World of Psychology


What Does ‘True Love’ Really Mean?

Once you understand, it's a game-changer.

Many people find themselves disappointed when what they thought was "true love" goes wrong. You may have been through a series of relationships you thought would last forever, only to see each of them end in a matter of months.

Holiday Fever: Causes and Cures

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being told when I’m supposed to feel happy, generous, and loving toward absolutely everyone.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a Bah Humbug Scrooge sort of person. I just want to be me, meaning to be happy and generous when I’m feeling that way in my heart, not when prescribed to be, well, saintly.

Enter the holiday season: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanza, Christmas, and probably others that may be off my radar. Whatever we celebrate or don’t, we’re bombarded with messages that promote goodwill toward all.
Ethics & Morality

Tangled Webs We Weave: Big Lies, Little Lies

If I were to ask you if you lie, what would you say?

No? Sometimes? It depends on the situation?

The truth is that everyone has lied. Anyone who claims never to have lied is, in fact, lying. There is a perceived difference, however, between telling little “white” lies and being an out-and-out liar.

Lying happens for a variety of reasons and in certain circumstances can actually be seen as an accepted form of social interaction. Consider the friend who asks, “Don’t you like my new car?” You can say, “No, I don’t. It’s ugly and you paid way too much,” but what would that do? It won’t change their purchase, it won’t bring you closer and, in all likelihood, will hurt your friend's feelings unnecessarily. So you fib and say, “Yeah! It’s great!”

Boundaries: Why You Say Yes When You Really Mean No

Tell me if this is a familiar scenario: Somebody asks you to do something and you almost immediately agree, even though it’s not something you want to do. Maybe it’s at work -- you take on extra responsibilities even though you’re swamped. Or maybe it’s at home -- you agree to help a friend next weekend, but you’re overworked, under-rested, or maybe your toddler just started preschool and isn’t adjusting to the new sleep schedule.

As soon as you say yes to this new responsibility, something inside locks up. You start to think about all the ways this is going to put you out. You think about the last time you helped this person and how they didn’t seem to appreciate it. Maybe you lost sleep, lost money, had an argument with your spouse over it.
Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: November 13, 2018

Veterans Day was this past Sunday. I run into military men and women often and never know what to say.

Years ago, I heard a podcast on the importance of starting a conversation with veterans instead of just saying, "Thank you for your service."

It's motivated me to learn more about vets and what they need. In addition to our top posts this week on what you need to become happier, how not to get into another bad relationship and the connection between narcissism and mass shooters, you can read about how

5 Ways to Boost Your Midday Mental Slump

Turn the midday slump into a time of power and productivity

Most people feel droopy after lunch, and there are many theories on why this is.

Sleep doctors will say it’s a natural body rhythm. Nutrition experts might blame the digestive process. Some productivity experts will shrug their shoulders and say, hey, maybe it’s just not realistic to be productive for eight or nine hours straight.

How to Have a Minimalist, Meaningful Holiday Season—And Why It’s So Important

It’s very easy to feel very stressed over the holiday season. After all, there’s so much to do on top of our regular responsibilities. There’s also pressure to have a perfect holiday—and to give lots and lots of presents, which for many of us busts budgets and creates or deepens debt. And if you’re doing all the shopping, wrapping, cooking and cleaning, you may feel more resentment than joy.

This is where minimalism can help.
Children and Teens

Teaching Your Child Body Positivity

Today's society has an image-driven culture that focuses on unrealistic standards of beauty for people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. These standards not only have a negative impact on adults but are impacting children with alarming consequences.

Eating disorders among children have increased significantly in the past 20 years. While the greatest prevalence is among adolescents ages 13 to 18, children as young as 5 years old are dieting. More than ever, it’s important to teach children how to value healthy eating and stay active while also loving their bodies.