Whether it’s joy or anger, we’re wired to catch and spread emotions. Here's how to inoculate ourselves against negative ones.
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Shawn M. Burn Ph.D.
A relationship’s end or being single doesn’t mean you or your relationships are failures. Thinking so can lead you into trouble.
Does your empathy get you into helping trouble? Here's how to better manage your helping boundaries.
What should we do when a group norm is harmful or unhealthy? Can we change it or should we distance or leave?
Is an unaddressed issue coming between you and another? If so, it's time to use constructive confrontation strategies to enrich and save your relationship.
Senator Martha McSally's (R-AZ) testimony about her sexual assault while serving in the Air Force illustrates common sexual harassment dynamics and points the way for change.
Defensiveness is an enemy of relationship satisfaction and longevity. Fortunately, there are ways to counteract it.
According to leadership theory and research, President Trump’s leadership style is a recipe for ineffective leadership.
Already feeling overwhelmed by holiday demands? Setting limits on what you do during the holiday season can help keep your holidays merry and bright.
Why do women comprise only 23% of the United States House and Senate? How will their numbers increase?
When you expect criticism or conflict at a family gathering, these five strategies can help you keep the peace.
Research explains why we knock on wood and wear lucky socks. Not only is superstition natural and normal, but it can also reap psychological benefits.
The case shows how power and harassment myths silence victims and protect harassers. But it also shows positive effects from the #MeToo movement.
Those of us with major depression call it the "dark passenger" for a reason but it's worth it to fight the battle in the hopes of winning the war.
There’s a big difference between the closeness of a healthy friendship and the closeness of the unhealthy codependence. Here's how to tell the difference.
Feeling frustrated because your loved one won't take your health advice? Here’s how to keep their health problems from becoming a relationship problem.
Worry is normal after a mammogram if you're told more diagnostic tests or procedures are needed, and as you wait for results. These anxiety-busting strategies may help.
Is your quest for self-knowledge being exploited by the makers of social media "psychological" tests?
The holidays bring heartache to parents estranged from their adult children. New research sheds light on the factors leading to estrangement and what we can do to cope.
Democrats and feminists must honestly grapple with the uncomfortable feelings generated by the Franken case.
These houseguest guidelines will increase the odds of a visit unmarked by host-guest tensions.
Houseguests can be a dream but they can also be experienced as territorial invaders that create stress and strain, especially if we aren't clear about visit boundaries.
What's behind people's love for Halloween and wild Halloween behavior?
Traditional gender roles can set some people up for unhealthy helping and giving.
A social-psychologist explains how white hate groups and some politicians exploit the dynamics of prejudice and how Confederate monuments cause psychological and social harm.
Timothy Piazza didn't have to die but group dynamics and barriers to bystander intervention insured that he did.
The sexual harassment shenanigans of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes at Fox News remind us that sexual harassment remains a workplace problem.
Earth Day is a good day to consider (or reconsider) your commitment to promoting environmental sustainability.
How can people support policies that will increase the hardship of vulnerable groups and still maintain their belief that they are good and moral people?
You don't have to sacrifice your health or integrity to make other people's holidays happy.
Postelection, many Americans are stressed, especially people fearing increased interpersonal and institutional discrimination. How can we effectively cope?
Shawn Meghan Burn, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Presence of Mind is a blog examining individual, group, and social problems through the lens of social psychology with a focus on the psychology of sustainability and the psychology of gender.