Essential Reads

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

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Fear of Recovery

By Susan Noonan MD on August 31, 2016 in View From the Mist
Sometimes it feels safer to stay in the comfort zone of depression rather than risk the new territory of wellness.

Foreign Language Learning Is Like Dating: It Spurs Anxiety

Anxiety and embarrassment are often seen as a detriment to success in foreign language learning but recent studies hint that small doses of anxiety don’t hurt.

Stop Anxiety by Adjusting Expectations

Your brain relies on the pathways it has, so it will keep reactivating your anxiety pathways unless you create a new place for your electricity to flow.

Criticism, Avoidance, and Negativity: How They Destroy Love

Tired of the toxic thoughts and fighting? Here is how to stop the toxic criticism, avoidance, and negativity.
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What If Jack the Ripper Lived With You?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 27, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
An early tale based on Jack the Ripper shows the subtle way in which people see what they need to see.

Don’t Bee Afraid

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in The Infested Mind
Not only are bee stings painful, but they can be deadly—and we all know this! So why would a beekeeper wear shorts and work without a veil?

My Mother Won't Listen to Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your mom won't talk to you

Two Minutes to Wapner

"If our son isn't doing what he wants, when he wants, than all bets are off." What to do when the problem is not "disobedience," but cognitive rigidity and anxiety.

Smoking in the Shower

What we do in private drives who we are in public.

Desperately Seeking a False Sense of Security

It is the awareness of the most mundane threats to our hearts that irrelationship most effectively protects us from—how emotionally close we are to those in our everyday lives.
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Writers! 5 Ways to Tap Anxiety for Aha!

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Our brain seeks certainty to avoid anxiety, but being in the presence of uncertainty is where the creative juices flow.

Looking for Work? 9 Things You Need to Know and Do

Remember: there are a lot of jobs out there, just like there are a lot of apartments or potential true loves. You only need one. (You might want more, but you only need one.)
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Eight Traits of People With Healthy Self-Esteem

Heightened self-esteem comes about by continuing to take those baby steps, then making small decisions and seeing small results.

A Simple Way to Be Happier, Healthier, and More Successful

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Making Change
Inadequate sleep may be undermining you in ways you don’t realize, or don’t take seriously. The solution is simple; if only you’d give it a try.

My Mother's Best Relationship Advice in Seven Words

When I was a little girl growing up in Brooklyn, my mother taught me a lesson of great value. It took only seven words.

Mental Health Assistance Made Easier

Last year, self-help/mental health apps were approved by the psychological and psychiatric communities as feasible supplements to clinical therapy and medications.

How to diagnose borderline personality disorder

In terms of knowing their diagnosis, borderline patients are often left in the dark. Here is a way to make a respectful approach.

Back to School, Back to Stress: 5 Tips for Autism Parents

For many parents of children with autism and special needs, the days and weeks leading to “Back to School” can be extremely nerve-wracking.

Dealing With Challenging Problems

What kind of problem are you dealing with? Knowing the difference between urgent and chronic problems can help you cope.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Spirituality

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Feeling It
Whether you identify as Christian, Buddhist or conscious mindful yogi, spirituality appears to improve health, happiness, and even longevity.

How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 08, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study shows that eight portions of fruit and vegetables boosts your mood as much as getting a job.

A First-Hand Report on Stage Fright

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
I'm doing a one-man show tonight...for the first time.

5 Ways for Parents to Prevent Back-to-School Meltdowns

Prevent the back-to-school transition from becoming a trip to crazy town.
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Four Things You Should Know About Adolescent Anxiety

By Richard Taite on August 05, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Recognizing a mental health condition in your child can trigger your own worst fears, making you wonder if the condition is somehow your fault.

A free-range approach to treating OCD

...I just knew that my job was to find a cockroach, support David as he challenged his fears, and hold the camera steady...

Social Anxiety and Internet Use: What We Know

A review of 26 years of research on social anxiety and the internet show beneficial aspects but also ties to problematic behavior. Here's an overview of what we know.
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What to Expect From Grief

You're not losing your mind; you're just grieving.

How to Beat Self-Doubt

How to get past your insecurities become your best self.

Cognitive Rigidity: The 8-Ball From Hell

Cognitive Rigidity (difficulty changing mental sets) is a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is commonly associated with a suite of challenging traits.

Your Relationship’s Personality

What is a relationship's personality, and how does it protect itself? Defect and defense can be seen as interchangeable terms—both pinpointing the existence of irrelationship.