Anxiety Essential Reads

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Management Styles

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Anxiety Files
What kind of manager are you and how is it working?
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Survival of the Scaredest

Why are we more afraid of insects than guns? Our emotions and perceptions are evolutionary products, and we can blame genetics for our infested minds.

The Ridiculously Easy Way to Become an Innovative Thinker

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Feeling It
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a CEO—innovation, problem-solving, creativity—they determine your success. Here's the easy way to access breakthrough thinking.

Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises and Your Vagus Nerve

Diaphragmatic breathing is one of the easiest ways to engage your vagus nerve and create a "relaxation response" that counters the panic and anxiety of fight-or-flight responses.

Are We Evolved for Happiness?

A naive take on life suggests that happiness is an end goal. It’s not, and evolutionary psychology tells us why.

Helping Other People With Their Problems Helps You Too

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When you experience sadness, anxiety, or depression, it is helpful to reach out to other people for help. Why does this help?

Hundreds of Psychology Studies are Wrong

By neglecting genetic influences on behaviour, numerous psychologists have confounded their own research.

How and Why Societal Elites Manipulate Public Fear

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Public fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials—that is, politicians, law enforcement authorities and the news media.

Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxieties build upon one another, becoming the gateway to bipolar, schizophrenia, and all adult mental disorders.

Vehicular Trauma Syndrome

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in The New Normal
A new syndrome related to vehicular trauma is identified.

3 Reasons Why Couples Have the Same Fights Over and Over

If you’re married, or in a committed relationship, you’ve probably noticed that some of your arguments never seem to get resolved. Rather, they regularly get recycled.

9 Ways to Test and Improve Your Emotional Control

One of the key features of human relationships is the ability to regulate your emotional expression. A new tool for measuring 9 emotion regulation methods provides important tips.

8 Ways Your Body Speaks Way Louder Than Your Words

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Feeling It
We all face difficult conversations with our spouse, our boss, our employee, our friends. We get so caught up in our words we forget the most important part: our body language.

Problem or Condition?

Psychotherapy and counseling are more effective endeavors when someone is actively engaged in the process, believing that change, where possible, is the objective.

Transform Failure, Disaster, and Rejection Into a Fortune!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Motivate!
Maybe of us underestimate the power and influence of life's darkest moments. When you learn these simple strategies you will never look at adversity like you have before.

The Inside Story of How Slow Breathing Calms You Down

By Lydia Denworth on April 07, 2017 in Brain Waves
A new study of laid-back mice reveals the connection between slow breathing and tranquility.

The Psychology of Queuing

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in A Sideways View
Why is waiting in line so miserable?
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Procrastination: 3 Sources, 3 Solutions

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 02, 2017 in Fixing Families
Procrastination causes stress and can strain relationships. But all procrastination is not created equally. 3 sources and 3 solutions

Yes, You Can Have Depression and Still Be Mentally Strong

Just like someone with diabetes can be physically strong, someone with depression can still be mentally strong.

Lived Expertise and Suicide Prevention

A lesson of the lived experience movement is that it takes those who've experienced suicide risk to break down stigma and change perceptions and policies related to mental health.

Why Your Mistakes Matter Less Than You Think

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
You lose something valuable. You kick yourself for it. Why do you never congratulate yourself when you don’t lose things? Just how confused are we about the mistakes we make?

Never Underestimate Your Partner’s Defenses, Here’s Why

All your psychological defenses exist to protect you from perceived ego threats. So any person menacing basic feelings of safety or security will compel you to react negatively.

Anxiety Is a Part of Human Nature

Is there a right way to be anxious? Kierkegaard thought so.

Is Your Self-Esteem Too High to Be Successful?

By Rob Henderson on March 20, 2017 in After Service
Self-esteem can be dangerous. Here is a better option backed by research.

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather Than the Exception?

We hear all the time that 1 in 5 people struggle with a psychiatric disorder. New research now suggests that we have it backwards.

When Meditation Is Not Enough

Strategies for bringing mindfulness into everyday life.

Genetics Play a Role in Social Anxiety Disorder, Study Finds

A new study has pinpointed a genetic link between social anxiety disorder (SAD) and a serotonin transporter gene called "SLC6A4."

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

How to Overcome Math Anxiety

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Talking Apes
A major international study looks at the relationship between math performance and math anxiety around the world.