World of Psychology


How to Befriend Your Fear to Live a Fulfilling Life

When we think of fear, we don’t exactly picture positive things, and we don’t exactly welcome it. After all, the purpose of fear is to scare us, isn’t it? This way we can spring into action, and escape. This way we can run or avoid the awful, anxiety-provoking situation or person or place or thing.

In other words, fear is a threat. Fear is a saber-toothed tiger or a snarling dog. Fear is a dark alley. Fear is a confrontation. Fear is rejection. Fear is public speaking and final exams. Fear is loneliness.

Fear is unpleasant at best—and dangerous at worst.

8 Ways to Minimize What’s Bad about Social Media and Keep What’s Good

Do you love social media but also hate it? Do you find yourself drawn to it, again and again, while a little voice in the back of your head is cautioning you that the time you are spending there is not so great for your emotional health? 

I don’t think you need to give it up entirely and neither does Georgetown University psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic, an expert on the hazards of social media. She has offered some

Feeling Unsafe in a Very Safe World

More than ever, people are concerned about feeling "safe." Unfortunately, what that word means changes with context, people you're with, the environment you're in, and is based upon each individual's background and life experiences. What may feel unsafe for you may be perfectly safe for me.

Physical safety is something most people understand. You get into a car, you fasten your seat belt, and that helps you stay safe in case of an automobile accident.

But what is the equivalent of a seat belt for our emotional safety? And is such a mechanism dependent upon the rest of the world to understand and provide you, or is it something you need to figure out how to provide for yourself?


How to Add More Joy to Your Days

It’s safe to say that most of us would love more joy in our lives, particularly when it feels like the hours blend together into one big blur, and we find ourselves feeling blah.

Yet, do you know what brings you joy?

Sometimes, we can get so swept up in the daily hustle that we forget to ask ourselves this question—and we have no idea about the answer.

According to therapist Lynn Zakeri, LCSW, “joy is found in different ways by different people.”

Podcast: Openly Discussing Suicide in Our Communities

One of the most dangerous misconceptions about suicide is that asking a loved one if they are suicidal will increase the odds that they will attempt suicide.  Today Dr. Nate Ivers of Wake Forest University discusses the importance of making “the covert overt” by asking blunt, straightforward questions of those you suspect may be thinking about suicide.  What words should you use, and if the answer is yes, what should you do next?  And why are we so uncomfortable about asking these potentially lifesaving questions?