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Most of us wish we could improve certain things about ourselves. Lasting change is difficult though—many of our habits are deeply ingrained, and certain core personality attributes may be immutable. But even the oldest of habits and character traits can be altered to various degrees, as it's never too late to change; with effort and determination, it is possible to be the person you want to be.

Recent Posts on Self-Help

Thick as Thieves?

Loyal, trusting, and trustworthy friends are the ones whose eyes you should strive to see yourself. Friends can offer love and support to you when you cannot offer it to yourself

So Your Partner Is Controlling. Now What?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Friendship 2.0
Here's how to figure out what to do when you discover your partner meets the criteria.

What James Bond Teaches Us About Life

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2016 The Act of Violence
What can we learn about toughness from James Bond? Use these five tools for more mental and physical stamina.

How to Meet and Confer With Your Child

When was the last time you embraced your adult child and told him or her they are loved? Do they know you respect them and hold them in high regard? Do you listen for feelings?

Gayle Flanigan on Rose Hill Center

The future of mental health interview series continues with Gayle Flanigan on Rose Hill Center.

Combating Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

Often dealing with stigma by the mentally ill involves expectations for other, non-mentally ill people to change. This article examines practical steps to overcome stigma.

Seriously—Do You Have Someone Else’s Conscience?

The question posed in this post’s title may sound almost nonsensical. How could you possibly be a victim of another’s conscience? Still, ask yourself: Is your super-ego tyrannical?

Donald Trump Will Make You Smarter

Donald Trump can make you more self-aware, empathic and humble. Who knew?

Working With the Shadow

What if our yearning for the light is keeping us from what we most long for? What if the healing and treasure we seek is hiding in the shadows?

Incorporating Your Hobby Into Your Worklife

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 How To Do Life
Making your worklife more fun, less stressful, and more effective.

Enough of Mindfulness Already

You have probably been exposed to the flood of self-help articles recommending the virtues of mindfulness.

Robert Whitaker on Mad in America

The future of mental health interview series continues with Robert Whitaker on Mad in America.

5 Tools to Convert Uncertainty Into Rocket Fuel

When handled correctly, uncertainty drives us toward intuitive right action—just like our bodies make us hungry so that we will nourish ourselves to survive.

Relationships: When “Arrows” of Annoyance Strike

Many of us mentally experience a few painfully irritating zingers that hit our mindset like static electricity shocks before we even get out of the door in the morning.

Always Late? 9 Tips for Overcoming Chronic Lateness.

By Gretchen Rubin on February 01, 2016 The Happiness Project
Many people have the habit of constantly running late — and they drive themselves, and other people, crazy.

10 Smart Self-Care Tips to Avoid Stress and Increase Joy

Is it time for you to re-define self-care as a luxury? Research suggests it's a necessity.

6 Steps to Bring Out the Best in Each Other

Would you like to rekindle feelings of love that might have gotten lost along the way? This simple 6-step exercise can really help!

How the Science of Creative Mindfulness Helps

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 01, 2016 Tracking Wonder
If anxiety stalls your best work, consider these simple ways to redirect your attention.

Isabel Clarke on Psychosis and Spiritual Experiences

The future of mental health interview series continues with Isabel Clarke on psychosis and spiritual experiences.

Are You Feeling Unneeded Pain?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Your Wise Brain
Deliberately tilt toward the positive in your mind, which is not looking through rose-colored glasses. Given the negativity bias in the brain, you're leveling the playing field.

Haunted by the Demon of Maladaptive Psychophysical Habits

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 31, 2016 Overcoming Pain
Most of us are not as completely aware of our Self as we interact with, and attempt to impact, the world beyond our skin.

7 Signs It's More Than Just the Winter Blues

A winter slump isn't unusual but for some people, seasonal affective disorder is a serious problem.

How Others Judge You

The need for acceptance is fairly high on our list of social priorities. What's more important is how others see us, or how they receive us, and what they do with that.

Day 14: James Maddux on Positive Clinical Psychology

The future of mental health interview series continues with James Maddux on positive clinical psychology

15 Control Tactics of Difficult People

Be on the lookout for these, before you get blindsided!

Day 13: Lucy Johnstone on Psychological Formulation

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lucy Johnstone on critical psychiatry and psychological formulation.

A Simple Conversation Trick That Motivates People to Change

Whether you want to motivate yourself or someone else to do something different, research says this little trick is really effective.

Facing Fear and Letting Go

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 A Family Affair
A mother's decision to finally accept what she cannot change.

It's Good That Mental Illness Gets the Celebrity Treatment

Lena Dunham is doing a good job promoting mental illness openness and that's invaluable, because too few people do.

Taking Control of Your Anger

5 key steps to help be more thoughtful when you feel angry. Decide whether you want to react in an angry way and whether that response will best serve you.