Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse – whether taking place in the context of a romantic relationship, on the job, or from friends or family members – can be devastating to the victim. Some people may scoff that there is even such a thing as verbal abuse, but it is, indeed, real. “Verbal abuse is a kind of battering […]

Paranoid Personalities

In his book, “Dangerous Personalities,” FBI Profiler Joe Navarro details four types of personalities that he deems “dangerous”: the narcissistic personality, the emotionally unstable personality, the predatory personality, and the paranoid personality . . . the latter which we fill focus on in this blog. These individuals, according to Navarro, live by the mantra, “Trust […]

The Narcissistic Personality The term “narcissist” tends to get thrown around a lot these days. But maybe rightfully so . . . our lives tend to be overrun with social media posts, celebrities, and people who appear genuinely preoccupied by looks, status, and fame. But where does the line get drawn between the abovementioned aspects […]

The 5 Stages of Grief and Grieving

In their now seminal work, “On Grief and Grieving: Finding Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss,” authors Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler explore the process of grief and how we grieve. Originally published in 2005, the book has become a modern classic. According to the authors, the five stages of grief are: […]

The Art of Breathing

Most of the time, we only become aware of our breath when there’s something wrong with it. Ranging from chronic lung illnesses to extraneous exercise, we generally only focus on breathing when we have to. But there is a whole system of thinking that puts the breath at center stage. The well-known Buddhist monk and […]

The Fundamental Attribution Error

Often times, when something happens – or, more likely, when something goes wrong – it appears to be a human tendency to want to know the cause. “Why did this happen?” is a question we will often ask, whether it’s relating to something big and consequential or if it is something small. But, according to […]

The Therapy of Trees

As authors Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri point out in the introduction of their 2019 book, “The Secret therapy of Trees,” “In the United States, over 80 percent of the population lives in urban or suburban areas.” Moreover, since the Industrial Revolution began more than 100 years ago, people and families have been migrating from […]

The Psychology of Color

It’s been known for centuries that color can have an impact on the human brain. Specifically, different colors can influence a person’s mood and feelings. So, what are they? “Humans react powerfully on an emotional level to colors,” writes author Cath Caldwell. “Research has shown that there is consistency in the responses people have to […]