2014   .   2 Comments

While any form of victimization can be traumatic, hate crimes are particularly challenging for victims. Unlike random acts of violence, hate crimes are based on an individual’s... Read More

Yogic Breathing May Reduce Symptoms of PTSD, Study Finds

September 22, 2014   .   3 Comments

Posttraumatic stress (PTSD), which often results in depression, intrusive memories, anxiety, and fear after a traumatic event, poses serious public health concerns. About 20% of veterans... Read More

Do Sexualized Images of Women Make Men Less Charitable?

September 20, 2014   .   4 Comments

For decades, women’s advocates have argued that sexualized advertisements of women harm women’s self-esteem and increase gender disparities. According to new research, though,... Read More

Trauma Linked to Betrayal by Institutions, and Other News

September 19, 2014   .   5 Comments

Being betrayed by a loved one is painful enough, but people betrayed by large institutions can also experience anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, and they may also believe that... Read More

People with Alzheimer’s Often Take Unnecessary Medications

September 18, 2014   .   5 Comments

Perhaps the most frightening thing about an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is that there is not yet a cure for the disease. While people with Alzheimer’s may take medications to... Read More

Study Makes Case for 8 Different Classes of Schizophrenia

September 17, 2014   .   3 Comments

Schizophrenia is widely considered one of the most serious mental health issues because of its tendency to induce hallucinations, delusions, and erratic behavior. It turns out, though,... Read More

Class-Based Differences in Parenting Affect Student Behavior

September 16, 2014   .   4 Comments

Socioeconomic class is a major factor affecting educational outcomes. Children from wealthier economic backgrounds typically start school with an advantage, while children from poorer... Read More

Want to Help Your Baby Learn to Talk? Respond to Babbling

September 15, 2014   .   6 Comments

For many parents, a child’s first word is a much-anticipated milestone. As children learn to talk, parents may feel closer to their babies and better equipped to communicate with... Read More

Study Reveals 1 in 5 Women Experience Rape, and Other News

September 12, 2014   .   9 Comments

Rape statistics are a common source of contention, and many older studies were flawed or incomplete. According to survey results released last week by the Centers for Disease Control... Read More

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Topic Experts answer your questions about psychotherapy, mental health, and relationships.

Am I Having Flashbacks of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

It can be hard to know for certain whether what you have been experiencing is, in fact, a series of previously repressed Read more »

Will I Ever Find Love?

You rate yourself a 6 out of 10 on the looks scale and write that you are caring and compassionate. You say you cook well, and I take that to mean that you are good at taking care of others. ... Read more »

Help! I'm in Love with My Best Friend's Ex!

Your friend is going to be hurt. There is no way around that. When you made the choice to start hanging out with your best friend's ex without telling her, that's when you made the decision to hide ... Read more »

My Wife Wants an Open Marriage. I Don't. Now What?

Thanks for your question. I can only imagine your bewilderment and confusion; things are humming along fine and suddenly, out of nowhere, your wife is asking you to play the “keys in the bowl” ... Read more »

My Husband Can Watch Porn, but Can't Apply for a Job? Help!

Thanks for your question. I think the first key point can be found in your last statement, as far as “how to fix this.” To cut to the chase: you cannot. You can only help your husband “fix” ... Read more »

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