A psychologist lists 3 ways to end a problematic ‘parasocial relationship’

This allows you to transition from fictitious connections to authentic ties. getty In our digitally connected world, where media saturation is the norm, parasocial relationships have become increasingly common. From childhood crushes on celebrities to emotional involvement in complex fandoms, these are connections we make with people we don’t know personally, but are accessible across … Read more

A psychologist reveals what really goes on in the mind of a political extremist

These days, emotions regularly overwhelm truth, feelings overshadow facts, and reason overshadows … [+] drowned out by fiery rhetoric. This is the post-truth age, where misinformation thrives. getty Wherever you are on the political spectrum, chances are you have strong opinions about things that are important to you. You may also have a sense of … Read more

2 reasons why cooking should be an important part of your mindfulness routine

Learning new hobbies is a proven way to increase your well-being. But did you know that? … [+] Is cooking one of the most effective ways to promote mindfulness? getty The term “mindfulness” is often misunderstood. Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness is not only achieved through meditation. In fact, research has shown that the combination … Read more

8 Ways to Overcome Your Dating Anxiety, According to a Psychologist

Dating anxiety is a much bigger challenge than just getting nervous before a date. Here are eight pieces … [+] Advice from an expert in this field. getty A study published in The family diary highlights a fear that lies at the core of dating anxiety and rarely comes up when addressing the topic: the … Read more

3 crucial questions for your relationship

A psychologist will help you understand the delicate aspects of emotional infidelity. getty Emotional infidelity, a phenomenon characterized by deep emotional intimacy outside of the primary love relationship, poses a subtle but powerful threat to committed relationships. These seemingly innocent platonic friendships, based on pure intentions, can quickly evolve into intimate bonds and blurring the … Read more

did you see it coming Research shows why some breakups can feel incredibly predictable

Hindsight bias distorts your view of the past and the potential for your future. getty Relationships can be complex and unpredictable, and sometimes the end of a relationship can take us completely by surprise. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sheds light on this phenomenon and shows the impact of … Read more

4 ways a whirlwind crush is taking over your life

Being in love gives you a temporary high. Here’s how to deal with the downer. getty Love and infatuation are often confused, especially in the first, undefined phase of a romantic relationship. But they are different emotional experiences with different dynamics and different outcomes. Infatuation can be described as an intense passion or crush for … Read more

3 Psychedelics With Different Mental Health Use Cases

New research reveals the potential of three specific psychedelic drugs – MDMA, psilocybin and … [+] Ketamine – in the treatment of mental illnesses ranging from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder. getty Australia became the first country to legalize the use of MDMA and psilocybin to treat certain mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder and … Read more

2 Research-Backed Reasons For Men’s Obsession With “Size”

Why are so many men pursuing potentially harmful ways to increase the size of their penises, even if they are? … [+] Risks to their long-term health and well-being are significant? getty Pills, lotions, oils, pumps and surgeries – the options for men looking to enlarge their penises are seemingly endless. Nevertheless, due to its … Read more

A psychologist explores the transformative power of pets on mental health

There’s scientific evidence that owning a pet boosts your mental health, but there’s no denying it … [+] that pets can be demanding. How to maximize the benefits of pet ownership. getty Pet ownership is booming. A recent survey by American Pet Products Association revealed that nearly 90 million US households now own pets. That … Read more