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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Jade Wu Ph.D.
The winter blues can sap our energy and leave us feeling tired, hopeless, and foggy, but light may be the key to keeping the blues at bay.
Pop culture gets a lot wrong when it comes to mental health, but this overview can help you demystify the idea of going to therapy and provide a basis for many types of therapy.
Mindfulness has become increasingly popular, but with that popularity come exaggerated claims and beliefs about its uses.
Dissociation is one of those things everyone has heard of but few can really define.
Sleep paralysis is a freaky phenomenon that has inspired ghost and alien stories. Fortunately, there's a scientific explanation for why it happens and ways to prevent it.
Racism damages the mental health of Black people by decreasing, through structural forces, the necessary ingredients for mental health.
Your thumb hovers over the infinite scroll of your newsfeed and a sense of despair settles in your belly, but you can't stop. Why do we doomscroll?
Does the reminder that you'll die someday make you anxious? You might be surprised by some of the factors that influence our attitudes toward death.
By allowing and accepting pain, you can move towards letting go of suffering.
Does your otherwise sensible friend believe the moon landing was a Hollywood hoax? Here's a look at the fascinating psychology behind belief in conspiracy theories.
When a loved one is behaving destructively, enabling them makes their problem worse. By recognizing patterns of enabling, you can change course and provide real help.
Anger is not only a valid emotion, but one that can be a useful motivating force to incite positive change.
When you're overwhelmed, your brain blows a fuse. These eight simple tips can help you reset your mental circuit breaker.
Being chased, appearing naked in a crowd, teeth falling out—nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep. But there are ways to beat them and get back to restful nights.
Your attachment style may affect aspects of your close adult relationships, like commitment, intimacy, jealousy, and general satisfaction.
The daily deluge of coronavirus information can be overwhelming, so it's important we take care of our mental selves as well as our physical selves during these tough times.
Rather than asking yourself how to eliminate negative thoughts, instead ask how to get out of aimless thinking traps for better mental health.
Despite the warm and fuzzy feelings oxytocin can bring about, not all of its effects are positive.
Family estrangement is isolating. What are the reasons that family members cut each other off? How can we heal or prevent broken family ties?
Are you tired of the ongoing cycle of setting goals, getting excited, and then ultimately giving up? These four tips can help you sustain motivation.
Most people can relate to the feelings of anxiety, but for some, anxiety manifests in little-known, but no less real, disorders.
How did you sleep last night? If you're struggling to quiet your mind at night, here are a few tips to get some rest.
There are several things you can do to avoid bullying scenarios, help victims, and take care of yourself.
Even if you have the best intentions, helping someone with anxiety can be touchy. Here are four things you’ll want to avoid saying or doing.
Complex trauma is a subtle, "slow burn" type of childhood experience that affects a person just as profoundly as momentous events.
Is ASMR real? Let's take a look at the fascinating things we’re only just starting to learn about ASMR.
For those with loved ones struggling with suicidal thoughts, here are five tips to open the conversation and gain the knowledge and tools to help.
"Enough” sleep doesn’t look the same for everyone. The only way to know what your body needs is to listen to it.
Jade Wu, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist and host of the Savvy Psychologist podcast. She specializes in helping those with sleep problems and anxiety disorders.