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

12 Tips for Landing a Job at a Company You Admire

By Brad Waters on October 17, 2017 in Design Your Path
Online job applications not getting you a foot in the door of your favorite companies? Here are 12 tips for catching their attention.

Eliminate Unruly Spectator Behavior From Youth Sports

It’s as American as apple pie to boo and criticize judgments made by referees and umpires. But such behavior has no place in youth sports.

Feel the Wind at Your Back

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Consider a new type of gratitude question.

Never-Ending Battle of the Sexes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Some things have changed in the last few decades, but many things have not.

Emotion-Coaching When Your Child is Upset

Most of the time, when kids (and adults) feel their emotions are understood and accepted, the feelings lose their charge and begin to dissipate.

3 Essential Secrets to Writing & Selling a Popular Book

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Feeling It
Everyone has a book in them - but not everyone knows how to get it out. We have misconceptions about what it takes. Here are 3 essential secrets to making it happen.

Can a Strengths Coaching Approach Be Damaging?

While focusing on your strengths has been found to have all sorts of benefits, could ignoring your weaknesses come at a cost?

Beyond Grit: Up Close and Personal with Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Thicken Your Skin
You want to do your best, but do you know how?

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

Can we please stop pathologizing the desire to love and help?
25 Great Quotes About Callings

25 Great Quotes About Callings

By Gregg Levoy on September 26, 2017 in Passion!
Here are some of the most inspiring and entertaining quotes about finding and following a calling

Four Rules for a Productive Sex Talk with your Partner

How many times have you thought if you could just communicate about sex, it would get better, but instead talking seems to make it worse?

Mundus Novus (The New World)

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Overwhelmed by the pace of change? Some conscious map-making helps us navigate a new world.

Does Your Child Have Enough Friends?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Some children are shy and happy to be alone. Many others struggle to make friends and are at risk for depression. Parents can teach children what they need to be more social.

Want to Feel More Upbeat? Here Are 8 Natural Antidepressants

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Try this formula to ease mild to moderate depressed moods.

Assessing Trust

By Judith E. Glaser on September 07, 2017 in Conversational Intelligence
Few managers and leaders understand how vital and intelligent quality conversations and interviews are to the health and productivity of a company’s culture.

Anxiety Makes Us Perform Better

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Feeling the pang of performance anxiety? It's okay, your brain can benefit from feeling negative emotion.

Are Meaning and Happiness Part of Your Career?

By Peter Bregman on September 04, 2017 in How We Work
Discover how to break out of the trap of success, “leverage up” personal connections to advance your career, and shift from a poverty mentality to one of abundance.

The Man’s Guide to Vibrators

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 02, 2017 in All About Sex
Today's couples increasingly use vibrators together during partner sex. But many men are unclear about how best to use them on women. Some suggestions.

How Rituals Alter the Brain to Help Us Perform Better

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Need a performance brain boost? Create a simple ritual to help your brain deal with performance anxiety.

The Case for Eclecticism

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in How To Do Life
The benefits of counselors working from any one theoretical framework are usually outweighed by its limitations.

How to Get Better at Achieving Your Goals

Setting goals is, at its core, about behavior change.

How to Use the Hero’s Journey as a Life-Coaching Tool

By John Kim, LMFT on August 31, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
How to use The Hero's Journey as a coaching tool

First, Cause Pain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
The martial arts concept of graduated response can also be used to give others latitude to alter behaviors before we apply severe reprimand or caustic criticism.

What Exactly Is Well-Being?

Everyone agrees that well-being is important, but what exactly is it? New research has identified the fourteen components that make up the good life.

The Big 3 Myths of Cultural Adaptation

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in Adaptation
Why your instincts are so often wrong when crossing cultures -- and what you can do about it

An Impactful Change You Can Successfully Make

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 11, 2017 in Full Living
You have a voice inside your head narrating your life and actions. Is it kind and supportive? Unless you have made a conscious effort, it is likely mean and hateful.

You Won’t Believe Who Can Help You Relieve Stress

Is even vacation time grueling? A new way of thinking can reduce stress.

Eyes, Feet, Posture, Power: Look Before You Leap

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Efficient application of the maxim "eyes, feet, posture, power" goes far beyond physical technique, all the way to improving interpersonal interactions and life ambitions.

The Critical Importance of Mentors in the College Transition

Mentoring relationships are incredibly valuable when done right. Here's a vision for how to be an effective mentor and mentee.