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Breaking out of mental loops
Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.
What are some of the unwritten rules that may save a friendship between women?
We all perform misdeeds that we may feel bad about. What we think and do afterwards can affect our social relationships, our self-identity, and our overall psychological health.
Can a quinoa, kale, avocado, and almond salad really boost your mood like good old comfort food?
It’s the rare person who hasn’t been sold a “bill of goods.” Yet, if we remember the phrase, “buyer beware,” it may prompt us to take protective measures.
Healthy emotional nutrition is a way to place pain in the background rather than the foreground.
What we can do to support family, friends, and others who are facing end-of-life, when the need for human connection is especially important.
It is easy to neglect your emotional health as a caregiver, but running on empty puts you at risk for psychological malnutrition and burnout.
Being a prospective juror is not without its inconveniences and a perception that you are under threat of reprimand.
Although jury participation is often associated with negative reactions, the reality is that the risk of significant adverse consequences is quite low.
Part 1: Although the Constitution guarantees the right to a jury trial, not everyone can, or wants to, serve as a juror.
The extent of patients' adherence to physical therapy can be affected by medical conditions, psychological functioning, support systems, and the relationship with the physical therapist.
Giving is valued behavior. But giving to get by a holier-than thou approach, self-effacement, or for quid pro quo can be maladaptive and exploitative rather than altruistic.
Healthy pride reinforces self-esteem and differs from an inflated sense of self. It is not authentic pride, but rather hubristic pride that is one of the “Seven Deadly Sins.”
Whether choosing to retire or being forced to, how do people make the adjustment considering all the financial, health, social, and psychological factors?
Leisure activities not only benefit physical needs, but also contribute to a meaningful life.
We can reduce discontentment and enhance deeper living through appreciating the beauty and poetry of ordinary activities.
Daydreaming is a normal mental activity that can lead to positive effects. However, it can also reinforce negative feelings and thoughts and contribute to poor functioning.
Later life romances can prompt one to look inward and ask, "How can I grow with this person?" Later life romance may well awaken your best possible self.
Time spent alone varies across one’s life situation and lifestyle. Periods of solitude may be intrapersonally healthy and helpful in improving relationships with others.
Regret, if used properly, can enhance development toward becoming the type of person you hope to be as well as having the kind of life you want.
Post-traumatic growth rather than post-traumatic bitterness is not an easy feat. When one can put the ordeal in context and see meaning in the misery, then growth can flourish.
Changes in important areas of people’s lives test their inner resources and require adaptation if they are to successfully overcome stress and other negative effects.
Older aged people possess information that if disclosed to others can enhance lives, theirs and ours. By spending time with them—listening and talking—we both become more enriched.
Although fear appeal campaigns are a form of persuasive communication to change attitudes and behavior in a certain way, they can have counterproductive effects.
Many of us wander into worry as if we were on autopilot. We need to get out of our deeply grooved neurologic routes. Doing this can be a challenge, but not an insurmountable one.
Ways to encourage older aged people to dispose of their belongings may be different than that used for younger people.
Social relationships have an impact on our lives. Being rejected or excluded can result in negative psychological reactions and physical pain.
Parental favoritism can result in lasting positive effects for the favored, but also long-term deleterious effects for all the children.
Self explorations into the real you.
Repeatedly doing what you should do or what you like to do can come at a great cost; especially if long-term consequences are not considered.
Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D., are psychology professors at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.