Essential Reads

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Why Change Is So Hard

Change is hard only if you think it's so.

Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Living Single
For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

Future Thinking and False Memories

Have you ever had a vivid memory that turned out to be false? New research suggests that false memories may actually be associated with a number of positive psychological traits.

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Pushing Play in the Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 26, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
The people of Takoma Park work together to make sure it’s a safe place for children to play, reports a 16-year-old player-observer.

Holiday Prison Blues: Easing the Depression thru Art

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on December 24, 2015 in Art on Trial
Depression is pervasive in prison; the holidays can be especially grueling. Here's how and why art therapy can be quite useful in easing these holiday prison blues.

Music, Smell, and Holiday Shopping

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on December 23, 2015 in Your Musical Self
Does it feel like you hear holiday music too early in stores? Research helps explain why.

Try Something Hard

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 in Rethinking Thought
Common sense dictates that people choose their careers based on their strongest skills, but that is not what I found.

Eschew This!

I have always had trouble understanding academic writing, but for years I thought it was just me.

12 Days of Non-Tech Gift Giving

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 19, 2015 in Mental Wealth
Get "real" toys this year! Here are 12 gift categories for children that encourage imagination, bonding, movement, and of course loads of family fun.

Spotlight: The Trauma Crimes

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on December 17, 2015 in Reel Therapy
Understand the full depth of anger behind this story of abuse.

How To Be Happy Living Off-Grid

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on December 15, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Climate change is an important issues in today’s world. Living off-grid or partially off-grid is one way to limit our personal carbon footprint and bring us happiness as a bonus.
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Do You Pout Too Much?

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on December 15, 2015 in What Matters Most?
Admit it. You pout from time to time. It’s part of our privilege of being human to feel sorry for ourselves...but what can you do about it?

Perfectionism: Benefit or Detriment to Performers?

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on December 15, 2015 in Live... In Concert
Rather than being a key to optimal musical growth, research suggests that a perfectionist mindset may in fact derail an aspiring musician's development altogether.
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How Shame Suffocates Love and Creativity

Shame is a master emotion that stifles our aliveness and creativity. This article explores toxic shame and offers ways to heal the shame that often lurks in the background.

The Imagery Edge--Part II

How can a cucumber decrease tension? Maybe you've imagined the answer. Three stories illustrate our unique, individualized ways of using imagery for optimal performance.

Leaders: It is Critically Important You Read This!

How to Balance Encouraging Team Innovation and Yet Be Critical About Ideas Presented.

From Masochism to Mastery in Creative Fields

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 09, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
Whether you excel in a creative field has largely to do with problems. Namely, how you respond to them. Every big idea begets a series of challenges and problems.

The Evolution of Music: A Bonding Effect?

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on December 09, 2015 in Your Musical Self
New research explores why singing brings us closer together
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Overcoming Bulimia Is Possible

By Marty Babits on December 09, 2015 in The Middle Ground
Learning to become a therapist requires the acquisition of many subtle skill sets.

5 Ways to Crystallize Your Intelligence Around Writing

By Susan Reynolds on December 08, 2015 in Prime Your Gray Cells
To excel at writing, crystallize intelligence specific to the task, i.e., bolster neuronal connections related to writing and your topic.

Early Education

This month we conclude our discussion of education with “Education – Part II.” The emphasis is how to enhance education by mobilizing the positive affects.


Educational philosophy and policy have spawned a massive literature and a huge variety of alternative methods. So what does education and educate mean?

An Interview with Susan Firestone

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on December 04, 2015 in Sensoria
Throughout the world, there is a need to tell stories. This manifests in the objects we see left behind or preserved in some way.

Top 10 Tips for Loving ADD Women

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 in The Gift of ADHD
There is a whole art and science to using persuasion rather than directives. The key is to shift to the person’s own motivation for what you are asking.

Inside Creativity

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 02, 2015 in Our Innovating Minds
How do we (really) keep our creative momentum?

Adele's Hello: Meaning Making in Secular Ways

By Erik M. Gregory Ph.D. on December 02, 2015 in The Secular Shepherd
How does one making meaning and life an excellent life in today's world? Adele and other artists shine light into those dark corners.

Efficacy and Confidence in the Mentally Ill

By Ann Olson Psy.D. on December 01, 2015 in Theory and Psychopathology
Common sense, reasoning and emotional intelligence are qualities often diminished in the psychotic mentally ill. The clinician may augment these through psychotherapy.

As Easy as Apple Pie

By Susan Hooper on November 29, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
After a bad experience with a pie crust, I learned the value of keeping it simple and trusting my instincts. I also discovered you can learn a lot about life from making a pie.

Review of Windt's book on dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Dream Catcher
Windt expertly and systematically reviews the latest research on the nature of dreams.

The Bloody, Secret Life Of Theories

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Language in the Mind
To the lay-person, the Academy is the venue where research is focused, with almost saintly zeal, on pursuing truth. But academic research is always framed in terms of a prevailing theory, which, like cultures, and people, are social phantasms, that come with baggage, good, bad and downright ugly.

What If Your Mom Wore a Bone in Her Nose?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 in Creating in Flow
When an anthropologist goes native and marries a woman from the Amazonian Rainforest, their son's story of growing up makes for fascinating reading.

In Discussing "Youth," Jane Fonda Touches on "Superfluidity"

By Christopher Bergland on November 24, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Jane Fonda recently described the awe-inspiring aspects of having a peak experience while discussing her upcoming movie 'Youth.'

Imagination in Action: Interview With Shaun McNiff

Imagination in action is about accepting the struggles, mistakes and failures and realizing that they are all part of the challenging process of personal transformation. Put down that coloring book and give yourself the gift of spontaneous, authentic, creative expression.