psychology


How to Fix a Broken Heart

Where is the love? While love is in the air this month, not all of us is in the mood for it, especially if we’re going through a heartbreak. There are thousands of books and songs about it. Still it feels like none of them do justice to how you […]


Lonely together

You know you live in a crazy world when people prefer to have big conversations via texts, and small conversations when meeting face to face. But before we get all judgy, let’s take a minute and think: when was the last time we had a heart-to-heart conversation with someone without […]


Me vs. my body –
An interview about bulimia

Sarah (*name changed to protect anonymity) pushes aside a strand of soft, long hair and focuses thoughtfully on a little ink stain on her left index finger. She sits across from me curled up on a heavy, gray couch, between us two cups of still steaming tea. And my recording […]


Depersonalization: The curious case of losing touch with reality

An introduction to our mind’s “alternate reality” depersonalization and derealization disorder. The way our mind defends itself from the outer world can be quite impressive, every day we are confronted with situations that require our attention, be it our jobs, private life, social media, advertisements, family messages, news and so […]


Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality

How do we find out who we really are? How do we define someone, or even ourselves? What makes us, us? Are you an extrovert or introvert? Are you adventurous or cautious? Optimistic or pessimistic? Trusting, reliable, independent, imaginative, observant, cultured, funny, spiritual, persistent, discreet, confident…? All of it? Some […]


About blue lights and suicide

Red makes the heart beat faster. You will often find these and other claims made for the effect of different colors on the human mind and body. In addition to such common claims, the physiological mechanisms underlying human color and light perception have been known for some time. But it […]


illusion

The phenomenon of the “end-of-history” illusion 1

With age we personally grow and develop a mature and stable personality. In this context many might think of the simple example of tattoos. Better not get one when you are sixteen, because you will most likely regret it later. So better wait until you are a proper grown-up with […]


guts over fear

Why bother helping others?
How altruism works.

After being saved by a stranger one fateful night when she was just 19 years old, Abigail Marsh started wondering what it was that motivated another person to risk his life to save hers. Marsh became a psychology researcher and dedicated her life to understanding the human capacity to care […]


Where to share your secret

Creating them, living with them, dying with them: Keeping secrets is hard. Especially in a transitory time where the sacral institution of religious confession undergoes steady erosion, while therapeutic confession has not yet been cured from the social stigma it carries. Artwork by Itsmi All those orphan stories that people host […]