Juliana Breines, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University. She received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research examines how social experiences shape the way people treat themselves, and how positive and negative forms of self-treatment (e.g., self-compassion, self-criticism) impact health and well-being.
Juliana’s research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She is a co-founder of the blog Psych Your Mind: Applying Psychology to Everyday Life.
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Articles: Four Reasons to Stay SingleBy Juliana Breines | October 29, 2014
New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.
Articles: Forgive Yourself, Save Your RelationshipBy Juliana Breines | May 14, 2014
Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.
Articles: Why Do We Blame Victims?By Juliana Breines | April 8, 2014
Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.
Articles: Are Some Social Ties Better Than Others?By Juliana Breines | March 11, 2014
Which is more important: your spouse or your Facebook friends? A social psychologist says we need both, for weak ties can make us strong—and sometimes strong ties can make us weak.
Many people believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people, but research doesn't support this belief.
Articles: Five Ways to Ease Your EnvyBy Juliana Breines | August 1, 2013
What can we do to disarm the green-eyed monster when it strikes?
Articles: Is It Possible to Love All Humanity?By Juliana Breines | January 14, 2013
Qualities like gender, ethnicity, and nationality tend to define us more than being human. What happens when we try to identify with all of humanity?
Articles: What Does “Good” Feel Like to You?By Juliana Breines | December 12, 2012
Do you prefer to be relaxed or enthusiastic, peaceful or elated? Your preferred emotional states may seem individual, but research suggests they are largely shaped by culture.
New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.
True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.
The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues Johann Hari. Instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.
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