Anxiety Essential Reads

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Freedom to Learn
The high and apparently increasing rates of emotional disorders and problems of everyday living among college students have generated great concern on campuses throughout the nation. Here I present a sample of views expressed by K–12 teachers, professors, employers, parents, and students about the sources of students’ emotional and coping difficulties.

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

We typically think of math anxiety as universally bad for math learning, but a team of scholars have now discovered that the relationship between math anxiety and learning is much more complex.

Stress Relief in Seven Minutes, Doggie Style

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Animals and Us
Yale University researchers have found that just seven minutes in the presence of a dog named Finn caused a major decline in anxiety levels of med school students and a big upswing in their moods.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Our country has constantly been on alert of terror threats and many families have to find the best way to talk with their children about potential crisis.

When the World Doesn't Make Sense

What to believe in when many of modern life's activities threaten to get you killed.

The Paris Attack and the Power of Destructive Beliefs

You can control what people feel and do by controlling their beliefs. Is that ISIS’s secret weapon?

Terror in Paris: What Community Psychology Teaches Us

We can be horrified, we can feel overwhelmed, we can allow unconscious, unproductive fantasies to govern our reactions to the Paris terror attacks. Or we can respond more productively. Community psychology suggests a way.

Why the Freelance Economy Is a Social Tragedy in the Making

By Victor Lipman on November 12, 2015 Mind of the Manager
The Social Contract is dead. We're becoming a nation of freelancers. Corporate profits are very high and retirement prospects very low.

When Worries Get to You, This Can Help

For most of us, there’s plenty to worry about in our lives. However, some people seem to figure out how to keep their worries down to a minimum. Whether you’re a chronic or sometime worrier, you can benefit from learning their secrets.

Why Women Over-Apologize: How and Why To Stop It!

What drives women to over-apologize? And why you need to get a grip.

Coping With Your Envy: Turning Envy on Its Head

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on November 07, 2015 Anxiety Files
Envy can lead to depression and hostility and can undermine you at work and with your friends. Here are a few ideas of how to turn envy around.

How Your Flaky Friend May Have Gotten That Way

By Kira Asatryan on November 05, 2015 The Art of Closeness
Can flaking on social engagements indicate a deeper issue? Yes. Learn the signs.

What Makes a House Feel Haunted?

The portrayal of cinematic haunted houses has remained remarkably consistent across time, and the architects of our annual macabre Halloween rituals incorporate all of the same bells and whistles (or creaks and groans) that we’ve come to expect. What is it in our evolutionary past that makes some types of houses feel so creepy?

The Mysteries of Habit

Neuroscience research brings together seemingly unrelated conditions...anorexia, OCD and substance use disorders...which may share common -- and difficult-to-modify -- brain circuits related to habit learning.

On Stress, Anxiety, and Procrastination

Are you tired of feeling drained by anxiety and stress? Use calming solutions to bring about meaningful changes.

Play as Antidote to Depression and Anxiety? Yes, Really!

A recent party invitation sparks interest in researching the tremendous benefit of spontaneous and unstructured play in treating human ills.

How to Talk to Children About Divorce

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on October 22, 2015 All Grown Up
Dreading talking to your children about divorce? Here are some general guidelines and scripts on how to approach this sensitive topic, listen, and give children the reassurance that they need.

Trauma Destroys Time

Because trauma so profoundly modifies the universal or shared structure of temporality, the traumatized person quite literally lives in another kind of reality, an experiential world felt to be incommensurable with those of others. This felt incommensurability contributes to a profound sense of alienation and estrangement from other human beings.

Outsmart Your Obsessive Thoughts: A Remedy for Rumination

Can't stop obsessing? Rumination can lead to a downward spiral of negative thinking and social isolation. Luckily, there's an easy reduction strategy available to us all.

Where Did Colleges Go Wrong?

By Hara Estroff Marano on October 14, 2015 Nation of Wimps
'Puppy days' and trigger warnings exemplify how colleges are increasingly in the business of infantilizing students rather than developing them.

Are Mental Health Issues On the Rise?

Are today's young people more anxious and depressed, or does it just seem that way?

The Tragedy of a Failed Apology: Don't Make This #1 Mistake!

Here's a story of a high stakes apology gone wrong—and how to get it right.

Courage in Relationships: Conquering Vulnerability and Fear

It’s a profound—and paradoxical—truth that courage isn’t really courage at all unless there’s some fear attached to it. Without a moment’s hesitation before taking on something felt as hazardous, the act would exemplify not so much courage as foolhardiness or mindless impulsivity. As Mark Twain put it: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear."

4 Things Not to Say to Someone with an Anxiety Disorder

Saying this to someone with an anxiety disorder is unhelpful and stigmatizing.

Don’t Let Shame Weaken Your Retirement Plans

How can you get power to save for retirement? Retirement planning is possible. Three tips that will empower anyone to plan better without despair and shame.

Does Uncertainty Breed Prejudice?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 The Big Questions
How does the quest for certainty impact prejudice towards people who do not belong to our social groups?

Success in New Situations: Five Key Skills

Ever find yourself reluctant to meet new people and join new groups? Get better at these five fundamental newcomer skills and you’ll be more willing to put yourself out there and take advantage of life’s opportunities.

Not Just About the Psychologists

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Afterwar
What are the moral effects of torture and depersonalization? A discussion with a psychiatrist and retired Army brigadier general.

How to Cope with Waiting

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 How To Do Life
It's painful to have to wait for an answer. These suggestions may help.

Coming Out of the Mental Illness Closet

By Eliezer Sobel on September 09, 2015 The 99th Monkey
I am mentally ill. It sounds a bit shocking to hear myself say that. Such a notion had never even occurred to me, until recently. My unexamined assumption was that mentally ill people were the ones living in institutions, ranting and raving and disrobing in public. They were schizophrenic, psychotic, and secured in lockdown wards.