Changing how we approach logic and reason is a game-changer.

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The poet John Keats, writing to his brothers about the power of art, truth, and beauty[1], experienced whilst walking with friends an epiphany regarding William Shakespeare’s genius:

Understanding key cognitive, emotional and relationship areas improve treatment.

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of several personality disorders, according to the American Psychiatric Association, which describes it as:

[A] pattern of instability in personal relationships, intense emotions, poor self-image and impulsivity. …

Collective dream analysis illuminates the mind in troubling times.


  • Dreams serve many functions, and reflect collective experience, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We can learn from dreams about underlying feelings and thoughts, and use dreams to learn about ourselves.
  • Key narratives define pandemic-related dreams and add to our collective experience.
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Since time immemorial, when important events are…

When we let others’ motives override our own, we set ourselves up to be lost and unhappy. Here’s how that happens, and what to do about it.

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How do you know if what you want to do is really what you want to do, rather than something you think you want to do, which is actually what someone else wants you to do? Psychologists use the unnerving term “self-infiltration” to describe the situation in which we believe…

Underlying classes of sexual fantasy provide useful data and stimulate the imagination.

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  • Sexual fantasy is core to the human experience.
  • Sexuality is self-contradictory, built into our day-to-day lives, a source of public obsession, and shrouded in secrecy and shame.
  • Identifying the four classes of sexual fantasy helps individuals and couples and provides insight into human sexuality.

Sexual fantasy is, for many people…

New research on military personnel highlights the body in trauma.

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder diagnosed in patients with multiple symptoms following exposure to trauma. According to the National Center for PTSD, while about 50 percent of people experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, about 6 percent of people will experience PTSD in their…

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Reflections from a disaster mental health volunteer

On 9/11, I was the Chief Resident working in the Psychiatric Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital. Interrupting our discussion of how to best care for the patients with us from the prior evening, we watched the news while first one and then the second tower were struck. …

New research looks at how unpredictability influences enjoyment of life.

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  • Life is both uncertain and predictable, and uncertainty can make people feel anxious and out of control.
  • Uncertainty also opens up room for positive change, if approached constructively.
  • Savoring, research suggests, is a potential adaptive response to uncertainty.

Uncertainty is a double-edged sword. Uncertainty tends to make people more anxious…

New research on what we seek in others for sustainable satisfaction

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  • Eleven key traits define what people look for from partners in long-term intimate relationships.
  • Partner traits are key to long-term relationship durability and satisfaction.
  • Relationship satisfaction is more important for some partner traits than others.

There are many reasons people stay in intimate relationships — and many reasons we don’t…

New data on how bullying, ghosting, and cancel culture affect younger people in the workplace offers useful suggestions for constructive avenues for change.

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This post was written by Grant H. Brenner, James R. DellaNeve, and Santor Nishizaki.


  • The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in the workplace, significantly impacting Generation Z or “Zoomers.”
  • Lower tolerance for bullying and a greater tendency to ghost makes it more likely for Gen Z’ers to change jobs easily.

Grant H Brenner

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Advocate

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