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Crying for No Reason? 10 Possible Causes and How to Manage Them

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 4, 2023

Crying when feeling sad and emotional is a usual human way to express ourselves. But when the tears come out of nowhere, they can be awkward, overwhelming, and embarrassing. So why do we cry for no reason? Is it a sign of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are there other possible...

What Is the Difference Between Psychological and Physiological Dependence?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 4, 2023

How do you know if you’re psychologically addicted to something or physically addicted to something? In this article, the differences between psychological and physiological dependence on drugs and other addictive substances and behaviors are explored, including a list of the ten most addictive substances, alongside best practices around treatment for...

The Dark Side of Connectivity: Exploring the Relationship Between Social Media Use and Depression in Youth

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 27, 2023

Understanding the impact of social media use on depression among young people has become increasingly crucial for both individuals and society as a whole. This article attempts to give you the details to get to grips with a fast-moving area of digital culture. As Gen Z lives and breathes social...

What Is the Denial Stage of Grief?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 27, 2023

Denial is one of the five stages of grief. This model of grief was developed by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying[1]. Although the Kübler-Ross model (also known as the five stages of grief model) was developed as a way to support terminally...

What is Dependent Personality Disorder and What Are the Symptoms?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 25, 2023

What is a personality disorder? A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder characterized by a pattern of persistent behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that deviate from cultural and societal expectations, and cause significant problems in relationships, social and occupational functioning, and personal well-being. A person with a personality disorder...

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO): Social Media's Contribution to Anxiety Disorders

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 22, 2023

The fear of missing out, or “FOMO,” is a phenomenon first identified nearly 30 years ago, but one that has taken on a new meaning in recent years with the rise in social media. This article describes what FOMO is, its relationship with social media, and how social media contributes...

Why Do I Never Feel Full Anymore When I Eat?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 19, 2023

We’ve all been there: you’ve just eaten dinner, and you’re getting ready to sit down to watch television. Although you just ate, you suddenly feel hungry again. You eat more, but it seems like no matter how much you eat, you aren’t satisfied. You keep eating, but you are never...

What Are the Big Five Different Personality Traits?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 16, 2023

This article about personality traits provides an introduction to the Big Five model of personality. It includes an understanding of what area of psychology this model fits into, a brief history of the model, an explanation of the five different traits, the main critiques of the model, and a description...

The Role of Social Platforms in Promoting Unrealistic Beauty Standards

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 13, 2023

This article looks at the role of social media and its relationship with body image. Can social platforms really promote unrealistic beauty standards? If so, how can we protect ourselves against this influence and what can be done to mitigate the risk?   What is body image? Body image is...

What Is The Anger Stage of Grief?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 10, 2023

Anger is one of the five stages of grief, according to a famous model of grief developed by the Swiss-American psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying[1]. Although the Kübler-Ross model (also known as the five stages of grief model) was developed as a way to...

How to Cope With Feeling Emptiness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 7, 2023

When it comes to painful emotions, we typically think of feelings like grief, anger, loneliness, and shame. What we don’t talk about as often is how painful it can be to feel nothing at all – to feel completely empty. Emptiness is a feeling many people experience, whether it’s short-term...

The Symptoms and Signs of High-Functioning Autism in Adults

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 4, 2023

What is autism? The term “autism” was first introduced in 1943 by the psychiatrist Leo Kanner who was studying the behavior of children. Today, autism is known to be a lifelong developmental disability affecting how people communicate and interact with the world. Current estimates range between 1-in-44 to 1-in-100 people...

Cyberbullying and Its Impact on Mental Health: The Unseen Consequences of Social Media

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 30, 2023

Since the introduction and rapid rise of the internet, cyberbullying has become an increasingly prolific issue, with social media playing a significant role. This article explains what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, the prevalence of cyberbullying, and how it can impact mental health. Warning: this article contains references to...

Understanding Grief Using the Ball in a Box Analogy

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 26, 2023

Human beings come from all different walks of life. But one thing that most – if not all – of us have in common is, at some point, we will lose someone we love. This is a sad fact of life. People die. And the rest of us are left...

What is Emotional Intelligence, and is There a Way To Improve It?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 22, 2023

Have you ever thought about what type of people are the most successful in life? Initially, you might think it’s someone who’s intelligent. We tend to think of intelligence as being knowledgeable or educated; someone who’s able to think on their feet and solve problems with ease. Someone who is...

What is Cognitive Dissonance?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 18, 2023

Cognitive dissonance is a term used in social psychology to understand how we make sense of situations in which our thoughts, values or beliefs do not align with our behaviors or actions. Cognitive dissonance has been said to be “one of the most influential and widely studied phenomena in the...

What are the Different Types of Defense Mechanisms People Have?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 14, 2023

This article explains the concept of defense mechanisms. It defines the term, details a short history of the origins of defense mechanisms within psychology and psychotherapy, and gives descriptions of each of the main defense mechanisms. What should you do if you recognize aspects of these defense mechanisms in your...

Can Understanding Your Partner's Love Language Improve Your Relationship?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 10, 2023

When it comes to relationships, understanding how your partner gives and receives love is paramount for fostering deeper connections and nurturing emotional well-being. In his 1992 book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate[1], Gary Chapman, renowned marriage counselor and author, introduced the concept of...

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