Essential Reads

De-crazifying Crypto, Part III: Enjoy the Wild Ride!

By Moses Ma on January 19, 2018 in The Tao of Innovation
Here's some perspective on the wild ride that cryptocurrency is taking us on... and the psychology that is driving it.

Please Keep Your Emotional Support Iguana Off My Couch

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Women Who Stray
Emotional support animals offer valuable assistance. But sometimes, therapists need to focus on helping people develop alternative strategies of soothing and anxiety-reduction.

What Exactly Is Mindfulness? It’s NOT What You Think.

Mindfulness is so much more than meditation. The real meditation is your life.

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.

More Posts on Anxiety

The Most Common Problem in Pregnancy is Not What You Think

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
25% of pregnant women suffered from mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.

Are We Allowing Our Kids Too Much Emotional Expression?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in The Teen Doctor
4 ways to think about your kids and their emotions.

The Negative Voices in Your Teenager’s Head

A peek inside your teenager's thoughts and 7 ways to help

How to Say Yes, No, or Some: A Post-"Cat Person" Guide

By Sari Cooper, CST on January 19, 2018 in Sex Esteem
Do you relate to the characters in "Cat Person"? Here are some critical dating and sexual tips for Millennials and beyond.

Identifying Your Feelings

Feelings that are denied or dismissed do not diminish in size or disappear; they are intensified.

Enhancing Inhibitory Learning in Exposure-Based Treatments

You (or your patient) did the hard work required in exposure-based treatment. Now, find out how to maximize post-therapy gains.

False Humility

In a society that espouses the virtues of humility while also promoting self-importance, inferiority emerges as one way that we try to reconcile these two disparate ideals.

Books to Seriously Boost Your Happiness in 2018

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Feeling It
Want to boost your efficiency, be happier, and more emotionally intelligent? Take these 10 steps thanks to awesome new books.

Five Upsides of Conversations With Really Annoying People

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in In Practice
Tips for how to get something positive out of even the most irritating conversation.

Anxiety, Depression, and Other “Gifts” You May Have

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on January 14, 2018 in Rethinking Normal
Don’t blame your mother. It’s not her fault, or yours.

Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD

Heard of ERP treatment for anxiety disorders? Learn what part of ERP actually causes behavior change.

Bad Luck is the Key to Your Future Happiness

We judge change as good or bad. Here's why we can’t know for sure.

Brain Signatures of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Is OCD "just anxiety" or are there biological differences in those with OCD?

Adored, Reviled, and Forgotten by the Narcissist

Stop being the emotional hostage of a narcissistic parent.

Four Mistakes People with Anxiety Make

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in In Practice
A simplified, more affirming approach to anxiety.

50 Psychological Hacks for Better Mental Health

By Linda Esposito LCSW on January 08, 2018 in From Anxiety to Zen
Do you need a mental tune-up? A few adjustments can go a long way toward creating a positive mood.
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Why Authoritarians Love Religion

The ongoing Authoritarian Wound series continues with an examination of the authoritarian personality's relationship to religion.

Pediatricians Have the Power to Improve Moms' Mental Health

New research shows that pediatricians have the potential to vastly improve the mental health of women and families.

Tears and Perfume

How can you overcome the sense of hopelessness that comes from feeling ashamed of yourself

Mindfulness and Being Present in the Moment

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in Trauma and Hope
Living in the moment has an abundance of benefits.
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Pulling Back? Withdrawing? 5 Possible Reasons Why

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on January 07, 2018 in Fixing Families
Pulling back, emotionally or physically withdrawing happens to all of us from time-to-time. Here are five common reasons why and how to handle them.
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Worry Less Now: The Three P's of Anxiety

Beat anxiety once and for all by learning how to live with life's many uncertainties.

Why Young People Need Their Aggression

By Nick Luxmoore on January 07, 2018 in Young People Up Close
Instead of always giving in or always trying to crush it, we have to understand aggression as essentially defensive, as a kind of anxiety, a kind of panic.

Don’t Create What You Defend Against: Don’t Build the Wall

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on January 06, 2018 in The Freedom to Change
When we defend ourselves too strongly and without thinking about long-term outcomes, we tend to make situations worse and create the very outcomes we feared.

Save Yourself From Unnecessary Heartache!

Have you ever thought, "I'll never fall in love again"? There's a better way to take care of yourself without depriving yourself of deep connection.

Why Do Horses Help Us Heal?

Have you ever wondered why horses are used in therapy?

Underlying Patterns: Hard to See and Painfully Obvious

Change and letting go by choice can trigger one’s own feelings of loss and abandonment.
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The Structure of Fear: Follow-up

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
A class trip to a haunted asylum to study the psychology of fear had interesting results.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Should mental health professionals get involved with diagnosing the president?

Resources Within Reach: The Merits of Speaking Up!

By Rick Miller LICSW on January 04, 2018 in Unwrapped
Were you bullied as a kid? Echoes of those messages often remain: “We deserve to be treated unfairly.” But those echoes will fade in the face of your superpower: Resilience!