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Parasocial relationships: The good, the bad, and the boy bands

Parasocial relationships can run the gamut from pop culture crushes to celebrity obsessions. Parasocial relationships are generally harmless, just indicating that your social cognition is functioning normally.  Parasocial relationships can even be beneficial, especially when it comes to adolescent development. If these one-sided connections become too intense, however, you may…

New Thriveworks research shows abundance of parasocial relationships in the US

A new research study from Thriveworks shows that more Americans are engaged in parasocial relationships than they care to admit. Humans naturally form one-sided connections to media personas and public figures, even genuinely mourning their deaths. These parasocial relationships are usually harmless, though 9% of people report lasting mental health…

Music therapy: How the “Encanto” soundtrack and other forms of music can help us to process our emotions

With people everywhere falling head over heels for Disney’s “Encanto,” it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight the emotional impact of music on our lives.  Even science is proving that our love for music is a genetic trait, a uniquely human experience.  Though the “Encanto” soundtrack is quickly becoming beloved, under…

Mental health is trending: We are crushing the negative stigma surrounding mental illness and opening up about our problems

People are starting to feel more comfortable opening up about their mental health problems, and in turn, crushing the negative stigma that surrounds mental illness. No one is immune to mental health disorders: for example, big name celebrities and athletes struggle too and are sharing their experiences. Mental health is…

10 Celebrities Shed Light on Mental Health

We often look to celebrities—whether they be actors, singers, comedians, or TV personalities—for guidance. We hope that they don’t let us down, but use their platform for good, to demonstrate respectable actions and ideations. And while sometimes we’re left disappointed, at others we are proud, uplifted, and ultimately pieced back…

The Greatest Therapy Scenes in Movie History

It’s estimated that over a quarter of all Americans have received some form of professional counseling in their lives. Unfortunately, barriers like cost often prevent people from receiving the mental health treatment they need. While there’s no true substitute for the real thing, these movies with therapy scenes sure are…

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