Mastering Self-Control

Mastering Self-Control

Take the reins! Here's what behavioral science tells us about breaking bad habits, kickstarting new ones, and recharging your willpower.

Lessons from Thumbsucking, the Earliest Addiction

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
We can learn lots from these 10 ways to help kids conquer thumb habits.

The Power of Choosing Your Thoughts

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
Introspection versus rumination

How To Act After a Break-Up: 5 Things to Remember

By Gina Barreca Ph.D.
You can help heal your heartbreak but only when you want to get over the pain.

Why Business Leaders Need To Build Greater Self-Awareness

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D.
Senior executives don't seek coaching or leadership development. Here's why.

How to Deal with Annoying People

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D.
Turning Down the Flame When Your Blood Boils

How to Express Feelings... and How Not to

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
Saying what you feel can intensify your connections...or can wreck relationships

Relationship Basics: The Business Meeting

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W.
Good timing and reasonableness need to be planned

Preventing Mom Meltdowns and Dad Detonations

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D.
Six ways to stay calm in tough parenting moments.

From Bad to Good Habits in Five Achievable Steps

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Putting them behind you can have a major impact on your health and social life.

Adolescence and the Growing Complexity of Life

By Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.
As life grows more complex in adolescence, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

Early Risers Have Better Emotional Control

By Dennis Rosen M.D.
“Morning people” Found To Be More Emotionally Stable Than “Evening People”

Cosmic Wedgies and Post-traumatic Stress Distorter

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D.
Even without PTSD, we're all changed by our traumas.

What Makes People Talk Too Much?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
You have the right to enforce your boundaries. Here's how.

Not Enough Willpower? Use Your "Extended Will!"

By Meg Selig
Getting help is a terrific technique for boosting your willpower.

Taming the Want Monster

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Fulfilling your desires is not the key to peace of mind and contentment.

How to Stay Cool Under Pressure

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
How to keep cool under pressure: Handling anger, nervousness, fear & indecision

Deadlines Work

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr.
Put yourself in a box in order to think out of it.

Willpower and Temptation

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D.
An old solution to the problem of temptation.

Nature or Nurture? Self-Control or Childhood Experience?

By Peg Streep
Taking another look at the "Marshmallow Task"

The Brain's Ability to Look Within: A Secret to Self-Mastery

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.
Tapping into our ability to turn attention inward empowers and heals.

Dislike of a friend’s romantic partner

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D.
Do you tell your friend? Research highlights why, why not, & friendship effects

Gamble Much? How to Figure out if You've Got a Problem

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Get inside the mind of the compulsive gambler

Varieties of Family Conflict in Adolescence

By Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.
Parents should be prepared for more family conflict during adolescence

News: A Toasted Marshmallow (Test)

By Lina Zeldovich
The classic test of self-control is not as straightforward as you might believe.

Four Fabulous Lessons on Eating from Julia Childs

By Susan Albers Psy.D.
Four Fabulous Lessons on Eating from Julia Childs

Writing When You Don't Feel Like It

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Write nonfiction with more knowledge and less angst.

What can be done to help with compulsive spending habits?

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D.
Compulsive buyers believe those products will bring them happiness.