The Mind Shifts in Mysterious Ways After Midnight

When I was a teenager my parents' favorite response to my requests to stay out late was always the same: "Nothing good ever happens...

Stealth Narcissists: How to Spot Them and 3 Sanity Preserving Tips for Dealing with...

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When we think about narcissism, certain qualities come to mind: status seeking, admiration requiring, self-glorifying, entitled, arrogant, and a lack of concern for others....

Stress Isn’t All Bad: 3 Ways to Get Comfortable With Discomfort

In 1915 a German warship torpedoed the British ocean liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, sinking it and drowning almost twelve hundred passengers,...

Does the Thought of Winding Down Wind You Up?

Imagine sitting alone at a restaurant waiting for a friend. How do you pass the time? Do you look around? Do you savor the...

The Feel Good Factor: Vitality

Vitality is a word I didn't hear much in medical school or psychiatry residence. I was well versed in the language of illness, not...

The Difference Between Narcissistic And Benevolent Lies

Most of the time honesty is the best policy...but not always. Under some circumstances, telling a white lie may even help bolster social connections....

5 Strategies to Balance Your News Diet

The news these days is bleak. It's no wonder that people are tuning out. According to the annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report, many...

How Not to Make the Same Mistake Twice

Mike, 41, came to see me after splitting up with his girlfriend. It was the fourth relationship in five years that had gone wrong....

4 1/2 Ways to Deal With Someone Having a Meltdown

A friend was recently in line at his favorite bagel store and witnessed a scene that has become all too familiar: an adult having...

There Is No Blueprint For Grief

All of our knees are buckling in the wake of the tragedies in Buffalo 10 days ago and two days ago in Uvalde. The...

7 Ways Cognitive Distortion May Be Bending You Out of Shape

"My depression had grown on me as that vine had conquered the oak; a sucking thing that had wrapped itself around me, ugly and...

How to Find a Therapist

May may be Mental Health Awareness Month but let's be honest, mental health deserves the spotlight year round and every single day. The mental...

3 Strategies to Master the Art & Science of Asking for a Favor

"Just thinking about it gives me hives," explained my patient. Like many people I know, she doesn't like asking for favors. Most people prefer...

Is Humility the Antidote for the Humblebrag?

As the old saying goes, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less." In recognition of all Dolly Parton...

Feeling Socially Stuffed? Have an Exit Strategy

Making a big entrance may be important, but don't underestimate the benefits of having an exit strategy. "I love you all dearly but want you...

Are You Experiencing Decision Paralysis?

The number, frequency, and urgency of decisions that demand our attention on a daily basis are exhausting. Here are 5 strategies that might help. Cream...

Is Subtraction Neglect Adding To Your Anxiety?

According to a study from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, we almost always tend to add something. This is...

Do You Spend Most of the Day Sitting?

I go from my desk, to my sofa, to my bed. Repeat.” This is my patient’s description of her daily routine. With fewer reasons to...

Here Is One Thing You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Stress and Boost...

What is something you already do more than 20,000 times a day that could help you feel calmer and more vital if you did...

How to Better Advocate for Yourself

"While I’m proud of my accomplishments, I have a hard time talking about them. I think it comes off as bragging or false modesty or that...