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If You Think a Friend Might Be Suicidal, Ask

Don’t let your anxiety or worries about triggering someone hold you back.

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Beneath the Mask of Toughness: What I Lost on the Wrestling Mat

“For a long time, I thought wrestling had changed me. Yet wrestling did not erase my fear — it only made my body stronger, more the equal of my heart.” A former wrestler reflects on the strength the sport was able to give him — and the courage he

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The 2 Lessons About Happiness That Completely Changed My Mindset

Don't avoid the negative thoughts you may be having. Instead, draw from these ideas to help change your mindset.

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What Are Sunday Scaries? And How Can You Handle Them?

We sat down with Megan Murk, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, to learn simple ways to manage the Sunday Scaries at home.

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Inherited Variations in Noncoding Sections of DNA Associated with Autism

A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study adds to a growing body of research describing genetic contribut

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Americans Are More Socially Isolated, but Less Lonely

What's the difference between social isolation and loneliness? And why is one rising while the other one is declining over time?

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Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

The messages we give to ourselves every day have enormous power. Anything that is repeated and repeated and repeated can become "truth" -- even when it isn't. Any coach will tell you that practice doesn't necessarily make perfect but it certainl

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12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety comes in many forms—panic attacks, anxiety attacks, phobia, and social anxiety—and the distinction between a disorder and "normal"

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Loneliness Rivals Obesity, Smoking as Health Risk

A new survey finds nearly half of Americans reporting they feel alone, isolated, or left out at least some of the time.

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How Useful Is Fear? - The Atlantic

Evolution has installed phobias in humans that are proving hard to shake.

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What Is Anxiety Contagion?

Research shows that the human brain can pick up on and experience stress felt by our partners and friends.

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The 7 Thought-Habits of Highly Self-Confident People

Do you wish you had more self-esteem? These 7 thinking habits will help you become more confident and mentally strong.

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Why You Need to Be Good at Reading Your Emotions | Psychology Today

Being able to read other people’s emotions is important for your relationships, but according to new research, it’s just as important to read your own with clarity.

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Rewiring Your Avoidant, Anxious, or Fearful Attachment Style

Sometimes it's less about figuring things out and more about practicing behaviors that will help rewire your emotional system and give you the freedom to change.

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What Makes Complex Trauma So Complex?

"Complex trauma" is a term increasingly used to describe multiple instances of trauma, the effects of which are cumulative and experienced over time.

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I Belong, Therefore I Am? | The Immeasurable

What does group behavior tell us about the inner life of individuals? The perils of identity and why we want to belong to groups. I Belong, Therefore I Am?

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The Fascinating Science Behind Why We See 'Faces' In Objects

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Study Finds 44 Genetic Variants Linked to Depression

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Stop Giving Toxic People Your Time

Do you ever get upset about the nasty behavior of your co-workers, friends, or even family? Well, if you let others upset you, it’s not their fault. Toxic people have only one goal: To cause mayhem. My advice? Avoid all toxic people!

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Four Ways to Feel Happier and Enjoy Your Happiness

We think of happiness as a desirable state — unless you fear that your happiness will be fleeting. The latest research shows 4 ways to become, and stay, happy and enjoy the moment.

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A New Approach to Understanding Social Anxiety

There’s more to social anxiety disorder than just its symptoms says new research

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The Science of How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

The emerging field of “nutritional psychiatry” is exploring how the food you eat can affect your risk of depression.

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How to Be Better at Uncertainty

The benefits of uncertainty include better decision-making, increased empathy, and increased creativity.

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(Just)ification

Funny thing about this word… We use it to imply “merely” when what we really mean is just the opposite. “Can you just tweak this design?” “Can you just re-write this page?” “Can you just tell us wh…

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Getting to the Root of the Problem: Stem Cells Are Revealing New Secrets about Mental Illness

A fresh wave of research involves reprogramming ordinary skin cells into those found in the brain

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There Is Always Another Part: An Origin Story

How one author's words led me to an insight which continues to shape both my personal and professional lives.

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The Shape of Bipolarity

Much of what is communicated about bipolar disorder doesn’t come close to conveying its complexities or subtleties.

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The Shy Person’s Guide to Being the Center of Attention

For situations where all eyes are going to be on you — your birthday, your wedding, even a work presentation — there are ways to make the spotlight a little less uncomfortable.

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How to Stop Walking on Eggshells

It’s hard to fully be yourself in any meaningful relationship when you have to be too careful – when there is even the slightest sensation of eggshells underfoot. Filtering oneself, whatever …

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7 Women on Realizing They Were in an Abusive Relationship

Women explain how they learned to recognize the signs of physical and emotional abuse from their partners, whether on their own or through interventions from friends and family.

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Why it’s time to invest in yourself

Leaving the corporate 9 to 5 to invest in your health and wellbeing, in your skills and career capital, and, ultimately, in your future

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Fear Is Nothing to Be Feared

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR once famously declared. But was he right?

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6 New Things Researchers Learned About Single People in 2017

The studies say it’s a pretty great time to be flying solo – more people than ever are living alone, opting not to marry, and leading fulfilling single lives (with lots of sex).

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6 New Things Researchers Learned About Single People in 2017

The studies say it’s a pretty great time to be flying solo – more people than ever are living alone, opting not to marry, and leading fulfilling single lives (with lots of sex).

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Stress and How Emotions Affect Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to