Sharing your complaints can bring you and your friends closer together — but it has some dangerous side effects. Psychologist Guy Winch tells one reader how to break out of this way of relating.

For over two decades, Christian Picciolini, who once led a white supremacist organization, has worked as a peace advocate and “hate breaker”, helping disengage people — including neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Islamist jihadists — from extremist groups. Here, he shares the story of Daniel from Kentucky.  

Often the best and easiest way to improve your own sense of well-being and meaningfulness is to switch your lens: Concentrate less on yourself and more on being connected with others, says philosopher and psychology researcher Frank Martela. Identify the people who give you vitality, strength and love, and spend time with them.

By not settling for platitudes about treating everyone the same and by talking openly with them about the roots of racism and its pernicious consequences, you can help raise informed and empathic individuals.

Summer can be a great time to relax and try new things, so we asked TED speakers to recommend podcasts, books, TV shows, movies and more that have nourished their minds, spirits and bodies in recent times.

We’ve all kept silent about painful things — whether they’re things that happened to us or things we’ve seen happen to others. By writing about them, we can start to defuse their memory and reclaim our agency, says writer Sakinah Hofler.

In this column, Guy Winch counsels a worker who was laid off due to the pandemic and asks him to look at the psychological factors that might be hindering his job search.