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How James Taylor Jump-Starts His Creative Process

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.25.2015 | OWN

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An Open Letter to My Depression: 4 Ways I Defeat You Every Day

Liv Raimonde | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

You may always be a part of my life. I will give you that. But you will never define me. You do not make me who I am. I will have good days and I will have bad days but that is okay, because no matter what I will wake up every day and value the beauty of life that you shielded from my view for so long.

Social Creatures: How Animals Can Help us to Connect, Heal, and Love

Kim Samuel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Pioneering psychologist Helen Thompson once said, "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." I thought about that recently, when I read a story about Hor...

OMG I'm So Bored: Why Millennials Must Learn to Sit Alone in a Room

Jess Carson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Jess Carson

Few articles have evoked a visceral reaction on par with my response to The Atlantic's piece, "Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials." I all but threw my hands up in an existential fit.

Solitary Confinement: A Personal Take

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Looking into the future of American corrections, I present a question to both myself and others: If not solitary confinement, then what? For the most part there is no good answer in the current model of coercive rule.

A Way Out of Loneliness

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Every one of us will experience loneliness in our lifetime. It may hit us when we're single and spending Saturday night on our couch watching reruns or when we're smack at the center of a packed and pulsating party. There is one clear reason for this, and that is that loneliness is not just being alone, it is a perception of seeing ourselves as alone.

I Was An Old Lady For 2 Weeks

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 10.31.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The first thing I noticed was some pain and a little rash. The pain grew more and more pervasive, moving from my waist to the entire side to my abdomen. After three days, I went to the doctor.

The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

Putting a drug, whether alcohol or any other addictive substance, into our bodies in order to change our state of mind is the result of prior psychological, familial and social experience, experiences that then support and reinforce addictive behavior.

Why Does Divorce Create Such Turmoil?

Susan Anderson | Posted 10.12.2015 | Divorce
Susan Anderson

Primal fear is what makes going through divorce, separation, bereavement, loss of a job, loss of a dream so difficult. It triggers abandonment -- our first fear -- a fear universal to all human beings. It is a feeling of being left on the doorstep, of feeling left behind.

Overcoming Love's Invisible Barriers: 12 Helpful Preparations

Susan Anderson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Anderson

Has it ever occurred to you that love may be staring you in the face, but you just can't recognize it? Maybe the person is too easily taken for grant...

If You're Skeptical About Psychotherapy...

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Therapy is sometimes portrayed as a selfish and indulgent undertaking. If that's your concern, rest easy and find yourself a good therapist. There are many ways to help make the world a better place and therapy is one of them; it ideally sends us off better prepared to do our personal part for the world, whatever that may be. Including skepticism.

Insecure and Not Sure Your Partner Is Fully Committed? Here Are 12 Tips

Susan Anderson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Anderson

Weather the storm by using it as grist for developing some emotional self-reliance. By increasing your own stability and constancy, you gain strength and help to advance the relationship. When your partner starts treating you ambivalently, here are a few tips for handling it:

Are You Alone, Stuck in a Pattern, and Can't Get Out? 12 Ways Out

Susan Anderson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Anderson

Are you and anyone you know caught up in cycles of abandonment? Why do people keep repeating the same patterns over and over? What can they do to bre...

How Sports Can Break Down Barriers of Exclusion

Kim Samuel | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Just as sports can create and reinforce a sense of belonging and purpose, so too it can be a pathway for recognition among peoples, and for breaking down the walls of preconception that prevent us from truly seeing one another.

The Power of Keeping It Personal

Eric Ludwig | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric Ludwig

Technology has made it so easy to reach so many people in such a short period of time which is an amazing business tool and a way to keep tabs on a great number of people, but we're turning away from the personal touch. Facebook, Twitter, and E-mail are convenient ways to keep in touch with coworkers, friends, and colleagues but they often fail to make or develop deep connections.

'The 36 Questions' for Falling in Love: What Makes Them Work?

Susan Anderson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Anderson

The world is full of love-worthy, eligible people looking for a way out of involuntary singleness. They want to put an end to their cycles of abandonm...

Combating Caregiver Isolation: Respect, Recognition and Reciprocity

Kim Samuel | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kim Samuel

I learned that, paradoxically, caring for someone you love can be an intensely lonely road; simultaneously a time of near constant togetherness and a time of profound isolation. And I believe this isolation can be as devastating to the caregiver as any affliction is to the person being cared for.

5 Reasons Why Facebook Can Be Dangerous for People With Depression

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

Last week I fell into panic mode. It started with intense chest pains each time I logged onto Facebook to check the groups I belong to as well as scro...

LGBTQ Aging and Isolation

Patti Spangler | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Patti Spangler

As sociable as I am, and as huge a capacity I have to love other people and to show love to other people, it is still very difficult for me to accept that I am worthy of their love. When I isolate myself from other people, I don't have to deal with this.

Cybernation: Seduction and Flirtation

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

The question: is cybering and sexting about sex or is it the new flirtation? People used to flirt in bars, or at parties.

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

What parents seem to forget when they are divorcing or their relationship is ending, is that children are expensive.

Europe's Silent Discrimination Against Kosovars

Nezir Sinani | Posted 06.07.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The EU has imposed a stringent and unfair visa regime for all 1.7 million Kosovars. To this day, Kosovo remains the only country in the region whose citizens are required a visa to travel to within the EU -- making Kosovo the most isolated country in Europe.

What I Learned When I Turned The Camera On Myself

Giselle Noelle Morgan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Giselle Noelle Morgan

The mere act of being a woman artist is an act of rebellion since it was and still is male-dominated. These handpicked pieces take the rebellion one step further by illustrating the stories of women in isolation through their own art.

Fighting Isolation Via Paintbrush, Page, Song and Stage

Kim Samuel | Posted 05.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Kim Samuel

Many of us have a favorite phrase from a poem, song, or book -- a line or lyric that speaks to us so deeply it makes us feel that someone sees into ou...

The Surprising Impact Social Interaction Has On Longevity

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

These days, thanks to cell phones and computers, it's easier than you'd think to spend a day without speaking to a soul other than Siri or the pizza d...