Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Reflections on the human condition.
Grant Hilary Brenner M.D.
Relationships are hard enough under the best of circumstances. When we try to force ourselves to date, it may be time to take a break in order to reconsider our approach.
How does porn use affect sexual satisfaction, loneliness, and the chance of relationships working out? New research sheds light on an issue of growing importance.
When it comes to personal growth, what are effective ways of thinking? How do we use creativity to enhance possibility without becoming too emotionally uncomfortable?
Jonathan Swift suggested a radical solution to the Irish potato famine. Can that same reasoning apply to American gun violence?
Neuroscience research continues to open up new vistas, fundamentally changing who we are. Change the brain, and the mind must follow. What does this mean for cherished creativity?
How do relationship and sexual satisfaction affect couples' use of pornography? New research provides guidance for when porn use is likely to become detrimental.
Up to half of women report difficulty with orgasm. Research identifies barriers to sexual pleasure, and provides guidance on how to enjoy intimate experiences more fully.
Life is challenging, but adversity does not mean that we are unhappy or lost. Knowing the ingredients can help us course-correct, and hold steady when things are going well.
New research examines our attitudes and decisions regarding three different kinds of perfectionism and romantic relationships.
Neuroscientists have identified key cells in the deep brain which are activated by anxiety and selectively direct fear-based behaviors.
Studies of brain activation in monkeys tells us about how ancient deep brain areas control the overall level of activation in higher brain regions.
Early parental loss can have negative effects on adult physical and mental health. New research on over 1.5 million people shows how parental death affects adult relationships.
We avoid shameful feelings and their consequences at our peril. New research spells out how shame affects psychological health and social relationships in illness.
New research on couples tells us where to focus our efforts to have maximum positive impact to help our partners, and help ourselves.
Do you want more out of your therapy? Identifying what you need can be a step toward getting unstuck.
Groundbreaking research organizes and analyzes prior research on cannabis' effect on healthy subjects in an elegant meta-analysis of neuroimaging and cognitive function studies.
People often have both substance use disorders and mental illness. Why do only half of people with both just get treated for mental illness?
Narcissism ranges from healthy to unhealthy, but is core to who we are. Research reveals brain mechanisms which default to self-reflection when we aren't doing anything else.
We push negative thoughts out of our waking minds and they appear in our dreams, doing little good. How can we find a balance to address negative emotions with positive intent?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for people with both PTSD and depression. New TMS research gives insight into how to refine existing approaches.
Research on refusal to provide consent for sex begins to sketch out the complicated landscape of how people say "No," when "No means no!" is one important part of the picture.
Are we physiologically activated when touching robots' bodies? Research begins to sketch out how we respond to humanoid robots.
Research spanning decades looks at how maltreatment of children plays out in adulthood.
Research shows that hostile sexism won the day in the 2016 election. Will we continue to permit our society to be governed by bias, leading to avoidable suffering and inequality?
Stick with what is familiar, or take a risk on someone new? Research on the status quo bias sheds light on how we make relationship choices.
Due to the increasing prevalence of disasters, including natural disasters, technological accidents and terrorism, understanding risk and intervention is more important than ever.
Practicing self-compassion on your own can do us a world of good, and research shows that it works, too.
The holidays can bring us closer or drive us apart. Which do you prefer? Here are some helpful tips.
Five common pitfalls from maladaptive family dynamics to watch out for over the holidays.
How is emotion regulation associated with relationship satisfaction for couples facing challenges? New research provides insight about what helps early on in dealing with problems.
Grant Hilary Brenner, M.D., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, helps adults with mood and anxiety conditions, and works on many levels to help unleash their full capacities and live and love well.