Essential Reads

Dealing With Anxiety By Cutting to the (Cognitive) Core

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Ritual and the Brain
Reframing attention to help reduce anxiety and alter brain activity.

Consciousness, Attention, and Communication

How are truths or untruths conveyed through language related to attention and conscious experience?

Having an Answer to “Where Did the Time Go?”

Be aware of the limited time you have to make the most of your life, and then do it.

Look Closer: How to Spot Human Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking is an insidious epidemic, but it is not invisible. They key is knowing what to look for, and where to look.

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How to Harnesses the Power of Listening

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Spotting Opportunity
Are you listening to the wrong people? Three tips on being a smarter listener.

Why Even Terrible Social Norms Are Hard to Change

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in I'm Only Human
The norms around sexual harassment and assault need to change. What’s in the way?

What You Need to Know About "Getting in the Flow"

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in Shyness Is Nice
You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from the flow state. Here's how.

Self-Actualization: Are You on the Path?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 11, 2018 in Moral Landscapes
What are the characteristics of a self-actualizing person? How do they match up with those from our evolutionary context?

Your Distracted Mind at Work, Part 1

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on February 11, 2018 in Career Transitions
The frenzy is here to stay. But we can learn to cope and improve our attention and focus.

How to Stay Attentive

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 09, 2018 in Open Gently
Knowing how to improve concentration will help you feel confident and weather periods of stress, when your focus takes a hit. Do you live near a park? Go for a walk.

When Did We Stop Talking to Each Other?

Scary statistics around smartphones and why and how to change them.

Dogs of All Ages Need to be Challenged: Use it or Lose it

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Animal Emotions
A new study reports dogs show a decline in attention span, but not selective attention, as they age, and that lifelong training can delay or reduce the decline in attentiveness.

When She Looks in a Mirror

By Susan Rako M.D. on February 01, 2018 in More Light
Who is the person looking back?

How ADHD Adults Cope Before Treatment

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on January 27, 2018 in Creative Synthesis
Undiagnosed adults with ADHD may develop a number of coping skills and compensations—some more helpful than others—without being aware of why they are doing so.

Nourishing Attention, the Self, and Self-Esteem

By Susan Rako M.D. on January 23, 2018 in More Light
How deep are the roots of your patient's troubles? Exploring them can be a curative in itself.
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How to Know Whether Your Callings Are True or False

By Gregg Levoy on January 22, 2018 in Passion!
A primer on the art of discernment—knowing what your calls are, whether you're ready or not, and how to respond.
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People Patterns

The message here is to pay attention to what the brain is trying to tell you.

The Seeds of Perfection

The similarities between seedless watermelon and our quest for perfection online.

Giving Girls the Attention They Deserve

By Dena Kouremetis on January 03, 2018 in The Unedited Offspring
"Differences in the extra attention given to boys are due in part to the fact that boys simply tend to demand more attention, while girls tend to be quieter and more reticent."

Quiet Relationship Resolutions

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in Complicated Love
Have New Year's relationship resolutions always ended in disappointment? Making promises to yourself and quiet changes to your own behavior can make a real difference this year!
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Have a “Happy New Year” by Avoiding a Fixation on Happiness

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in The Meaningful Life
Are you looking forward to the New Year? If not, a shift in your attitude and focus of attention can help.

Three Ways to Build Romance in the Early Stages of Dating

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 23, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Relational bonding develops over time. Successful relationships are ones in which both partners move slowly both emotionally and physically.

Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Holiday Travel Thieves

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Holiday travel is both difficult and distracting. That is what thieves are banking on. Understand the psychology of distraction in order to stay focused, and stay safe.
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Synchronicities: A Sure Sign You're on the Right Path

By Gregg Levoy on December 19, 2017 in Passion!
Synchronicities—meaningful coincidences—are homing beacons that tell you you're on the right path; winks and nods from the universe. Here's how to understand them.

Use this Subtle Tactic to Transform Negative Toxic People

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on December 17, 2017 in Living Forward
Negative people can drain your energy and take you down with them. When you can't escape, use this subtle tactic to shift their attention to more positive topics.

“Let Your Mind Wander” to Boost Your Creativity

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Want to boost your creativity? Try these three tips that encourage your mind to wander.

Are We Taking Concussions Too Seriously?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 11, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Taking "a hard hit" is a sign of toughness. But is pulling yourself out of action still seen as "weakness?" Dr. Harry Kerasidis explains why concussions deserve our attention.

Are We Allowing Social Media to Dictate Our Happiness?

“A fixation with connecting with 'friends' online comes with the risk of disconnection with friends waiting for you to be present in the offline world.”

What If You Could See What's Coming?

By Peter Bregman on December 04, 2017 in How We Work
Discover your seventh sense for perceiving tipping points, why there’s no “second place” in the connected world of the future, and what you can do to prepare your business.

Create Your Ideal Sports Training and Competitive Focus

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Focus is so important to athletic success because you if you’re not focused, you have little chance of doing the things that will enable you to perform your best.

Neuroscientists Uncover Sleep Timing Secrets

Is a good night's sleep a battle? Understanding how it works might help you get more rest..

What We've Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Although music is not a universal language, it can be the perfect medium to express feelings.

“Don't I Know You?” How Curious Strangers Become Stalkers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Familiarity breeds contentment. Be alert for signs that someone has formed a unilateral, imaginary relationship with you — and may expect something in return.

The Practice of Mindfulness

Be mindful of this life you are living. It is going to happen, day by day, until it expires, regardless of how you approach it. Might as well enjoy the ride.