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On building stories and making meaning
What does shock-jock Howard Stern have to do with feminist Carol Gilligan?
What if personal memory is a holograph—a necessary illusion of being in order to make us real real?
If you are anything like me, you don't fall in love with a movie unless it touches your heart.
The transgender movement allows us all to think more creatively about who we are and who we want to be.
What does gender dysphoria have to do with you--or me?
Does anyone really "own" our country?
Reflections on “BlacKkKlansman” and Charlottesville.
What we know in our hearts is that the practice of separating children from their parents was and is just plain wrong.
I was well into my thirties and a beneficial course of psychotherapy when I began to understand that I was not responsible for my stepfather’s death.
Just when did we realize (and acquiesce to) the fact that we live in a porn culture?
My thoughts about the power of language after seeing two Oscar nominated films.
A new book about Freud's experiences and theories of mourning.
What’s so “family friendly” about death? Why ”Coco” captured my heart in a way that I can only describe as magical.
Many good men I know find it hard to believe that sexual harassment is as prevalent as it appears to be. Why are they so incredulous?
Blade Runner challenges our notions of what distinguishes human from technological forms of intelligence — an increasing concern, if not obsession, of our age.
Can we abandon the rhetoric of “evil” to express our deep concern over the increasing incidence of mass shootings and focus on how to prevent them?
I haven’t been so afraid since I was a kid growing up in St. Louis in the middle of the Cold War arms race with the Soviet Union.
We all need the protection of health insurance that does not penalize us for living too long.
There’s an industry devoted to the psyche of President Trump.
Who hasn’t seen “Wonder Woman” yet? If you haven’t, I urge you to go. I was entranced by the movie and how it speaks to us all.
Our lives embrace everyone we have ever known, and we are part of all that we have experienced. We should celebrate every occasion we have to acknowledge this awareness.
“Get Out” not only analyzes our nation’s history of dividing racial reality into either/or categories but also reveals the price we pay socially and culturally for doing so.
Who among us does not believe there is life out there in the universe? Science fiction thrives on the assumption of intelligent life on other planets.
Valentine’s Day is near and so it seems fitting not only to pay tribute to love and romance but also to acknowledge the reality of heartbreak.
Take a moment to meditate on the year now passing and the one that is to come.
If our country has become as deeply polarized as it seems, how can we hope to come together after the election—no matter who wins?
It's not acceptable for any man to boast of grabbing a woman’s genitals and then claim that it is just “locker room talk.”
My older brother and one remaining sibling died suddenly last spring. He was just shy of his seventy-seventh birthday, so you might think I was prepared. I wasn’t.
Professors of English are masters of speaking, writing, and critical thinking. My fear: Trump's misspoken word or phrase might plunge us into nuclear war.
Sex, in the context of mutual attraction and empathy can feel not only loving, but also transcendent—a far cry from hooking up. Part II of my "Random Love" post series.
Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist, and literary critic who teaches in the literature and creative writing programs at the University of Minnesota.