How To Take Back Control When You Feel Broken

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you, right? I’ve been practicing therapy since 2014 and studying psychology since 2009. My experience? Words do hurt. The labels we give ourselves have a powerful effect on our identity and self-esteem. Stupid, ugly, worthless, unlovable, broken — these words carry weight. If we label ourselves as broken, our actions …

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Understanding the Psychology of Suicide: Why It Isn’t Always Selfish

It’s difficult to make it to adulthood without knowing someone who has died by suicide. The language we use to describe it is often blaming. “He committed suicide,” as if he perpetrated a crime that victimized people. Suicide hurts — it hurts everyone around us. I’ve been a therapist since 2014 and formally studying psychology since 2009. …

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The Key Psychological Factor Behind Prejudice and Discrimination

Ever wonder where racism, oppression, war, slavery, or any other atrocity related to prejudice and discrimination comes from? Volumes have been written on the complexities and history of these practices and their societal impact, but the underlying cause remains the same — it’s what psychologists call ingroup-outgroup bias. Ingroup-outgroup bias is the phenomenon where we show …

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An Open Letter to Anyone Struggling to Get Healthier

Before I became a psychologist, I worked with a director of a multi-million-dollar recreation center. His day was packed with back-to-back meetings, but every day, he worked out for an hour during his lunch break. Business associates would frequently ask him to cancel or reschedule his workout to fit in another business meeting “because it’s important.” …

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