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What Can Wounded Storytellers Teach Us?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in The Empowerment Diary
Many memoirs are based on the author's experience with illness, trauma or the loss of a loved one. Narrative writing is one way to make sense of difficult times. Writing also facilitates reflection on lived experiences. Sharing our stories helps us heal, and also helps readers navigate their own journey.

Does Your Workplace Have A Growth Mindset?

Leaders with a growth mindset see talent and intelligence as just the starting point, and instead are interested in cultivating people’s effort and willingness to learn.

Income Inequality and Bullsh*t

By William Irwin Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in It’s Your Choice
We all need to have enough income, but enough is not determined by how much our neighbors earn. It is incumbent upon each of us to define ourselves as individuals.

Do people replace food with sex?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 19, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
Subway's Jared Fogel argued that his diet made him engage in sex acts with minors. Can dieting really lead to compulsive sexual behaviors?

The Imposter Syndrome in Progressive Leaders

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on November 19, 2015 in What Is He Thinking?
Progressive political leaders have a special version of the Imposter Syndrome, a set of beliefs in public leaders that they don't deserve the power and authority that they actually have. For progressives, this often stems from a guilty over-identification with the underdog. They react my diminishing their power and status to their own detriment and that of their movement

Five Ways to Teach Children About Gratitude

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on November 19, 2015 in Once Upon a Child
Help your children appreciate life this Thanksgiving.

Less Me More We

Happiness is not a solo enterprise and wellbeing doesn’t occur in a vacuum. We are social creatures and our wellbeing—both physical and mental—depends on our connections.

The Social Side of Touch

By Lydia Denworth on November 19, 2015 in Brain Waves
What's in a mother's caress? A set of specialized nerve fibers may help to explain why holding babies builds attachment.

A Con Artist’s Best Accomplice Is You

By Matthew Hutson on November 19, 2015 in Psyched!
A couple months ago I got hustled in Istanbul, and it illuminated how much con games are like judo.

5 Key Elements Of Sustainable Change

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in Science of Choice
If you want to know whether someone will stick to a given goal (resolution) you will need to know how specific/realistic the goal, about his motivation, his level of confidence, and the strength of his willpower.

What's The Difference Between Rationality And Rationalizing?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in Ambigamy
We toss around rational and rationalize as though we know the obvious objective difference between them when actually, it's a little more complicated than that.

Five Questions to Ask Your Therapist

Calls to mental health clinics tend to increase during the stressful holiday months. If you are planning to seek therapy, consider reviewing these five important topics to address with your clinician to ensure that it will be a good fit.

RID Yourself of Psychological Distress

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in In Control
When correcting any problem, the way in which the trouble is understood will have a large bearing on how effective and efficient the remediation efforts are.

Changing School Start Times

Should schools start later for high school students? What about for elementary school students?

Uncovering a Hidden Factor in School Reform

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in Digital Pandemic
Do kids from the lower social class deserve a chance? Of course they do, but how do we provide it?

An Epidemic of Suicides

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in Hidden Motives
Why are suicide rates rising so rapidly in the U.S.?

The Healing Power of Gratitude

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in Compassion Matters
Science shows that gratitude is good for us both mentally and physically. As we aim to cultivate more gratitude, there are two questions to consider: what barriers do we face in feeling grateful in our daily lives, and how can we connect more fully to our feelings of appreciation?

Light Therapy Can Help Treat Depression Year-Round

By Christopher Bergland on November 19, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that bright light therapy can help treat both seasonal and nonseasonal depression.

Who is "A Mensch"?

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 19, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
You've surely heard or read the word "Mensch," which is a Yiddish-derived term reserved for a special human being, who is recognized by others to represent decency, honest and kindness, among other admirable qualities.
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Health and Happiness at Every Size

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LGSW on November 19, 2015 in Mindful Musings
Research suggests that a person's weight is not a good indicator of their health

Fundamentalist Christianity and Child Abuse: A Taboo Topic

By David N. Elkins Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in The Human Dimension
How does fundamentalist religion affect our children?

The Trigger That Pulls the Finger

Guns aren’t simply a ready instrument of violence, but can incite it as well.

Why Must Childbirth Be So Challenging?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in How We Do It
Childbirth is excruciatingly painful because a baby’s relatively large head passes through a woman's narrow pelvis. A tight limit on head size explains why more brain growth occurs after birth and why babies are relative helpless for the first year. But a new view is that birth timing is constrained not by the pelvis but by an upper limit on the mother’s energy turnover.

Why Psychologists Never Give a Straight Answer

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Although I understand people’s exasperation with psychologists’ inability to give a straight answer to a seemingly simple question, there is nothing we can actually do about it. Here's why:

Paris!: No Man or Woman Is an Island

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in A Quiet Revolution
Soon after the attacks on Paris, I received this question: "Dr. Nacoste, I have read/heard black students and professionals say that ‘I can't stand with France because there are issues impacting black students in America that people aren't talking about.’ Dr. Nacoste, help me unpack this..." Oh my...was only the beginning of my response.

Trauma Informed Assessments - Part 6

Learn how to pace yourself during a 'trauma informed' assessment by asking your client the following questions.

Living Mindfully

By The Book Brigade on November 19, 2015 in The Author Speaks
You know that mindfulness has many benefits. But you’ve put off learning how to practice it until you “have time.” Well, now is the time, and you can start by weaving it seamlessly into your everyday life—which is where it belongs.

How to Trust Again After Job Loss or Career Setback

Trusting after job loss or career setback comes with challenges. But not learning how to trust again can hurt your career. These four tips can help.

Parental Pressure Takes a Toll on Young Athletes

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in Talking About Trauma
Emphasizing whether a child wins or loses in a sport harms self-esteem.