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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…

If you struggle with feeling lonely when you’re single, take a deep look within and find fulfillment in yourself

Many people begin feeling lonely with they don’t have a significant other to spend time and share in life with. That being said, you don’t need another to fulfill you: you can enjoy the single life and find fulfillment without a romantic partner. If you’re feeling lonely while single, think…

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…

Emotionally attracted vs. sexually attracted: Can I be in love but not sexually attracted to someone?

Sometimes, we aren’t sexually attracted to our partners from the get-go—and it can cause us to worry about our overall connection. While it might be worrisome, the lack of a physical connection isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker; instead, it can take time for someone to feel sexually attracted as they get…

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