Anxiety Essential Reads

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5 Ways to Deal With Anniversary Reactions

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in How to Be Yourself
Anniversary reactions are distressing and very real. Here's what you can do when anniversary memories are anything but silver or gold.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Is Good For Your Well-being

Being intolerant of people who are different to you may be bad for your well-being; results for 8 different aspects of well-being.

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

By Christopher Bergland on September 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
William James once said, "We don't laugh because we're happy, we're happy because we laugh." New research confirms that laughter improves psychological and physical well-being.

Conquer Public Speaking Anxiety Via Emotional Intelligence

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A few tips will go a long way to addressing any anxiety around public speaking

How Your Cellphone Is Like a Teddy Bear

Do you ever wonder if you’re too dependent on your cellphone? Are you distraught when you misplace it? New research suggests how attachment style affects our cellphone behavior.

How Scientists, Too, Can Be Stubborn and Wrong

Ever been troubled by a reversal in scientific opinion? Psychological biases may be part of the problem.

5 Ways to Tell if You Have Cyberchondria

With the surge in online health websites, cyberchondria may be reaching epidemic proportions. New research shows how to tell if you’ve got this increasingly common ailment.

Therapy Without a Therapist?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Learning and practicing new skills is at the heart of CBT—whether you're working with a therapist or on your own.

Is it Time to Unclutter Your Social Network?

Is your circle of friends more like a chaos of clutter?

A Productive Way to Think About Social Anxiety

By Joel Minden, PhD on September 09, 2016 in CBT and Me
Most concerns about social anxiety are unproductive. Here's what to do instead.

What My Cancer Remission Has Taught Me About the Human Mind

The joy we feel following good news often seems more short-lived than the pain we feel following bad news. I explain why, and offer a thought to help bring us back to center.

The 8-Ball from Hell of ASD: Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a dilemma with two prongs: the self-imposed need to get things exactly right, and self-inflicted criticism in the face of inevitable failure.

The #1 Shortcut to Greater Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Feeling It
Why Adderall and other stimulants backfire for productivity—and what to do instead

Yes, Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
Overprotective parenting may cause more than just stunted psychological development; it may actually be bad for children's health.

Sleep With Arianna Huffington, and Others

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on August 28, 2016 in Tried and True
Getting sufficient sleep is important, and many people feel anxious when unsuccessful at doing so. Thinking in healthy ways to reduce anxiety allows better sleep, and waking life!

The Problem With Positive Thinking

By Joel Minden, PhD on August 25, 2016 in CBT and Me
Does positive thinking lead to greater happiness? If only it were that simple. When negative thinking gets you down, here’s what to do instead.

There Is More Than Butterflies in Your Stomach

By Emeran Mayer M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Gut Sensations
Is all the hype about the gut microbes, probiotics and certain foods and your brain health really justified? Separating speculations from scientific evidence is crucial

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?

If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. So why is it so easy to fall into the pit of obsessive rumination?

Increase Funding for Mental Illness Now

The time has come to declare war on mental illness and place a priority on funding innovative neurobiological research for better prevention, diagnosis, and early intervention.

Is Anxiety Psychological or Physical?

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 08, 2016 in Hide and Seek
What is anxiety, where does it come from, and when is it a problem?

Why Have We Become So Anxious?

So what is changing in peoples lives to accelerate all this focused and unfocused anxiety? That is the question of the decade.

Do You or Your Partner Use Guilt Trips to Get What You Want?

Are you a guilt tripper? New research shows that certain people will try to use guilt to motivate change in their partners. Depending on who your partner is, this is a bad idea.
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Are You a People Pleaser?

People often ask me what the secret to happiness is. My response is that the most important thing for happiness is living truthfully.

How to Manage Panic Attacks

When you're in the midst of a panic attack, these techniques can make it feel less scary and help you move out of it.

What’s the Most Powerful Way to Raise Your Self-Esteem?

Most advice offered to raise self-esteem eventually falls flat. To raise your self-esteem, you must learn to cope with what you now prefer to avoid.

How To Become a Published Author: It's Not What You Think

During that five year period my first book was rejected, I couldn’t walk into a bookstore without getting depressed.

How Fear & Anxiety Drive (Some) Narcissists to the Internet

Fear of rejection and low self-esteem pushes vulnerable narcissists to prefer online interactions over in-person socializing.

A New Payoff to Risky Decisions

By Hara Estroff Marano on July 27, 2016 in Brainstorm
Scientists discover how facing risky decisions makes us smarter. Guest post by Shira Polan.

A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

Most therapists aren't providing research-supported treatment. How to spot a good one.

Fear of Inadequacy and What to Do About It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Ambigamy
More than we notice, we're driven by fear of inadequacy. Here's the way to manage it.