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How to Put Together a Winning Team

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Team Spirit
Some teams are built upon the shoulders of a ‘hero.’ Others are a collection of equals in getting work done. The different styles are on display right now in the NBA playoffs, and how well the players work together sometimes seems as much the story as their sheer individual talent.

#rednoseday: Mental Health is Social Equity!

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on May 20, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Thursday, May 21 is the first Red Nose Day in the U.S. Here are some thoughts on what emotional problems are worsened with socio-economic inequity, and why.
Why Do Positive Leaders Believe It Pays To Be Virtuous?

Why Do Positive Leaders Believe It Pays To Be Virtuous?

As a leader what virtues do you encourage in your team? Could a more virtuous approach be the competitive differentiator that enables your organization to flourish?

The Power of Awe: A Sense of Wonder Promotes Loving-Kindness

A new study led by researchers at the University of California reports that having a sense of wonder and being in awe of something greater than oneself promotes loving-kindness and prosocial behavior.

The Art and Heart of Writing a Letter

By Brad Waters on May 20, 2015 in Design Your Path
Handwritten letters to a pen pal can create special lifelong bonds.

3 Reasons Why Intuition is a Sacred Gift

Give your intuition a chance and you'll give yourself the biggest gift of your life.

Stroke - Aneurysm Awareness: 11 Effective Treatments

In this article, Dr. Diane explains the 11 different integrative methods that she recommends for treating a stroke and/or aneurysm.

A Startling Update on Addiction

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Good Thinking
A growing body of research suggests addiction to certain drugs may be more about avoiding cravings than seeking pleasure.

Do You Enjoy Paradox?

Leaders today describe the world as volatile, ambiguous, changing, and complex—a world full of disruption that demands resilience.

Self-Learner in Your Home?

By David Palmer Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Gifted Kids
Self-Learner in your home? Free and low cost resources available!

How Can We Get Relief With "Mad Men" Ending?

In Mad Men’s season six finale, Don Draper asks, “What is happiness?” He then answers, “It’s a moment before you need more happiness.” Substitute happiness for relief—or, perhaps, merely mistake relief for happiness, or satisfaction, or fulfillment—and you have yourself at the very eye of the hurricane of the whole irrelationship song-and-dance routine. Goodbye, Don.

A Select Assortment of Books and More

Not every worthy book or DVD gets the attention it deserves. Here are a few you might otherwise miss.
Take Your Mental Health “Pill” Every Day!

Take Your Mental Health “Pill” Every Day!

A depressed client of mine once remarked—“I found out I need to take my signature strengths pill every day.” She was speaking of the research-based psychology intervention of “use 1 of your signature strengths in a new way each day.”

The Uses of Shame

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Shame
In different ways, the religious right and the liberal left both make use of shame to enforce their values.

VA Emails Discuss How to Handle "Problem" Vet

By Eric Newhouse on May 20, 2015 in Invisible Wounds
Ever wonder what the VA is saying behind your back? Charles Gatlin did. So he and his wife requested—and received—hundreds of pages of emails that testify to a growing rift between a vet and the agency designated to serve him.

Another Flashbulb Memory Bites the Dust

Guest post by a student who has a memory of September 11th, 2001, that is vivid, clear, and wrong.

Nine Lessons from Mad Men: The Emotional Cost of Dishonesty

What emotional price do we pay for our lies? Here, I share nine lessons from Mad Men on how to stop your lies from destroying your happiness.

A Tipping Point Where Bigotry Awakens With A Roar

As individuals, we have been too passive in our encounters with bigotry in our everyday lives. We have failed to understand that letting others speak in the language of bigotry against any group allows hostility to live, grow, and hibernate all around us.

Why Your Boss Should Be Concerned With Your Mental Health

Nearly one in five employees experienced a mental illness last year, costing companies billions of dollars. Despite the consequences, most organizations never address mental health.

A Simple Way to Stop Relationship Arguments From Spiraling

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
The most common forms of miscommunication that lead to heated arguments are also the ones we least expect.

Is Addiction Really a Medical Problem? It's Complicated

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 20, 2015 in Open Gently
Addiction, like most health issues, arises from personal choices, physical weakness, and social context.

A Few Surprising Predictors of Exercise Enjoyment

While further research is always needed from multiple labs and with multiple and diverse populations, our most recent research suggests that your beliefs about your own fitness and working harder might actually help you to enjoy your exercise more. And if you enjoy it, you’ll do it. And if you do it, your body, mind and soul will be better off as well.

Life Unfiltered: Do We Mask Depression Online?

Are there ways we can authentically share ourselves online? How can we show how life is a balance of good moments—the pretty pictures with the fun filters—along with harder, more complex times?

The Psychology of Getting Back in the Batter’s Box

Want to learn about building resilience? Developing team values? Developing a positive identity? Little League baseball has got all of this and more.

Water Games

Negotiations are especially difficult when you are responding to the other party’s assumed instead of actual preferences.

Irrelationship Is Not Codependency

Codependency may sometimes dovetail with irrelationship to the point that they’re not easily distinguishable. They may sometimes seem like kissing cousins, but at the level of purpose and of points of origin, they’re decidedly not identical twins.

What Did The LAPD Know About Robert Durst and When?

By Cathy Scott on May 20, 2015 in Crime, She Writes
An in-depth look at delayed evidence in the California case against real estate heir Robert Durst, who stands charged with the murder of his best friend, writer Susan Berman.

A Workover: A Career for Someone Who Is Hypervigilant?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Can't Sit Still? You Are Not Alone

A friend laughed with relief when I told her how noisy my mind is when I step outside intending to sit and listen to birdsong. She thought she was the only one who could barely quiet her mind enough to sit still. I find that the fresh air, earth aromas, and the bird chorus are there for a moment or two and then all that I am trying to savor drops away.

What Is “Medical Food” for ADHD?

What is “Medical Food” for ADHD? Do Omega Fatty Acids Play a Role in ADHD Symptoms?