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Parasocial Relationships: The Nature of Celebrity Fascinations

Parasocial Relationships: The Nature of Celebrity Fascinations

Parasocial relationships are one-sided relationships, where one person extends emotional energy, interest and time, and the other party, the persona, is completely unaware of the other’s existence. Parasocial relationships are most common with celebrities, organizations (such as sports teams) or television stars.

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Psychologist Spotlight: Demystifying Symptoms and Promoting Recovery After a Concussion by Dr. Chand Taneja

Psychologist Spotlight: Demystifying Symptoms and Promoting Recovery After a Concussion by Dr. Chand Taneja

As a neuropsychologist, I am fortunate to be in the position to assist children and adults in their recovery after brain injury by means of educational consultations, neuropsychological evaluations, and research. Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), in other words concussions, are a major public health issue in today’s youth, accounting for nearly 38% of pediatric emergency room visits. Many more go undiagnosed, particularly when there is no loss of consciousness.

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Psychologist Spotlight: Finding Self-Compassion by Dr. Ida Moadab

Psychologist Spotlight: Finding Self-Compassion by Dr. Ida Moadab

While completing a doctoral program in clinical psychology, I found myself providing psychotherapy to a client who felt trapped by her high standards. She attempted to seek perfection across the many roles in her life — at school or work, in her relationships, with her children, and with her possessions.

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