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    How to Find Friends Who Help You Be a Better You

    It’s important to have friends who are a safe haven when life gets stormy. But truly supportive friendships offer more than just safety ...

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    When Your Heart Feels Empty

    Having a sense of emptiness in your heart can be a soul-wrenching experience. It can bring episodes of intense aloneness, and then ...

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    How to Connect With Strangers

    As much as you might want to connect more with other people, the thought of striking up conversation with a stranger can be daunting ...

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    How to Use Good Memories to Feel Better

    Relationships are a great comfort and help when we’re going through emotional pain. While just having those connections can feel ...

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    How Relationships Can Affect Your Stress Levels

    You know that healthy, supportive relationships bring joy and fulfillment to your life – but did you know they can also help lower your ...

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    Can You Really Trust Your Gut?

    “Trust your gut.” We hear this advice a lot, but is it wise? Your gut – or intuition – can be very helpful. It can alert you when ...

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    Why You Need to Choose Your Friends Wisely

    Our interactions with other people can have an influence on us – even the interactions that seem insignificant in the moment. Something ...

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    How to Spot a Narcissist

    Most of us are drawn to shiny, new things. In the social realm, it means meeting new people who are engaging, have interesting things to say, and are exciting ...

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    Is Social Media Good or Bad for You?

    Kristen had a falling out with friends, and now it hurts to see them on Facebook having fun without her. She keeps checking to see what ...

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    When Is It Time to End a Friendship?

    You and your friend have enjoyed some great times together, but there’s growing distance in your friendship, maybe even tension. Sometimes ...

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  • Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD

    Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD

    Dr. Becker-Phelps is a licensed psychologist in NJ and NY, and is on staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset. She is dedicated to helping people understand themselves and what they need to do to become emotionally and psychologically healthy. She accomplishes this through her work as a psychotherapist, speaker and writer. She is the author of Bouncing Back from Rejection and Insecure in Love .