Anxiety Essential Reads

Fated to Fear

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
Is there evidence that our fear of insects is rooted in evolution? Studies of human genetics and results of controlled experiments support the inheritance of the infested mind.

Three Science-Based Reasons Vacations Boost Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Feeling It
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.

On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Stressful Lives
A stress epidemic threatens students' learning and mental health. Understanding the sources can help teachers, leaders, and parents create a culture of reslience at school.

Keep Daydreaming: Why Only Dreamers Create Consciously

Understand the concept of unintentional creation of reality: Worrying vs. daydreaming.

Two Mistakes About the Meaning of Life

Wrong views inhibit people from realizing meaning in their lives.
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When Is Speech Violence and What’s the Real Harm?

When protesters equate speech with violence, we aren't surprised. But now at least one academic is using science to validate the claim. Is it just harmless rhetoric?

Anger, Anxiety, Resentment, Stress, and Basic Humanity

Your chances of consistently managing anger, anxiety, resentment, and stress, without becoming a better person, are practically zero.

What Is a Meaningful Life?

Many consider life not to be meaningful enough. But reasons they present for this view are often problematic.

Locus of Control

How do we determine our successes and failures?

Anxiety Isn't the Problem — Your Response Is

A new study says anxiety can actually help you perform better — if you know how to respond to it.

Rethinking the College Mental Health Crisis

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on July 31, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Are college students really as “needy” as people say? Research shows that the word on the street is off-mark. Our narrow definitions of resilience can end up disrupting it.
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Why My Husband Infuriates Me

When we feel hooked and irrational or harshly judgmental about someone else’s shortcomings, rather than empathetic or compassionate? We are probably projecting.

11 Keys to Mastering Difficult Conversations

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in Feeling It
As a happiness and workplace well-being researcher, I'm asked about this all the time. These 11 tips work.
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5 Causes of Sibling Rivalry at Home and on the Job

While some sibling rivalry is normal, it can easily get out of hand both at home and in the workplace. Tips on how to put it to rest.

Procrastination Is Not to Blame

The shame of defeat can challenge our potential to look with interest at what has happened and to learn from it.

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Psychological Gifts You Can Give Yourself Over The Summer

Have you taken full advantage of the summer? Here are a few things to consider to boost your brain.
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The Stress of Competition: Alleviating Athletes' Anxiety

By Jay Winner M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Stress Remedy
Competition-related stress is universal. How can you minimize distress and maximized performance?

Are You Dating Confident?

How do you approach dating? Here's why confidence can help.

Perfectly Wrong: Why Perfection Can Destroy Your Motivation

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Motivate!
Perfection is elusive and fleeting, yet a coveted desire for many. There comes a time when striving for excellence results in obsession and anxiety leading to damaging behaviors.

Yoga Can Slow Effects of Stress and Aging, Studies Suggest

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 14, 2017 in Urban Survival
New research suggests that doing yoga regularly can help reduce the harmful effects of stress and aging on the body.

How to Know When to Take a Mental Health Day

Taking a day off from work to care for your mental health could be instrumental in helping you feel at your best.
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What We Don't Know about Egg Donation

Egg donation sounds like a good money-maker, but are dangers lurking?

How Animals Heal Us and Teach Us

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Feeling It
Animals and pets can bring tremendous healing benefits to children and adults. They think and feel much in the way we do. Here's why we stand to learn a lot from them..

Research Suggests a Cure for Neuroticism

High levels of neuroticism are associated with feelings of anxiety, worry, and a general tendency to fret. New research suggests a way to tame these unpleasant emotions.

Why It's So Hard to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in Adaptation
These 5 psychological roadblocks explain how fear can get in the way of courage

Mixed Feelings About School

By Julia Moeller Ph.D. on July 02, 2017 in Passion 101
Are highly engaged students those we do not have to worry about? High learning motivation can come at high costs.

Loving Someone with an Anxiety Disorder

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in Shyness Is Nice
Here's a to-do list for when you love someone with an anxiety disorder.