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Signs of an introverted narcissist: How to spot their subtle tactics of manipulation

Narcissists are often assumed to be braggadocious, extroverted individuals that are always the center of attention.  Introverted narcissists use what’s known as covert psychological behaviors that can mask their true intentions. Because of this, their manipulation tactics can be harder to spot.  Some of the signs of an introverted narcissist…

Let’s hear it for the forest state of mind: Nature therapy and forest medicine 

The positive effects of nature on mental and physical health are well-documented. Captain Obvious says that’s because humans evolved outdoors, not indoors, for 99.9% of their time on Earth.  Virtual reality nature lacks the multisensory inputs (like soil, volatile organic compounds, and soundscapes) that people need to get the full…

Coping with the loss of a friendship: How these connections evolve in adulthood and a counselor’s advice on allowing yourself to grieve

As we age, studies show that we tend to lose touch with our friends and often struggle to form new friendships in their wake. Big life events like marriage, children, or moving can disrupt our connections to our friends.  When it comes to ranking the importance of our social connections,…

The connection between smartwatches and health anxiety: Does this technology actually make us more stressed out?

Smartwatches have exploded in popularity, especially among Millennials and younger Gen-Xers: Companies like Garmin, Apple, and Fitbit all offer wearables that come loaded with features. Heavily marketed features of smartwatches include heart rate and stress monitoring, as well as blood O2 readings.  While vital sign readings can be useful from…

How to survive a viral punishment: Cancel culture stories of social sanctions and online shaming

Community values are reflected in our norms about social sanctions and third party punishments (TPPs).  Our online interactions with celebrities reveal shifts in a society’s moral codes.  “Cancel culture” can indicate a time-honored practice of regulating social behavior or pure trolling. Gossip, concept creep, and identity can also feed into…

Human psychology and a burning planet: How to harness your ecological grief and eco-anxiety to fight climate change

News about climate change has a profound psychological impact on humans, but emotional responses can be an obstacle to action. When humans are distressed, their psychological defense mechanisms kick in and their solastalgia, or lived experience of environmental desolation, can turn into avoidance and denial.   There are ways to overcome…

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