The Decline of Trust

In almost all areas of our lives trust has declined—and it has been on the decline for decades.

The Anxiety Rule Book

We are anxious because our anxious brain has a rule book that guarantees biased thinking.

The Gift of Fear

Understanding the evolutionary basis of everyday fears

Coping With Your Envy: Turning Envy on Its Head

Envy can lead to depression and hostility and can undermine you at work and with your friends. Here are a few ideas of how to turn envy around.

How to Get a Handle on Your Worries

Dr. Robert Leahy, Author of "The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You," provides tips for coping with worry.


You can’t stand it when someone is doing better than you. You resent it, want to see them fail, and you feel guilty and ashamed of these envious feelings. You are not alone.

Why Trump Appeals to People

Trump plays on anxiety and fear and uses an emotional appeal to promise a cure. Why does this appeal to people?

How to Think About Terrorism

The terrorists want us all to be afraid. But should we?

How Panic Spreads With Fears of Ebola

Why is Ebola leading to panic? Cognitive science can tell us how we misperceive risk and how we get carried away with our fears.

How to Overcome Your Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can keep you from making friends, advancing in work, and can lead to depression. The good news is that cognitive behavioral therapy can help you.

What Will People Think?

People with social anxiety live in constant fear of being evaluated negatively. How do anxious people use worry as "preparation" for social interaction, how do they misperceive threat, and how do they ruminate later about how badly they have done?

Letting Go of Sunk Costs

We often get stuck holding onto a decision that is no longer working for us, but we fear giving up. It may be that we are getting stuck on a sunk cost, focusing on the past rather than future utility. We keep digging a bigger hole.

Why You Deserve a Break, From Yourself

Are you constantly putting yourself down and feeling miserable about what you do? Maybe your self-critic is in charge. Learn some tools to put down the self-critic so that you can get on with your life.

Are You Afraid of Your Thoughts?

People who suffer from OCD have certain characteristic ways of evaluating their own obsessive thoughts.

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

If you are like a lot of us you are probably thinking of making a strong affirmation to completely change your problematic habits and commit to a resolution to reinvent yourself for the New Year. Let’s face it, who are you kidding?

Every Day Is Thanksgiving

What if we took Thanksgiving seriously? What if we really gave thanks? What if we treated every day as a day to give thanks?

Feeling Ashamed of Being Unemployed

For many, there is a sense of shame, of personal failure, a sense that everyone can see that they don’t have a job and that everyone is judging them. Some people think, “It’s like I am wearing a sign around my neck—unemployed, failure, unwanted.”

The Forgotten American: The Sad Story of the Unemployed

37.9 % of those who are unemployed have been out of work for 27 weeks or more. Discouraged, depressed, angry, feeling abandoned, many of these people have given up—and many feel that the country has given up on them.

You Are Not Your Job

We have placed considerable emphasis on defining ourselves and our personal self-worth through our work. Does your job define you?

Massacre for the Media

The rates of homicide have been declining for the last twenty years and Newtown, Connecticut was one of the safest small cities in America. But whether it is Columbine, Littleton, or Newtown, the killer is someone who is looking for fame, for media coverage, to get back at the symbols of his own exclusion.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Proven Effectiveness

A recent ill-informed attack on cognitive behavioral therapy characterizes this approach in simplistic and misleading terms. Our patients deserve treatments that work—treatments that have empirical support. CBT is that treatment.

The Dangers of Optimism

Just think positively and everything will turn out the way you want. This is the premise behind the book, The Secret, which advertises itself as “Everything is possible, nothing is impossible”. How wonderful to know that we can count on the power of our thinking to change the laws of nature.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder affects about 3 % of the population and can have devastating effects. What you should know and what your therapist should know about bipolar disorder. 

Holiday Blues: Single in the City

You are sitting at home alone, no one to share your Christmas spirit with. All alone, you wonder what is wrong with you. " What can you do to make the Holidays better?

Are You a Hypochondriac?

Do you ask for reassurance, continually feel worried about your health, or google diseases and symptoms that you think you might have. You may be suffering from hypochondriasis. Why do you do this and what can you do to change?

How to Support Someone Who Is Unemployed: Seven Steps to Making a Difference

Many of us have family and friends going through the difficulties of unemployment. You can make a difference. Here are seven things to do to give support.

Unemployed and Ruminating: Seven Steps to Turning it Around

You are out of work and find yourself sitting around dwelling about how bad things are. You are stuck in the rumination trap. Here are seven simple things to do today to turn it around and take back your life.

It Can Happen Again: Not Listening to Failure or How to Lose Your House

Some people are buying bigger and better houses, betting on a return to a rising real-estate market. Well, it makes sense to worry sometimes and now is a good time to use some of that pessimism to protect yourself.

Why Thought Stopping Doesn’t Work

Some therapists still recommend a technique called "thought stopping". This is quite unfortunate since thought-stopping leads to thought rebounding. Learn why yelling at yourself to stop having a thought will only make matters worse.

When Self-Criticism is True: Turn Self-Criticism into Self-Correction

Sometimes people lose their job for good reasons---and it's really their fault. How can you deal with this reality without sinking into rumination, guilt, and excessive self-criticism?