Anxiety Essential Reads

A Quick and Painless Way to Manage Social Anxiety

One of the most common forms of anxiety people experience involves an extreme fear of being judged by others. Find out how you can identify and cope with social anxiety’s symptoms.

You Are More Than Your Emotional Pain: You Are a Person

When you are in emotional pain, do your best to resist defining yourself primarily by that pain which you carry within. You are a person of great worth. Try to see this.

Death Is Inevitable but Not Inevitably Dreadful

In some circumstances, dying may be less awful than people think.

Anxiety as Depression Waiting to Happen

Why does anxiety often lead to depression, and even create further anxiety? This article provides an answer, and discusses a key factor in overcoming the comorbidity.

The 5 Defense Mechanisms That Can Sabotage Your Relationship

Defense mechanisms are a common way to manage anxiety, but they can get in the way of your close relationships. New research shows how to make your defense mechanisms work for you.
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Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab

If you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, the time to act is now.

Understanding Anger

Anger is often denied or suppressed but communication of anger can be productive and avoid development of destructive hostility, constant anxiety, and violence..

Wonder Woman to the Rescue

When the world is in chaos, who can set things right? (Cue music): Wonder Woman!!!

10 Ways to Cope With Life's Unpleasant Tasks

Life often presents us with tasks that we’d rather not have to tackle. When faced with the inevitable, new research suggests how to make the whole process that much easier.

Going Cold Turkey on Screens

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in The Human Beast
Modern humans enjoy a much faster pace of life than our subsistence ancestors, makes us smarter but contributing to anxiety and health problems. Can we slow to a healthier pace?

Our Kids Are Not All Right

By the age of 26, diagnostic rates of addiction were two to three times those in national norms.
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Ten Steps to Overcoming Need for Approval

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Anxiety Files
A friend of mine told me in college, "no matter what you do, some people won't like you."

The One Thing Recent Grads Get Wrong About Work

By Caroline Beaton on June 12, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
What I didn't realize about the real world.

How Terrorism Changes Us

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in Supersurvivors
The London Bridge attack is the latest terror incident to rock the UK in the past 10 weeks. How are acts of terror changing us?

The Law of Attraction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Boundless
Is the Law of Attraction nonsense? Perhaps it holds a grain of truth.
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Stress Is Not Trauma

If you experienced a stressful event, is that the same as a traumatic event? The distinction is important, and one's beliefs about it may depend on one's motivations.
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How Am I Doing at Life?

Our culture's gamification of life has led to an epidemic anxiety, ever-buzzing though often just beyond our consciousness.

Being Controlled Provokes Anger—so Does Feeling Controlled

Can you distinguish feeling controlled from being controlled? Making this distinction can reduce your vulnverability to anger.

Eight Common Challenges to Accepting a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what gets in the way of accepting a mental health problem? Get some answers from the research and ideas to overcome obstacles.

When Grit Goes Wrong and What to Do Instead

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Feeling It
Talented people often fall for an idea that ends up harming their success in the long run - here's the science of how to avoid it (and become happier to boot).

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.
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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.