Understanding Coaching

Behind every successful man or woman is...a coach? While CEOs call the shots that keep the company afloat, executive coaches work to keep the CEOs themselves in seafaring shape. Overstressed managers are increasingly turning to coaches to avoid burnout and maximize their chances of success. Although the investment may pay off, proceed with caution: many coaches don't have a psychology background.

Recent posts on Coaching

Four Ways to Help Your Kid to Be the Best Player on the Team

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The New You
You are your kid's most important coach. Learn how performance psychologists and mental conditioning coaches help youth athletes and parents to work together to develop talent.

Want to Better Yourself? Start Here

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Making Change
Goals are easy to set, but can feel near impossible to meet. Learn to use self-awareness to harness your inner power to change.
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The Art and Science of Mistakes II

Why and how we sabotage our success

Can ‘Death Doulas’ Shield You From Bullying Around Funerals?

INTERVIEWER: Tell me more about how you interrupt bullying tactics—how you prevent folks from being harassed or made to feel incompetent throughout this difficult process

What Is Positive Psychology?

How do you explain what positive psychology is to others?

Living to the Max

By Gregg Levoy on October 10, 2016 in Passion!
A story about about getting out of your own way and confronting the deals you've made to keep yourself safe—in order to live out loud!

Do It Just Because You Want To

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in Fearless You
How often do you allow yourself to do something just because you want to? Making your wants important is a foundation to long term fulfillment in life.

Will Your Gamer Survive College?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 26, 2016 in Mental Wealth
If you're concerned about your son's video game habits spinning out of control when he goes to college, you're right to be worried—but here's what parents can do.

World Psychosynthesis Day

The synthesis of the psyche is an invitation, and in these difficult days, a mandate, towards creating inner and outer peace. Psychosynthesis offers a path towards that.

Getting It Off Your Chest

By Eric Newhouse on September 13, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Julie Davey is a journalism professor who has been teaching cancer survivors and U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton how to write about their traumas as therapy.

7 Ways to Listen

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on September 09, 2016 in Wander Woman
You may be able to get more from your conversations if you consider your purpose for listening. Choose from the following reasons before you meet.

Mind Your Weight: Inside Out

By Margaret Moore on September 08, 2016 in Life Changes
Get your inner family on board with your eating and weight.
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Clinton & Trump: Inside Out

By Margaret Moore on August 31, 2016 in Life Changes
Imagine the inner dialogue of Clinton and Trump.
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Brain Breaks Elude Me

By Margaret Moore on August 30, 2016 in Life Changes
Do you have a habit you would love to make? Have a closer look at your inner dialogue.

3 Things Mental-Strength Trainers Teach Olympic Athletes

Mental-strength trainers help elite athletes perform at their best. Here are some of the skills you can apply to your own life.

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

How I failed at psychotherapy and why.
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Tune in to Your Inner Olympians

By Margaret Moore on August 20, 2016 in Life Changes
Are you wondering how to organize inside out? Here's a new model of the human psyche, an adult version of the Pixar movie, Inside Out.

Politics, Values, and Youth Sports

With the political blitz on “values,” where do sports fit in?

An Honest Letter to Your Therapist or Counselor

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Thoughts for clients and practitioners

Sex at the Olympic Games? The Truth Revealed

By Kelly Campbell Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in More Than Chemistry
For years now, hundreds of thousands of condoms have been distributed to athletes at the Olympic Games. But how many are actually being used?
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How to Get Unstuck When You Are Indecisive

Here's a client dialogue centered on strengths work. See what happens when a strength is spotted and is used to manage a problem.

Why You Want to Be Stretched Outside Your Comfort Zone

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in The Leader's Code
While some of us may be concerned about stretching beyond our limits, research suggests that this practice can help us maximize our engagement and reach our potential.

5 Keys to Getting Through Difficult Conversations

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on August 11, 2016 in Wander Woman
Shifts in emotions tell you if someone accepts or rejects your ideas. Here are five cues to look for that will help a difficult conversation have a positive outcome.
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Nine Ways to Vote in the 2016 Election

By Margaret Moore on August 09, 2016 in Life Changes
Decode the considerations you are making on who to vote for in the 2016 election.

Coaching Our Children

Meal time can be fraught with emotions and conflicts when dealing with an eating disorder. Here are a few tips to avoid the role of food police and maintain a supportive stance.

Kids’ Sports as a Window Into Human Nature

The dark side of kids’ sports is as dark as human nature gets. Evolutionary psychology can explain why.

Rugby Returns to the Games with New Concussion Risk, Respect

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Brain Trauma
America's fastest-growing sport, Rugby, returns to the Olympics, bringing inherent concussion risk along with a "healthy respect" for how the game handles concussions.

What to Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Saving Normal
Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.
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Adolescence and Speed of Life

The demands of adolescence become more numerous as one grows because one must get up to speed to cope with the increased complexity of life.

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.