Research looks at correlations between Big 5 traits and giftedness.

We are fascinated by gifted people, from those with unusual and specific talents who are otherwise ordinary or even challenged, to those who appear almost as mythical beings, able to master many disciplines and get things done to an extraordinary extent.

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  • Giftedness seems like a blessing but may…

Lessons learned from living through adversity


  • People respond to stress with different coping patterns.
  • During COVID-19, sudden lockdown and disease threat created high distress.
  • This study identified four unique clusters of adaptation: Survival, Resurgent, Resilient, and Thriving.
  • Post-traumatic growth, including meaning and life satisfaction, are key factors related to optimal coping.
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COVID-19 presents us with one…

Research examines social threats and how we respond to others


  • Social anxiety is common, affecting about 7 percent of people.
  • Social exclusion evokes negative feelings, and how we cope is important for individual well-being and social relationships.
  • People who feel greater threat after being excluded tend to make negative moral judgments of those who excluded them.
  • Moral disapproval plays an…

A personal story and discussion of relevant research on stigma and loss.

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One dark Friday evening in 1979, a father returned home with a terrible burden, to tell the three of his children who were home that their 43-year-old mother had died that day after a long battle with cancer. I was the youngest of those three. The date was November 2…

Closely analyzing personal accounts of suicide and survival opens a window into a poignant inner reality.

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  • In spite of research, suicide remains notoriously difficult to predict.
  • Person-oriented, narrative approaches to understanding suicide add to our current understanding and may improve prevention.
  • People concerned for their well-being or that of others may seek help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1–800–273-TALK (8255) or 911.

SAMHSA (the Substance…

It is not a lack of love but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. — Friedrich Nietzsche

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We live in a time when relationships, sexuality, and identity are being reconceptualized. At the same time, infidelity and marital difficulties have been the stuff of legend and literature since the earliest recorded history. Religious texts, literature from every culture, entertainment, and everyday social discourse abound with titillating and trouble…

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…

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Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Advocate

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