Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Douglas LaBier Ph.D.
The experiences and challenges during the pandemic have a benefit, oddly. They reveal what is needed for mental health in the transformed world of The After Times.
Is working and living at home draining your romantic connection? You're not alone. But a few steps can help restore some of it.
When people become more empathic towards others, research finds that their moral framework and political ideology becomes more liberal.
Couples that maintain long-term happiness have one major thing in common. A new study finds that it's not similar personal traits. It's something else.
Many people believe they need a partner to feel happy. But new studies show that creating a happy life is more complex.
What happens if you prioritize financial success over your relationships or other dimensions of your life? Or vice versa? Do your priorities affect your mental health?
Keeping a positive connection can be hard in the best of times. These two important aspects of a relationship, if overlooked, can shake its foundation.
You may not know how being "in the moment" relates to solving life challenges, or to your long-term well-being as you become older. New research explores how.
It's possible to deal with the pandemic in ways that can transform your life.
Is finding a purpose and meaning to your life important? Can it affect your health, your well-being, or your cognitive functions? What do we know about how all these link together?
Can an open relationship be as healthy as a monogamous one? If so, what do couples do that promotes it? And are they different from healthy monogamous relationships?
Does "hope" play any role in alleviating and healing the suffering of anxiety? Some new research indicates it can.
What leads to relationship success is a mystery to many. But one factor emerges when people reflect on what they truly felt about their relationship, at the beginning.
Couples argue about many things. That's part of any relationship. But there may be something about how they argue, and what they focus on, that's common to the happiest couples.
Surveys continue to show the damaging impact of many workplaces and careers upon emotional and physical health.
Have you discovered that you're drawn to the same kind of partner over and over—though determined that "this time, with this person, it's definitely different"? What can help?
Many couples experience a decline in their intimate relationship over time. But that's not inevitable if you know what provides continuous energy in your life together.
What lies beyond healing your conflicts through psychotherapy? A new vision of what mental health is and what promotes it is emerging from unlikely sources.
The sources of stress and conflict aren't what you think, and popular guides to reducing them don't always work. Here's why—and what actually helps.
Our mental health professions have long-overlooked the impact of what we consume - our food intake - upon our emotional health, including what promotes it and what undermines it.
We often think it's good to feel grateful about what we have. But true gratitude is different, and experiencing it is linked with health and psychological well-being.
Are you in an open relationship or thinking about one as an alternative to a monogamous relationship? We now have evidence of how it affects your mental health and well-being.
Does increasing your happiness as you grow older affect your long-term health and risk of dying?
Many people feel stressed by their work and careers. There's increasing evidence that unhealthy work environments produce accumulating damage to your mental health.
Research and clinical observation both reveal a complex relationship between hardships in life and increased wisdom. It depends on what you learn — or don't.
How does your capacity to laugh at your difficulties affect your mental health? What we see clinically coincides with some new research.
If you have a pattern of breaking up and making up, research shows it damages your mental health. How can you alter that to create a lasting, healthy relationship?
Many think that sexual desire for a prospective partner increases when there's uncertainty and mystery about the partner's interest in you. But some research suggest that's not so.
Are millennial men becoming less traditionally "masculine"? New research shows the impact of this shift on relationships and the workplace.
What attracts you to a partner may prove to be a dead-end, or may contain the basis for long-term intimate connection. Here's why, and what helps build lasting intimacy.
Douglas LaBier, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the Director of the Center for Progressive Development in Washington, DC.