How to Discover Your Intimacy Shadow

All of us have essential aspects of our personality that we have learned to hide or suppress in order to protect ourselves. When we claim these “shadow” parts, we dramatically increase our capacity for love, and we find access to a tremendous sense of personal power. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-love/201708/how-discover-your-intimacy-shadow

Hate at Home

I recently re-read an article by a historian, Richard Hofstadter from 1964, reporting paranoia in American politics had been around a long time (before the alt-right discovered it),only its targets have changed—from the Anti-Masonic movement in the 1820s, to the Catholic Church cons Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/campus-confidential-coping-college/201708/hate-home

Why Hedonism Doesn’t Lead to Happiness

When I was a teenager, I went through a period of depression. I stopped going out in the evenings, and spent most of my time alone in my room, brooding and listening to music. My father has always been a cheerful and sociable guy, and found it difficult to understand me. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-darkness/201708/why-hedonism-doesnt-lead-happiness

Do You Regret Sacrificing For Your Partner? Here’s Why

One of the hallmarks of a loving, healthy relationship is when partners envision their relationship as a kind of third entity—something in need of being served and supported in itself, by mutual accommodation; perhaps sacrificing what you want, sometimes, not just using the relationship a Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-new-resilience/201708/do-you-regret-sacrificing-your-partner-heres-why

Better educated parents have children who are more relaxed, outgoing and explorative

By Alex Fradera Exactly how parents shape their children is a matter of controversy, especially since Judith Rich Harris’ book The Nurture Assumption popularised the behavioural genetics position that the “shared environment” (so-called because it’s shared by siblings) – including the fam Read more: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/08/25/better-educated-parents-have-children-who-are-more-relaxed-outgoing-and-explorative/

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust II

Note to Reader: As a licensed psychologist, I strictly adhere to the ethics of confidentiality; therefore, I do not use/make reference to any patient/client information in the pieces I write. The only data I use to explore these psychological issues is my own. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/art-and-science/201708/roadblocks-intimacy-and-trust-ii

Why Trump Struggles to Condemn White Supremacists

Political pundits are viewing President Trump’s equating the white supremacist protestors and counter-protestors in Charlottesville as reflecting nothing more than a political calculation - playing to his white, anti-liberal base. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freud-lives/201708/why-trump-struggles-condemn-white-supremacists

Poor extroverts spend proportionately more on buying status

EVEN when money is short, an occasional high-end experience is tempting. From luxury clothes to a round of golf, splurging not only makes people feel better, but may also enhance their status with their friends and relations. Read more: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/poor-extroverts-spend-proportionately-more-on-buying-status.html