Anxiety Essential Reads

5 Benefits of Asserting Your Needs—and How to Start Today

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Responsible assertiveness is a win-win, allowing us to honor not just our own needs but the needs of others.

Problem Solving Buffers the Brain Against Anxiety

By David DiSalvo on January 17, 2018 in Neuronarrative
When it comes to managing anxiety, science just lent more credibility to the advice to “stay busy.”

How Suppressed Emotions Enter Our Dreams and Affect Health

We push negative thoughts out of our waking minds and they appear in our dreams, doing little good. How can we find a balance to address negative emotions with positive intent?

Why We Need to Address Mean Girl Behavior Early and Often

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on January 16, 2018 in Worry-Free Kids
Do mean girls leaving a lasting impact?

The Connection Between Writing and Sleep

By Lydia Denworth on January 12, 2018 in Brain Waves
Do you have trouble falling asleep? A new study reveals that writing for a few minutes is an easy and effective solution. But what you write about makes all the difference.

"Sonic Attack" Not Mass Hysteria, Says Top Doc—He's Wrong!

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in It's Catching
State department doctor gives stunning testimony on sonic attack claims.
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Five Mistakes People With Depression Make

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in In Practice
Ways people with depression self-sabotage and some highly practical solutions.

Show Your Mind Who's Boss

By Joel Minden, Ph.D. on January 06, 2018 in CBT and Me
Are you tired of being controlled by negative, destructive thoughts? Take charge with these three strategies.

How Vulnerable Should You Let Yourself Be?

The impulse, self-protectively, to ward off whatever feels threatening is only natural. But you also have to consider the costs of such cautiousness.

Freezing with Fear

Does scaring people about climate change lead them to freeze and do nothing in response? How to motivate action rather than inducing overwhelming fear.

What Are the Five Dimensions of Curiosity?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in Curious?
Over the past 20 years of studying curiosity, I have developed two measures. They are both antiquated. I am unveiling the new Five-dimensional Curiosity Scale...

Understanding the Roots of Dog Behavioral Problems

Behavioral pathologies are a sign that our dogs are suffering psychologically, and we need to understand what causes these problems to develop.

Fear Is Nothing to Be Feared

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on December 26, 2017 in Insight Therapy
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR once famously declared. But was he right?

How to Handle People Who Make You Feel Inferior

Are there certain people who make you feel bad about yourself? They don’t need to get to you if you follow this simple research-based advice on insecurity in relationships.

Why Uniqueness Is Not So Important for the Meaning of Life

Some people mistakenly believe that non-unique lives must be meaningless.

The Neuroscience of Loneliness

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on December 19, 2017 in Brain Chemistry
Can loneliness kill? Science shows us how feeling lonely has a life-saving purpose.

When to Quit Therapy

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on December 19, 2017 in In Therapy
In an ideal world, all therapy would provide a good ending, where loose ends are tied up, take-away points are clarified, and we share a clean goodbye. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

How to Seek Purpose with Less Anxiety

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 19, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
As the New Year approaches, to live a life of purpose may be on your list of goals for the new year. But do we find purpose? For many of us purpose is more illusive.

The Biggest Red Flag That Your Partner Is Not "The One"

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 16, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Infatuation Alert: You have feelings of anticipation and excitement whenever you think about your new love interest. But is your emotional intoxication healthy or harmful?

Writing Rough Drafts of Our Future

Imagining multiple versions of our future can prepare us to cope with it when it arrives—and improve our mood while we're waiting.

The Monistic Mistake About the Meaning of Life

Some people wrongly hold that in order to have a meaningful life, they must commit to one source of meaningfulness throughout their whole life.

Seven In-the-Moment Tools to Lessen Anxiety

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
Are your tools for managing stress and anxiety getting stale? It's time to try something new.

Advantages of E-Therapy Over Conventional Therapy

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
The research is growing for the effectiveness of online psychotherapy. Not only is it as effective as conventional, face-to-face therapy, it can be more affordable and accessible.

Imposter Syndrome and Fear of Failure

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Trust
When we feel like the token minority, it's not surprising that we fear being uncovered as a 'fraud.'

Your Most Powerful Tool Against Postpartum Depression

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Getting enough sleep during pregnancy may be your most powerful tool in warding off postpartum depression.

Let Worry Motivate Your Next Move

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Worry motivates us to act on our plans, to stay on task, and to solve problems. It can trigger planning, preparation, and action—but worrying in itself is not acting.

Frazzled: High Anxiety and Low Frustration Tolerance

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 28, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you sick and tired of over-reacting to everything? Get curious about your behavioral patterns and get over your fly-off-the-handle ways.

How to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking

How to conquer the fear of public speaking once and for all.

How to Manage Self-Doubt as an Entrepreneur

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? These science-backed mindset shifts can help battle self-doubt.
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Confessions of a Smartphone Junkie

Protecting our “humanware” by changing our smartphone behavior