The Rise of Realism

The Rise of Realism

Science now sees optimism and pessimism not as good or bad outlooks you're born with but as mind-sets to adopt as situations demand. So let's be realistic, mix of pessimism and optimism will get you far.

5 Pitfalls of Positive Thinking

By Peg Streep
To move past setbacks, you need to see them for what they are.

What Is the One Essential Key to Long Life?

By Meg Selig
Excessive optimism does not pave the path to longevity.

Superheroine Recovery: An Interview With Batgirl's Therapist

By Travis Langley Ph.D.
Dr. Andrea Letamendi discusses the challenges for a heroine in trauma recovery.

A Clinical Perspective on Panic and PTSD in Iron Man 3

By Travis Langley Ph.D.
Batgirl's therapist takes a look at Iron Man's symptoms of posttraumatic stress.

Eight Keys to Life Hardiness and Resiliency

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Helpful Reminders During Challenging Times

Instead of Asking "Why Me?” Ask "Why NOT Me?"

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
When life takes an unwelcome turn, wrap yourself in a cloak of self-compassion.

Can You Make Your Dreams Come True?

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
How to cope with delays on the path to success.

Good Old Days Syndrome

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
How distorted memories of the past can become a source of suffering

Are Women Looking For The Wrong Kind Of Man?

By J. R. Bruns M.D.
Should women be marrying down instead of up?

The Virtues of Pessimism

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D.
Why pessimism might help you live longer

The Negative Path to Happiness

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D.
Why to be a "defensive pessimist"

The Loneliness Panic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Americans actually are not more isolated than ever

The Pitfalls of Seeking Happiness

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D.
With happiness, be careful what you wish for

5 Mind Tricks to Help Keep Your Resolutions

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
5 fun and easy ways to help keep your New Year's resolutions

Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

By Jennifer Kunst Ph.D.
How therapy helps us change perspective.

Five Things Kids Can Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

By Shimi Kang M.D.
A few things kids and parents could learn from the new leader of Microsoft.

The "Oy" in "Joy"

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D.
Because sometimes, life can really stink.

Stuff I Wish Kids Knew Today

By Tim Elmore
6 Life Lessons I Wish Kids Knew

Deterrence: Bad Feelings Motivate Us More Than Pleasant Ones

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
Deterrence is strong motivation for diplomacy, credit cards, and personal choice

The Psychology of Regret

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Should we live our lives with no regrets as the song tells us to?

Rejection Stimulates Creativity

By Rod Judkins M.A., RCA
How a person deals with rejection determines whether they will be a success.