Therapists and health professionals have granted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) unprecedented power. This book offers the definitions as to whether or not you will be designated as someone with a psychological disorder. With this power, it is worth peeking inside at some of the big problems... Read More
I believe PTSD is a real psychiatric disorder and that veterans who suffer from it deserve all the appropriate treatment and safety net help that they need. That said, current Veterans Administration policies encourage misrepresentation and invalidism, rather than recovery and reentry into the workforce.
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When we are unable to distinguish the causes and consequences of forgiveness, happiness, creativity, and other abstract, beautiful concepts, we are unable to understand them. If we are unable to understand them, we cannot cultivate them. Read More
In the aftermath of terrorism, killings, and suicide, the act of forgiveness can seem superhuman. We glamorize parents who can forgive someone who can kill their child. While we should honor this virtuous act, let me offer insights into the simple mechanics of forgiveness. Let me show you how forgiving is truly a psychological strength but one that is bred in our bones. Read More
You know less than you think you know about introversion and extraversion. You have been trained to choose one or the other, or more recently, you might have read about ambiverts. I offer a close look at another group that isn't quite as simple to categorize. Learn about this group and you will gain a leadership edge. Read More
You are going to assert your values whether they make you happy or miserable. So will your kids. So will your employees. Here are 16 different desires that motivate people to take action. Once you learn how people prioritize these 16 desires, you will know how to optimally motivate them. Read More
Scientists have been conducting moment-to-moment analyses of thousands of working adults. From this, they recently constructed the perfect schedule for a 16-hour day…to be happy.
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There are dozens of strategies being tested and written about for how to increase your well-being. What is given minimal attention is effort and efficiency. Can eating ice cream be as good as meditating on what you are grateful about? Read More
For decades, scientists have been trying to understand and predict who is going to go beyond talking about death to actually killing themselves. Here are a few predictors that might help us all in stopping someone and in the end, save lives Read More
New research suggests that our musical preferences offers a window into our personality. Whats on your smartphone? The Jesus Lizard? Coltrane? Huey Lewis and the News? Bob Dylan? Led Zeppelin? Ludacris? Lynyrd Skynyrd? Prince? Read on to figure out what this says about you.... Read More
Recent research suggests that what is considered sexually normal is more varied and sophisticated than what is being discussed by writers, journalists, and psychologists. Take a voyage through the love-hate relationship with the DSM-V and more. Read More
A successful mentor relationship in graduate school is one of the keys to success. But how can you make this happen? In this blog post I offer 10 bits of wisdom from several scientists in the field who share their love and pain... Read More
Lessons learned from some of the psychological research in my laboratory. Not all published studies are equal in their contribution. Some studies should raise skepticism instead of confidence. This is my fair, naked assessment of science—the good, bad, and the ugly. Read More
Pseudoscience wastes time and resources and leads to public skepticism of science. If you care about your health and that of people suffering from psychological problems, read on. This is a battle that needs to be fought. Read More
Want access to new ideas to end the trite and appallingly boring rehashed discussions about mindfulness? Want to learn about a new character strength that I refer to as Time Shepherding? Then read on. Read More
What is the best strategy for teaching your kids how to handle life's uncertainty and pain? If you don't want to be a helicopter parent, if you want to learn some counter-intuitive advice, read on. If only I knew this when I became a parent. Read More
Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and author of The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your 'Good' Self–Drives Success and Fulfillmentmore...