Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Tips and strategies to increase happiness and life satisfaction in a hyper-connected world.
Mike Brooks Ph.D.
Feelings of anger and hate threaten to tear America apart. In order to help us heal and grow, we must first find a way to make peace within ourselves.
Are you ready for a better you in this new year? The foundation of change and growth rests on our ability to be flexible. We need to be fluid, like water.
America has become more polarized, hateful, and awash in various conspiracy theories. With our trust in one another at a low, are screens partly to blame?
We have many concerns about the effects of screens, especially on our kids. How worried should we really be about the harms of screens?
Negative partisanship has grown to toxic levels in the United States. It is the shared enemy of both the right and the left. If we don't realize this, our democracy is in trouble.
America is more polarized now than it has been in over a hundred years. If we don't learn to stop vilifying one another, we are in trouble.
Our unconscious need to impose order on an increasingly complicated world is causing suffering on individual and societal levels. It's time to level up our flexibility game.
What's the purpose of life? Philosophers and theologians have argued about this for centuries. Here's an answer that also points to how we should live as well.
The United States is pretty divided, with each side showing contempt for the other. Perhaps if we viewed America like a marriage, we'd make some progress.
We'd like to think we have objective reasons for the support we show for our politicians, but it is much like rooting for our favorite sports team.
Tribalism is part of our evolutionary heritage. Our ingroup bias skews our view of reality, but it is often hard to detect within ourselves. This short test can help you detect it.
We'd like to think we are objective in our views of reality, including our political beliefs and positions. However, tribalism trumps reality... and it always has.
We are on the front-end of the Pandemic School Year. While there are reasons to be concerned, we can make it through this. These five tips can help.
We tend to view the world, including others, in ways that are not rooted in truth, but in our evolutionary history. This is causing problems, yet points to a solution too.
We did not evolve to live in the world in which we now live. This "evolutionary mismatch" explains many of the problems we experience, on both individual and societal levels.
We feel compelled to understand the truth and reality because understanding our world has an evolutionary purpose.
In an era in which "fake news" gets tossed around frequently, truth matters, and here is why we must pursue it.
Many people claim that video games are a waste of time. However, when we examine this indictment more closely, we can see that it doesn't ring true.
There has been a lot of anger in the form of protests coming from the left recently. Some on the right accuse Democrats of hating America. Is this true?
Many people are "woke" to the bigotry and discrimination that have been part of our history. Attempts to right these wrongs can create some problems too.
George Floyd's death has sparked outrage in so many of us. Sometimes it feels like the world is falling apart. What do we do about it?
We have given up much of our freedom during this pandemic. While this saves lives, at what point are we willing to risk life for liberty?
This pandemic is forcing us all to stay-in-place so that we won't catch or spread the COVID-19 virus. Our kids are on their screens more than ever. Should we be worried about that?
Many people have said that screens are destroying our society. Right now, we should be grateful that we can benefit from our screens.
In dealing with the coronavirus, most of us are in uncharted waters. While we need to take this seriously, we should try not to panic. That can make a bad situation worse.
We often see headlines about how screens are addictive. We worry that we and our kids are addicted to our screens. Is that even possible?
Time doesn't stand still, although sometimes we wish that it would. But internalizing the reality that our time here is limited can help us appreciate it more.
There is one harm of screen time that people aren't talking about, but they should be. It may even be the main harm that screens are causing—and it is a paradoxical one at that!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but we, and others, can benefit even more if we have a daily practice of gratitude.
What can you do to be a better version of yourself? The inspirational Native American story of the "Two Wolves" might help you do just that.
Mike Brooks, Ph.D., is a psychologist who specializes in helping parents and families find greater balance and life satisfaction within an increasingly hyper-connected world.