Confidence Essential Reads

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How the 3 Types of Narcissists Act on a First Date

This article will help you recognize and understand the three basic types of Narcissistic disorders and how they are likely to treat you if you get involved with them romantically.

Ask For What You Need and Get What You Deserve

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on December 21, 2017 in I Hear You
What's the best way to get your needs recognized by others—both at work and at home?

Study: "Pride Comes Before a Fall" Is Flawed in Two Ways

By Christopher Bergland on December 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Does pride really come before a fall? A quirky new study tackles this question from two seemingly unrelated angles.

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.'

How to Deal With Colleagues Who Deny Reality

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Our typical way of dealing with professional colleagues who deny reality is dead wrong. Learn a better method.

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.

Political Overconfidence

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Without Prejudice
President Trump is not alone in stating that complex and time-consuming tasks can be accomplished easily. Is this a political phenomenon, or basic human nature?

Can the Seeds of Love Be Planted Synthetically?

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in Feeling Smart
Here's a rigorous procedure for falling in love.

Measurement Reliability Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Cui Bono
Many "quizzes" on the Web have no demonstrated reliability or validity. What you need to know as an informed consumer about the reliability and validity of psychological tests.

Courageous Parents, Smart Kids

How much does your parenting really matter? New research shows that just believing in the importance of your parenting can make your child smarter. The connection explained.

How We Can Stop Bullying (and Why We Don't)

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New research on the importance of bystanders.

10 Ways to Deal with Mom-Shaming

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Singletons
A new poll finds a majority of moms feel judged. Learn how to handle criticism and have confidence in your parenting decisions.

Getting Sentimental Could Increase Your Savings

By Brad Klontz Psy.D., CFP on October 12, 2017 in Mind Over Money
How can we harness positive, emotionally charged memories to develop a deeper incentive for saving?

The Bully Inside

If we don’t accept our imperfect selves, how much of our tendency to gather "facts," form opinions, and label others brings us to the brink of bullying?

How to Help a Grieving Friend

By Megan Devine on September 29, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
Want to help a grieving friend, but afraid to say the wrong thing? A few simple rules can make things easier.

Frightened by Your Doctor’s Recommendation?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on September 25, 2017 in Patient Power
Not every test that a physician recommends is truly the best for you. Know what you should do and the questions to ask to determine the safest route to better health.

The Anxiety-Busting Properties of Ritual

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Rituals, a natural and powerful tool to help combat anxiety.

Follow These 3 Tips to Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in Adaptation
Follow These 3 Tips to Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

How To Deal With Daily Rejection

By John Kim, LMFT on September 11, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
In our social media culture, rejection is more rampant than ever.

Trauma, Trust, and Time

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Trust
When trauma undermines trust, it's hard to see a brighter future.
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The Educational Surprise of My Life: Community College

My first year of college was substantially different than I had anticipated, in ways both good and bad.
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Nine Ways to Fight Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome comes in many different types and flavors. Identify these and learn how to overcome this mindset.

Is Thin Beautiful?

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 03, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
There are a number of ways thinness can disguise itself as beauty.

Why Meticulously Made Decisions Motivate Us to Persist

Decision effort signals the task's worth, raises confidence & increases chances of succeeding.

Are You Dating Confident?

How do you approach dating? Here's why confidence can help.

The Danger of Secrecy: What Happens to Unanswered Questions?

A child raised in an environment of secrecy receives the unspoken message that the subject of adoption is taboo, and they will continue to have unanswered questions multiply.

Why We Think We Are Invincible

By Jen Kim on June 26, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Why do people knowingly put themselves in dangerous situations? Science has an answer.
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The Truth About Abusers, Abuse, and What to Do

Abusers seek control because they're insecure, despite any outer success. Learn to spot them and what to do.

Being Controlled Provokes Anger—so Does Feeling Controlled

Can you distinguish feeling controlled from being controlled? Making this distinction can reduce your vulnverability to anger.

Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.