Empathy: A Way Out of Loneliness

Empathy: A Way Out of Loneliness

KEY POINTS Loneliness has been exacerbated by increased reliance on social media and cell phones to meet social needs.In-person contacts provide more opportunities for empathic identification than truncated experiences.Empathy supplies the emotional glue for...

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Romantic Love Is Just a Fantasy at First

Romantic Love Is Just a Fantasy at First

KEY POINTS Fantasy magnifies positive qualities and whitewashes negative traits in a potential partner.Unresolved psychological needs influence sexual attraction.Commitment, communication, and companionship are the "big three" sustaining factors. Romantic love is...

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Anger Is Better Than Sadness at Times

Anger Is Better Than Sadness at Times

KEY POINTS Anger can communicate information quickly and dramatically.Moral outrage is often a positive force for change.However, chronic anger and narcissistic rage can breed anger in others. “Madness is better than sadness," were Harold's first words upon recovering...

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Not All Narcissism Is Unhealthy

Not All Narcissism Is Unhealthy

KEY POINTS Road rage is fueled by unhealthy narcissism.A highly competitive mentality—needing to be the best—feeds into unhealthy narcissism.Healthy narcissism enhances self-esteem with positive emotional flavoring that provides some immunity against depression and...

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